These are the teachings of the Gyokku Ninja Ichizoku, a tradition of wisdom that is millennia old.
Many are the misconceptions that surround the Ninja; most persistent, perhaps, of these, is the image of the Ninja as shadowy black-clad warriors who stalk the night with implacable will.
Yet the warrior is only one aspect of the Ninja. Just as important is...
THE QUEST FOR ENLIGHTENMENT
Beyond the warrior ways, the ninja is a seeker after enlightenment, one who dwells in harmony with all that is.
For the Way of the Ninja is more than a mere scheme for the achievement of personal power. It is, instead, a system for expanding one's consciousness to gain a vast understanding of the universe - it is a way to grow as an individual being and as a bright intelligence. Thus, the true focus of the ninja is personal growth.
This, perhaps more than all else, is what defines the Way of the Ninja. And there is more.
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HARMONY AND RIGHT ACTION
The ninja also seeks to shift his viewpoint outside himself, and so gains a true view of events, unclouded by human feelings and desires. This allows him to choose the ‘right action’ – the right thing to do at the right time, the path which will bring about the most harmonious results for all.
The ninja contributes, in thought and action, to the greater harmony of the cosmos, and to all about him.
For this is also part of the Way.
THE DISTANT ORIGINS OF THE WISDOMS
Not many know that Ninjutsu, the Way of the Ninja, had its beginnings not in Japan, but in faraway India, and amidst the mist-clad icy wastes and peaks of the Himalayas.
Here the ancient holders of the wisdom honed their bodies and minds to perfection, and pursued the attainment of immortality in the mortal element. Here they sought to understand the universe and all that is, and to exist in harmony with it all. This was the origin, and indeed, the great age of the Way. For the way of the Ninja is a consummate merging of logic, science and philosophy.
Over the millennia, these philosophies journeyed through many lands, and each land contributed its own thoughts and ideas to the evolution of the Way. Ninja culture contains the cultures of the lands it has travelled through. Indeed, the Way was not a way of war at all before it entered Japan. What most people see as a crucial aspect of the ninja - their talent for stealth and their ability to encounter and defeat seemingly invincible odds - this is actually only one, relatively minor aspect of the art.
The Japanese took the original ideas and philosophies of the Way and turned them into a tool of war. The true philosophy behind Ninjutsu, is that the ninja faces life... unafraid. He can look into the eyes of the cosmos and not waver. He has such complete focus upon his intentions that the universe flows with his intentions, as he flows with the universe. The ninja is unafraid of events, people, destiny - and his faith in himself and his ability to move forward towards his goals is limitless.
WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF SUCH FAITH IN ONESELF?
One is quite simply so much in harmony with all things that one realizes that what most people call 'fear' is merely an illusion created by themselves. One who does not fear must only encounter reality. But one who fears must fight his own mind and imagination.
WHAT THEN, DOES IT MEAN TO BE NINJA TODAY?
Today, the ninja is indeed a warrior capable of survival against overwhelming odds, a master of stealth, lethal technique and weaponry. But a ninja is also one who can look into the eyes of the stars... and understand their existence; a person in complete harmony with a cosmos.
This site represents the Gyokku Ninja Ichizoku, most traditional of all the ninja ichizoku. This site also represents the schools of philosophy and wisdom in the Himalayas from which the Way originally sprang.
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