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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General Very 'eavy Very 'umble Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #20 New 09-17-2010 12:00 PM
Very 'eavy Very 'umble Be not ashamed, my brothers, to stand before the proud and the powerful
With your white robe of simpleness.
Let your crown be of humility, your freedom the freedom of the soul

The Sunset of the Century by the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore

"If I may ‘umbly make the remark," said Uriah Heep, with a writhe…
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

…a sunao mind is an untrapped mind, free to adapt itself effectively to new circum¬stances. A person with this mind looks at things as they are at that moment and colours them with no special bias, emotionalism, or preconception.
My Management Philosophy by Konosuke Matsushita

Rachel Lapp (Kelly McGillis): I should tell you this kind of coat doesn't have buttons. See? Hooks and eyes.
John Book (Harrison Ford): Something wrong with buttons?
Rachel Lapp: Buttons are proud and vain, not plain.

John Book: How do I look - I mean, do I look Amish?
Rachel Lapp: [nods] You look plain.
Witness, directed by Peter Weir

"…I had seen a good deal of him, liking him for his physical energy combined with a certain simplicity and modesty, though, indeed, he had nothing to be conceited about"
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

Since Charles Dickens wrote about Uriah Heep in David Copperfield in 1850 humility hasn't had a great press. Although the British hard rock band Uriah Heep tried to rehabilitate his name starting with the album Very 'eavy Very 'umble.

But if we want to be real budoka we always have to be modest. If we become proud our progress is blocked. Sometimes - maybe even often - for ever. In Japanese modest is sunao. Sunao comes from the Japanese characters su 素 simple or pristine; and nao 直 straight or honest. So sunao means modest, honest and frank. It's linked to the zen concept of cutting away the ego. One unlucky thing about it is that we can't let our guard down. Ever. Every day we have consciously to keep that open, free, sincere and modest beginner's mind.

The late Kisaburo Osawa Sensei, one of the great aikido teachers, was asked once in an interview what single piece of advice he would give to senior aikidoka. He said, "I can only say don't become conceited."

http://indianbydesign.wordpress.com/...ranath-tagore/ very cool blog about Indian design
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore wikipedia biography

photo: let your crown be humility by Shira Golding http://www.flickr.com/photos/boojee/312296517/ used by very kind permission under creative commons licence

© niall matthews 2010
Views: 6559 | Comments: 19

RSS Feed 19 Responses to "Very 'eavy Very 'umble"
#19 02-20-2011 09:27 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Yeah Niall, I'don't know if you noticed two links, they were two times in Tokyo
#18 02-20-2011 08:55 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. It's always great to hear this song and this is a cool version. Not as good as Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer though!
#17 02-20-2011 08:08 AM
guest1234567 Says:
#16 02-11-2011 10:06 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina! Yes, I think it means everything negative. Of course we can think of clothes (rags) as another kind of mask!
#15 02-09-2011 01:33 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Meanwhile I understand you good enough Niall I'm not sure would this doka fit in this nice post? Rip away from your soul The shabby rags it wears. Open the way to Heaven's destiny. So let it shine! - Morihei Ueshiba. Does O'Sensei by shabby rags mean things like conceited, haughty? Anyway I found an interesting blog
#14 01-06-2011 03:03 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. Sorry if it's difficult to translate or difficult to understand. There are a lot of relevant quotes and maybe I included too many...
#13 01-05-2011 01:29 PM
guest1234567 Says:
This afternoon when I began to translate this great post, I remembered a nice pps I received in spanish, I found the article in google, here is the link http://www.nupathz.com/articles/Arti...gham_Dress.htm
#12 01-04-2011 07:52 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Diana. Yes, keep that beginner's mind!
#11 01-04-2011 07:34 AM
Diana Frese Says:
When life takes an unexpected turn, job change, moving or any of many other things that come about, and a person discontinues training, and then comes back years later, there can be a bit of that "beginner's mind." I'm sorry in a way, of course for the missed years but reentering Aikido as a possible participant rather than an occasional spectator, I am caught in amazement as if I had just begun. Can this be the sunao Yamada Sensei spoke of years ago?
#10 11-19-2010 03:44 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. I don't know if they are still there in the park.
#9 11-11-2010 09:36 AM
guest1234567 Says:
I know Niall, I'll send you a photo per mail of what I told you, maybe you dind't see them.
#8 11-11-2010 09:12 AM
niall Says:
In Ueno Park there are museums and a concert hall (for classical music usually). And a zoo! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ueno_park
#7 11-09-2010 02:07 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Yes to the Ueno Park right? All that people with their blue tents
#6 11-08-2010 08:57 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. Very cool link. I hope that Playing For Change band comes to Japan!
#5 11-08-2010 03:14 PM
guest1234567 Says:
This post remembered me this video I like very much and want to share with you and your readershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

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