The article below is a chapter from the first biography of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba ever published. The author was a student of Morihei Ueshiba during his years at Ayabe as a member of the Omoto religion.
This article has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
This was a condition known commonly as “kamikakushi” or being spirited away. Kisaburo received an order from the divine world to engage in unprecedented spiritual training for one week in this rocky cave. During this period of training, his spirit wandered in the faraway spiritual realm to fully observe the conditions of heaven and hell. He became aware of his divine mission to become a “messiah” and, moreover, understood the general principles of divine powers -the power of divine hearing, the power to penetrate people’s minds, and the power to see karma. As a result, he was able to perceive the past, present and future. In this way, he achieved an understanding of the secret principles of the divine world. He furthermore had insight into all matters including the future of Japan and all world events..