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Old 11-05-2003, 08:24 AM   #151
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Many ways before our eyes do shine,

Take only the Aikido Path as mine.

This Single Path is without measure,

Which we find an immeasurable treasure.

In each technique, if practiced well,

An invaluable lesson, there is to tell.

Practice till you see the Great Light,

Reach the level beyond all fights.

Do not worry about this and that,

Trust in yourself as a real fact.

As long as you see many enemies abound,

You will always be lost, and never found,

Find yourself, let all those enemies go,

This is what you must come to know.

Before the late 2nd Doshu passed away, I received a Japanese fan with the words, "The Single Path of Aikido." I think this was his final lesson for me. These are simple words but hold great meaning, I believe. Today, we live in a world of infinite options and choices. In the traditional world of this art, we must follow so many rules of conduct and protocol. So many things we cannot do. For us today, they seem so confining and narrow-minded but they are not. Of course, I have the option to fight and kick the man down, even bite him in the face or use a knife or crush his brain with a rock. I can use this take-down or this other lock to break his arm. Use a gun like a shiper or poison his family, blow him up with a bomb, what else? Where does it end in our world of so many options? In Aikido, we don't live or think like this, if we follow the Aikido path.

There are rules, as the Form of practice, in Aikido to refine ourselves so that we may reach a life which is noble and beautiful in everything we do. To lose a fight or my life for what I believe in is a small matter or price to pay. I think this more closely follows the true path of the warrior. Isn't this the Single Path?
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:53 AM   #152
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Once I knew a man

That I did not care for.

And then one day

This man gave me a call.

We sat and talked

About things on our minds,

And now this man

He is a friend of mine.

~~old 60's song, still good~~

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Old 11-05-2003, 12:03 PM   #153
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Hahaha! I like it better when my students don't care for me or hate me - then I feel like I have no obligation to them and I can teach them freely without any restrictions at all. I can be honest and open and not have to worry if I said something that they don't agree with, they already find me disagreeable! When they have no expectation from me (and we have no expectations of each other), they can finally open their minds to learn and something real can happen in practice. When my students like me, it is definitely much harder because now I feel an obligation to be nice to them. This is always very hard. Of course, I am a nice person, it just doesn't show as much as with other teachers . . . Haha! There is a saying in Zen: "Oni-te Busshin" - Hand of a devil, mind of a Buddha." I always laugh when my friend says, "Talk to the hand!" Many thanks!
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Old 11-05-2003, 03:18 PM   #154
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Gruff or tough, I smile and smile,

Teaching class all the while.

Do they understand what I say?

I ponder this question all the long day!
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Old 11-05-2003, 07:46 PM   #155
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Look everywhere and you can see an enemy,

Look everywhere and you can see a friend.

To see clearly into the eyes of others,

Is a life of practice without any end.

To be clear with yourself, be kind to others,

True strength is the caring heart of a mother.

No one cares how strong or bold,

It is all in the teachings of the masters of old.
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Old 11-06-2003, 09:53 AM   #156
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Draw your sword, and cut the light,

Cut the moon with all your might.

Raise the sword above your head,

Angry face full of dread.

Cut him down, cut them all,

In pools of blood, make them fall.

Return the blade to its case,

Keep it there, make no trace,

Bring peace to this world, don't draw it again,

A very good sword must be a friend.
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Old 11-06-2003, 10:46 AM   #157
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Arikoto, a swordsmith in Kyoto around the 1840's used to engraved on his blades the following poem which has always inspired me:

"Before you draw your tempered blade, keep it in its saya and polish your soul first of all."
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Old 11-06-2003, 02:41 PM   #158
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I just give you the reference for those interested:

"Yaki-tachi wo saya ni osamete, masumasu masurao no kokoro wo togari keri."

Literally: "Keep your tempered sword in its scabbard, first, polish a heart of courage."

Arikoto was a member of the Imperial Court and warrior who had an interest in making swords. He produced swords at a time, when there are great chaos in the samurai class and in society as the Tokugawa government was in decline and many were fighting for a new age. It was a very bloody period of many assassinations of important people on both sides, duels and battles. This "waka' (poem) is a cry for peace in the midst of all this conflict.
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:34 AM   #159
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An old saying of Samurai warriors:

To part from the Way is only the width of a single hair.

To return to the Way is a journey of ten-thousand miles.
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Old 11-07-2003, 04:13 AM   #160
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Know well what is right and wrong,

But know beyond right, there is a greater right,

And know beyond wrong, there is a greater wrong.

Reason can never conquer faith,

Although faith can embrace reason fully.

We cut the flower because of its beauty,

But its power lie in the roots below.

By the coming Spring, the flower would have already perished,

We look to the roots, to see the fresh blossoms again. . . .
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Old 11-07-2003, 07:45 AM   #161
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We fight because we have the mind to fight,

We conquer because we have the mind to conquer.

We practice because we have the mind to practice,

We are lazy, because we have the mind to be lazy,

No-mind embraces all, no mind refutes all

Become like the gentle breeze thru the pines,

In one thousand years, it never changes its gentle melody. . . . .
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Old 11-08-2003, 11:36 AM   #162
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This was actually based on a post I made on another thread. It sounds kind of poetic:

Is this reality a dream?

Or, is the dream the reality?

