"The Jedi who heeds not the counsel of the Force, to the dark side listens.”-Master Yoda
"Every Jedi should spend time meditation each day on the will of the Force. The reason for this is simple: if one has unwittingly acted contrary to the will of the Force, recognizing the mistake soon after may still give one time to make amends.”
By regularly examining one’s own motivations, a Jedi could be certain that she was not allowing emotion, ignorance, or passion to intrude upon her clarity. A Jedi who has no time to meditate may more easily become lost. More to the point, a Jedi who refuses to meditate may already know that her motivations are not pure, and it thus lying to herself.
"If a Jedi ignites his lightsaber, he must be ready to take a life. If he is not so prepared, he must keep his weapon at his side.”-Master Odan-Urr
Conflict is a fact of life in the galaxy for far too many beings, and no Jedi can hope to remain apart from it. But a Jedi need not embrace conflict. As Master Yoda teaches: "If a weapon you show, ‘A warrior am I!’ you say. And who is best must all other warriors know of you.” So, to avoid unnecessary fighting, a Jedi should not advertise his skill.
But when is it necessary to fight? The Force will show a Jedi when he has no other options, and a wise Jedi trusts the Force in this regard.
When fighting, is it necessary to use one’s light-saber? The answer is no. A light-saber is an intimidating weapon-but it is not a tool for intimidation. This is what Odan-Urr meant. Do not use a light-saber to create fear in an opponent. Use it to end the fight as quickly and mercifully as possible. If this means destroying a foe, so be it. But if a Jedi can end a fight without killing an opponent, so much the better. This best Jedi can avert injury altogether with only a word.
In the past, some Jedi have taken this to mean that they should carry a second, less deadly weapon. There is no such thing. If a weapon cannot kill, it is not truly a weapon. While a blaster can let a Jedi attack from a distance, it is just as effective and more in keeping with the Jedi Code to use the Force instead.
Do not come to rely on the Force to the detriment of your other senses and abilities.” -Master Odan-Urr
While not part of Odan-Urr’s Jedi Code commentary, this bit of wisdom from the Jedi Master is often added to any instruction using his words and methods. It warns Jedi students to develop their other talents and abilities, to not rely solely on the Force. To use the Force to accomplish every mundane task is to trivialize it. Using the Force isn't the only solution to every problem; sometimes, it isn't even the best solution. That’s where a Jedi’s other skills and talents come in. Jedi training consists of many exercises; mastering the Force is only a part of that training. The student also learns to run, jump, climb, fight, swim and think. These exercises could be made easier by using the Force, but this would be to the detriment of the Jedi’s overall experience. A Jedi needs to learn his capabilities without the Force so that he can truly know himself and also understand what those without the Force are capable of accomplishing.
Using the Force because it’s convenient, even when other methods might be more sensible, falls dangerously close to the dark side. It’s only one step removed from using the Force to achieve personal wealth and power, and that’s definitely a corruption of the Force
To be brave in battle proves nothing. Bravery itself proves nothing. A Jedi should be prepared to put aside fear, regret, and uncertainty and either fight, run, surrender, or die.” -Master Odan-Urr
Younger Jedi commonly mistake bravery as the opposite of fear. Since fear leads to the dark side, they reason that bravery is armor against the dark side. This isn't so. If a Jedi is mindful of the will of the Force, he will know whether it is best to stand his ground, or flee or even to offer a truce. Remember that bravery itself is an emotion, and a Jedi should be at peace-even in a midst of war
"The galaxy will live in tranquility if certain matters are a bit overlooked or left unheard.”-Master Odan-Urr
Though Master Odan-Urr believed in justice, he also understood that it was necessary for a Jedi to practice discretion. Some have seen this as a sign of Jedi partisanship. Others, particularly law enforcement agencies, believe that Jedi ignore small crimes in order to apprehend greater criminals. Obviously, neither of these is true.
The truth is that Jedi Knights are suffered throughout the galaxy-despite their facility with the Force. This is because they do not actively interfere with the lives of the common people. Jedi stand for order and justice, and these qualities do not begin with the misdeeds of the few. The goal of the Jedi should be to create and preserve an atmosphere where justice can flourish, rather than to try to create justice themselves.
Master Yoda often said that, should the Republic ever challenge the Jedi Order’s right to exist, the support of the common citizen would see them through: "If fear us they do, help us they will not. If hate us they do, hunt us they will.
This needs to be read a couple of times before building your character so you understand fully what it means and what it is saying. It isn't easy to role play a Jedi but always remember to bend your character to the code and not the code to your character -Xenlid
The most debated words ever uttered by a Jedi Master are: "A Jedi is not a creature of morals.” This statement has unfortunately been translated, often by Jedi, to mean that a Jedi can do no wrong.
