The Void Ring
Gold or Silver handmade ring with the Tao symbol on both sides and the eight spoke Wheel of Dharma on top.
Embrace the WAY OF THE STRATEGY and win ANY BATTLE in your life.
Remember the true nature of reality, the way of the Tao, the way of the Buddha and the teachings of the Zen. Musashi’s final lesson.
The inspiration and design of this unique 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.
Musashi wrote the last chapter –The Book of the Void in the last year of his life.After decades of mastering and developing strategy, war tactics the philosophy of the Bushi / Samurai warrior, and the mastery of the sword, the kejutsu, Musashi retired and spent his time as a hermit, meditating and writing the Book of Five Rings.
Musashi’s way of The Strategy is heavily influenced by Taoism, Zen, and Buddhism.
Despite the fact, the book deals with winning a war or a battle, which is an act of violence Musashi embraced Buddhism-as the last chapter of his book –The Book of Void.
So instead of endless descriptions, these are Musashi’s own words of wisdom and understanding about the true nature of reality:
“The Ni To Ichi Way of Strategy is recorded in this the Book of the Void.
What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man’s knowledge. Of course, the void is nothingness. By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void.
People in this world look at things mistakenly and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is
In the Way of Strategy, also, those who study as warriors think that whatever they cannot understand in their craft is the void. This is not the true void.
To attain the Way of Strategy as a warrior you must study fully other martial arts and not deviate even a little from the Way of the warrior.
With your spirit settled, accumulate practice day by day, and hour by hour. Polish the twofold spirit heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.
Until you realize the true Way, whether in Buddhism or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order. However, if we look at things objectively, from the viewpoint of laws of the world, we see various doctrines departing from the true Way. Know well this spirit, and with forthrightness as the foundation and the true spirit of the Way.
Enact strategy broadly, correctly and openly then you will come to think of things in a wide sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void.
In the void is a virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, a principle has existence, the Way has existence, a spirit is a nothingness.”
Twelfth day of the fifth month, the second year of Shoho (1645).