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Old 06-29-2015, 06:28 PM   #26
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Re: The Fundamental Principle of the Circle

Interestingly, the circle comes up in both the Jewish Kabbalah and in Masonic Ritual. Its my view that I can see some parallels to Aikido philosophy here but will leave that to others to decide for themselves!

(WM - Worshipful Master)
(JW - Junior Warden)
(SW - Senior Warden)

WM – Bro. JW, whence come you?
JW – The East.
WM – Bro. SW, whither directing your course?
SW – The West.
WM to JW – What inducement have you to leave the East and go to the West?
JW – To seek for that which was lost, which, by our own industry, we hope to find.
WM – What is that which was lost?
SW – The genuine secrets of a Master Mason.
WM to JW – How came they lost?
JW – By the untimely death of our Master Hiram Abif.
WM to SW – Where do you hope to find them?
SW – With the centre.
WM – What is a Centre ?
JW – A point within a circle from which part of the circumference is equidistant.
WM to SW – Why with the Centre ?
SW – That being a point from which a Master Mason cannot err.
WM – We will assist you to repair that loss and may Heaven aid our united
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:47 AM   #27
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Re: The Fundamental Principle of the Circle


Unless you're following your post with the claim that O Sensei was Jewish, I think you are only validating John's concerns... In what way does a Jewish excerpt contribute to better translating what Saotome Sensei said about what he remembered of a lesson he heard from O Sensei? Even closer to home, what does modern aikido philosophy have to do with what O Sensei said?

I know this sounds like I'm being a jerk, but my point is to challenge to you look at the harder question. Don't be content with the easy answer, look for the best answer. The best answer is not gonna be in Jewish text. Carsten mentioned some great starting points.

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