My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
Tatsuo Sensei Kenpo Gokui Kanji
The kanji that is the kenpo gokui is not as explicit or as simple a translation to English as I believe it may seem to the karate-do community. What I mean is that although the concept may be exactly what appears in the first pome of the gokui when you see and translate the kanji it is open to a lot of room for interpretation.
1. A PERSON's HEART is the SAME as HEAVEN and EARTH.
When you review the above English version it seems to fit. We can not be lulled into a false sense of correctness in this regard. Since we didn't originally create the characters we can not know for sure if this is what was meant originally.
We have to consider that the characters do not necessarily mean a literal word such as person. The characters come from the Chinese and they build characters from thoughts or idea's and feelings evoked from the representation of the characters.
The characters may take on different meanings depending on the person who is interpreting them. This is a good point as well when we say "interpret" because the Chinese characters are usually several separate characters representing something quite different when separated but when combined cause other meanings to come up.
A character that means water may be interpreted by one person depending on their education as well as the location where they live to mean a river, stream, or pond while for another it may mean to rain, an ocean, or some other "water" object. Then when combined with other characters bring about meaning of a totally different nature.
Take "path" or "Michi" in Japanese. Depending on its view by the individual it may mean a road or a path which could be the "path of the empty hand" or it could mean the path one takes to the next village. Two totally different meanings provided depending on its usage and those who are either writing it and its context that brought about its writing or those who are interpreting those same characters and its context in the reading.
All we can do is try to understand the characters as they were initially interpreted by Tatsuo Sensei and then with continued study and practice come to our own conclusions and meaning exclusive to us as individuals.
Tatsuo Sensei said that one meaning of the gokui is to learn about others such as their customs and way thus improving upon ourselves. This type of self-improvement changes the core of who we are and what we are with the hopes and aspirations that we become more tuned to ourselves, others, and all our communities.
No mean feat and a noble endeavor!