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Morihei Ueshiba: Since Ancient days

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Morihei Ueshiba: Since Ancient days
   
  
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Photo: Morihei Ueshiba (December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is often referred to as "the founder" (Kaiso) or Ōsensei (Great Teacher). Ueshiba developed aikido after experiencing three instances of spiritual awakening. The first happened in 1925, after Ueshiba had defeated a naval officer's bokken (wooden katana) attacks unarmed and without hurting the officer. Ueshiba then walked to his garden and had a spiritual awakening. He says: Morihei Ueshiba (December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is often referred to as "the founder" (Kaiso) or Ōsensei (Great Teacher). Ueshiba developed aikido after experiencing three instances of spiritual awakening. The first happened in 1925, after Ueshiba had defeated a naval officer's bokken (wooden katana) attacks unarmed and without hurting the officer. Ueshiba then walked to his garden and had a spiritual awakening. He says: 'I felt the universe suddenly quake, and that a golden spirit sprang up from the ground, veiled my body, and changed my body into a golden one. At the same time my body became light. I was able to understand the whispering of the birds, and was clearly aware of the mind of God, the creator of the universe...At that moment I was enlightened: the source of budō [the martial way] is God's love – the spirit of loving protection for all beings ...'
 
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Since Ancient days
The virtues of training in the Two Ways
Both of the Sword and of the Pen
Has brought realization in the body and in the soul


(Morihei Ueshiba)
 
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Recommended Reading:

'The Art of Peace'
By Morihei Ueshiba (Author), John Stevens (Translator)

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Description:

These inspirational teachings show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art known as Aikido, "The Art of Peace, "presented here in a pocket-sized edition, offers a nonviolent way to victory and a convincing counterpoint to such classics as Musashi's 'Book of Five Rings' and Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'.

'This small, elegant book is filled with the wisdom and artistry of a great man. This collection of Morihei Ueshiba's sayings and poetry resonates with deep meaning, making this a gem of a book. The book itself is of very high quality--compact and well-bound, with clear print and beautifully reproduced images of Ueshiba's calligraphy. A CD of the book, read in a clear, calm voice, is also a very nice inclusion. It is an important collection for the reflective artist, and practically applicable to those intent on living a grounded, sensitive life.'

(Journal of Asian Martial Arts)
 
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