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In Other’s Words

“Feel the smooth and comfortable motion of drawing the bow, not by thinking about what you are doing, but only by feeling it… feeling every movement of drawing the bow without effort.”–Don Rabska

“Removing attachments, desire, and worldly thoughts towards the target… This disciplining of oneself in this very precious way is connected to Shasoku-Jinsei (Shooting is Life).” –Kyohon p.70

“Let go of thought and bring it not into your Heart,
for you are naked and thought is an icy wind.”–Rumi

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On Rumi

Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī) is a 13th century Persian poet. He lived most of his life under the Sultanate of Rum, where he produced his works. While his works are written in the new Persian language, many different translations, and interpretations, can be found. Rumi has quickly become one of my favorite poets.

I ran across this selection this morning and it brought my thoughts to Kyudo:

If you never searched for truth
come with us
and you will become a seeker.

If you were never a musician
come with us
and you will find your voice.

You may posses immense wealth
come with us
and you will become love’s beggar.

You may think yourself a master
come with us
and love will turn you into a slave.

If you’ve lost your spirit,
come with us
take off your silk coverings,
put on our rough cloak
and we will bring you back to life
. ~Rumi

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