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Crossing at a ford – from “A Book of Five Rings”

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Crossing at a ford means, for example, crossing the sea at a strait, or crossing over a hundred miles of broad sea at a crossing place. I believe this ‘crossing at a ford’ occurs often in a man’s lifetime. It means setting sail even though your friends stay in harbour, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favour of the day. When all the conditions are met, and there is perhaps a favourable wind, or a tailwind, then set sail. If the wind changes within a few miles of your destination, you must row across the remaining distance without sail.

Miyamoto Musashi, 10th month, 1645
Translated by Victor Harris

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Written by glh

December 27, 2010 at 15:48

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