"Master, in Gyokku Ninjutsu philosophy, what is the highest definition of strength for a ninja? What level must a ninja attain to be considered strong?"
If you would wish to be ninja, there are three aspects to ninjutsu training - the physical training, which improves good health, the mental aspect which improves ones control over one's own mind, and the philosophical training, which improves one's understanding of the world around us.
This includes the ninja concept of strength.
For example, look at both these ninja concepts of 'strength' below and tell me what you think...
Please read and meditate upon the text below...
The student trained night and day, and gained in strength and power, and yet the master was not satisfied. He overcame many opponents, and was called undefeatable, and his master urged him to greater training.
Then came the day of his greatest defeat, and it troubled neither the student’s mind nor his heart.
And his master called him strong.
He faced the death of a beloved, and could yet look upon the shades of the sakura and the glorious sunlight with joy.
And his master deemed him… invincible.
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....Please also read and meditate upon...
What shall exemplify strength?
Shall it be the great oak, that is hurled down
by the storm?
Shall it be the summer grass,
remnant of fallen warriors;
That bends always, always, before the wind?
Let the symbol of strength be instead, the flowers that grow
over the stone;
Bringing life to that which was lifeless.
Think of the 'movie' version of strength, as of a muscled man with a gun shooting down his enemies. And compare this with the ninja concept of strength, which (in the first poem from the scrolls, above) is to be stronger than sorrow or defeat. And in the second poem, above, strength is compared to a flower growing over stone, which brings life to the lifeless.
An important lesson, my ninja student!
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