Category Archives: Translations

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world

This aikido is something that makes the world more peaceful.

– – – reported by Kanshu Sunadomari Shihan, interview in  Gekkan Hiden Magazine, April 2009,  and on the Sangenkai website.

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Denko sekai no ijo* – the light of the heavens is above the whole world and is more than its ways…

– – -recorded by Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan, reported by André Cognard Shihan in Petit manuel d’aikido,  p. 44

* Mount Den-jo is the highest peak next to Mount Kurama…

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Your physical movement must become a gesture that liberates.

– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan in his Hombu training diary, 1955-57. Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message
p. 183

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The goal of Budo is Friendship.  Train in such a way that your spirit harmonizes with everything that lives on this Earth.

– – – recorded by André Nocquet Shihan,  reported by J.-D Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba, pp. 38, and 43

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We never stop praying that there will be no fighting.  But if evil does come, we must be strong enough to sweep it away and protect Justice.

– – – reported by J-D. Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba,  p.43

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In Aiki, live in the “present”, “naka-ima“, the eternal Now, and it will manifest in you and make you a co-creator of the Love and Solidarity which is due to all of Humanity: both on Earth and in Heaven: that is to say, to all those who have worked for and who still work for the diffusion and fertilization of Life.

– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan in his Hombu training diary, 1955-57. Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message  p.210

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Bu has come down to us from ancient times, and it’s important to understand that its original nature is to take our animal spirits and to manifest there the spirit of the creator, and to make the three worlds [ – manifest, hidden and divine – ] join together in harmony and loving kindness and mutual care… this is what it really is.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p.90

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For every single one of us, the meaning of being in this world – and the fact that that meaning is in our own life and soul – is something we have to be awakened to. This is absolutely essential, because it is this will be the origin and source of peace in this world.

– – – reported by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan,  Densho to Tomoshibi    p. 54

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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

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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