Category Archives: Translations

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (6)

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

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (7)

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

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (8)

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

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (9)

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

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: 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

…Ai, inochi, chi…

by André Cognard Shihan

Kobayashi Sensei often tells me how O’Sensei used to say: “Nothing truly exists outside of love, harmony, life, and wisdom [ai; inochi, chi].” When you go beyond these three, you enter the world of force: chikara, the world of martial arts par excellence, but also the world of appearances, of illusion – the world of maya.

This “love” of aikido is not built on a doctrine  – “love others” –  but on a state of fullness of being,  a state which makes one generous.  This fullness can only come from the absence of fear. Absence of fear is part of what changes the aggressor’s heart, and it only happens when technique, wisdom, and sufficient energy are all readily available…

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The endless expanse of the sky…

– – – by Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan

The endless expanse of the sky,  the unknown depths of the sea… The way beautiful, white clouds drift in the blue heavens… Lovely flowers in Spring, the young green leaves in early Summer, the power that is hidden in the green plants of Summer… The fiery sun, which slowly  makes its appearance above the horizon. In the evening red, the mountains glow – second by second – a different color… in Fall, the leaves go a crimson red… It is impossible to get to the bottom of telling the wonders of Nature. Anyone who is aware can feel this:  the beauty and power of Nature.  For Nature is creating…incessantly.

Now,  Aikido has no Kamae,  and this  is [precisely] because Aikido is so natural:  there is no reason to be prepared.  The idea that one is better than all the others, or that one  m u s t  be better than all the others: you will find that all this disappears, and one becomes one with Nature.  Then one is simply a part of God’s art.   And in that moment, the wondrous life-force (ki) and the human-being itself become united.  And this unification makes everything possible.

So a  great teacher [is one who] has the technique that is closest to Nature.  And Nature seems at first sight to be so soft and loving – like our mother – and in fact, the Earth  i s  our mother – nevertheless there is more than this gentle manner:  there is also an extremely hard side [to Nature].  And there is immense speed:  faster than lightning.

So we try to take  O’Sensei  as our model, and we take pains to train each day.  And even so we find, [time and time again,]  that we are very, very far from being good enough….

– – – Bu-Iku: Ritterlichkeits-Erziehung,  Yasuhiko Kunimoto,  tr. Kiyoko Furumoto , p.12

“We do not own the land. The land owns us…”

In the world, today, economics is the basis of everything. And when the economy has achieved some stability, then there is a place where Ways and possibilities open up.  But here, on this our land, we have always had an economy where the spirit, and the soul and physical goods are one and the same thing. Because, it has above all been the  m a n n e r  of doing business that takes priority, it is still, in Japan, what we call “makoto” that is exchanged, and then it is palpable that love and harmony are being exchanged. And in fact, it is axiomatic in budo that, above all, it is love and harmony that are exchanged: and you can see that when that happens, people’s hearts are  brought out and they are nurtured.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p.47