If you happen to find your body living on planet earth, you may be questioning the current madness. Following are some quotes by a true warrior… Morehei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.
“Those who practice the Art of Peace must protect the domain of Mother Nature, the divine reflection of creation, and keep it lovely and fresh. Warriorship gives birth to natural beauty. The subtle techniques of a warrior arise as naturally as the appearance of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Warriorship is none other than the vitality that sustains all life.”
“A true warrior is always armed with three things: the radiant sword of pacification; the mirror of bravery, wisdom, and friendship; and the precious jewel of enlightenment.”
“…a golden spirit sprang up from the ground, veiled my body, and changed my body into a golden one. At the same time my body became light…was clearly aware of the mind of God, the creator of the universe…at that moment I was enlightened: the source of budo, the martial way, is God’s love. True Budo is to accept the spirit of the universe, keep the peace of the world, correctly produce, protect and cultivate all beings in nature.”
“The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task is the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the art to all that you encounter.”
“When your eyes engage those of another person, greet him or her with a smile and they will smile back. This is one of the essential techniques of the Art of Peace.”
Thank you for this! Enlightenment and strength go together beautifully. Strength, of course, isn’t just muscular development, but the use of the body to its best advantage.