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Institute for Jedi Realist Studies - Jedi Knight – A Jedi, Part 1

Jedi Knight – A Jedi, Part 1

Wisdom For A Jedi:

In this dangerous era, a Jedi must always be prepared for conflict….

To know where evil grows and permit it to flourish is to accept responsibility for all that follows. Sometimes you have to listen to the silence. And give yourself the time to understand.

There is a thing inherent and natural, which existed before heaven and earth. Motionless and fathomless, it stands alone and never changes; it pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted. It may be regarded as the creator of the universe. I do not know its name, I call it the Force, and I name it as supreme…

Don't you know that if you do evil, evil will come back to you?

Out of the Great Void came the universe, its galaxies, star systems, and suns. Everything that exists, and will ever exist, was spawned from the primordial plasma of time's beginning. Over billions of years planets formed and life arose through a steady progression of increasingly complex organisms. Woven into and intertwined with all of this --- from the smallest molecule to the largest star --- was the Force. As civilizations grew upon these newly formed planets --- newly formed on a celestial time scale, that is --- They began to sense, if only subconsciously at first, this mystical energy.

Over the millennia the Force has been called by an uncountable number of names: The Unity, the Way, The Power, Magic. All hint at one aspect or another of the Force's all-encompassing presence, but none completely reflect its true nature. And perhaps none shall, for the Force defies explanation. At times it seems dualistic, yet it has no separate components. Most prominent among the contradictions is the fact that the Force has two aspects, the light and the dark, yet without one the other would cease to exist. For most people these concepts hang well out of reach, celestial nonsense better left unconsidered. But for the select few, the Force is everything.

The Jedi is a vessel for the channeling of the positive energies of the Force. This power is not something that is derived or conjured, however, but ever present in the universe.

Jedi minstrels, a group known for its epic storytelling. The minstrels prefer to weave their tales as if the occurrences were happening at that moment of the recounting. The truth or falsity of any individual event will forever remain a mystery. Jedi stand for peace; they must use their weapons only as a last resort.

Concentrate, Feel the Force flow. Not outside or inside, but part of all. Through the Force you may see many things. It reaches across time and space. Other places, the future, the past. Old friends long gone.
Size does not matter:

A Jedi seeks not to know the answers, but to understand the questions. To know is not what is important to a Jedi. Even to learn is not important. What is important is to study.

There is a tale among us, a legend preserved by the old tellers from the farthest distance of our past … It is said that upon the edge of the Earth at the end of time stands a lone man who holds the meaning of it all … It is said that he has mastered all skill and prowess that we desire, all restraint and calm, and has become perfection --- passion and mastery like onto the poised grandeur of mountains. And it is said, should ever one of us seek him out … and contest with him, we will learn the measure of our worth, in defeat or triumph. Therefore we are a seeking people. In each heart among us beats a yearning for this test and the knowledge it offers.

Yet the path, which leads to him, is unknown, has never been known. It is said that this path must not be known --- that it may only be found by one who knows without knowledge and has not come seeking the thing he seeks. You are that one.

The Force is a Jedi's ally, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. We are luminous beings … not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you.

A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.
A Jedi's strength flows from the Force.
Don't give into hate. That leads to the dark side.
We cling to many truths; most depend greatly on our own point of view.
If you do not believe you will succeed, the success is failure.
Fear and confusion are some of the weapons of the Dark side.
A Jedi must learn to sense the tension between the light and the dark.

You must remain strong in your commitment. You must preserver, and you must always embrace the light side. Do not believe that you can experiment with the darkness and come away unscathed. The taint of the dark side will remain with you forever after, and the temptations to use that evil power will come all that more often and all that more strongly. I say these things not to scare you, nor to dissuade you from your training. On the Contrary, I wish only to make you stronger in the light by offering you the knowledge that so many before you spent their lives discovering. Remember that knowledge and the Force will always be your shield against the darkness.
Do not resist the role the Force wishes you to play, for things are not always what they seem. A Jedi must rely on introspection to discover his/her destiny rather then on outside intervention.

A Jedi who tries with all his being never fails. It is the Jedi who gives up that fails --- Fails not only himself, but the Force as well.
When you demand something of the Force. Then by your own actions, you have proven that you are not ready to commune with the Force. One must surrender oneself to the Force and allow it to decide your destiny. There is no difficulty, there is only effort.

He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
He who knows contentment is rich. He who keeps on his course with energy has will.
He who does not deviate from his proper place will long endure.
He who may die but not perish has longevity.

The Force is our power and our ally; The Force has always been with us. That is its nature. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the universe together. Those who become sensitive to its presence can learn to use it … For good or for evil.
Every action, every seemingly insignificant effort --- no matter the source --- influenced the future, intertwining and building upon one other to create a new state of the universe, which lasted in such equilibrium for less then a moment, when it is shattered by the next series of actions. A Jedi must learn many things among these things are the skills needed to control one's own inner Force. A Jedi with these skills learns mastery over the functions of his body and harmony with nature. A Jedi must also learn the skills needed to sense the Force in other things beyond the Jedi's own body. The Jedi learns to feel the bonds that connect all living things; this gives the Jedi the ability to understand how all things are interconnected. A Jedi must also learn the skills need to change the distribution and nature of the Force. A Jedi must learn how to move things with their mind, help others control their own Force, or change the Force in the Jedi's own Body, As well as change the perceptions of others and make them come to incorrect conclusions.

