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"So, the Jedi are Force users united in our quest to understand the mysteries of the Force and to serve as guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy. […] we ground ourselves in a spiritual existence and give up individual attachments in order to focus entirely on greater concerns."
"So, that means no sex."
―The Jedi Padawan Reath Silas and Affie Hollow[src]

The Jedi Code written in High Galactic

The Jedi Code was a set of rules that governed the behavior of the Jedi Order. It taught its followers to not give in to feelings of anger toward other lifeforms, which would help them resist fear and prevent them from falling to the dark side of the Force.[1]

Amongst other dictates, the Jedi Code forbade Jedi Knights and Jedi Masters from taking on more than one Padawan at a given time;[2] and forbade Jedi from forming attachments.[3] Grand Master Yoda stressed that emotional detachment was essential to prevent Jedi from becoming vulnerable to feelings of jealousy, greed, and the fear of loss, all of which were paths to the dark side.[4] Ahsoka Tano also regarded attachment as dangerous, and rejected Grogu as an apprentice due to the foundling's bond with the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin.[5] Few understood that this practice of non-attachment did not mean the Jedi were strangers to compassion when, in fact, they believed that all lives were precious.[6] The code also forbade the Jedi from killing unarmed opponents[4] as well as seeking revenge.[3][7] While the Jedi Code did not ban romantic feelings[8] nor familial love,[9][6] Jedi did not marry or start new families.[10]

During the Clone Wars, there were those in the Grand Army of the Republic, such as Wilhuff Tarkin, who believed that the Jedi Code prevented the Order from doing what was necessary to win the war against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[11] Shortly before the end of the Clone Wars, the Jedi High Council, through Obi-Wan Kenobi, asked Anakin Skywalker to spy upon the activities of his friend, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, something which Skywalker felt was against the Jedi Code.[4]

In 34 ABY, on Ahch-To, Rey heard the soft chanting of the Jedi Code emanating from the tree library that contained the original Jedi texts. The chanting compelled her to enter the library, where she found the texts and began learning more about the history of the Jedi Order from Master Luke Skywalker.[12][13]

The Code[edit | edit source]

A Jedi such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, trained in the ways of the light side of the Force, could take comfort in the words of the mantra of the 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.[6]

There also existed an alternate version of the Code, recited by Jedi younglings during their Initiate Trials, and by Depa Billaba during her full fitness re-assessment after waking up from her 6-month coma:

Emotion, yet peace.
Ignorance, yet knowledge.
Passion, yet serenity.
Chaos, yet harmony.
Death, yet the Force.[14]

Following the Code[edit | edit source]

Conquering the dark side[edit | edit source]

"Part of me you are, yes. But power over me you have not. Through patience and training, it is I who control you."
―Yoda, to the shadow of his soul[src]

Jedi were taught to accept the inherent dark side within themselves and conquer it, and not let it conquer them. Fear of loss, anger, hate, jealousy, greed, and aggression—all of the dark side—had to be stripped from its influence over a Jedi through patience and training.[15]

Love and attachments[edit | edit source]

"Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden."
―Anakin Skywalker, to Padmé Amidala[src]

While the Jedi Code forbade love in terms of passion and attachments, the Jedi were encouraged to love in terms of compassion. Attachment was the inability to accept change as the fundamental characteristic of life; to accept death as the natural part of life; the inability to let go. Feeding off the fear of loss and leading to jealousy, attachment was a shadow of greed and thus a path of the dark side of the Force. Therefore, attachment was forbidden for a Jedi, who had to train themselves to let go of everything they were afraid to lose: to renounce all attachments and instead practice compassion; to love the totality of life unconditionally without selectively choosing individual life-forms to become attached to.[4]

Emotions and serenity[edit | edit source]

The Jedi were encouraged to rely on their instincts over their mind,[2] but were also warned to be mindful of their emotions, for they could cloud their judgment. A Jedi had to maintain a serene, quiet mind in order to stand on the light side instead of the dark.[16]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"I, Luke Skywalker, do swear on my honor, and on the faith of the brotherhood of knights, to use the Force only for good, denying, turning always from the Dark Side; to dedicate my life to the cause of freedom, and justice. If I should fail of this vow, my life shall be forfeit, here and hereafter."
―Luke Skywalker's recitation of the "Jedi Oath"[src]

The Jedi Code was first mentioned in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[2] However, the Code's concept harkens back to early drafts for the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, in which Luke Skywalker takes the "Jedi Oath" before traveling to Cloud City in order to save his friends.[17]

Both versions of the Code mantra made their first full appearance in the 1987 Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.[18]

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