“Morihei Ueshiba, Founder Of Aikido – Part 5,” by Kanemoto Sunadomari

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Morihei made the decision to change trains at Kyoto for Ayabe. He met Onisaburo Deguchi and requested that he pray for his father’s recovery from his illness. However, Onisaburo told Morihei that his father was “alright as he was”. Morihei later understood the meaning of these words to be that his father had lived out his natural life. He stayed at the Omoto Headquarters for several days and returned to Tanabe only to find that his father had already passed away.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    The founder of Aikido made many many mistakes throughout his life which simply proved .. he was as flawed a human being as any of us are.

    It is not our strengths that make us strong, but the attempt to overcome our flaws and struggle with our inner being that gives us the OPPORTUNITY to make us strong.

    Your personal choice may be to give up and let the flaws and down-turns in your life win, or to struggle and overcome those things as you seek recognition and class distinction in whatever society you live in.

    My thoughts always returns to the opposing idea, in opposition to our educational role model of success, that not everyone can be great, or the best … the MAJORITY of people will less than “the best”. It will be the lesser people, those with some skills, who will push forward the best in their ranks and eventually that person, or persons, will emerge as the recognized best within their ranks.

    One must review history to get a true picture. As for those living in the present,the writer will more often distort history in an attempt to accentuate the positive. The only true picture, in my opinion, is drawn by the seeds sown during that person’s lifetime and how those seeds grow into people that affect the society in their lifetime.

    Yes, when we examine the historical and moral importance of a person’s life, such as the founder, we examine how the seeds of Aikido spread and grow improving and changing the lives of the people he touched beyond his life-time despite the personal flaws in his life choices, and the mistakes he might have made over his lifetime.

    Deguichi’s incredible power over his followers was the type of cult propaganda used in today’s cults, and in cults since the beginning of time. I see no reason why Ueshiba could not have gone to see his father’s last days and then returned to Deguichi, except .. that if Ueshiba did .. it would show a break in the control Deguichi had over his followers. In my opinion, a mistake by Morihei Ueshiba.

    Why? In seeking to understand the forces of the universe beyond our understanding and beyond our control, our human form is just the compilation of elements we steal from the world around us … it will not come or be as the creature we know as us, the human being, again. How we spend our time with the living is more important than mourning the dead … again .. my opinion.

    Even if Morihei was not there the day or moment his father died, to have been there in the days before his death would have meant more than all the mourning, pomp and ceremony, or praying that occurs when one has died.

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