Posts Tagged ‘Humanity’

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Quotes
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Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.

— The Dalai Lama

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Quotes
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My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.

– Mahatma Gandhi

[Uncredited quotes by Morihei Ueshiba]

  • The term ki (Chi in Chinese) refers to the subtle energy that propels the universe, the vitality that pervades creation, and the unifying force that holds things together.

Hear the soundless sound, and see the formless form. At a glance, read your opponent’s mind, and attain victory without contention. – Sokaku

Do away with emperors, kings, and artificial government; establish true equality; abolish capitalism; live in God’s heart, simply and purely! – Nao Deguchi

All at once I understood the nature of creation: the Way of a Warrior is to manifest divine love, a spirit that embraces and nurtures all things. Tear of gratitude and joy streamed down my cheeks. I saw the entire earth as my home, and the sun, moon and stars as my intimate friends. All attachment to material things vanished.

I like those who are spirited. If you are willing to devote yourself to helping others, to improve the world at large, I will accept you as a student. However, you cannot practice this Path half-heartedly – it is all or nothing.

  • People possessing tremendous strength have a very difficult time controlling themselves and easily make enemies.

In truth, my purpose on earth is not fully accomplished yet so nothing can harm me. Once my task is completed, then it will be time to go, but until then I’m perfectly safe.

Bushido is not learning how to die. Bushido is learning how to live, how to protect and foster life. Even in war, the taking of human life is to be avoided as much as possible. It is always a sin to kill. Give your opponents every chance to make peace.

Disarm his aggressive spirit and he will naturally be subdued, without injury.

  • The purpose of education is to open your spirit. Modern education has forgotten this.

To me this world is realm of light. Light illuminates all things. Sometimes that light is a fiery nimbus, sometimes a gentle radiance.

Material martial arts fixate on physical objects. That kind of martial art is a source of endless contention because it is based on the opposition of two forces. A spiritual martial art view things on a higher level. Its base is love, and it looks at things in their totality. It is formless, and never seeks to make enemies.

What we need are techniques of harmony, not contention. The Art of Peace is required, not the Art of War.

In Aikido, we train the body but also use the body as a vehicle to train the mind, calm the spirit, and find goodness and beauty…In Aikido, we train not to learn how to win; we train to learn to emerge victorious in any situation.

In Aikido, change is the essence of technique. There are no forms in Aikido. Because there are no forms, Aikido is the study of the spirit. Do not get caught up in forms…In Aikido, spiritual discernment is first, reformation of the heart second. A true technique is based on true thoughts. Use your body to manifest the spirit in physical form.

Any movement, in fact, can become an Aikido technique, so in ultimate terms, there are no mistakes. My advice to you: Learn and forget! Learn and forget! Make the techniques part of your being!

  • If a student asked, “What is the name of that technique?” Morihei would reply, “Give it your own name. That will it make it more personal.”

You cannot imitate what I do. Each and every technique is a unique, once-and-for-all experience. My techniques emerge freely, spewing forth like a fountain. Rather than try to copy what I do, listen to what I say. That is where the essence of the technique lies. Someday, you will understand.

  • You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.
  • A sincere human being is one who has unified body and spirit, one who is free of hesitation or doubt, and one who understand the power of words.
  • If you have life in you, you have access to the secrets of the ages, for the truth of the universe resides in each and every human being.
  • Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.
  • Practice of the Art of Peace enables you to rise above praises or blame, and it frees you from attachment to this and that.
  • Conflict between material and spiritual science creates physical and mental exhaustion, but when matter and spirit are harmonized, all stress and fatigue disappears.
  • Use your body to create forms; use your spirit to transcend forms; unify body and spirit to activate the Art of Peace.
  • Eight forces sustain creation: Movement and stillness, solidification and fluidity, extension and contraction, unification and division.
  • Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.
  • All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is the truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together. When the myriad variations in the universal breath can be sensed, the individual techniques of the Art of Peace are born.
    • Your breath is the true link to the universe.
  • Life is a divine gift. The divine is not something outside of us; it is right in your very center; it is our freedom.
  • Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise, and take all that is good as your own. With this as your base, open your own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you.
  • Every sturdy tree that towers over human beings owes its existence to a deeply rooted core.
  • Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the highest peak, and the deepest ocean, empty of all limiting thoughts.
  • To practice properly the Art of Peace, you must:
    • Calm the spirit and return to the source.
    • Cleanse the body and spirit by removing all malice, selfishness, and desire.
    • Be ever grateful for the gifts received from the universe, your family, Mother Nature, and your fellow human beings.
  • The only real sin is to be ignorant of the universal, timeless principles of existence. Such ignorance is the root of all evil and all misguided behavior.
  • The only cure for materialism is the cleansing of the six senses (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind). If the senses are clogged, one’s perception is stifled. The more stifled it is, the more contaminated the senses become. This creates disorder in the world, and that is the greatest evil of all. Polished the heart, free the six senses and let them function without obstruction, and your entire body and soul will glow.
  • Keep to your Path, and nothing else will matter. When you lose desire for things that do not matter, you will be free.
  • Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.
  • Your mind should be in harmony with the functioning of the universe; your body should be in tune with the movement of the universe; body and mind should be bound as one, unified with the activity of the universe.
  • The Way of a Warrior cannot be encompassed by words or in letters: Grasp the essence and move on toward realization!
  • Instructors can impart a fraction of the teaching. It is through your own devoted practice that the mysteries of the Art of Peace are brought to life.
  • A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
  • In the Art of Peace, we aim to see everything at once, taking in the entire field of vision in a single glance.
  • A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
  • No matter how heavily armed your opponent is, you can use the Art of Peace to disarm him (or her). When someone comes in anger, greet him with a smile. That is the highest kind of martial art.
  • Victory over oneself is the primary goal of our training. We focus on the spirit rather than the form, the kernel rather than the shell.
  • Forget about your little self, detach yourself from objects, and you will radiate light and warmth. Light is wisdom; warmth is compassion.
  • Empty yourself and let the divine function.
  • When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you.

Morihei’s Five Principles of Aikido [To be added]

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Quotes
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When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

– Jimi Hendrix

 

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Quotes
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Peace is not a destination, it’s rather a way of life that has to be perused through our good actions, towards one self, other human beings, other creatures and essentially with our earth which gives us life.

Nomads United

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Quotes
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Humanity is on a journey, and at certain periods of spacetime, the heart is the better tool. That is the case now. The higher mind will be the better tool later in the journey, but for now, the heart is what serves humanity best. There is no judgment that the heart is superior to the mind, or vice versa. The truth is that they are “wired” in the same network of light, and one cannot invoke the heart wisdom without touching the higher mind. Energetically, they are linked, but the heart, to use another analogy, is the better steering wheel for now because it is such a powerful expressionary force that it induces the vibration of equality into this world. It is like an inductive force that attracts the vibration of equality to the planetary sphere. Once this vibration is ubiquitous and anchored on the planet, humanity can then employ its next tool on the journey, the higher mind.

– James Wingmaker

Posted: October 8, 2010 in Quotes
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I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.

Desmond Tutu

Night by Elie Wiesel

Posted: February 16, 2010 in Book Notes
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  • I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.
  • And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.