Which is really a key question that usually goes unasked.
Ueshiba did say, essentially, that Aikido fulfills religion - but defining just what he meant by that is probably more difficult than most people imagine when they toss it out there, and what he did mean is probably a little different than many imagine.
Here is how.
Because they point to the eternal presence that is this moment. Aikido train`s this every time an attack is Initiated and delivered. what I am I talking about?
Well, I understand what you're saying - but show me that Ueshiba said that as well.