Peter A Goldsbury
Are you sure you have the right book in mind? You mean the training manual for soldiers, right? Any references?
I refer to
Morihei Ueshiba: Budo, Teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Kodansha International, Tokyo 1991 (Paperback Edition 1996)
English Translation by John Stevens
I always assumed, that not only the photos but also the text belong to the training manual of 1938. Isn't that correct?
I refer to the following passages:
"Our enlightened ancestors developed true budo based on humanity, love, and sincerity; it' heart consits of sincer bravery, sincere wisdom, sincere love, and sincere empathy.These four spiritual virtues should be incorporated in the singel sword of diligence training; contnatly forge the spirit and body and let the brilliance of the transforming sword ermeate your entire beeing."
"... those sincerely training inother forms of budomanifest teachings that reflect the grand dsign of heaven and earth and lead to enlightenment. Hence the virtues of bravery, wisdom, love and empathy, are united in the body and mind, creating a beautifull valiant sword that directs us to greater and greater realizations."
"Note: In actual combat, strike your opponent's face with full force."
So Ueshiba himself was not aware to be the first one to connect budo and love?
What am I getting wrong?