Swami Maitreyananda was good friend. She saved my life.
After ten years of breathing toxic smoke (pro firefighting), the detox pathways of my liver were all but stalled and I was officially dying (1984). Doctors had wiped their hands. The best they could offer were more toxins to alleviate pain on the way out.
Swami M took up where the medicos had given up. Because of her, I’m still here.
Initiated by the great yogi, Shivananda himself, she was also a great yogi, teacher, master of Zen, gardener, herbalist, natural healer, and so much more.
One of her favourite tenets was: "Create a thing of great beauty and move on, leaving it behind for the enjoyment of others."
In her own way, this she did.
People like this, build the world of humanity and make it a better place for those who follow. The alternative is a bleak one.
Possibly millions of years in the making, as far as we are concerned; and refined to a culminating point in the battlefields of Japan, the hara of the world, over the last thousand years or so, the flowering of Aikido was nurtured carefully to fruition by Morihei Ueshiba.
One day the pods burst and its seeds scattered forth throughout the globe.
Some germinated and took root and many are now alive and growing well.
The magic is this? From the bitter, virulent and cruel struggles of the killing fields and fertilized by hell, sprouted the potential for immense beauty in the image of the movements of Nature and the Universe.
There it began to grow, gestating in the dark mud of sheer survival jutsu, the bright light of the Kami no Hikari, nurturing the growth and guiding it to unfold.
At immense cost, life itself, who could have guessed that from this attrition, a thing of great beauty, healing and awakening mind would in due season blossom forth as Aikido?
Where is Aikido now?
To where is Aikido going?
To find out, train daily with an open mind, referring to the basic waza. Let yourself be inspired, but always come back to basics. Then live life with an Aikido attitude: Convert adversity into harmony as best as you understand how.
The great beauty is still growing and it may well take over the world one atom at a time and change it, by infiltrating all other things with harmony and its innate great beauty.
The skill to convert the worst adversity into harmony is an immeasurable treasure and we are just beginning to discover the immense potentials of it.
Never underestimate it, for Harmony is at the core of Eternity Itself.