The Enlightenment of Aikido-Founder Morihei Ueshiba, The source of Budo is God`s love

Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido, 1883 – 1969

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"I set my mind on budo when I was about 15 and visited teachers of swordmanship and jujitsu in various provinces. I mastered the secrets of the old traditions each within a few months. But there was no one to instruct me in the essence of budo – the only thing that could satisfy my mind. So I knocked on the gates of various religions but I couldn`t get any concrete answers.

Then in the spring of 1925 when I was taking a walk in the garden I felt that the universe suddenly quaked and that a golden spirit sprang up from the ground, veiled my body and changed my body into a golden one. At the same time my mind and body became light. I was able to understand the whispering of the birds, and was clearly aware of the mind of God, the creator of this universe. At that moment I was enlightened. The source of Budo is God`s love. The spirit of loving protection for all beings. Endless tears of joy streamed down my cheeks.

Since that time I have grown to feel that the whole earth is my house and the sun, moon and the stars are all my own things. I had become free from all desire, not only for position, fame and property, but also to be strong. I understood, budo is not felling the opponent by our force, nor it is a tool to lead the world into destruction with arms. True budo is to accept the spirit of the universe, keep the peace of the world, correctly produce, protect and cultivate all things in nature and assimilate and utilize it in our own mind and body".