“Become as liquid as possible” by Majid

The meek person is one who is in harmony. And Buddha says he is the most powerful. But this concept of power is totally different. To understand it, a few things will be good to remember.

In Japan they have a beautiful science — aikido. The word ‘aikido’ comes from a word ‘ki’. ‘Ki’ means power. The same word in Chinese is ‘chi’. From ‘chi’ comes t’ai chi — that too means power. Just equivalent to ki and chi is the Indian word ‘prana’. It is a totally different concept of power.

In aikido they teach that when somebody attacks you, don’t be in conflict with him — even when somebody attacks you. Cooperate with him. This looks impossible, but one can learn the art. And when you have learned the art, you will be tremendously surprised that it happens — you can cooperate even with your enemy. When somebody attacks you, aikido says go with him. Ordinarily when somebody attacks you, you become stiff, you become hard. You are in conflict. Aikido says even take attack in a very loving way. Receive it. It is a gift from the enemy. He is bringing great energy to you. Receive it, absorb it, don’t conflict. In the beginning it looks impossible. How? Because for centuries we have been taught about one idea of power, and that is that of conflict, friction. We know only one power and that is of fight. We know only one power, and that is of no, saying no. You can watch it even in small children. The moment the child starts becoming a little independent, he starts saying no. The mother says, ‘Don’t go out.’ He says, ‘No, I will go.’ The mother says, ‘Keep quiet.’ He says, ‘No. I want to sing and dance.’ Why does he say no? He is learning ways of power. ‘No’ gives power. Aikido says, ‘say yes’. When the enemy attacks you, accept it as a gift. Receive it, become porous. Don’t become stiff. Become as liquid as possible. Receive this gift, absorb it, and the energy from the enemy will be lost and you will become the possessor of it. There will be a jump of energy from the enemy to you. A master of aikido, without fighting, conquers. He conquers by non-fighting. He is tremendously meek, humble. The enemy is destroyed by his own attitude. He is creating enough poison for himself; there is no need for you to help him. He is suicidal. He is committing suicide by attacking. There is no need for you to fight with him.

From: The Discipline of Transcendence, Volume 2, Chapter 5

Osho was a twentieth-century enlightened master who taught in India and the United States.


  1. I like the way this is put. I’m starting to study Aikido and what is put here is kind of like the Aikido way someone once told me “make your enemy’s attack your own.” Reading this opens my eyes to what it really meant.

  2. Agree with Cory. I’ve studied Aikido but never heard it quite put this way! This somehow touches the essence of the philosophy behind the execution of technique when attacked!

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