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Lions Roar : March 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2007 69 of attackers. But he was primarily known as a man of peace, a “spiritual warrior.” In his youth, Morihei was obsessed with physical strength. While he was not a tall man, he was built like a tank, and with his prodi- gious stamina and energy he could overpower any opponent. One day, finally, he was com- pletely stymied by a martial artist named So- kaku Takeda, a tiny gremlin of a man who re- lied on the power of ki (spiritual force) to sub- due challengers. Sokaku’s martial art mastery awakened Morihei to the truth that real power transcends physical strength. Morihei trained under Sokaku in Hokkaido for a number of years, but he remained trou- bled in spirit. “There must be more than tech- nique involved in the martial arts,” he thought. Then, on a trip home to visit his dying father, Morihei had a fortuitous encounter with De- guchi Onisaburo, the grand shaman of the new Omoto-kyo religion. Omoto-kyo is primarily Shinto in approach, but it also combines elements of Daoism, Bud- dhism, and Christianity. One of the fundamentals of its creed is that all human endeavors—including farming, martial arts, and fine arts—should be works of the spirit. Onisaburo himself was one of the greatest Japanese artists of modern times—a calligra- pher, painter, potter, sculptor, poet, playwright, director, actor, and archer. Onisaburo’s Omoto-kyo teachings opened Morihei eyes to the spiritual dimension of life, particularly to the concept of misogi, “purification of body and mind.” Misogi, an ancient Shinto ritual often performed in waterfalls or the ocean, is used to cleanse the body and mind, returning one to an original state of purity. Morihei made the concept of misogi central to his mar- tial arts practice. Yoga is not the only form of moving meditation. A look at some other traditions that join body and mind in transcendent movement. John Stevens performing an aikido technique from a seated position. In the spring of 1925, Morihei had an enlightenment experi- ence: “Suddenly the earth trembled. Golden vapor welled from the ground and engulfed me...I saw the entire Earth as my home, and the sun, moon, and stars as my intimate companions.” Morihei went on to become the most famous martial artist of the twentieth century, revered in Japan and abroad as O’Sensei, the Great Master. In 1942, he formally established aikido, the name he selected for his art. He described it this way: Aikido is a way to promote love and goodness among human- kind. Aikido follows the dictates of heaven, is free of conflict, and continually manifests freshness and vitality. The world will PHOTOBYSCOTTAITKEN