" Contemplate Aikido Doka and Spiritual Poems to Get an Insight Into the Thoughts of Morihei Ueshiba - the Founder of Aikido "
Master Morihei Ueshiba
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Thinking about the Aikido doka and spiritual poems of Morihei Ueshiba, will help you to understand the true depth of the founder of the art of Aikido.
Aikido doka are songs of the way, which include a series of short poems written by Morihei Ueshiba, and contain the essence of his thoughts on the deeper meaning of aikido and the martial arts.
These Doka also refer to classical Shinto texts and kotodama sound spirit vibrations. Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei - the founder of Aikido, said...
"Since ancient days there have been numerous masters, sages and Budo saints and yet there have been none who have completely accomplished the Great Way (Dai-do). I myself am still immature and yet I have entered onto this Great Way and now I find myself in the middle of the final shugyu (austerities). Everything in the entire world is made by means of the 75 sounds of the kotodama. I as yet do not understand but by mastering the truly necessary things one by one I will go forward with all my strength in the direction that gives birth to the techniques of Takemusu Aiki"
Aikido Doka before 1940...
Put the active principle (yo) into the right hand
Turn the left into the passive (in)
And so guide the adversary
The Way of the Gods!
Give in to the life of the Universe of Heaven and Earth
Thus draw nearer and nearer
To a spirit who serves the Godhead
I stand in the mountain stream
So pure! The splashing sound of water against the stone
Yet where is the person
Who with such purity can speak (of the Way)
A person who
In any situation
Perceives the truth with resignation
Would never need to draw his sword in haste
Pour your spirit and heart
Into daily technical training
To approach the many through a single principle
This is "The Way of the Fighting Man"
The enemy comes running in to strike
At the instant of the attack
Avoid his strike with one step
And counter attack in that instant
First master the techniques of Aiki
The way of the Gods
Then no enemy will ever attack
Rip away from your soul
The shabby rags it wears
Open the way to Heavens destiny
So let it shine!
Without the slightest opening
Nor the least thought of the enemy
And his encircling swords
Step in and cut!
The rays of the rising sun flow in
My mind is clear
Going to the window, I run about the Heavens
Shining like the dawn
Even the most powerful human being
has a limited sphere of strength.
Draw him outside of that sphere
and into your own, and his strength will dissipate
Left and Right
Cut or parry
Discard all thought of them
The human spirit must rush instantly in!
Mobilize all (your) powers through Aiki
Build a beautiful world
And a secure peace
Shining and echoing is the kotodama
An honored form of the Holy Parent
That single, spiritual origin (of all that is)
Since Ancient days
The virtues of training in the Two Ways
Both of the Sword and of the Pen
Has brought realization in the body and in the soul
The techniques of AIKI
Follow the Principles of Kusanaqi
Thus they protect the Way of the
Buddhas, the (Shinto) gods,
And this world of manifestations
The form and beauty
that is the world of Heaven and Earth
Has become one family
Aikido Doka - Spiritual Poems - Aikido Health Centre
Morihei Ueshiba developed the martial art of Aikido from his combat studies of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Sokaku Takeda, and his spiritual studies with the Omoto Kyo and Onisaburi Deguchi. The art of peace that focuses on harmony and non-resistance, leading to
Morihei Ueshiba - Aikido doka
Aikido Doka after 1945...
Aiki is the power of harmony between all things
Polish it ceaselessly
You people of the Way
The great and honored God
Taught us the way to govern the world
By creating the 75 sounds ( of the Kotodama)
In these teachings listen most
To the rhythm of the strike and thrust
To train in the basics (omote)
Is to practice the very secrets of the art
The Ki of the Great Origin
Is Full and abundant
The Heavens and the Earth, all Creation itself
From here began
Except for blending with the void
There is no way to understand
The Way of Aiki
With a mighty roar
The encompassing love of the lord
Gives birth to the great Universe
His holy works thus come into being
The vast Universe!
The Way of Aiki to to become
The light of all mankind
Opening all the world
Takemusu comes to be
Through Aiki with fire and
Water of the Holy Parent
The workings of this union are
The superlative beauty of the works of God
Let us bind together
Heaven and Earth, God and Man
So we may guard and protect
This age of ours
The spirit/mind of the person of the Way (do-jin)
Penetrates through to reveal
The evil devil that lurks inside the self
The time is now!
Make straight the bonds that link
Heaven, Fire, Water and Earth
Let me stand as your guide
I smile again to see
The King of the Eight Powers
About to give his battle cry
Masakatsu and Agatsu
By Aiki with the spirit of the Godly Parent
Save and invigorate
You own body and soul
Looking at this world
Only a coward complains of what he sees
As for me
Let me stand courageously
In the face of God's rage
Though only one enemy calls you out
Be on your nest guard
To deal with one adversary in the spirit of facing ten thousands
Is the Way if the Warrior
With links and ties too numberless to be known
Is found in the body and souls of the people
They who will enlighten the world
Aikido Doka - Spiritual Poems - Aikido Health Centre
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