"Those who cling to life die and those who defy death live. The essential thing is the mind, look into this mind and suddenly take hold of it and you will understand that there is something in you that is above birth and death, and which is neither drown by water nor burned by fire. I have myself gained an insight into this Samadhi and know what I am telling you. those who are reluctant to give up their lives and embrace death are not true warriors." - Uesugi Kenshin

"Even a life-long prosperity is but one cup of saké;
A life of forty-nine years is passed in a dream;
I know not what life is, nor death.
Year in year out—all but a dream.
Both Heaven and Hell are left behind;
I stand in the moonlit dawn,
Free from clouds of attachment."
- Uesugi Kenshin

Uesugi Kenshin (1530 -1578), a warlord who ruled Echigo province during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history.

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