Listen - Snow
Cho/kiku refers to the sense of hearing, "to listen". Setsu/Yuki
means snow. This was done by Saotome Sensei's calligraphy teacher.
Bu is used in many words relating to the military and martial arts.
Saotome sensei translated the underlying meaning of the kanji skillfully in the
dedication of Aikido and the Harmony of Nature, which is reproduced
"Aikido is not philosophy. Aikido is the true expression and revelation of the
ever-evolving functions of the universe. Thus is derived the goal of Takemusu
Aiki - experiencing the mechanisms of nature's truth in training and applying
the theories in our daily life.
"In Asia the word Bu means to halt the danger of the thrusting blade.
Since the beginnings of human culture , this concept of Bu has implied
a global advancement toward the construction of a peaceful society. "Bu
is love," proclaimed O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido an my
mentor. Yet no simplistic understanding of Budo can in any way measure the life
of unfathomable devotion and dedication O Sensei led in the Way of the true
samurai. He strove for a human revelation of spiritual truth, and for world
harmony through daily prayer and total unselfish concern for others. We must
train hard for the attainment of wisdom, for harmony and an unselfish love for
all humankind. Such is the path the Founder of Aikido has cultivated for us to
"I dedicate this book to the Founder of Aikido and to all Aikido followers.
Shihan M. Saotome
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