Time for some more Star Wars lore, this week I thought we would take look at the underlying mantra that forms the basis of a Jedi’s behaviour, actions and principles….
…The goody two-shoes Jedi Code.
So, if you’re planning on playing the role as of a Jedi and “protector of peace and justice” you should know the code, its meaning and how to follow it.
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The code is basically a set of principles all Jedi should follow. These principle’s were designed to steer Jedi along the path of Light.
All Jedi members of the Order, from Padawans to Masters are encouraged (take note “encouraged” not “forced”) to follow in the Jedi Code. Below is the most commonly seen and widely accepted version of the Jedi Code.
The Most Commonly Known 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 chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
This widely accepted version of the code was refined by Jedi Master Odan-Urr from the original Jedi Code.
The Original Jedi Code:
Emotion, yet peace.
Ignorance, yet knowledge.
Passion, yet serenity.
Chaos, yet harmony.
Death, yet the Force.
Following Luke Skywalkers rise to Jedi Knight, defeat of the Emperor and establishment of the new Jedi Order he rewrote the code:
Luke Skywalkers Jedi Code:
Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.
Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others.
Jedi respect all life, in any form.
Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy.
Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
As a Jedi you must know the meaning of the code, not just the words.
There is no emotion, there is peace
This tenet is not to be mistaken in the sense that emotions do not exist and Jedi are to be immune. It is there to ensure emotions must be understood, confronted and overcome in order to achieve peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge
This tenet teaches Jedi to always have an open mind, never to judge, never to doubt and not to be ruled by preconceptions.
There is no passion, there is serenity
This tenet is to teach Jedi to keep a clear mind, not to react to stress or emotion and only draw their Lightsaber once all other options have been exhausted. A Jedi must always act with a calm hand and an even temper.
There is no chaos, there is harmony
This tenet reflects the ideals of the Jedi Order; a realization that all things are interconnected and interdependent, in a never-ending cycle of balance. Every event has a purpose, even if this is not clearly apparent.
There is no death, there is the Force
On the surface the final tenet teaches the Jedi to be ready for death, without fearing or dreading the inevitable. Deeper teachings show the Jedi that death is merely a part of the never-ending cycle of life. Without death, life could not exist, therefore a Jedi must celebrate death as they celebrate life.
In its true entity this tenet teaches Jedi to embrace life and death, decay and growth, purity and corruption as two sides of the same coin – one can’t exist without the other.
If you wish to become a true Jedi you must follow these rules without question.
As a Jedi self-discipline is one of the key traits you must master.
As a Jedi you must understand that you are no better than those who cannot use the force, you are not superior and must see realise all life is equal.
A Jedi must be humble, overconfidence will lead to mistakes and death. Do not foolishly believe you are un-beatable. A Jedi must never plan only for success.
A Jedi must never only plan for failure, a Jedi mus first plan for success then in equal measure plan for failure. A Jedi must never expect to lose, as should you never expect to win.
Jedi are taught that it is always best to end things peacefully than to win or lose.
A Jedi must have restraint, never eager to draw their Lightsabers and charge into battle. Speed does not equal success.
As a Jedi you should only use Force to discreetly uncover the secrets of others when absolutely necessary, and never for personal gain.
A Jedi must never confuse attack and defense with aggression. You must learn to attack without aggression through actions without hatred, anger or recklessness. A Jedi is able to kill in self-defense but only if there is no other option.
Conquer External Loyalties
Jedi are forbidden from forming attached relationships. Jedi are not allowed to marry without very special circumstances, there are very few occasions this has been allowed. Jedi are also not allowed to take political positions, views or accept gifts.
As a Jedi you require few personal belongings, rarely possessing any more than you can carry on your person. Material possessions are a distraction from the Force.
A Jedi must first master self discipline, only then can responsibility for their actions be accepted. Jedi are never to shun responsibility – one who does will not be trained.
A Jedi is always truthful with himself, his Master, and the Council. Lies can be told only if the situation calls for it, but only as an extreme last resort.
Honor Your Promises
If a promise is made it should be kept, or amends made.
Honor Your Padawan
A Padawan must be treated with respect, never punished for disagreeing and never disciplined in public. Praise should be awarded as deserved.
Honor Your Master
Padawans should always show the utmost respect for their Masters. As a Padawan you should disagree if you feel it is appropriate but never to the point of arguing.
Honor the Jedi Council
If a Jedi is sent on a mission by the Council they must never place the Council in a bad light. As a Jedi you are a representative of the Council and must act as so, the Council will be responsible for your actions.
Honor The Jedi Order
As a Jedi your every action reflects on the order. Remember not all have seen, or known, a Jedi before, your actions can influence a beings preconceptions of the Order, whether true or false. This preconceptions can have far reaching effects.
Honor the Law
A Jedi must protect peace and justice, but is never above the law. If a Jedi brakes these laws it must be because there was no other choice, and must accept the consequences.
A Jedi should honor and respect all walks of life, never committing murder or killing unless no other option is available. All victims should be remembered, if a Jedi does not care about their victims they are on the path to the Dark Side.
Duty To The Republic
As a Jedi you are required to uphold the Republic’s laws and protect its citizens. A Jedi has no authority over the Republic, holding no rank in Republic service, being only required to serve when asked. This agreement has been in place for aeons, in fact it has been so long that no one knows how or why it come about.
While it is important to always save a single life whenever possible, saving numerous lives will always take precedence. In principle a Jedi must always do their best to help those in need.
Defend The Weak
As a Jedi it is your duty to defend the weak from their oppressors. However caution must be taken, all may not be as it seems, many cultures and traditions are in stark contrast to a Jedi’s code. A Jedi must never act outside of their jurisdiction.
At times A Jedi will be required to stand aside and let others defend the weak or aid the helpless. As a Jedi you understand when this time for restraint is needed, you should assist in anyway possible, always as a force for good.