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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.2  
3. Haneul(Heaven)

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3-10. Sincerity

On the other hand, it is the way of Haneul to make steady and persistent training without haste. Sincerity is the way of Heaven. the attainment of sincerity is the way of men. He who possesses sincerity is he who, without an effort, hits what is right, and apprehends, without the exercise of thought; - he is the sage who naturally and easily embodies the right way.1) Hence we say sincere training is the way of Haneul.

Reflecting its original meaning, to train yourself is to be not idle, making sincere efforts. There is nothing you can obtain without this efforts. To say differently it is the sincerity in training to make steady efforts. If you desire to improve your Taekwondo without this sincerity you are like people who dwell in cruelty while disliking disgrace and like those who are content to dwell in a low-lying place while disliking dampness.2)

In this manner to be sincere is to be not indolent, and not slothful. Earnest among the slothful, awake among the sleepy, the wise man advances even as a racehorse does, leaving behind the hack.3) Therefore diligent and sincere training produces such absolute superiority over the opponent that it enables everything of technique. The foundation that enables everything, it is what Haneul symbolizes.

What is it that sincerity means specifically? It is that training is not in your thought or in your knowledge but in executing your own training. Mencius said, goodness alone is not sufficient for government; The law unaided cannot make itself effective.4) Why should it be only concerned with political things?

Particularly, we can see many cases that Taekwondo practitioners feel satisfied with only knowledge of technique when they have some misunderstanding. If they, however, just understand with ideas yet not train themselves of technique of Taekwondo they cannot use it when necessary, which is same as that good law unaided cannot make itself effective, and not different from cowherds counting the cows of others. Warning this mistake Buddha taught us; Even if he recites a large number of scriptural texts but, being slothful, does not act accordingly, he is like ad cowherd counting the cows of others, he has no share in religious life.5)

The importance of sincerity that attends to every corner of daily and entire life, this is what the way of Haneul means in training. Its inner ideology is verily the self-discipline as the way of Saram.6)


<footnotes>

1) The Doctrine of the Mean, 20-18 Գ Գ Գ ͳ.
2) Mencius, Book II, Part A, 4; , .
3) Dharmapada, 29. ۯ ة ѥ.
4) Mencius, Book IV. Part A. 3; , .
5) Dharmapada, 19, ˭ ۯ ڦ.
6) Refer to Ch.5-9(Self Discipline) of this volume.

 

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