Serenity allows a Jedi to view the universe in its true form rather then in the shaded perceptions that most others see it in.
A wise man always walks with his head bowed.

Evil began in a time before recorded history, when magicians made themselves into kings … and gods … using the power of the dark side of the Force. The weak-minded have ever been ready to obey one who wields great power. Those who learned the powers of the dark side were quick to exploit this weakness --- to make war. Again and again the dark side has surged forth, like a storm … devouring whole nations and entire civilizations. Those who mastered dark power became dark power. They unleashed destruction, for no other reason then selfish gain. Some of them, I am ashamed to say, were Jedi.

The penetrating light dissolves the dark. The gentle wind disperses the gathering clouds, leaving the sky clear and serene. The tiny soft roots of the wood pierce the hardest rock, breaking up those dark intrigues, which shun the light of day. All the while, the whispering music of the wind, and the gradual uncurling of the leaves produce tranquility and peace, appearing soft, gentle, unthreatening. The results of gentle penetration by the wind are less striking then the effects of aggressive force, but more enduring and more complete. This principle, wielded by a Jedi, is powerful and irresistible.

In this age of conflict, law and order is often enforced by those who fight only for pay, or by those who are willing to seek justice through Force. Even after you have mastered the basic tenets of the Jedi Way, and you have learned many of its techniques, you have only taken the smallest of steps into a greater world. Much remains for you to experience. The Force possesses many subtleties that hide from the uninitiated, revealing themselves only after years of practice. These will come in time, but you must at least begin to prepare yourself for this part of the journey. One of the most important concepts to assimilate concerns the difference between the light and the dark aspects of the Force. Many foolishly believe that each is immediately recognizable. Here the light there the dark. But it is not so. The two have no separation --- you should not consider them distinct entities. What links these two sides of the force is a nebulous area of gray wherein the allegiance of any given person is not immediately apparent. The light and the dark stand at opposite ends of the spectrum, as beacons respectively. But the multitudes of people lie somewhere in the center, some leaning toward the light, others falling toward the dark. These are the people who must be protected, who must be shown compassion and understanding, who must be guided to the light. These are the people who can be brought together beneath our luminescent banner to help us defeat the dark side.

A Jedi should realize that no one species be it humans or another is more important then any other. The world and the universe thrives on diversity; nature is but an amalgam of elements randomly assembled into finite entities, people, creatures, and objects that quickly fade and rise again in new forms. This concept, then, is the heart of all. It is the central tenet required to understand the universe. All is one, and one, therefore is all. Duality does not exist in this statement. This is how you must think. This is what guides you, what tells you how to conduct yourself. This is the Force, the energy that lives in everything, that is existence itself. You must concentrate on gaining understanding in this concept. It may seem impossible. Many Jedi, even some of the greatest Masters, will devote years to this very issue. Do not give up.

Some Jedi can actually speak with animals, forming a bond with them that can often be unnerving to those who can't. The Jedi is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees. The hard and strong will fall. The soft and weak will overcome. The truth often sounds paradoxical.

So-called "sentience" does not equate with importance in the structure of nature. All creatures --- no matter their size, no matter their intelligence, no matter their station --- all beings in this universe have the same impact on this very moment. If a ladybug in Vermont flaps its wings, a star two dozen light-years away may erupt in a spectacular supernova. This is how closely bound all entities are.

Remember what you have heard so many times before: the Force penetrates all existence and links it together, making every element dependent on every other element. You must bear this concept in mind whenever you come to a crossroads. Let this understanding guide you; let the Force grant you the wisdom to choose the correct path.

Though what is about to be said may seem obvious at first, listen closely for the true meaning behind and within the words. Somewhere therein lies important understanding. As civilization advances, its technology becomes more intricate, enabling sentient life to break through one boundary after another. First learning to traverse the world on beasts. But eventually each society develops machines that can propel its members over land and liquid, or high above the planets surface through the atmosphere. These vessels now bring members of those civilizations together into a single community, where ideas and beliefs may be shared. Unfortunately, so, to, does war erupt between some that would never have meet had they remained confined to their native lands.

Notice that technology in itself does not possess good or evil. It does not have a light or dark nature. Those who use these devices may cause a vehicle, a ship, or even a weapon to seem to belong to one side of the Force or the other, but rarely do these items contain such an essence. This distinction is one of the keys to unlocking the secret of existence; remember it well.

A Jedi always takes advantage of the tools at hand. The ways of the dark side are often subtle and deceptive, so those who cling to the light must constantly be on guard. Many technological devices can aid in this task, especially those involving communication and healing. There are weapons, as well --- but these must be used only in times of dire need when lives hang in the balance and the Jedi must engage in battle to stave off the dark side.