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Old 02-14-2005, 08:49 AM   #16
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: Has all the love gone?

In this sort of discussion, it is a good idea to start from what the Founder actually said, rather than what he is might have said, had he been English.

I have found no direct statement that 'Aikido is love' in any of the Founder's writings, but there is a whole section entitled 合気とは愛気である = Aiki to wa aiki de aru = Aiki is ai/love-ki on pp. 33-54 of "Aiki Shinzui". To give people some idea of what the Founder actually said about ai/love, and the flavour of his discourses, here is the first chapter of this section.

The section is entitled, 愛は争わない = Ai wa arasowanai = Ai/love does not dispute/contend/compete.

I have given a very rough literal translation, which others should please feel free to improve upon. Discussion will follow when I have the time. The section quoted is on pp.33-34.

合気"ケの極意は、己れの邪気をはらい、己れを宇'?フ"ョきと'イ和させ、己れを宇'?サのもの と一'vさせることにある。合気"ケの極意を会"セした者は宇'?ェその腹'?ノあり、「我はすな わち宇'?vなのである。
Aikidou no gokui wa, onore no jaki wo harai, onore wo uchu no ugoki to chouwa sase, onore wo uchu sonomono to icchi saseru koto ni aru. Aikidou no gokui wo etoku shita mono wa, uchu ga sono fukuchuu ni ari, ‘ware wa sunawachi uchu’nano de aru.
The mystery/secret of aikido is purifying the malice/evil of/from oneself, bringing about harmony of oneself with the movement of the universe, and bringing oneself into accord with the universe itself. For those who appreciate the secret of aikido, the universe is in their hara/heart and ‘they are the universe.’

そこには速いとか、'xいとかという、時間の'キさが存在しないのである。この時間を'エ越 した速さを、正勝、吾勝、勝速"?ニいう。正勝、吾勝、勝速"?ニは、宇'?フ永?"の生--スと"ッ化することである。
Soko ni wa, hayai to ka, osoi to ka to iu, jikan no nagasa ga sonzai shinai no de aru. Kono jikan wo chouetsu shita hayasa wa, masakatsu, agatsu, katsuhayabi to iu. Masakatsu, agatsu, katsuhayabi to wa, uchu no eien no seimei to douka suru koto de aru.
In this situation, being fast, or being slow, length of time has no existence. This speed that surpasses time is: completely winning, self winning, winning in the instant. What we term completely winning, self winning, winning in the instant is to assimilate /adapt to the life of the eternity of the universe.

では、いかにしたら、己れの邪気をはらい、心を清くして、宇'?X羅--恟ロの活"ョと'イ和することができるであろうか。
Dewa, ikanishitara, onore no jaki wo harai, kokoro wo kiyoku shite, uchu shinrabansho no katsudou to chouwa suru koto dekiru de arouka.
So, in this way, purifying oneself of evil/malice, making the heart/soul/spirit pure/clear, one can harmonize with the activity of the universe and all creation.

それには、まず宇'?フ心を、己れの心とすることだ。宇'?フ心とは何か? これは上下四方 、古往今来、宇'?フすみずみにまで及ぶ偉大なる「愛」である。
Sore ni wa, mazu uchu no kokoro wo, onore no kokoro to suru koto da. Uchu no kokoro to wa nanika? Kore wa jouge shihou, ko-ou-kon-rai, uchu no sumizumi ni made oyobu idai ‘ai’ de aru.
Moreover, first it is making the heart/soul/spirit of the universe the spirit heart soul of oneself. What do we mean by the heart/soul/spirit of the universe? This is the great ‘ai’ (love) that reaches above, below, the four directions, through all the ages, and into every nook and cranny of the universe.
愛は争わない。愛には"Gはない。何ものかを"Gとし、何ものかと争う心はすでに宇'?フ心 ナはないのである。
Ai wa arasowanai. Ai ni wa teki wa nai. Nanimono ka wo teki to shi, nanimono ka to arasou kokoro wa sudeni uchu no kokoro de wa nai no de aru.
Ai/love does not dispute/contend/compete. With ai/love there is no enemy/competitor. Whenever one makes of someone an enemy/competitor, the spirit of dispute/contention/competition is already devoid of the spirit/heart/soul of the universe.

宇'?フ心と一'vしない人間は、宇'?フ"ョきと'イ和できない。宇'?フ"ョきと'イ和できない人間 フ武は、"j壊の武であって真の武ではない。
Uchu no kokoro to icchi shinai ningen wa, uchu no ugoki to chouwa dekinai. Uchu no ugoki to chouwa dekinai ningen no bu wa, hakai no bu de atte shin/makoto no bu de wa nai.
A human being who does not come into accord with the spirit/heart/soul of the universe cannot be in harmony with the movement of the universe. The bu/fighting of a human being who cannot become in harmony with the movement of the universe is destructive bu/fighting and not genuine bu/fighting.

真の武"ケには"Gはない、真の武"ケとは愛の"ョきである。それは、殺し争うことではなく、 すべてを生かし育てる、生成化育の"ョきである。愛とはすべての守り--{尊であり、愛なくば、すべては成り立たない。合気の"ケこそ愛の現れなのである。
Shin/makoto no budou ni wa teki wa nai, shin/makoto budou to wa ai no ugoki de aru. Sore wa, koroshi arasou koto de wa naku, subete wo ikashi sodateru, sei-sei-ka-iku no ugoki de aru. Ai/love to wa subete no mamori honzon de ari, ai nakuba, subete wa naritatanai. Aiki no michi koso ai no awarena mono de aru.
With the genuine way of bu/fighting there is no enemy.competitor, the genuine way of bu/fighting is the movement of ai/love. This is not a matter of disputing/contending/competing (to the extent of) killing, but keeping alive/maintaining life/and nurturing, it is the movement of living-developing-nurturing everything. Ai/love is the guardian deity of everything, without ai/love nothing can materialize. The way of aiki is really something (the very thing) which makes ai/love manifest.

だから、武技を争って勝ったり、負けたりするのは真武ではない。
真の武は、正勝、吾勝、勝速"?ナあるから、いかなる場合にも絶対不"sである。すなわち A絶対不"sとは、絶対に何ものとの争わぬことである。勝つとは己れの心の'?フ「争う心」 に打ち勝つことである。己れに与えられた使--スを成しとげることである。
Dakara, bugi wo arasotte kattari, kaketari suru no wa shinbu de wa nai. Shin/makoto no bu wa, masakatsu, agatsu. Katsuhayabi de aru kara, ikanaru baai ni mo zettai fuhai de aru. Sunawachi, zettai fuhai to wa, zettai ni nanimono to wa arasowanu koto de aru. Katsu to wa onore no kokoro no naka no ‘arasou-kokoro’ ni uchi-katsu koto de aru. Onore ni ataerareta shimei wo nashitogeru koto de aru.
Thus, to dispute/compete in martial arts by winning and losing is not genuine bu/fighting. Genuine bu/fighting is true winning, self winning, winning in the instant. So that, no matter what happens, one is completely invincible. In other words, being completely invincible is being completely free of disputing/competing with anybody/anything. Winning is overcoming the disputing/competing spirit inside of oneself. It is the accomplishing of a mission given to oneself.

So there you have it,

Best regsards to all,

Last edited by Peter Goldsbury : 02-14-2005 at 08:56 AM.

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