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The Training of a Jedi
Deep Knowledge and Strong Action

The Training of a Jedi

From the very start, Jedi students are taught to become great athletes- to swim, dive, jump very high, run fast and long, ride horses and control other animals, and climb everything from trees to walls. Training is very, very hard in order to prepare these young Jedi for the difficult work of later years. They should also be taught how to dislocate the joints in their body so they can actually slip out of ropes and knots if they are tied up. They should also hang by their hands from tree branches for a long time in order to develop both strong arms and strong minds. They should practice holding their breath, and also staying in one spot without moving for a long time. Through all this, they are also taught the ways of the Force.

Many would-be Jedi encounter their first test of patience and perseverance in their search for a teacher. A teacher will only instruct those they believe most likely to complete the training. Some teachers may even require a candidate to successfully perform a task or pass a test to earn apprenticeship.

To teach a Force technique to an initiate, an instructor must have a basic proficiency in that technique that is higher then the student's. As potential Jedi increase their prowess with the Force, they must locate more experienced teachers who can provide further instruction.

Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small. The most difficult things in the world must be done while still easy, the greatest things in the world must be done while they are still small. For this reason Jedi never do what is great, and this is why they can achieve that greatness.

Deep Knowledge and Strong Action

Deep knowledge of principle knows without seeing, strong practice of the Jedi way accomplishes without striving. Deep knowledge is to know without going out to see, see the way of the Force without looking at it directly. Strong action is to grow ever stronger, adapting to all situations.

Deep knowledge is to be aware of disturbance before the disturbance, to be aware of danger before the danger, to be aware of destruction before the destruction, to be aware of calamity before the calamity. Strong action is training the body without being burdened by the body, exercising the mind without being used by the mind, working in the world without being affected by the world, carrying out tasks without being obstructed by tasks.

By deep knowledge of the Force, one can change disturbance into order, danger into safety, destruction into survival, calamity into fortune. By strong action on the Jedi way, one can bring the body to the realm of longevity, bring the mind to the sphere of mystery, bring the world to great peace, and bring tasks to great fulfillment.


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