Aiki No O Kami, The Perfect Human Being. "This Old Man, still has to train". He said just before his death". L.A.
All whom were touched by O'Sensei, even if just but for a moment, felt that their hearts were cleansed by his nobility and Spiritual strength.
The Purity of his compassion, and Love for all Live. Made the rest of mankind feel deeply ashamed of all their selfishness, and the aggression that existed amongst themselves.
O'Sensei, was in his early Seventies. When he reached the majestic Nature of his Technique. Submerging even more with Philosophy, and the fertility of his immense Spirit. Strong charachter's of his past years.
In his last years he'd dedicated immensely towards his studies of the Universe, Prayer, the Kototama, and Meditation. As a Natural Creation of his Art. O'Sensei, would pray for World Peace. Posing for a picture in prayer. In celebration of the new year.
O'Sensei, would appear at Hombu, to teach and lecture when ever inspired. His roll in the spread of Aikido, was largely a symbolic one. Though he'd appear to be enjoying of great health his physical condition slowly began to deteriorate.
While Japan, was pursing it's policy of accelerating it's economic growth on a National level. There were many people whom battled poverty in order to bring fourth to the public the sacred teachings of Aikido, a living form of prayer. Created by God's Harmony, Peace, and Love on a Universal scale.
"Budo Teachings are a Living form of Prayer, become One with the Universe". L.A.
O'Sensei, is unequal amongst the vast history of the Arts. No master has ever achieved so much, in a time that was objective to change, and what they knew. Specially with all the new modern weapons that were sufficient enough to wipe out all of mankind.
"If not for the essence of his Teaching's. I wonder where this World would be today". L.A.
Amongst the students of that time whom helped dearly spread O'Sensei's Ideals, Views on Life, and of the Universe itself. Kisaburo Osawa Shigenobu Okumura Hiroshi Tada Sadateru Arikawa All senior instructors of Aikido, whom worked devoted behind the scenes helping Kisshomaru, at the Aikikai.
A special mention must be made to Seijo Yamaguchi. Whom abandoned a promising career, living in poverty to help aid the expansion of the Art.
Koichi Tohei, whom was the first of O'Sensei's students to introduce Aikido to the United States.
Most of all Morihiro Saito. Whom cared for O'Sensei's well being, and health in his years at Iwama.
Many Shihan went through much time and effort to branch out Dojo's through out Japan. There were also many famous and influential people of high social status and wealth whom contributed to the growth of Budo. All their assistance was of great value.
We must not forget also the efforts of the many unnamed individuals whom's dedication helped spread the height of our Art.
It was the many thousand's of senior students whom were impressed by O'Sensei's Teachings. That provided the living support and life beam, for the growing awareness of Aikido.
O'Sensei, trusted all his students equally. Treating them all with great respect, and sincerity. A vivid memory that still exist with in them today.
The film still yet preserved from this Era showed O'Sensei, executing Nage techniques. Often with out even touching his opponent.
Some are of the opinion that O'Sensei's technique was at it's highest level near the end oh his life. Others say that he was at his prime during the Kobukan's time. Some believe it was in the Iwama years, after the war.
"O'Sensei's journey was all a part of his path, chosen by the One above. His Budo, became clear as time went by. O'Sensei, understood well the true meaning of life. Unlike the many humans of today". L.A.
"Aikido is the manifestation of a truth well beyond the understandings of current human Nature. O'Sensei's Budo, is truly a magical one. All through out his life it was a constant change for the so many that exist tide in this vast Universe. So that the universe itself too could adjust in its functional order. This is Budo, the Truth, the Essence of Life, the path of God". L.A.
O'Sensei, directly experienced the existence of God. In this vast, and indefinite Universe. Such teachings are not only confined to just any practitioner, sect, or Nation. O'Sensei, manifested a Spiritual clarity greatly surpassing the ordinary understandings of the World.
We are truly blessed to have been allowed the opportunity to study from such an enlighten being.
At the AikiJinja. O'Sensei, had just concluded a daily prayer. When he began to speak in a calm , soft, and thoughtful voice,
"People often say that I created Aikido, through the many studies of the Arts. The path of Takemusu Aiki, that I think of though is different. I was born through the Order of the Universe, God himself. I follow his command, and convey my teaching's to others. I didn't create Aikido. Aiki, is the Path of God. It is a part of Universal Law. It is the Essence of the Principles of Life. The history of Aikido, begins within the Origin of the Universe. Do you think a simple human being could possibly have created these laws? The stubornness of human intelligence is simple not enough to understand this. If we forget our gratitude towards God. Our lives become worthless. If we forget the Process, and Function of the Universe, then we're helpless". O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba.
Due to liver cancer at the age of Eighty Five. On April Twenty Six, Nineteen Sixty Nine. O'Sensei completed the Natural journey of his life.
When students remember O'Sensei, they often invest his life with the existence of powers that can only come from the Supernatural.
Looking back at his life, it clearly was a miracle. O'Sensei, was given the gift of Spiritual Enlightenment. Manifesting the Justice, and Protection of God. Through a strong and highly trained Spirit, Mind, and Body.
His Spiritual Enlightenment was earned through a lifetime of Devotion, Truth, and endless Dedication. Towards society with immense courage. Regardless of adversity, and the constant struggle of pursuant training.
The Spiritual attitude of a devoted realist, and his ability, of the perception of time. Brought to light his gift.
Aikido, is Reality. It has a vital function in this World. It must be used to Educate, and Refine society. For it is a Philosophy of Action.
On the First of May, Nineteen Sixty Nine. The Emperor Hitohiro, honored O'Sensei, with the Three Sacred Treasures. The Highest, and most esteemed of Honors, and Awards that any Warrior could ever receive, for the founding of Aikido. After Seven p.m. there was a celebration at the Hombu Dojo.
O'Sensei's Ashes were buried in the Temple of Uyeshiba, in Tanabe. Threads of his hair are held at the AikiJinja, the Cemetery of Uyeshiba in Ayabe, and in the Great Sanctuary of Kumano.
On June Fourteen, Nineteen Seventy. By unanimous decision of the Aikikai. Kisshomaru, was chosen to succeed his father as Aiki Doshu. Currently Moriteru, continues with the quest, and Lineage of O'Sensei's gift to the World.
"God's Love is his unselfish giving of himself to us".
"The Aiki Katana, gives us the power to cut, and destroy evil. Bringing fourth Peace to the World". O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba.
O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba.