Cultivation: Developing a Warrior-Like Steward
It is a small part in us that strives toward the Truth and Awakening. This part must be nurtured in order to further develop a Steward, which can mirror the light of the Higher Self. One aspect of this growth is developing skills in the use of tools and weapons that combat the veil of sleep and guard Presence with vigilance. In ancient Egypt, the Steward was referred to as a King; in other traditions it is referred to as a Warrior, and the symbol of the warrior-like steward is the sword.
Ouspensky: Work means friction, conflict between 'yes' and 'no', between the part that wishes to work and the part that does not wish to work. There are many parts of us that do not wish to work, so the moment you begin to work friction starts.
Liu Yiming (18th c. Taoist master) The taoist I Ching: Superior people prepare weapons to guard against the unexpected. Weapons means the tools of wisdom, the work of silent operation of spiritual awareness. If one can prepare the weapons of wisdom to avoid being caught unaware, one will always have autonomous presence of mind, and the jewel of life will not be damaged.
Bhagavad Gita (Hindu text) : There is a war that opens the doors of heaven. Happy the warriors whose fate it is to fight such a war.
Buddha: Let the wise man fight illusion with the sword of wisdom.
The Bible, The Gospel of Matthew, 10:34: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Ueshiba Morihei (The founder of Aikido): The penetrating brilliance of swords
wielded by followers of the Way, strikes at the evil enemy, lurking deep within their own souls and bodies.
Sufi wisdom: The remembrance of God in the heart is the sword by which we combat our enemies.
Li Dao Chun (13th c. Taoist master,) The Book of Balance and Harmony:
The Sword of Wisdom
Ever since sages handed on the secret of the sword,
the true imperative has been upheld,
completely, truly adamant.
Setting to work when one yang comes back ䷗,
first have the six yangs pump the furnace bellows;
Then the six yins work the tongs and hammer.
When the work of firing is complete,
it produces the sword;
When it is first done,
it flashes like lightening.
This precious sword fundamentally has no form;
The name is set up because it has spiritual effect.
Learning the Tao and practicing reality depend on this sword;
Without this sword, the Tao cannot be achieved.