The Book of Fire.
Gold and Silver handmade ring with a Japanese Phoenix-the Fire element
Embrace the WAY OF THE STRATEGY and win ANY BATTLE in your life.
The Ring of Fire is a powerful reminder how The by using the right strategy while examining the big picture and the right timing your actions or the tiny spark that you’ve made will ignite a wildfire.
The inspiration and design of this ring came from The Book of Five Rings “Go Rin No Sho” an ancient book about strategy, war tactics, the philosophy of the Bushi / Samurai warrior, and the mastery of the sword, the kejutsu. It was written by the legendary 17th-century samurai Miyamoto Musashi.This book exceeds the realms of martial arts and is used also for business strategies and the management of conflicts in different fields. You can use the different concepts in this book in your everyday life.
Musashi’s “no-nonsense” approach throughout the text basically focuses on the one thing that’s important-reaching your goal.
The book itself is divided into five different sections that are symbolized by The Five Rings- a concept derived from Buddhism (where for example consciousness or perception being described as “water”- being changed and taking form according to its container or vessel).
Many believe that the strategies in this book developed among the people of Japan, and especially the Japanese leadership, have brought them the same spirit and approach that enabled the competition with the west in the fields of technology and economy.
In the book of fire Musashi uses the fire metaphor for the spirit of tactics. The ideas, tactics, and strategy in this book will bring victory over the enemy just like a wild fire that starts as a spark or a small flame.
According to Musashi the way to victory is by “the way of many contests, fighting for survival, discovering the meaning of life and death, learning the Way of the sword, judging the strength of attacks and understanding the Way of the “edge and ridge” of the sword. You cannot profit from small techniques particularly when full armor is worn. My Way of Strategy is the sure method to win when fighting for your life, one man against five or ten. There is nothing wrong with the principle –” one man can beat ten, so a thousand men can beat ten thousand”. You must research this. ”
People tend to think narrowly about strategy. They concentrate on techniques and small matters of dexterity and as Musashi states “small trifles such as hand and leg movements with the bamboo practice sword”.
The emphasis on looking at the big picture is extremely important for every aspect of our life. If you examine the approach of most people, they have the tendency of looking at their close surroundings and focus on minor and usually unimportant things that gain most of their attention. Musashi mentions that people examine their surroundings and their position “By using only their fingertips, they only know the benefit of three of the five inches of the wrist. They let a contest be decided, as with the folding fan, merely by the span of their forearms”.
The strategies of the Book of fire are wide range tactics. He uses the term “crossing the ford”, something that each one of us has to do during his lifetime, “It means setting sail even though your friends stay in the harbor, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favor of the day. When all the conditions meet, and there is perhaps a favorable wind or a tailwind, then set sail. If the wind changes within a few miles of your destination, you must row across the remaining distance without the sail. If you attain this spirit, it applies to everyday life. You must always think of crossing at a ford. In strategy also, it is important to “cross at a ford”.
Discern the enemy’s capability and, knowing your own strong points, “cross the ford” at the advantageous place, as a good captain crosses a sea route. If you succeed in crossing at the best place, you may take your ease. To cross at a ford means to attack the enemy’s weak point, and to put yourself in an advantageous position. This is how to win large-scale strategy. The spirit of crossing at a ford is necessary for both large- and small-scale strategy. You must research this well.”
Musashi goes on with many tactics concerning the ability to discover the enemy’s weak points and the enemy’s spirit and intention, however, Musashi’s most interesting perspective is the understanding that everything has a rhythm or in his own words: “To Know “Collapse” Everything can collapse. Houses, bodies, and enemies collapse when their rhythm becomes deranged. In large-scale strategy, when the enemy starts to collapse, you must pursue him without letting the chance go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies’ collapse, they may recover. In single combat, the enemy sometimes loses timing and collapses. If you let this opportunity pass, he may recover and not be so negligent thereafter.
Fix your eye on the enemy’s collapse, and chase him, attacking so that you do not let him recover. You must do this. The chasing attack is with a strong spirit. You must utterly cut the enemy down so that he does not recover his position. You must understand how to utterly cut down the enemy.”
This understanding is valid for everything, not just the battlefield, but actually life itself.