My Influence is Universal
My work extends into all spheres of society as an important contribution to the development and growth of all people within. I take it upon myself to continue to direct my thoughts into the proper channels for the betterment of humankind, for the benefit of all concerned. I carefully look at my accomplishments and think in terms of making them even more appropriate for the masses. In that manner the peoples of the world may, according to their own choosing, revel in the pleasure of living a full life based on the ideas that I generate from my own mind as a direct extension in me, as me, and through me, by the Creative Power of the Universe. I do not impose my ideas on anyone, and I am open to the opinions of others as long as I do not have to obey or disseminate such, if I do not believe in them. That is the true way for harmony and true spiritual enlightenment to advance as the ideas themselves propagate better material reality for everyone.
© Stephen F Kaufman 2017
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122 Original haiku, images, and score, celebrating The Book of Five RIngs.
Includes 19 minutes of haiku, images, music, and meditative joy.
A passionate and inspired exposition of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings. A work of great passion from Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman and naturalist photographer, Peggy A Thompson. With an original score, this 19 minute meditation contains the entire text of Homage for Miyamoto Musashi book.
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I gave myself a very special birthday gift. I work out three times weekly and focus on my physique and martial arts practice. Here are pictures of me doing a squat machine press of 630 lbs. I think I will try to hit 1000 in the next few months. Don’t ask my age; you probably wouldn’t believe it anyway. Since the 630 lift, I have gone on to do 750 lbs. How about that?
Ready, Set, Go!
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“In light of today’s current events: significant religious controversies, terror attacks, etal, the question of sin and forgiveness is more relevant as society continues its downward spiral into oblivion that will seemingly culminate in a totalitarian form unless a new consciousness evolves. A new consciousness, not one with a goodie two-shoes mentality. My article was originally published in January, 2013.”
Pondering the many ideas of sin leads us to certain forms of uselessness and, in many more instances, a sense of hopelessness. We begin to think that we will never be able to overcome our evil inclinations. And that is exactly what religion strives to cultivate in our minds. As well, even without piety, a large populace still thinks that they only have to ask themselves for pardon, even to the extent of donning a hair shirt or some other form of self-deprecation and abasement. Guilt runs rampant when we determine for ourselves (or, for that matter, being caught in the act of a nefarious deed) that we must make a decision to rationalize the injustices we have meted out to others and getting to the point of honoring the actual deed by exclusion of ourselves as the guilty party.
The whole notion of sinning has a unique psychology to it, and it probably began when someone came up with rules and regulations for conduct in society. No doubt it was long before the Ten Commandments were prescribed by the Jewish Torah, which, incidentally, lists 613 specific sins that Jews must ask God’s forgiveness for. In general, no-nos have been in place throughout history, when different societies frowned upon certain behaviors that those in charge of that society considered uncool. To cover yourself with an antithetical illusion, try Zen, which does not acknowledge the idea of a God. Zen, too, is also its own game. And forget about karma, which is in itself a profound hype. Every orthodoxy is its own heresy.
Whenever the notion of a sin comes into play, it is almost immediately recognized as something that should not be done, assuming, of course, that we know of its violation of a societal rule and we are not dysfunctional. The problem becomes exacerbated when we try to figure out a way to do the dastardly deed without recrimination. The cycle become endless, and we will all probably end up in hell anyway, assuming there is such a thing. Ah, the joys of self-righteousness!
Considering all the horrors that mankind has suffered and perpetrated on each other through the ages, it seems to me that He would have gotten a message by this point in humanity’s plight that it is virtually impossible not to sin and that we, as mere mortals, cannot or should not be held to such heavenly standards regardless of His intention with the angels. That, along with our self-absorbing consternation that rains down on humanity because of devotion to an Absolute that is entirely without evidence. All of this eventually evolves into the encumbrance of living in guilt, with an untoward fear of offending the Divine Light.
Now, let me be abundantly clear. I believe there is a Creative Power of the Universe. For whatever reasons that I choose to harbor this belief, it is because I cannot accept the idea that all of “this” came out of nowhere. In my estimation there must be some sort of consciousness that started the whole thing off. At the same time, I insist in my own mind that I am directing this consciousness to manifest whatever it is that I desire in physical, mental, or spiritual form. It is essentially what I generally misconstrue in my own mind as my own mind. Nonetheless, I adjure that this “thing” that is, is as well “no-thing,” and I work within myself to alleviate It of Its own mental illness, brave soul that I am.
