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Institute for Jedi Realist Studies - The Jedi Master, Part 3

The Jedi Master, Part 3

Important Points To Teach A Student:

Centering Exercises:

Unless a student has already awakened Force abilities within himself or herself, a Jedi Teacher should focus most early instruction on meditation techniques to overcome fear and resist impulses to act in anger.

Force Training:

The Knowledgeable teacher instructs students in the ways of the Force. In doing so the teacher helps them understand their own natural abilities as well as what Force skills work best with those abilities in mind.

Combat Training:

Jedi Teachers should focus their instruction in this area on hand-to-hand and melee combat styles that allow a student to subdue opponents, as well as styles that lend themselves to augmentation by the Force.

History and Philosophy:

This should be a major part on any Jedi's education. All teachers should focus on the academic side of the Jedi Tradition as well as the combative side.

If there is one thing all Jedi teachers should drive home to their students, it is this:

"A Jedi seldom starts a fight, but he/she usually finishes it".

This statement should be issued in context with the Jedi Code, which calls for Jedi, When it is appropriate to meet force with equal force and to fight defensively while turning the attacks of enemies back upon themselves.

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad.
The Jedi Teacher acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and the Teacher lets them come; things disappear and the Teacher lets them go. The Teacher has but doesn't possess, acts but doesn't expect. When His work is done, He forgets it. That is why it lasts forever.

•    The Force is like a well; used but never used up. It is like the volume of outer space: filled with infinite possibilities.
•    The Force doesn't have sides; It prefers neither the Jedi or the Sith It is the Master who knows dark and light; And uses the Force as he feels he must to serve the Light.
•    The Force is like a bellows; it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
•    The Jedi stays behind; that is why he is ahead. He is detached from all things; that is why he is one with them. Because he has let go of himself, he is perfectly fulfilled.

Do your work, then step back. The is the only path to serenity.

Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear. What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure? Whether you go up the mountian or down it, you can still fall. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.
What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear? Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?

The Jedi Master doesn't seek fulfillment. Not seeking, not expecting, he is present, and can welcome all things. The Master keeps his mind always at one with the Force; that is what gives him his radiance. The Force is ungraspable. How can his mind be at one with it? Because he doesn't cling to ideas.

Since before time and space were, the Force is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see.
The Jedi Master, by residing in the Force, sets an example for all beings. Because he doesn't display himself, people can see his light. Because he has nothing to prove, people can trust his words. Because he doesn't know who he is, people recognize themselves in him. Because he has no goal in mind, everything he does succeeds.

When the ancient Masters said, "If you want to be given everything, give everything up," they weren't using empty phrases. Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.

If you open yourself to the Force, you are at one with the Force and you can embody it completely. If you open yourself to insight, you are at one with insight and you can use it completely. If you open yourself to loss, you are at one with loss and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Force, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.

The Jedi is available to all people and doesn't reject anyone. He is ready to use all situations and doesn't waste anything. This is called embodying the light. The Jedi does his job and then stops. He understands that the galaxy is forever out of control, and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Force. Because he believes in himself, he doesn't try to convince others. Because he is content with himself, he doesn't need others' approval. Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.

Weapons are the tools of fear; a decent creature will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint. Peace is his highest value. If the peace has been shattered, how can he be content? His enemies are not demons, but living beings like himself. He doesn't wish them personal harm. Nor does he rejoice in victory. How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of life? He enters a battle gravely, with sorrow and with great compassion, as if he were attending a funeral.
The Force flows everywhere. All things are born from it, yet it doesn't create them. It pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim. It nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn't hold on to them. Since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts, it can be called humble. Since all things vanish into it and it alone endures, it can be called great. It isn't aware of its greatness; thus it is truly great.

