Oh, I'm aware that he talks about stuff like this all the time, but that's not what I said. What I said was:
It isn't a shortcut to nirvana or union with God.
Ueshiba says that oneness with God is a good thing and an important goal, but I think it's a mistake to take it one step further and decide that aikido training is the ultimate, divinely ordained path to that goal. I like to think Ueshiba would take issue with that. I certainly do.
Except that he says specifically and repeatedly that this is one of the goals of Aikido, which easily qualifies for your "shortcut to nirvana or union with God.".
I'm not sure how you get around that.
He didn't say anything about an "ultimate, divinely ordained path" - and neither did I.