The relative truth

The physical body

The logical mind

The scientific world

The limitations

Limitations that makes one comfortable

Ignorant of what may be, could be, will be

One denies the absolute truth

For it is inconvenient

So long has it been forgotten

One doesn't even know what truth is anymore

Why is the dream feel more real?

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 11-10-2003, 09:57 PM   #163
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This is a nice poem, it reminds me of Mencius, one of the important students of Confucius, who once wrote that we has dreaming of a butterfly and then began to wonder if he was really not the butterfly dreaming that it was Mencius.

In relation to martial arts somewhat, there is a famous story where he was in the garden and saw a tiny water spider floating peacefully on the surface of the water. As he observed closer, he noticed that there was a big fish just under the surface of the water eyeing the delicious bug. Then he happened to notice there was a big water bird standing very still aiming at the big fish and suddenly Mencius fled in terror not knowing what might be eyeing him for a tasty dinner! As we are the predator, we do, at the same time, become prey to something bigger and stronger than ourselves. How can we continue to ever fight?
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Old 11-11-2003, 06:54 AM   #164
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Taking one step, who can know the whole journey?

With only one toe in the water who can know how deep the river?

Living a few years, how can you know Life?

One cry does not teach you real sadness,

Nor do you grasp true happiness with one laugh.

Who can understand Aikido with a few years?

Forty-five years now, and still a beginner,

Banging my head and toes in this unknown journey called Practice,

From one day to the next.

Yet I have faith - in the moon who passes by at each night,

In the gentle breeze thru the pines,

And in the cherry blossoms which visit me each year.

And in the eager eyes of my students.

I bow humbly to O'Sensei. . . . .
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:26 AM   #165
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Each day, unlike the last

Today's future, tomorrow's past

River water ending in sea

Change, will always be



On the mat, Beginners Mind

Off the mat, heart is kind

Uke honestly begins attack

Nage softly sends Ki back



Each day, another chance

to be a part of life's dance

a helping hand to one in need

This is Aikido, indeed
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:30 AM   #166
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Beautiful, and exactly the True Spirit of Aikido! Many thanks.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:33 AM   #167
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Shifting, shifting...

Always shifting.

Rippling, flowing;

I cannot catch sight of

This one

In a mirror.

Blurred image

Always shifting.

Who looks?

Who is seen?

~~Paula~~
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:38 AM   #168
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So easy to fight the fight,

So easy to kill the bill,

But to raise the mind that's kind,

Is the true task to find.

Meet anger with kindness,

Than fight so mindless,

Meet strength, with weakness,

And cultivate meekness,

Who shall inherit the Earth?

Our task from day one of birth.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:49 AM   #169
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ok...this, like the last, is conjured up as I sit and work....so...Iambic pentameter be damned.......

Softly each wave

touches sandy shore

back to the deep

to return once more



Accept partner's Ki

with dignity and love

Oh hell.....he is a friend...

Give him a shove!!!!!!!!

just injecting a little smile!!!!!!!
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:52 AM   #170
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Who shifts the mirror?

Who shifts the self,

Who moves in there?

Or do I fear?

The mirror moves not,

It just my thoughts.

It is just a whim,

So don't seek him,

But seek your me,

And just be free.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:58 AM   #171
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Hahaha!

Don't shove, but love,

And use the Power from above,

And all the while,

Keep that "little smile!"

And rhyming ain't easy,

And making my dizzy!

Pretty bad! See what I mean?
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:24 AM   #172
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leave the person

in the mirror

she will not hold your hand

or give you any

guidance

always before you

the person in the mirror

she is not the goal

continually following behind

the person in the mirror

when you turn to watch

she always intercepts

your gaze

either way

to turn your head

to watch the person

who is in the mirror

is to turn away from here

and now

to live in the

what ifs

and the

could have beens

in my dojo the wall

is also the mirror

in my dojo

the mirror does not

exist for me

only uke

and me

and

the mat...

only nage

and me

and the mat

and the moment when i

see my self

reflected in

your eyes

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Old 11-11-2003, 11:37 AM   #173
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We see signs of its coming,

The clouds up in the sky

Leaves from a tree

On the breeze, go floating by



The heavens will change

From a cool clear blue

To red orange yellow

With a deep purple hue



A single drop of rain

followed by a few more

Then with a thunderous burst

It quickly begins to pour



But as the heavens above

Bathe the land below

You can almost see

The trees begin to grow

We see signs of its going

Like first sun in the morn

Such is what we see

Life and death of a storm
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Old 11-11-2003, 12:40 PM   #174
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As we practice Aikido,

We are also making Aikido history

Passing down its tradition and wisdom,

Be honest and forthright and care

for Aikido's future.

What we give to students will in turn,

Be passed on to the next generation,

And the next and the next. . . . .

We will remembered for what we do today,

Many years in the future from now.

Fighting systems will come and go,

Those who seek Peace will be always be sought after and never finish its job here -

As long as we continue to fight like animals.

It is not to win or lose, it is not to even be the best. . . . .

But to live a life of dignity and nobility,

Through these principles of Harmony.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:05 PM   #175
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So anxious to fight,

We think we are right,

And worship might.

But who can win,

On ideas so thin,

We're bound to sin.

No need to be bold,

With a heart so cold,

Your soul to be sold.

Be quiet and peaceful,

It's not to be needful.

With rules just three-fold.

Don't fight,

Don't hate,

Don't retaliate!
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