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On the art of the sword – Letting the heart be present

Author: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Many centuries ago, in the days of the samurais, a text was written in Japan on the spiritual art of wielding the sword: “Impassive comprehension”, also known as “The Treatise of Tahlan”, the name of the author (a fencing master and Zen monk). Below are some extracts that I have adapted:

Letting the heart be present

Whoever trusts in his power of seduction, capacity to say things at the right time, and proper use of the body, is deaf to “the voice of the heart.” This can only be heard when we are in perfect tune with the world around us, never when we feel we are the centre of the universe.

This holds true for both love and war.

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