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Morihei Ueshiba

(1883 - 1969)

Biography:

Japanese Martial Artist and Founder of Aikido

Quotes
A center and circumference, an outside and an inside. In other words, establishing a center creates an inside and an outside, but this does not mean that anything obstructs the smooth, functioning of the Great Spirit of the Universe.
A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
A true warrior is always armed with three things: the radiant sword of pacification; the mirror of bravery, wisdom, and friendship; and the precious jewel of enlightenment. Aikido is the principle of non-resistance. Because it is non-resistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. Aikido is invincible because it contends with nothing.
A truly beautiful and wonderful world already exists. As people on this earth, we must endeavor to construct a world of true happiness. Such a world is a world without conflict and at peace. It is for this end that we practice what is called Aikido. Aikido is a method for revealing the rationale of all creation.
Above all, a person who trains in Bujutsu should come to understand the principle of 'Ikidoshi' (the flow of life). In Japanese Bujutsu all the teachings of the Universe are spelled out. For example, even when being surrounded by countless spears you should see them as one person as they thrust. It is a mistake to use pillars or trees and shrubs as a shield like the warriors of old. Stand right in front of the advancing enemy with his intention [kokoro] to attack as your shield; enter into the center of the thrusting spears and, utilizing the principle of 'turning the body'[tenkan], break out of their enclosure to safety without any trouble. In this way, even if you are completely surrounded by the enemy, you must move against them from an undefeatable posture (or attitude) based on the principle of Irimi-Tenkan.
Absorb everything as if holding it in our hands when meeting opponents. We have our own spirit and others have that of their own. When spirits on both sides are in harmony with each other and produce genuine movement of Aikido as a result, everything is integrated in a circle.
According to your inner light.
After that, however, a conceited feeling was born inside of me, and while walking through a garden I thought that innumerable golden threads came down to me from the universe. Then, a golden light whelmed up from the earth and engulfed me. Eventually I attained a feeling that my body was turned into a body of gold that expanded to universal proportions. Here I felt that the God(s) were chastising me for my ever-growing conceit and I cried tears of gratitude.
Aiki is a divine invocation of the echo of universal formation. We must manifest this Aiki through the echo of this spirit to produce an infinite power. The resonance of this echo of Universal Spirit possesses the power to resolve all matters. The echo of the spirit of universal formation can only be learned from the Universal, must then be reunited with the center of the universe and assimilated into it. In this way we develop along with the progress of the universe. Thus one can go on faithfully recreating the form of the Universal in one's own body, absorbing into one's mind and body all that constitutes the essence of the universe by means of the echoing of its all-pervading spirit. By extension, one also comes into harmony with the hearts and minds of all the people in the world. In other words, it is a process of unification with peace and with harmony. Needless to say, people should not start fights and wars. All things are linked and united with harmony and this is Aiki. A person who tries to unite the world with harmony is a genuine person and so it may be said that Aiki is a way of cultivating genuine people.
Aiki is living-through the echo of the whole body. It is tied in with the echo of the universe and thus brings forth the technique of innumerable and uncountable variations. This is a scientific approach to technique. This is the basing of technical content upon the foundation of the correct moral governance of human life. In this way and by means of the echo of the whole body and the heat, light and power it is incumbent on us to make manifest the form of the Bu of Takemusu.