Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.— Morihei Ueshiba
The most terrific Morihei Ueshiba quotes that will activate your desire to change
The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world.
There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.
Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.
EACH DAY OF HUMAN life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature’s grand design-do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.
Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win.
The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood.
It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.
True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemies heart.
A warrior's mission is to foster the success of others.
There are no contests in the Art of Peace.
A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.
Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountain and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life.
Your voice is a very powerful weapon.
When you are in tune with the cosmic breath of heaven and earth, your voice produces true sounds. Unify body, mind, and speech, and real techniques will emerge.
The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth.
In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.
In true budo there is no enemy or opponent.
True budo is to become one with the universe, not train to become powerful or to throw down some opponent. Rather we train in hopes of being of some use, however small our role may be, in the task of bringing peace to mankind around the world.
Even the most powerful human being has a limited sphere of strength.
Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate.
Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.
Your spirit is the true shield.
Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer.
Aikido is the principle of non-resistance.
Because it is non-resistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. Aikido is invincible because it contends with nothing.
If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along the path indicated to you by heaven and earth.
Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom.
The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.
Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.
Techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world.
Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.
The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.
THE TOTALLY AWAKENED warrior can freely utilize all elements contained in heaven and earth. The true warrior learns how to correctly perceive the activity of the universe and how to transform martial techniques into vehicles of purity, goodness, and beauty. A warrior’s mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm.
Cast off limiting thoughts and return to true emptiness.
Stand in the midst of the great void. This is the secret of the Way of a Warrior.
The Samurai is the first to suffer anxiety for human society, and he is the last to seek personal pleasure.
A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist.
Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude. Even though surrounded By several enemies set to attack, Fight with the thought That they are but one.
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.
THE ART OF PEACE does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed;
instead, we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction. The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.
There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.
Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature.
I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido.
It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind. This is Aikido. This is the mission of Aikido and should be your mission.
Never fear another challenger, no matter how large;
Never despise another challenger, no matter how small.
Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.
The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.
True victory is victory over oneself.
Move like a beam of light: fly like lightning, strike like thunder, whirl in circles around a stable center
Each person is the universe from a particular perspective.
The real purpose of the martial arts must be to purge oneself of petty ambitions and desire, to obtain control of one’s own character.
One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.
The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.
Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher.
The real Art of Peace is not to sacrifice a single one of your warriors to defeat an enemy. Vanquish your foes by always keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position; then no one will suffer any losses. The Way of a Warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts. It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions. The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.
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 is to establish harmony.
Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.
Those who are enlightened never stop forging themselves.
Those who have a warped mind, a mind of discord, have been defeated from the beginning.