Category Archives: Kuden (O’Sensei)

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (10)

The beautiful workings of this [natural] universe are something you should know well, and it is absolutely essential to apprentice yourself as someone who follows these workings.  And in reality, this is the public – and devotional – service to the planet and to humanity that aikido performs.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  pp. 117-118

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (11)

And as we absorb these teachings, we find that every lesson on human nature is in there. And that they are a medicine for the rebirth and repair of our planet – that we each have access to, in our own way.  And that this aiki of ours is also a medicine for the rebirth and repair of our planet, and that it has been given to us for the benefit of all things. And because of this, you must come together in musubi, when you train: polishing your spiritual sinews and muscles… and your intention – in sum, your spiritual resources.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p. 146

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (12)

Budo is Love…

– – – reported by Kenji Tomiki Sensei, Aiki News interview, December 1981

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (13)

It is essential not to be quarrelsome and disputatious.  Everything must be about musubi. If this is not the case, then your true strengths cannot emerge. And you will surely find that if this is not the case, then all of your keiko becomes ineffectual and pointless.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p.28

O’Sensei no Kuden: Ai, inochi, chi

Nothing truly exists outside of love, harmony, life, and wisdom [ai,  inochichi].

– – – recorded by Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan, reported by André Cognard Shihan  (So-Shihan of Aikido Kobayashi Ryu and designated successor to Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan),  in  L’esprit des arts martiaux,  p. 46

O’Sensei no kuden: misogi (1)

When you perform misogi, your spiritual part is lifted up to the heavens, and your raw animal spirits descend into the earth [ – make contact again with the earth – ] and then, over time: as you perform misogi for months and for years, your raw animal spirits gradually re-join your spiritual part.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p. 80

O’Sensei no kuden: misogi (2)

Without color and without form, the Great Benevolent Spirit, because it is without color and transparent, and embodying the most complete purity, the most complete innocence, the most complete holiness, the most complete beauty, the most complete honesty, the most complete virtue, the most complete and supreme love, is the most important in the divine teachings. And so misogi techniques were created, and so the Way of Aiki was created. And through the marvelous functioning of kotodama, the whole great world is made bright and pure again. And through this the misogi of Heaven and earth, the landscape and humanity is performed.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p. 142

O’Sensei no Kuden: a ‘Way’

In order to penetrate deeply into even a single Way,  you must proceed by making yourself without desire for anything else at all.   And in fact you will find that the moment you become without desire:  you feel complete freedom.  And you will find that in this world, everything becomes the possession of the man with no desire.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p.49

O’Sensei no Kuden: a ‘Way’ (2)

What I am teaching you is the Tao – the Way – that harmonizes man and the [natural] universe. It  is a resonance that comes from the ocean.

– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda,  recorded by André Nocquet Shihan.  Published in  Shobu aïki.  La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba,  by J-D. Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  p.37

O’Sensei no Kuden: a ‘Way’ (3)

A man who is knowledgeable knows what things are un-knowable, and he works at knowing those things that can be known. But an enlightened man knows those things that have not yet become knowable…

– – – reported by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan,  Densho to Tomoshibi    p. 42