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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 06:04 (383 reads)
A Jedi applies the principles, ideals, philosophies, and teachings of Jediism in a practical manner within their own lives. Jedi seek the Living Force for guidance. Jedi follow what is considered to be the Light Side of the Force, and adhere to the ideals and philosophies of the Jedi religion. There is no absolute or universal consensus among the world's scholars as to the definition of religion, but the following is a good one, and is the official description of the religion of Jediism we adhere to at The Temple of the Jedi Force.


Requested by Schenkel30 and Answered by Jedi_Grayson_Dark on 06-Nov-2008 16:03 (2330 reads)
Life is your study guide for these Trials. The essay answers that you will provide to these requests come from you and your experiences. When administered, the idea for answering the Trials for you to look back in your life and tell us about a time when you faced the relevant situation and were able to come out on top and how.


Requested and Answered by Admin on 08-Oct-2006 04:27 (4407 reads)
The three primary tenents of Jediism are as follows:

Focus
Knowledge
Wisdom

When used correctly, these allow us to better ourselves and overcome any obstacle, helping to improve the world around us.

Jedi are the guardians of peace and justice throughout the world. We use our abilities and power to defend and protect, never to attack. We respect all life in all forms. We are humble and live to serve all living things. Through the lifelong journey of knowledge and wisdom, we seek to improve ourselves so that we may better help others.


Requested and Answered by Admin on 08-Oct-2006 04:24 (3547 reads)
16 Basic Teachings of the Jedi

1. As Jedi, we are in touch with the Living Force flowing through and around us, as well as being spiritually aware of the Force. Jedi are trained to become sensitive to the Force's energy, fluctuations, and disturbances.

2. Jedi live and focus on the present; we must neither dwell on the past nor be overly concerned about the future. As the mind wanders, focusing on the present is a task not easily attained, for the mind is not content with the eternal present moment. As Jedi, we must release our stress and ease our minds.

3. Jedi must maintain a clear mind; this is achieved through meditation and contemplation. Our minds can become cluttered and infected by forces and attitudes that we encounter every day, and must be purged of these unnecessary elements on a daily basis.

4. As Jedi, we are mindful of our thoughts... we focus our thoughts on the positive. The positive energy of the force is healthy for the mind, body and spirit.

5. As Jedi, we trust and use our feelings. We are intuitive, more so than others and with this heightened intuition we become more spiritually evolved as our minds become more harmonious with the Force and it's influences.

6. Jedi are patient. Patience is elusive but can be consciously developed over time.

7. Jedi are mindful of the negative emotions which lead to the Dark Side: Anger, Fear, Aggression, and Hate. If we sense these emotions manifesting within ourselves, we must meditate on the Jedi Code and focus on purging these destructive emotions.

8. Jedi understand that physical training is as important as training the mind and the spirit. We understand that all aspects of training are necessary to maintain the Jedi way of life and to perform the duties of a Jedi.

9. Jedi protect the peace. We are warriors of peace, and are not ones to use force to resolve a conflict; it is through peace, understanding and harmony that conflicts resolve.

10. Jedi believe in destiny and trust in the will of the Force. We accept the fact that what seems to be random events are not random at all, but the design of the Force. Each living creature has a purpose, understanding that purpose comes with a deep awareness of the Force. Even things that happen which seem negative have a purpose, though that purpose is not easy to see.

11. Jedi must let go of obsessive attachment, both material and personal. The obsession over possessions creates the fear of loosing those possessions, which can lead to the Dark Side.

12. Jedi believe in eternal life. We do not become obsessed in mourning those who pass. Grieve as you will but take heart, for the soul and spirit continue in the netherworld of the Living Force.

13. Jedi use the Force only when it is necessary. We do not apply our abilities or powers to boast or be prideful. We use the Force for knowledge, and exercise wisdom and humility in doing so, for humility is a trait all Jedi must embody.

14. We as Jedi believe that love and compassion are central to our lives. We must love each other as we love ourselves; by doing this, we envelope all life in the positive energy of the Force.

15. Jedi are guardians of peace and justice. We believe in finding peaceful solutions to problems, gifted as we are we remain negotiators of the utmost ability. We never negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate. We embrace justice, protecting and preserving the fundamental rights of all living creatures. Empathy and compassion are vital to us; it allows us to comprehend the wounds caused by injustice.

16. We as Jedi make a commitment to, and are loyal to the Jedi cause. The ideals, philosophies, and practices of the Jedi define the belief of Jediism, and we take action on this path for self improvement, and to help others. We are both the witnesses and protectors of the Jedi way by the practice of our Faith.


Requested and Answered by Admin on 08-Oct-2006 04:22 (1381 reads)
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THE JEDI CODE
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The Orthodox Jedi Code:

There is no Emotion; There is Peace.
There is no Ignorance; There is Knowledge.
There is no Passion; There is Serenity.
There is no Death; There is the Force.

Additional lines to the Jedi Code:
There is no Chaos: There is Harmony.
There is no Fear; There is Courage.
There is no Foolishness; There is Wisdom.


Alternate version, written as a rebuttal to the Sith Code:

Passion is a crutch, peace is the truth.
Through peace I gain serenity.
Through serenity I gain knowledge.
Through knowledge I gain understanding.
Through understanding I gain wisdom.
The Will of the Force will guide me.


Requested and Answered by Admin on 08-Oct-2006 04:20 (2946 reads)
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THE JEDI CREED
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I am a Jedi, an instrument of peace.
Where there is hatred I shall bring love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
I am a Jedi.
I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The Force is always with me, for I am a Jedi.


Requested by Admin and Answered by Cooper3060 on 24-Feb-2007 18:35 (3253 reads)
Just a question...

Is there a real difference between basing a religion on a cohesive mythology brought to light by a series of films and one based on collected ancient stories from a variety of near-eastern cultures and cobbled together by scribes and churchmen?

I think not.


Requested and Answered by Admin on 08-Oct-2006 04:15 (2751 reads)
Jedi are people who apply the principles, ideals, philosophies, and teachings of Jediism in a practical manner within their own lives. Jedi seek the Living Force for guidance. Jedi follow what is considered to be the Light Side of the Force, and adhere to the ideals and philosophies of the Jedi religion.


Requested by Admin and Answered by Jedi_Grayson_Dark on 26-May-2008 20:47 (702 reads)
To my knowledge, although Yoda sat on the Master's Council, Yoda himself never addressed himself as a Master. However, in many of the novels and the movies, he is referred to as Master Yoda. In "The Empire Strikes Back," when Luke says that he is looking for a Jedi Master, the mischievious figure said "Yoda, you seek Yoda." That is the closest Yoda has ever referred to himself as a Master.


Requested by Admin and Answered by JaxSecura on 12-Mar-2006 14:18 (791 reads)
The Order does not discriminate or readily distinguish one member's religious background from another's nor do we suggest that the ways of the Jedi supercede those beliefs.

Jediism is a combination of many beliefs, born of many cultures; A reflection of the all of these that offers new perspectives of old beliefs.


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