There are many Warriors and Leaders to choose from throughout history. So why these five presented at the beginning of the book?
Leonidas of Sparta
Represents what Warriors and Leaders do once they undertake a task: no matter the personal cost, Leonidas followed his destiny which arose from the duty he undertook as King towards Sparta. The Bhagavad Gita’s Arjuna. Once a duty is undertaken it must be undertaken with love, to the best of one’s skills; without concern for the fruits. The Persians learned this lesson the hard way at the Battle of Thermopylae. It is our duty to learn from him today.
Author of “The Five Rings.” One must fight like earth, wind, fire, water and ether. A warrior must always be in tune with his or her environment; adapt accordingly; and appreciate the art of life and the science of living.
Shiva –Third Eye Open
Seeing clearly what we don’t want to see; what pains us to see; and acting or not accordingly.
Tatonka-I-Yatanka known as Sitting Bull
The visionary Warrior and Leader who defeated the technologically superior Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer by uniting the Sioux to a common cause. There is also a second meaning to this selection: the utter arrogance, rashness and stupidity of Custer – believing his own propaganda, “self-adulation,” of how brilliant he was. The first knew himself; the latter paid for not knowing himself. Out of respect I prefer the Indian name. Unfortunately, he is mostly known by his assigned name. So be it:he sat; he fought; he won; he sat – but always a Bull.
Put aside the strategy; put aside the tactics. We have all studied that. What counts is the philosophy of The Art of War – which is not a “how to” subject. A Warrior has it; or has not.
Laskarina Bouboulina was a Greek naval commander in the Greek War of Independence in 1821. From her, the Ottomans learned fear.