A Book of Life Lessons: Warrior of Light

Light and enlightenment dawn on those interested.
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Warrior of Light

By Adam Brady from BookSurge, an imprint of Amazon.com

How does one learn a language and its inseparable culture when one is permitted solely to recite its alphabet?

A, B, C, D, E, F, G

A, B, C, D, E, F, G

A, B, C, D, E, F, G

A, B, C, D, E, F - Gee, I just don't care anymore..

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A student becomes tired of doing only Wax On, Wax Off exercises per the recipe of Karate Kid movies. Students may recite five letters of an alphabet before they become bored and stop. After all, not many words can be formed with the first five letters, and probably no sentences at all.

How may construct a dwelling place if permitted only to use single layer of bricks - where will the walls originate? Where can we find the infrastructure that we need in order to build a worthwhile life?

An Asiann watergate, often found in Japan and parts of Chinese waterways.
An Asiann watergate, often found in Japan and parts of Chinese waterways. | Source

A Book Review Rating

4 stars for Warrior of Light

Life Questions

This is the type of question asked and answered by Mr. Adam Brady in his fantasy fiction novel Warrior of Light. The protagonist hero Kaladin tired of practicing only a limited set of marital arts movements without relevant meaning, application, and greater purpose, as did the renowned Jeet Kune Do leader Bruce Lee. The experience is like chanting scriptural liturgy in Latin when one does not know the language and does not see any results from it. It is like speaking into an empty closet, expecting some one to answer and not receiving even an echo in reply.

Like his real life counterpart Lee - and others - Kaladin leaves his home and martial arts community in order to continue pursuing the truth of martial arts practice on his own, unrestricted. He finds a deep well of inquiry within his own essence and follows it on a pathway toward enlightening and continued iterations of truth to be passed on along life's infinite, repeating string of pearls. The vessel changes, but the basis of truth does not.

In each messenger, the next recipient can sense the generations of envoys that preceded the current herald to this point in the continuum of all that is and all that is not. Many times is and is not are the same.

My instructor long ago lifted a new, unsharpened pencil to his students' eyes and intoned that martial arts is like this pencil:

"I will give you the eraser part, and you must find the remainder of it."

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The Proverb of the Life Lesson

A very few of us "Kaladins" did so.

Most students quit altogether as they usually do in most schools, never grasping the concept that solid martial arts and life are neither a sometimes-hobby. Both take commitment to be lived well and martial arts practiced well correctly is a life. It is entertwined with daily life. It makes daily life easier to handle in its ups and downs, providing perspective, insights, and equanimity.

Kaladin in the book is one who is in the minority that understands the lesson of the light and the pencil. He understands without hearing the precepts from any outside resources like martial arts classes or philosophy lectures.

Kaladin found that proverb within himself.

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Waterfire light presentation by Barnaby Evans takes light into the darkness on the water.
Waterfire light presentation by Barnaby Evans takes light into the darkness on the water.
Waterfire light presentation by Barnaby Evans takes light into the darkness on the water. | Source
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Learning Life Lessons

To teach means "to lead from", not "to pour into." So it is with life -- We are taught only so much and must use initiative in order to find the rest of the lesson. The finding can take a lifetime.

Warrior of Light contains some elements that a portion of interested readers will readily recognize. These incredints include the family of martial arts institutions and traditions available to those interested, the insistence of the older establishment on controlling and ensuring a limited distribution of the truth, Bruce Lee's break with his Asian masters (to their anger), the search for useful knowledge and self fulfillment, martial arts showdowns, various elements of mysticism, and even the proverbial exclamation "You killed my brother!" from Kung Fu movies. All are present in the undercurrents running between the lines in this book. .

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Lessons From Light

The lesson to be gleaned from Warrior of Light is that we must find the remainder of the pencil and use it to its fullest extent and fullest positive effect, without abusing it. What we learn in the process is that the pencil is infinite in length.

Anyone interested in martial arts, truth, and something better than the B movie karate story will benefit from the saga Warrior of Light.

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Patty I like your questions? I have no answers. There is many things , I do not fathom.

Have a great new Year when it comes and a better 2008


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I look forward to many more Marmalade recipes. :)


Iðunn 8 years ago

this is a beautifully put together hub. it sounds a bit like a martial arts 'Siddhartha' (Hesse) or even Coelho's 'The Alchemist'.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you very much. It flowed easily from start to finish, as I'd thought about it and let it sit in the subconscious a while.


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thooghun 8 years ago from Rome, Italy

Fantastic stuff. A great many observations and a well written summation. I agree with the Hesse parallel regarding Siddhartha, to a certain degree at least. That enlightenment can be borne through experience. Obviously then, if you are trucking within a set of forms and ideologies that fail to progress you, breaking free and opening yourself to new experience is another notch on the infinite pencil.

Regardless, I tend to get caught up in my own words, and you summed it up better than I could.

Thanks for the hub and the thoughts!

thooghun


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you for the comments thoogun.

My first anthoppogy professor told us that when one system does not work for you, stopp trying to get to the top of it, but find another one.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Do you remember The Blind Swordsman?

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