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A Book of Life Lessons: Warrior of Light
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..
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?
A Book Review Rating
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."
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.
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. .
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.