Art Of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba
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Discover the profound teachings of Morihei Ueshiba, the legendary founder of Aikido, as he emphasizes the significance of fearlessness, compassion, and our deep connection with nature. In his renowned martial art, Ueshiba embraces a path that is rooted in a combination of wisdom, love, and understanding. By labeling Aikido as the “Art of Peace,” Ueshiba promotes a holistic approach towards conflict resolution, offering a nonviolent means to triumph in the face of adversity.
Beyond the martial arts realm, Ueshiba firmly believed that the principles of Aikido can be applied to every aspect of our lives. Whether it is navigating personal relationships, managing business dynamics, or engaging with society, Aikido provides us with a valuable framework to overcome any challenges that may arise.
This newly expanded edition, originally published as a miniature edition in the Shambhala Pocket Classics series, presents an extensive range of additional content. Featuring a comprehensive biography of Ueshiba, an illuminating essay by John Stevens that delves into the contrast between “The Art of War” and “The Art of Peace,” as well as newly translated doka – insightful “poems of the Way” – this edition offers a deeper exploration of Ueshiba’s profound wisdom. Furthermore, readers can also appreciate Ueshiba’s artistic expression through his own calligraphies.
The Art of Peace: Morihei Ueshiba’s Path to Harmony & Enlightenment – A Warrior’s Guide to Non-Violence.
Morihei Ueshiba, born in 1883 and passed away in 1969, is considered the greatest martial artist in history. Despite being 80 years old, Morihei could disarm any opponent and pin them with a single finger. However, he was a man of peace who detested violence. His way was Aikido, which can be translated as the art of peace. Unlike other warrior classics that accept the inevitability of war, Morihei understood that continued fighting would destroy us. Instead, he taught the art of peace as a practical means of handling aggression and living in harmony with others and the environment.
The Art of Peace
The Art of Peace, also known as Taka Musu Yaki, is Morihei Ueshiba’s grand vision of courageous and creative living. This vision is compiled from his collected talks, poems, calligraphy, and oral tradition. Morihei believed in speaking to the moment rather than setting his teachings in stone. The oral tradition includes tape recordings, transcripts, and sayings collected by his students. Morihei wrote very little himself, as true masters prefer to communicate their teachings in the present moment. This edition of The Art of Peace is illustrated with Maura Hays’ calligraphy, which adds to the inspiring and delightful nature of his words.
The Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
For over 30 years, the translator of this edition has been studying Morihei Ueshiba’s teachings. Every time he reads his words, he feels inspired and hopes that readers of this edition will feel the same way. The teachings start with the individual, with the understanding that we can refine our spirit and train our body. The purpose is to realize our inner divinity and manifest enlightenment in our own lives. The art of peace is not dependent on buildings, money, power, or status; it can be practiced anywhere. Morihei believed in the unity of all things and that the present, past, and future are contained in the life force. The universe emerged from emptiness, and the art of peace originated from the divine heart of existence.
The Art of Harmony
The art of peace is a method of handling aggression and living in harmony with nature. Morihei emphasized the importance of unifying body and spirit to activate the art of peace. By unifying voice, mind, and body, one can produce true sounds and techniques. The art of peace is a celebration of the bonding of heaven, earth, and humankind. It reflects the true nature of creation and allows us to foster peace in our own lives and apply it to all that we encounter. The art of peace is a way of life that can be practiced in personal relationships, interactions with society, and in the workplace. Morihei believed that everyone can be a warrior for peace.
The Power of Words
Your voice is a powerful weapon when you are in tune with the cosmic breath of heaven and earth. Unifying body, mind, and speech will allow real techniques to emerge. The art of peace is the essence of creation and the true nature of the universe. It is a method of uncovering the principles that bind everything together. Morihei believed that a good mixture of faith and science is required to truly understand the intricacies of the art of peace. By practicing faith in the art of peace, one can reach a state of coherence and eliminate stress and fatigue.
Training in the Art of Peace
The art of peace should be practiced from the moment you wake up to the moment you sleep. It enables you to rise above praise and blame and frees you from attachment to worldly desires and anger. By training in the art of peace, you can become a warrior who is not possessed by anything and possesses everything. It is an act of faith that believes in the power of non-violence, purification, and life itself. It is a path that follows natural principles and must be applied to daily life.
Power in Emptiness
The art of peace emphasizes the importance of emptiness. If you have not linked yourself to true emptiness, you will never understand the art of peace. Emptiness is the key to perceiving the workings of the universe and transforming martial techniques into vehicles of purity and beauty. True emptiness allows for the true art of peace to manifest and brings clarity, stillness, and luminosity to the practitioner.
The Divine and the Art of Peace
The art of peace is derived from the divine form and heart of existence. It reflects the true and absolute nature of creation. The purpose of the art of peace is to fashion sincere human beings who have unified body and spirit, free of hesitation, doubt, and self-centered thoughts. Morihei believed in the unification of heaven, earth, and humankind in the path of harmony and joy. By practicing the art of peace, one can access the secrets of the universe and cure the sickness of violence, malcontent, and discord that plague the world.
Bravery, Wisdom, Love, and Friendship
The true warrior possesses bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. These qualities are symbolized by fire, heaven, earth, and water. The essence of the art of peace is to fashion sincere human beings who embody these qualities. A sincere human being is free of hesitation, doubt, and understands the power of words. The art of peace transcends time and space, and its techniques are always adapting. A true warrior is invincible because they do not engage in unnecessary fights and have mastered the art of peace.
The Warrior’s Mind and Body
A warrior’s mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm. Only through the unification of mind and body can true techniques be achieved. The body should be triangular and the mind circular. A warrior’s technique should be like the movement of the wind and waves, seamlessly blending with the opponent’s energy. Techniques should flow naturally and not be restricted by rigid forms. The essence of the art of peace is to be able to sport freely in all realms and respond appropriately in any situation.
Controlling Aggression without Inflicting Injury
The art of peace teaches us to control aggression without inflicting injury. This can be done through non-resistance and blending with the opponent’s movements. Attacks should be neutralized at their source, and no unnecessary energy should be wasted. By greeting opponents with a smile and redirecting their attacks, one can maintain a safe and unassailable position. The art of peace teaches us not to fear opponents and to guide them along a path indicated by heaven and earth.
Facing Challenges with Courage
A true warrior is always prepared to face challenges with courage. In extreme situations, the entire universe becomes our opponent, but unity of mind and technique is essential. The art of peace teaches us to remain centered, balanced, and unshakable in the face of any challenge. It is through the art of peace that we can triumph in any crisis and integrate the inner and outer factors of life. By relying on true victory, self-victory, and the day of swift victory, one can overcome obstacles and cleanse the senses.
Victory over Oneself
The primary goal of training in the art of peace is victory over oneself. It is about mastering the spirit rather than the form. By refining oneself and detaching from material desires, one can achieve self-victory. The art of peace is about perfecting and completing oneself. It is about unifying body and spirit and living in harmony with the cosmos. It is a path of continuous progress and transformation, transcending the limitations of the physical realm.
The art of peace is an ever-evolving path that encompasses all religions and perfects them. It is a form of prayer that generates light and heat, radiating wisdom and compassion. It is a religion that is not a religion, as it transcends all forms and expresses the true nature of the universe. The art of peace teaches us to eliminate pettiness, selfish thoughts, and contend with nothing. By relying on the power of peace, we can activate our manifold powers, foster harmony, and create a beautiful world.