Warrior Spirit and Sports; or Spiritual Warrior
Sports, Money and Profit
The Spiritual Warrior is a person who challenges the dreams of fear, lies, false beliefs, and judgments that create suffering and unhappiness in his or her life. It is a war that takes place in the mind and heart of a man or woman. To be a true warrior, one must fight all kinds of distractions, personal weaknesses, fear and lethargy ( a lowered level of consciousness, with drowsiness, listlessness, and apathy - a condition of indifference ).
Hebrew: Spiritual Warrior
There are two words for warrior in Hebrew: So'en and Lochem. By adding either a 'Yah' of 'El' to the end of the name, we derive - Soenya, Soenel, Lochemya, and Lochemel. Gibor is the Hebrew term for hero, it is the source of the name Gavriel or Gabriel.
The modern Hebrew word for soldier is chayal, it was coined by Eliezer Ben Yehuda, although the biblical term for solider is ish tzavah, a man of the army (eg Numbers 31:21). Ch-y-l has several related meanings such as: strength, wealth and an army of fighters. King David, as a young man, is described as doing "chayil defeating the Amalekites" (I Samuel 14:48). In this scripture, Chayil denotes strength, success, and military might.
Spiritual Warrior, from the Jewish perspective, is to dedicate ourselves to find meaning in our everyday lives. Being a Hebrew spiritual warrior is accomplished by applying the the rich teachings and sacred traditions of the Israelites as taught in the Tanakh (Hebrew: תַּנַ"ךְ) and "Jewish" writings.
"A warrior is one who enters the battlefield with a healthy dose of fear and a larger dose of love. He fights for a principle, or for his country, or for his king, and his love for these outweighs the fear he feels for his own safety. He requires courage and skill, for he risks his very life. ... The battlefield brings forth from the warrior capabilities and potentials that he didn’t even know existed within himself. And so, as he fights, he is in a constant state of self-discovery." Spiritual Warrior - On Being Jewish - By Jay Litvin
The Essense of the Warrior!
A warrior is a person who, through struggle and great effort, has come to know that the application of vigor and the fight for nobel causes are enjoyable and a part of our nature as mature human beings. To be a true adult, one must fight all kinds of distractions, personal weaknesses, fear and lethargy. Therefore, inner peace is a result of sometimes intense struggle.
The main characteristic of this struggle is spiritual and represents human vigor. Living life with intensity and purpose is leading the life of a "warrior". To be a "warrior" however, do not necessarily implicate waging a "war". The title "warrior" is also an honorary title in many tribal societies. It discribe the character of a man or woman as being endowed with courage and compassion.
The inner most core of ourselves are intrinsically one and the same with that of the universe. The effort to reach to one's inner nucleus and find a balance in this world is essentially spiritual. Therefore, to be spiritual means manifesting and radiating harmony of spirit, mind and body and constantly improving on that harmony.
A spiritual warrior is someone who pursues spirituality with a certain amount of vigor and determination. We are neither spiritual nor a warrior without taking the attitude that we are "in training" at any level all the time. The humbleness of "in training" is an essential trait of a true aspirant as well as the master / teacher. WE have witnessed in history, the utmost height of foolishness in the name of religion such as the destroying of life and property. These have nothing to do with spirituality nor warriorship.
Buddhism: Spiritual Warrior
The 'spiritual warrior' is one who combats the 'universal enemy' of self-ignorance (avidya). According to Buddhist philosophy, avidya or self-ignorance is the ultimate source of suffering. This is different from other spiritual paths which focus on individual salvation. In Buddhism, the spiritual warrior's only complete and right practice is that which compassionately helps other beings with wisdom. This is the Bodhisattva ideal. Bodhisattva is the "Buddha-in-waiting", a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others.
In Buddhism, Bodhisattva is one who seeks awakening (bodhi)—hence, an individual on the path to becoming a buddha. The bodhisattva (the renowned ideal of Mahayana Buddhism), is not a god or deity but a way of being that we all can aspire to.
The spiritual warrior provides a healthy direction by helping to constructively answer questions about aggression and competition. This is accomplished by being in touch with the joy, the sadness, the expansiveness of the heart, and being able to share and give it to others. The warrior knows about death and seizes the moment (Live in the Now). Buddha said: "Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has not yet come.
The spiritual warrior seeks to change others with rational and compassionate decision-making in service of a higher goal. The warrior commits to becoming a creative being, growing the heart and soul. The spiritual warrior has learned forgiveness (to let go) and avoid chasing others in revenge. The warrior serves in love of strangers and gives generously while giving to themselves.
The Bodhisattva Warriors: The Origin, Inner Philosophy, History and Symbolism of the Buddhist Martial Art within India and China [Paperback]
Shifu Nagaboshi Tomio (Author)
This unique study of the genesis and development of the earliest form of Buddhist self-defense practiced by Chuan Fa monks and mystics shows both the philosophical and physical basis of the skills developed and passed on to subsequent generations. This book seeks to reunite these concepts. Its teaching draws equally on the practices of North Chinese Chaan Movement Meditation Traditions and on the South Chinese Esoteric (Mi Chiao) School--both secret traditions rarely revealed to the general public. The material is presented so readers can understand that what we think of as a competitive sport is really a meditation mandala in action. Extensive appendices list the main Chinese dynasties, a chronology of Buddhist Sutras, a chronological record of scriptures, teachers, events during 1000 years of Indian and Chinese Buddhism, and translations of Bodhidharma`s texts including The Six Gates, Entering the Buddha`s Path, and the treatise upon the Bloodline Teaching of True Dharma.
The Bodhisattva Warriors: The Origin, Inner Philosophy, History and Symbolism of the Buddhist Martial Art within India and China