George S. Ledyard wrote:
snip.. Calling them "indirect" students is simply ignoring the power of the effect that the time they spent with the Founder had on their development.
Thank you, George sensei, for the reply.
I guess this sums up what is thread is leading to - it is the core of aikido (beyond techniques) that is the utimate goal we should seek. He took us on a path lined with mirrors; either one sees his/her own physical self or see beyond ones shell. That is the measurement for growth. "Spiritually" we will always be direct students of O Sensei.