The Aikido

The following article is from, Ueshiba, M. (1981). Memorandum. The Aikido, 18 No. 1, 3.

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Morihei Ueshiba

This world of ours is because human beings are here to govern it. It is the realm (heaven and earth) of human existence.

If we close our eyes it all ceases to be; at the same time the “heaven and earth” of the future is ours for the taking. Overcome, selfishness and thoughts of desire and the whole universe becomes your own.

Aiki is to develop oneself by uniting this sort of spiritual and physical paths. Aiki is to draw in the things of this world as they actually are and harmonize them through love, and thus to reach accord with anything that may arise. It is necessary for us to adapt and to assimilate all the people in the real world through a surpassing virtue and love. If we encounter hatred we reconcile it. We often hear the warrior spoken of as a “samurai” but this word means submission to the way of Love, not a blindly indiscriminate rush into battle. So, I think we should all train our bodies and spirits to become “pillars of the nation” and progress in the interactions of the virtue of Love.

Since ancient times, Budo has flourished but those who are in error have not disappeared and the tendency has been toward struggle. On the contrary, Aiki is for the benefit of all humanity. Specifically, the prevention of human suffering is the Road of Aiki. In this regard I, too, am respectfully pursuing my search. Though I have yet to get very far, I hope that we can, all together, singlemindedly aim at manifesting this great spirit of loving protection of all things and brotherly love. The zenith of such “technique” is Aiki. To win without the battle is Aiki; to attack and gain victory in our mission to realize the “True Victory of Self Mastery” (Masakatsu Agatsu) is Aiki. It is to pursue the true path mindful of the meaning of gratitude for past kindnesses.

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