O’Sensei’s kotodama practice in the 60’s…

When O’Sensei intoned kotodama, he usually did the following:

  1.  First, he intoned the kotodama of creation once:  SU-U-U-U-U-YU-MU.
  2. Next, he repeated the kotodama of existence three times:  A-O-U-E-I.
  3. He said, MASAKATSU-AGATSU, KATSUHAYABI once…
  4. Then,  AIKI O-KAMI (the Great Spirit of Aiki) was said once.
  5. O’Sensei would then return to the saying MASAKATSU, AGATSU, KATSUHAYABI, and intone the sounds that make up the words thirteen times.
  6. Lastly, he would say the following expression thirteen times: NAMU AME NO MURAKUMO KUKI SAMUHARA RYU-OO.

– – – Walther van Krenner,  Following the Martial Path,  p. 183

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