What it actually means is that Jedi are not enforcers of morality. While Jedi can bring or restore order and justice, they cannot themselves sit in judgment of others. There are two reasons for this.
First, the galaxy is a vast place, full of cultures that no one Jedi can completely understand. One famous story tells how a Jedi learned that a companion had been devoured by the cannibalistic Colicoids. When asked why the Jedi later bargained with the very same beings for star-ship components, she responded: "Because eating the flesh of sentient beings is not forbidden by the Jedi Code-but to the Colicoids, not eating the flesh of sentient beings is considered a sign of insanity.”
This Jedi recognized that punishing the Colicoids for following their nature would be acting out of emotion and ignorance. Similarly, not procuring a badly needed engine part would have been punishing herself out of guilt.
* (Very Important for you to read and understand as a Jedi)
The second reason is that judgment leads to vengeance, and vengeance leads to the dark side. This is easy to understand, though not so easy to practice. Should a known murderer be allowed to go free? Should a man intent on murder be killed? To answer either question, a Jedi must first know the will of the Force. Neither decision can be made hastily, except where lives are threatened by inaction.
(This is another big one Sokan. Some species act in nature as predators and killers and on their home planets it is execrable Understand before you pass any judgement your personal FEELINGS need not to be involved. You serve a higher purpose and should always if time allows meditate clear your mind and thoughts to come up with a better solution.)
At the same time, while not judges, Jedi can be mediators. It is a role they are suited for, and one that works in accord to the Force since mediation leads to balance.
"You…you tricked me! You knew the boy was going to win, somehow you knew it! I lost everything.”-Watto
A Jedi’s responsibility to the Force is to be honest with himself. So long as the Jedi is not acting for his own self-interest and observes the Code, he is obeying the will of the Force.
Master Odan-Urr lamented the perceptional of those who believed that Jedi should be morally superior: "Many feel that a Jedi should be honest, never taking advantage, and never withholding information. This is nonsense.”
A Jedi can and should offer advice to those who need it. From a certain point of view, a Jedi is not being dishonest if he allows people to believe what they wish to believe. It is not incumbent upon the Jedi to convince anyone to follow his advice.
When a Jedi is serving the Force, he may employ deception, subterfuge, misdirection, and even fraud, if he does so with a righteous aim. Although most sentient beings have a distaste for such practices, the Force is without such emotions.
Do not confuse this with "moral flexibility.” A Jedi does what needs to be done, but also remember that a Jedi is not above the law.
"I will do what I must, Obi-Wan.”-Master Qui-Gon Jin
Jedi can exist in this universe because the Force exists, but the Jedi Order needs more: it requires loyalty. It goes without saying that Jedi should be loyal to one another. They should not squabble or fight. More importantly, though, each Jedi should be aware that he must act in accordance with the wishes of his Master, who must in turn act in accordance with the wishes of the Jedi Council. This is not a question of seniority, but rather of understanding the will of the Force, and in this regard, the members of the Jedi Council are the recognized experts.
A wise Jedi should strive to remember that there is always something more to learn about the Force. The Force reveals itself to those who have the desire and knowledge to see it, and merely heeding the Force’s will is not enough. To continue to grow, a Jedi should train each day.
It is the philosophy upon which the stands the jedi order. Is is a pledge of protection to the citizens and inhabitants of the republic. It is an encapsulation of our relationship with the force. As a jedi, you must be faithful to the spirit of the Code. Every day you must ask yourself Do you understand it?
Several versions of the Jedi Code exist, though the original version was:
"Emotion, yet peace.
Ignorance, yet knowledge.
Passion, yet serenity.
Chaos, yet harmony.
Death, yet the Force.”
The refined version established by Odan-Urr was perhaps the best known:
"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.) *sometimes left out*
There is no death, there is the Force.”
—The Jedi Code (Based on the meditations of Odan-Urr)
There is no emotion, there is peace
Emotions are a natural part of living. As the great sagas have shown us, Jedi are not immune to feeling emotions. This tenet is not to say that emotion does not exist but that it ought to be set aside. Emotions must be understood first, and it is a young Jedi's duty to explore his feelings. Unless a Jedi can confront his thoughts and feelings, he will never achieve peace. Emotions, then, are not to be overcome or denied, but rather understood and dealt with. This tenet could be modified to read, "Emotion cannot take away my peace."
