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Old 11-05-2007, 10:56 AM   #236
Will Prusner
 
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Re: Resisting Aikido Shihan

I'm not trying to discredit anybody's convictions regarding this matter, however, I found these passages in "The Art of Peace"; following each other actually. I think they shed some light both on the topic and dynamic of this thread.

"The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing."

and...

"There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within."

Really makes me question both physical and intellectual interaction. I wish I could say that this is how I always conduct myself in daily life (and internet forums, haha).

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration...

ART! - http://birdsbeaks.blogspot.com/