Yang tersirat

There is something to learn from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you’ll still get wet. When you are resolved from the very beginning, you will not be perplexed though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.

I got the above from the HAGAKURE, The Book of Samurai written by Yama.mo/to Tsu.net/omo. and translated by William Scott Wilson.

Actually it was the husband’s book and he asked our sensei the explanation for this Samurai’s saying, ( the whole book is all about lessons from the Samurai world ) on what the above paragraph could actually mean. I read it a few times myself, since our sensei has not given his answer yet. I don’t think he will anyway. Because now that I read it a few times more, I find that I understood what it means or what it is trying to convey.


4 thoughts on “Yang tersirat

  1. So the author seems to suggest that if one runs for shelter and still suffer the exact same fate, as the one who hadn’t, why bother, right? On the contrary, one should just take things in stride and perhaps just enjoy the walk in the pouring rain?

    Is he implying too, that if we fully understood this, we’ll stop deceiving ourselves by expecting a certain action to bring about (or to NOT bring about) a particular result, when in reality it matters not if we applied the action at all? Hmmm…. not sure if I’m making sense… heh!

    So tell me, what’s your interpretation of what the author is trying to say?

  2. Pat,
    Good try! hehe
    The author was a samurai, one of the last few to exist. (sadly, dia bukan Tom Cruise kekeke).

    What I think he is saying is what we have been trained in the concept of Budo in aikido, that is to be prepared. From the beginning, if we are prepared for anything and everything ( When you are resolved from the very beginning) then when something bad happens, we are prepared to face it heads on, although there is no escaping the bad things that happens to us (you will not be perplexed though you still get the same soaking).

    Basically, kalau dah mentally focused and prepared, ajal, maut, malapetaka semua kita boleh face macam ikon aiskrim ..apa tu, Mat Kool?heh
    hah like that lah.. if you get what I mean hehe.

  3. aahhh… ok.. I think I get it. What the writer is saying and how you’ve understood it is that bad things happen – it’s inevitable. Inasmuch as we have no control over them happening, what we can do, however is to train/condition ourselves be in a mental state of preparedness. Just so that when it happens (and it will happen coz its unavoidable), we are kinda in a much better position to face the challenge head-on and cope better; this compared to if we hadn’t been mentally prepared for it. Betul ka, cikgu? 😛

    Eh ma’am….its true that The Last Samurai has left such a lasting impact that at the mention of the word “samurai”, Tom Cruise comes to mind! hmmm…. I wonder why… kakakaka! 😀

  4. Pat,
    I am shameless to say that I took up aikido a few years back because *red face* of Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai ler.. LOL
    Oh hopeless, I know!

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