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Aikido in Rhyme Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 01-31-2011 06:17 PM
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Entries: 53
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In General The Way OF the Sword Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #8 New 10-01-2011 07:26 PM
I love the way of the sword because it's so unique,
The only way to lose yourself is to focus on technique;
A samurai sword, many folds, balanced, universal admiration,
A deadly weapon? A work of art? From a divine inspiration.

Is it meant for defence or attack? What is it really meant to do?
Is your sword a weapon of peace? Is your sword part of you?
It defends only one thing in truth, and that is your centre line;
The axis around which everything turns, the connection or spirit ,body and mind.

And in attack it doesn't chop, block or parry, or even thrust like a spear,
It does one thing only and that is cut and when you know that you will finally hear;
For the true cut is through the universe not through person or physical thing,
Only when you achieve this will you hear the sound of silence begin to sing.

A discipline, a focus, where the end and beginning are one,
A timeless motion without question, execute, done;
Non violent, non resistive, a healing tool of the Lord,
And if you interfere not but align, one cut and all is restored.

So how could such a thing teach you focus and such a state of pure calmness?
And make you face up to all of your fears and even find the truth of harmless?
And clear the path of ignorance, self doubt, arrogance and reveal such a prize, a forgotten goal,
Because through all that training may you one day find the truth of the sword, you own soul.

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RSS Feed 4 Responses to "The Way OF the Sword"
#4 10-03-2011 01:54 PM
Thanks Carina, four times over...... There was that x factor seeing those two masters meeting for me too. Amazing. Regards.G.
#3 10-03-2011 01:50 PM
Thanks Lintai, and may you feel the same thing in the relevant parts of Aikido. Respectfully.G.
#2 10-03-2011 07:39 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Very nice, thanks Graham, it reminds me the beautiful movie you shared in FB, I really enjoyed it. And I'd like to thank you too for The Beginner - A meeting between Yoshigasaki and Yehudi Menuhin, it is precious, two great masters together and doing aikido with the beautiful violin music in the background. I'm translating your Three levels of Aikido, it is a similar topic of what Yoshigasaki Sensei was telling his 80 year old student
#1 10-02-2011 05:14 PM
LinTal Says:
Beautiful. This poem really resonates with me; before I started aikido I also studied the sword arts and had a relationship with it so like this but inarticulate. Thanks for sharing.

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