Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei
Ueshiba
1883
1969

Japanese Martial Artist and Founder of Aikido

Author Quotes

Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise, take all that is good as your own. With this as your base, open your own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you. Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything-even mountains, rivers, plants, and trees-should be your teacher.

The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.

Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery.
Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacriice.
The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.

True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemies heart.

Aikido is based on the projection of love.

Aikido is love. It is the path that brings our heart into oneness with the spirit of the universe to complete our mission in life by instilling in us a love and reverence for all of nature.

The penetrating brilliance of swords, wielded by followers of the Way, strikes at the evil enemy, lurking deep within, their own souls and bodies.

To practice properly the Art of Peace, you must:
Calm the spirit and return to the source. Cleanse the body and
spirit by removing all malice, selfishness, and desire. Be ever grateful for the gifts received from the universe, your family, Mother nature, and your fellow human beings.

Focus on stillness, rather than on movement.

Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.

Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.

When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.

The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Everything even mountains, rivers, plants and trees should be your teacher.

All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.

Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment

When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace

Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.

The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.

Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.

As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.

Create each day anew.

Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really No Path.

Author Picture
First Name
Morihei
Last Name
Ueshiba
Birth Date
1883
Death Date
1969
Bio

Japanese Martial Artist and Founder of Aikido