When it comes to running the show, I will readily admit that there are certain things that no matter how intensely I implore the Creative Power of the Universe, these “certain things” simply don’t come to be until I use the proper words in correct connection to my own particular reasons for being. I readily accept the blame for an absence of a specific manifestation due to my own inability to resolve into elements of a clear and concise sentence my demand in the proper words. Yes, words … coupled with desire on a conscious level for something. There are, however, some things that happen irrespective of my immediate desire and that can only be attributed to past inclinations that have produced current results.
Perhaps a quantum leap in consciousness will alleviate the torment. Maybe God should ask OUR forgiveness, or perhaps we should demand that It, He, or She beg forgiveness for the sins emanating from that source, which acts like a parent demanding subservience and absolute obedience while foisting a concept of enshrouding us in divine love.
Redemption and salvation can only come from within. Purging oneself of sin and guilt can only be divined by an individual who truly seeks to clear any obstacles from interfering with the pleasure of living a life of joy and freedom. Personal behavior is something that must be monitored to coexist within the constraints of the society that it is relevant to. I do not have to consider excuses to act in ways that will empower me to protect my tranquility.
© Stephen F. Kaufman 2013
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Hanshi Kaufman on Enticing the Target to Accept Its Demise
The concept of enticing a target to accept your kill shot in mortal combat creates the scenario in which the ‘target,’ however defined, fulfills its own destiny by accepting an incoming attack for its demise as an aspect of its own reality and your definition. This idea is not as bizarre as one might initially think. The whole idea of an attack is to destroy the target, so named, and to do it with ease and grace. What follows is my philosophy toward the title of this article. First, some basic concepts.
Going into the Attack
Going into the attack is about commitment to what you are doing. It is a requirement that you understand the specifics of individual tactics, including proper form and technique. This is sound thinking, and with continued practice of your discipline, you will come to understand the reasoning behind it. Going into the attack is essential thinking for the accomplishment of any action, certainly in self-defense or any form of combat, where life or death may be uncertain. Though the idea of going into the attack may sound alien for any number of reasons, perhaps because of a natural reaction to flinch or to move away from certain forms of danger, it is nonetheless, essential. Proper attitudes of knowing when to do something and when not to do something, coupled with the attitude of going into the attack, takes some thought and practice: an acceptance of yourself as the most important person you know.
Attack the Attack, NOT the Attacker
Practice and reality is the same thing when you are sincere in your endeavor. To explain further, consider attacking the attack rather than attacking the attacker. Though this idea may seem strange at first, the reality is that you will be empowered to alleviate the fear of overwhelming circumstance by an attacker’s size, bravado, or weapon employed against you. This idea will become clearer as you progress in your training, and the sound thinking behind it will become apparent. Attack the attack and NOT the attacker with an intense desire to survive—or do not waste time and energy trying to defend yourself.
Attack / No-Attack
Learn the concept of attack / no-attack for use in all aspects of your life, without having to think about it. It simply means that you should be on your guard and prepared to act, without becoming paranoid, while at the same time remaining calm, regardless of a situation. Training to go into an attack and attacking the attack provides you with the ability act: knowing when and when not to do something. It is necessary to practice with this idea in mind, for the body to be able to act on the physical level, automatically, when it is necessary. In this manner always practice to hone your skills without spending countless hours in meditation; accept accomplishment of a goal as “already done,” and you will experience it as such. To develop the proper attitude of ‘already done,’ and to believe it, do not be nonchalant about the idea and expect it to be there when you want it without conscious training. Practice with the idea of making it permanent in your consciousness as a prerequisite to being competent. Note that the idea of “act” is used, and not “react.” To act in a situation is one projection; to react, is two. Think this through.
Respecting the Target
It is important to understand the necessity of seducing the target with instantaneous subtlety to bring it into compliance with your desire for its demise. You accomplish this aspect of the combat mentality with ease and grace by developing a desire to be victorious and not just having a desire to win, that with certainty, the enemy has as an attitude as well. Without using any cute, philosophical platitudes, it is essential that you be in complete communication with your true inner self and a solid visualization of your ideal of perfection. Be assured that this concept is not to be confused with “seeing” an enemy dead, or “wishing” an enemy dead. It is about “making” the enemy dead, and that is a completely different thing. This ability, developed over a period of time, is one that you must absolutely commit yourself to accomplishing. When a “target” encounters your approach, it, (not he, or she) succumbs to your incredible position of extending to it an invitation to let itself be destroyed. It will, out of respect for your intention. Think this through carefully. It is real, and it is functional, and it works according to the dictates of your higher consciousness: not a Buddha consciousness, not a high-minded consciousness, and certainly not the consciousness of presumptuous arrogance you observe when you look in a mirror.
© Stephen F. Kaufman 5/2017
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