Hello Aikido members.....
First may I offer early congratulations to all listmembers who are Mothers......
As you Shinto comprises the spiritual basis for Aikido...
re: Mothers' Day 2010
The 1st words of Oharahi-no-Kotoba: Takamanoharani................
Taka means the big-bang and the energy source for the entire Universe
Mano is the place from which all life energy radiates from the breath of Okami
Hara is the Mother's womb and the place where the infinite is created out of the finite.
The Basic of Shinto is the relationship between Mother and Child is the foundation for life and prosperity
In Shinto thinking AMATERASUOMIKAMI (Kami of the Sun) ultimately relates to Mother of us all.........(meaning all things in Nature, created within the Ki of the Kami)...from Amaterasu Omikami then to other Kami, then ancestors and finally through the hard work and love of our direct Mothers we could receive the precious gift of our lives. How can we repay this great gift--- only by doing our utmost in the present moment to pass the healthiest world and society to future generations.
Kototama meaning of HAHA (Mother) is Origin of the Universe, the Mother's womb, the Mother of Substance, the Mother of Heart. The relationship of Mother and Child is the Foundation of Prosperity. The Child born to Mother takes over the Mission of the Kami and passes it down to successive generations --- keishin suso.
Within divine Nature all things are based on the relationship of Mother and Child. this would include Human Beings as Children of the Sun, Kami and ancestors, this also includes fields and valleys as children of the mountain and of course children.....
The tragedy currently unfolding in the fragile and precious ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico relates to the line in the Oharahi-no-Kotoba: Haha to ko to Okaseru tsumi=
if one willfully ignores the relationship between Mother and Child as the foundation for prosperity one will loose everything in the resulting impurity. There is a tie between Mother and Child. Mountains in the position of Mother stand guard over the great land, growing trees and plants and adjusting the weather patterns and air currents and protecting the sacred field as a Mother protects her Children. Fields prosper, life prospers and flourishes in peace and harmony. However if Mountains are destroyed and trees cut down indiscriminately the balanced role of Mother/Child will perish. The result is rainstorms and floods as coordination of weather and air currents are broken. The balance of Mother Nature will become broken, harvests will fail and Mother and Child will ultimately perish. If humans destroy the mysterious and precious balanced relationships of Divine Nature they will be destroyed as well.
At first we are sensitive to impurity/ tsumi and reluctant to violate Nature.. however over time people become motivated by greed and unconscious of impurity. This leads to aggressive destruction of the environment without any guilt or remorse. When humans become accustomed to committing evil deeds they create a process that spreads horizontally and vertically accumulating tsumi/kegare and damaging the foundation and meaning of Life.
As caring Children of Divine Nature shall we do our utmost each day in every way to straighten the current situation and also pray Oharahi-no-Kotoba before the Ofuda of Sarutahiko Okami, ancestor of all Earthly Kami and Aikido Oyagami, the Great Kami of Ki, guidance and progress in harmony with Divine Nature.