•    The Jedi doesn't try to be powerful; Thus he is truly powerful. The ordinary Being keeps reaching for power; thus he never has enough.
•    The Jedi does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone. The ordinary Being is always doing things, yet many more are left to be done.
•    The Jedi views the parts with compassion, because he understands the whole. His constant practice is humility. He doesn't glitter like a jewel but lets himself be shaped by the Force, as rugged and common as stone.
•    Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Jedi makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole galaxy.
•    Teaching without words, performing without actions: that is the Master's way.
•    The Master allows things to happen. He shapes events as they come. He steps out of the way and lets the Force speak for itself.
•    The Master's mind is like space. People don't understand him. They look to him and wait. He treats them like his own children.

The Master gives himself up to whatever the moment brings. He knows that he is going to die, and he has nothing left to hold on to: no illusions in his mind, no resistances in his body. He doesn't think about his actions; they flow from the core of his being. He holds nothing back from life; therefore he is ready for death, as a creature ready for sleep after a good day's work.

•    The Master's power is like this. He lets all things come and go effortlessly, without desire. He never expects results; thus he is never disappointed. He is never disappointed; thus his spirit never grows old.
•    Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know.
•    If you want to be a great leader, you must learn to follow the Force. Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself.
•    The Master is content to serve as an example and not to impose his will. He is pointed, but doesn't pierce. Straightforward, but supple.
A Jedi does what he must:
•    When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts.
•    The Master never reaches for the great; thus He achieves greatness. When He runs into a difficulty, He stops and gives himself to it. He doesn't cling to his own comfort; thus problems are no problem for him.
•    The Master takes action by letting things take their course. He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning. He has nothing, thus has nothing to lose. What he desires is non-desire; what he learns is to unlearn. He simply reminds people of who they have always been. He cares about nothing but the Force. Thus he can care for all things.
•    The Masters don't try to educate the people, but kindly teach them to not-know. When they think that they know the answers, people are difficult to guide. When they know that they don't know, people can find their own way.

Some say that Jedi teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep. The Jedi have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.

•    The Master remains serene in the midst of sorrow. Evil cannot enter his heart. Because he is calm, he is people's greatest help.
•    Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame. Therefore the Master fulfills his own obligations and corrects his own mistakes. He does what he needs to do and demands nothing of others.
•    True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true. Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
•    The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
Traditional Views:
•    The Force is to be used to save lives, not to take lives.
•    The Force should never be used for personal gain.
•    Every Jedi has a voice in making decisions for the group.

The Jedi should work to support and maintain the government - but not at the expense of Jedi ideals. If the Jedi are called upon to fight, they will defend the helpless without hatred,anger, or thoughts of revenge.

No matter whether a group be of Good or Bad intentions. It will decline when it's time has come. If one tries to keep it from going to ruin at that time, it will have an unsightly finish. If one thinks that the time has come, it is best to let it go down with good grace. Doing so, he may even cuase it to be maintained.

"It isn't my responsibility how the Knowledge is used... I was just a teacher. I just passed the knowledge along." This is a very dangerous thought for a teacher to hold... As a Jedi one needs to remember that the knowledge they pass on to others... could be used by those of ill intent in ways it should not be used... It is better to never teach others... then to teach one who will mis-use what you have passed on to them.

A Jedi’s training is far different from the classroom experience, relying much more on personal instruction that emphasized a one-on-one imparting of expectations and the more informal "tricks of the trade." It is assumed that basic skills are already on the road to development, and it becomes the role of the Master to provide subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) support and guidance. It requires the stern observation of a master that educates not by carrying the student to a goal, but by leading him down the road to mastery.

A good instructor will almost willfully ignore the student and his or her improvement. And though immense progress might be made within a short period of time, the student begins to expect praise and adulation. But it is better to give modest praise and save greater accolades for much later down the line when it truly becomes clear that the student has made a full commitment to learning the art. So until then, a grunt or a frown is the student’s only praise.

The Masters are profound and subtle. Their wisdom is unfathomable. There is no way to describe it; all we can describe is their appearance. They are careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest. Fluid as melting ice. Shapable as a block of wood