The Lightsaber: The weapon of a Jedi, A Lightsaber can cut through anything, with the exception of another Lightsaber, and the rare material cortosis ore. For a thousand generations during the reign of the Old Republic, a masterfully and dedicated order known as the Jedi served as the guardians of peace and justice. Spread over a thousand systems, they brought calm and confidence to the citizens of countless worlds. The respect which the Jedi have earned is mainly due to their wisdom, but also in part, due to their masterful use of a weapon they themselves created ........ the Lightsaber. A Lightsaber in the hands of a trained Jedi, is far more powerful, and deadly, than any blaster. Constructed by each Jedi as a test of their skills the Lightsaber is the product of an ancient technology. Skillful wielding of the weapon is the hallmark of a fully trained Jedi Knight. A Lightsaber takes many long days to construct, the components have to become one with each other, and at one with the Force. The process takes a Jedi almost a week to complete. However there is a way of speeding up the process to a few hours. This is not recommended for trainee Jedi, as many accidents have occurred with uncontrolled use of the Force. "An elegant weapon for a more civilised age" :- Obi-Wan Kenobi A Lightsaber is roughly 24-30 centimetres long, the handle made from durasteel. An inner shell contains the massive energies produced, without transmitting any heat to the outer surface. A power cell is located in the handgrip and a Gem focuses the core energy channel into a coherent beam which bends cirumferentially to form a cutting blade. A Lightsaber can only be efficiently wielded after years of extensive training and disciplined use. The use of 3 gems in a Lightsaber gives the wielder an extendable blade. This can often turn the balance of a light-fight when the opponents are evenly matched.
The force: a mysterious energy field that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the Galaxy together. Meditation has been with us since the dawn of man. It is our principle means of establishing a one-to-one relationship with a spiritual essence, which may encompass many spiritual forms and images. Spiritual images form a bond between reality of life and the the mystical and other psychic-affiliated connections. We meditate to raise our internal awareness. Through this heightened awareness, we will recognise rewards when received that otherwise may pass by unnoticed. There are many different meditation techniques one can utilize to help focus the calling for spirits. It will take dedication over a prolonged period of time to practice and recognise the results. The results may appear suddenly, but most likely will come very gradually and subtly. Meditation can help in the development of projected floating images, bodily auras, distant projections and a number of other mental manifestations; but, foremost, it will balance the body and the spirit to achieve the highest possible convention of harmony.
The word "Jedi"' is derived from the Japanese words "Jidai Geki"' which translate as "period drama.'' A period drama is a Japanese TV soap opera program set in the samurai days. George Lucas mentioned in an interview that he saw a "Jidai Geki'' program on TV while in Japan a year or so before the movie was made and liked the word.
It's official: "Jedi Knight" is ON the list of religions for the 2001 UK census. A campaign to get people to write the entry on their census forms has succeeded in the term being included on the list of religions, alongside Church of England, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu.
Sufficient numbers of people wrote the entry in for it to be allocated its own code for the census processing team to use.
But officials from the Office of National Statistics are keen to point out that just because Jedi Knight has been given its own code, that does not confer on it the status of official recognition.
"We are not defining what a religion or a faith might be," a spokeswoman said. "We are recognising what some may have entered on their census form and ensuring that our coding framework will cater for it."
Other religions which are included on the list, alongside the better known cases, are the Church of Free Love, Wiccan, Divine Lightmission, and Coleraine Christian Centre.
Shortly before the census last April, an e-mail was circulated in the UK stating that if 10,000 people put Jedi on the census form, it would become a "fully recognised and legal religion".
A similar thing had previously happened in New Zealand, when citizens were led to believe they needed 8,000 signatures to make Jedi an official religion.
The list of religions - posted on the statistics office website, and available under "Internet links" - is simply the list of answers to the religion question.
It is not yet clear how many people will have written Jedi on their form, as the counting process is still going on. Results are to be published in Autumn 2002.
And even then, the information
might not be easy to obtain, as it will not be published separately in
the official census reports released by the statistics office. Anyone wishing
to find out the number would need to commission a special report to be