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge
A Jedi must be circumspection and try to understand the world that is surrounding him. That ignorance does not exist is, of course, a flat-out lie or gross misunderstanding. Simply ignoring facts that do not fit with one's viewpoint is equally foolhardy. Ignorance is a part of life but it must not be feared. For more knowledge to light their way, the Jedi Temple Archives contain possibly the single largest source of information in the galaxy, but this tenet also reminds the Knight that knowledge can be taken from the most unusual places. This tenet is what gives the Jedi his open mind and ability to accept what other beings would tend to see as unacceptable, unbounded by preconceived notions, unfettered by rigid thought, and unhampered by doubt. In other words, this tenet points out that often a Jedi must use not only his rational mind but also his intuitive mind in order to ascertain the truth of a situation.
There is no passion, there is serenity
This tenet is more than a repetition of the first. It refers more directly to situations of extreme stress in which a Jedi might be tempted to react strongly, or be so focused on the task and not the goal. That a Jedi must draw his weapon only in defense is an expression of this tenet, keeping all other options open. While emotions and intuition must be understood and utilized in a Jedi's daily life, they must be checked, lest the Jedi act rashly and lose objectivity. Passionate use of power leads to the dark side. A Jedi must always act with a calm hand and an even temper. "when in doubt, stay your hand", observing each situation as clearly as the Force sees it, not clouded with unbridled passion.
There is no chaos, there is harmony
This statement reflects the cosmology of the Jedi Order. Whereas uninitiated beings see the universe as a chaotic and disconnected place, a Jedi realizes that all things are interconnected and, more importantly, interdependent, in a never-ending cycle of balance. While an uninitiated being sees sorrow and tragedy in the workings of the universe, through the Force, a Jedi is able to interpret and understand even the most painful of life's events. Every event has a purpose. Minor inconveniences such as failure, disappointment, and disagreement are also inevitable and should be taken in stride. Jedi do not deny the fact that tragic and terrible things happen; they merely point out that tragedy is simply another part of life. This too leads to a balanced, objective, and realistic view of existence.
There is no death, there is the Force
A common argument is merely observing a thing affects a thing, preventing those ware of their own finite existence from truly seeing the world as the Force sees it. A Jedi, like many ancient feudal knights of various empires, must always be ready for death, and not obsess nor be ruled by it. As a warrior not only in combat but also in day-to-day life, it is easy to fail and fall, then rise up without distraction or attachment holding the Jedi back. The sense of loss is often even greater for one who feels it with the Force, and it is difficult to maintain equilibrium. Death, however, is not a tragedy and is merely a part of the life cycle. Without death, life could not exist.
The Force in us, still lives on after we die. This tenet represents the view of the Jedi Order that accepts, indeed embraces, death and life, rot and growth, corruption and purity, not as opposites but as dual pairs, each can't exist without the other, as nature intends. As such, Jedi do not fear death nor do they mourn it overmuch; a Jedi, after all, must celebrate death if he is to also celebrate life. This tenet is often quoted upon a Jedi's death, sometimes referring to becoming one with the force, or even as living forever as a force ghost. This tenet also reminds the Jedi that death is a transitory state for any living being and is not truly an end to one's life, but merely the beginning of the next stage of one's journey. Through the Force, existence continues both as a constant state of connection to all living things as well as through the state of afterlife which follows death. Death, as perceived by the living, is an illusion and the Jedi must strive to remember this, as it removes what is often seen as the ultimate instinctual fear. When the Jedi have accepted the natural place of their own ending as well as the knowledge that whether they prevail or fall, the Force will remain with them, it becomes easier for a Jedi to put those fears aside and focus on the matters at hand.
The Jedi Code can be separated into three subjects: Self-Discipline, Responsibility and Public Service.
Conquer External Loyalties
Honor your Promises
Honor your Padawan
Honor your Master
Honor the Jedi Council
Honor the Jedi Code
Honor the Law
Duty to the Republic
Defend the Weak
Here can be read a number of miscellaneous tenets which are not mentioned in the Code, but should be known for all Jedi.
· The Jedi are the guardians of civilization, yet do not allow civilization to destroy needlessly.
· A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for aggression or personal gain.
· A corollary of the Code was "A Jedi does not act for personal power."
· The light-saber is the symbol of the members of the Jedi Order.
· Jedi do not marry (with some exceptions), in order to avoid attachment. However, in many periods of the Order's history, such as the era prior to Exar Kun and in Luke Skywalker's reformed Jedi Order, marriage was not forbidden. That being said, chastity was enforced in many periods of the Order's history.
· Jedi respect each other, and all other life forms.
· Jedi put the needs of the community above the needs of individuals.
· A Jedi protect the weak and defenseless from evil.
· Jedi always cooperate in battle or crisis.
· Jedi are forbidden from ruling others.
· A Jedi will not kill an unarmed opponent.
· A Jedi will not take revenge.
· A Jedi does not cling to the past.
· The Jedi do not believe in killing their prisoners.