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Taekwondo Bible, Vol.1  
<<Division 8. The Basics>>


  Chapter 60.
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Everything In the World Pleasing Me   
 
 

Only man's mind is benevolent, which Nature never cares.
Thus also, it is called "Physis".


The roughness of a mountain is suffering itself while there is the comfort of those who does not climb the mountain just closely beside and under it. You can find the peacefulness of people who take rests next to the severe thirst of those who run over and over again under the blazing sunshine. In the same manner, you can find temptation of comfort always next to painfulness of transcendental discipline of Taekwondo man. Why does a Taekwondo man continue such painful struggle for the transcendental discipline? For peacefulness is another figure of the way to death. The life is always the process of getting farther away from deaths here and there, and so, it is continuous change and activity. The strain accompanying the change is suffering. The life is struggling itself.

Taekwondo itself has its root already in the border between life and death. This border of life and death is the net that moves in tightening the whole life more and more from outside. But the net has neither inside nor outside. Taekwondo man goes out of the net continuously to begin again from new inside of the net. Taekwondo involves the process of escape from the boundary between life and death toward the life, and further more implies the transcendence over the entire relation together. Taekwondo man pursues the life itself transcending it. This is the transcendence to inside of life.

Why is it that the net tightening the life has neither inside nor outside? Why does the Taekwondo man fight at the boundary between life and death? It is because the world that includes Taekwondo is opposed to Taekwondo at once. Conversely, you live in the world fighting with the world. In the opposition to yourself you are the other and the other is you. You as a Taekwondo man are in the world, yet having your own life, also in the fight with the world. There are infinitely many manners of what kind of fight it can be and of how Taekwondo and the world can be involved with each other. Life is the fight that you cannot avoid as long as you live, so you doing Taekwondo should plunge yourself into the end of your limitation through the transcendence to inside of life. There you can experience the realm where Taekwondo is, accepting the life with pleasure. Whenever you go breaking out this limitation in Taekwondo every time you can enlarge the sphere of your existence step by step.

The process of Taekwondo training is that of compressed life. What makes you live in spite of all kinds of sufferings? It is only your will to live. And it is also only your own will that enables you to continue the training over your limit. To overcome yourself is to take one step more forth only with pleasure in infernal solitude, to put another objective several steps farther away in front of yourself who endure the harder thing than climbing a precipitous cliff at the end of another yourself, and to do it for yourself. You who continue such a hard training of Taekwondo as asceticism can be rather pleasant only because it is your own choice.

In Taekwondo you can rather feel than know that pleasure and pain are like both sides of a thing. Suffering and pleasure are put as oneness in the process of surmounting your limitation. This is the emotional meaning Taekwondo implies. Every most important truth is common and those who have never experienced pains cannot know what is the true pleasure while only those who have suffered severe defeat can enjoy true pleasures of the victory. Though you find walls everywhere that you have to break you cannot help going ahead. This is tension that is the essence of like. It is always painful to go over your limit, but you have to go on overcoming. This is the figure of life dwelling in Taekwondo. When you realize it in right way you will be pleased. Then, you will see everything is pleasant in the world.

 

 

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