The Way of the Warrior – The Vikings

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Weren’t they just mindless killers?

Most people probably feel like the vikings don’t belong to this series. Departing from the Bhagavad Gita, a text about the internal battles we go through in a quest for self-mastery, passing through the samurais and their discipline and philosophy, reading time and time again in each of the articles that killing and fighting is discouraged and should only be the very last option, it’s strange that we would end up on people known for nothing but killing, pillaging and raping.

The Way of the Warrior – The Samurai

6890323608_bc1af1b1fe_oWhy are the samurai romanticized as much as they are? What is so special about this class of Japanese warriors? Why do people still to this day try to keep the art (kenjutsu) alive?

To lay all my biases on the table, I’ll start by saying that I’m a big fan of samurais. Since I was very young I remember going crazy over animes about them, playing with swords and pretending I was one. Of course it was only after several years that I started reading about them in detail and going into what it really meant to be a samurai. This is probably the single class of warriors I respect the most and their views resonate very strongly with me.

Why is that, though?

The Way of the Warrior – Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita

“Life offers no fiercer battle than this war within.”
— Eknath Easwaran

What separates warriors from savages? What can we learn from people who dedicated their entire lives to fighting? Were they seeking something bigger or just being mindlessly violent?

If there has ever been a constant in my life, that constant has been battles.

Whether it was on top of tatami during martial arts practices, the struggle to do one extra rep when working out or even to get up when not feeling like it. I’ve been fighting ever since I was born, and chances are you have too.

And the least we should do, when in a battle, is to behave like a warrior.