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Old 07-17-2009, 09:09 AM   #35
Erick Mead
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 13

George S. Ledyard wrote: View Post
You can see why O-Sensei treated technique very reverently... each is a sort of sacred work of art. ...
... In virtually all Asian spiritual systems there is the belief that the microcosm contains the macrocosm. ... If you train sincerely with the proper attitude, it's all in the waza. He called them the Divine Techniques for a reason.
Not merely in Asian spiritual systems is it true that the martial valor of the spirit of the word is manifest in conforming the material world to spiritual order. In this regard Aikido may be regarded as a form of sacramental -- even in purely Western spiritual understanding -- as O Sensei certainly intended by making biblical references to the Logos and the apocalyptic vision of St. Michael.

1 Cor 15: 26-28 wrote:
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.


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