Book of Five Spheres - The Wind Scroll and Speed
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
In martial arts, speed is not the true Way. As far as speed is concerned, the question of fast or slow in anything derives from failure to harmonize with the rhythm.
When you master an art or science, your performance does not appear to be fast. For example, there are professional courier runners who travel a route of about fifteen miles; but even so, they do not run fast from morning to night. As for those who lack the training, even if they seem to run all day, they do not reach the goal.
In the art of the dance, if a poor singer accompanies the song of a skilled singer, there is a sense of lag, which results in haste. …As the saying goes, the fast one stumbles and fails to get there on time. Of course, being too slow and too late is also bad.
The performance of an expert seems relaxed but does not leave any gaps. The actions of trained people do not seem rushed. The principle of the Way can be known from these illustrations.
Speed is particularly bad in the context of the science of martial arts. The reasons for this are as follows.
Here too, depending on the place, say for example in a bog, it is impossible to move and run fast. With a long sword, there is no such thing as killing with greater speed; unlike with a fan or short sword, if you try to cut quickly, you will not be able to cut at all. This calls for careful discernment….
Furthermore, when people speed rashly, it is essential for you to be the reverse, becoming calm and quiet, not being drawn in by them. The way to work on this state of mind requires training and practice.