There are those among us, who believe chivalry to be a thing of the past – something subscribed to by medieval European Knights or the Samurai of pre-Western Japan only.
Although these martial cultures were well noted, nothing could be further from the truth.
Chivalry is the way of the Sacred Male. He lives by a code of ethics and a standard of civility. Nobility and good manners are with him as he interacts with people of all walks and stations of life.
As an Awakened Warrior, the Sacred Male is not bound by an oath to a liege-lord, but to the dictates of his inner-higher self. He seeks not the outer recognition for a task well done, but a harmony within himself and a peaceful balance in the world without.
The Sacred Male honors womankind in his every undertaking. He protects those who cannot protect themselves, and acts only when action is needed. Although he trains and prepares himself for the time of battle, his sword is wielded primarily within his own life, as he routes out that which does not belong.
Chivalry is a good thing! It’s alive and well today, in the lives of some of our brothers – but, this is not enough! More brothers need to experience chivalry’s glow! For a practical sample of a code of ethics, let me share this story:
During the winter of 1988 while stationed as a Ward Chaplain at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., I composed the Yakini Saba (Seven Affirmations). This became the essential component of a larger work entitled, The Coming Of Age: From Childhood To Adulthood – A Guidebook.
Inspired by the chivalric code of medieval knights, the Bushido of the Samurai, and the ancient Khemetic principles of Ma’at – the Yakini Saba is an ethical standard for one to reflect upon, and live by. I have carried it with me since its inception, and use it as a guiding principle in my daily life.
The Yakini Saba: Guiding Principles of the Kawaida Basuto
UPENDO (Devotion, Inspiration): I will seek to establish and deepen my relationship with the Great Spirit, and fulfill my daily spiritual obligation.
NIDHAMU (Discipline): I will exercise my powers of concentration and determination, that I may drive myself beyond most limitations and achieve the desired goal.
USTADI (Skill): I will learn and master an art or craft. I will use this ability in service to the community, without greed or glory.
HESHIMA (Honor): I will endeavor to live morally, that I may bring respect to others and myself. I will do my best to live humbly, that I may freely give respect to others, and openly receive the respect which others give to me.
KUJILINZI (Self-Defense): I will do my utmost to protect myself and others from harmful adversaries, without vindictiveness, and the unnecessary use of deadly force.
HAKI (Sportsmanship): I will learn the rules of the game. I will play the game honorably, with respect for the rules, despite any foul play on the part of my opponent.
KUTENDA (Commitment): I will strive in all that I do, to live by my word. I will endeavor to the best of my ability, to follow through unto completion, in all that I set my hands to do.