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Old 01-15-2011, 08:35 AM   #80
Lari Hammarberg
Dojo: Aikidoseura Asahi Lappeenranta Finland
Location: Imatra South Karelia
Join Date: Dec 2010
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Re: When you bow do you worship or just...

Bump!

No human who is master of oneself, needs any worship.. To bow, for me, is to show my respect and gratefulness for the teachings. It's sort of a way to direct my positive intent to one i'm bowing to. Be it Osensei or some of my sempais or a fellow beginner or friend, it's respect and thanks without words. =) I like the tradition of bowing to people, western people should adopt this to their daily lives i think. It seems that people get the idea when bowing in every situation, no words neede. Humble bow speaks same language everywhere.
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