Hello again, you wonderful avid Trueaiki.com readers!
Shikon – Hachi Riki has been very well received. Scott Burke lives in Japan and is a tremendous resource for finding “lost treasures.” Many of his finds can be had via Chris Li’s http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/
This morning I awoke to Scott sharing even more treasures and so I will make them available to you!
In my blog, I didn’t want to get too carried away with esoterica, rather I hoped to link some of the esoterica back to practical application and understanding. Ueshiba didn’t differentiate between the two. For him, his existential views were direct expressions of both esoterica and pragmatism. Unfortunately, this approach has been bifurcated into mostly “pragmatics” (The schools of I don’t know and I don’t care what all the Kami stuff meant.) and into mostly “esoterica” (The schools of ideological/theoretical focus somehow amalgamated to body movement stuff.) Once again, for Ueshiba, it is clear that his understanding and explanations were at once very technically specific (without focusing on techniques) and equally very specific to his existential views. They were micro cosmic/macro cosmic, without the flowers, tie dying, and patchouli oil (remember his far right wing close associations.)
Any who, here is some related stuff for those that like that sort of thing (That would be me obviously by the way. But knowing a bunch of “stuff” very likely will not get us one bit closer to Aiki.) I am presenting “lightly” so know that the rabbit hole goes WAY deeper than presented here:
Most of the following (the old stuff) comes from Mizuho no Tsutae Fire and Water Volume, from something like 1834.
The picture shows the Futomani no Mitama. It should look familiar in progression.
The Futomani is the summation of the 50 kotodama sounds. The progression of genesis goes something like this:
Above is a Nakazono representation of the genesis sequence. There are other versions, but you get the idea. Above the U there is often a blank circle representing Wu/Mu. So U is Ichi Rei, Wa – A are Ni Ki, San Gen are the combination of Ichi Rei and Ni Ki (Ni Ki are Ni Ki, Jin is the equivalent of Ichi Rei in the Micro Version which is why humans should align themselves with Ichi Rei.) Shi Son are Wo, We, E, and O, Hachi Riki are shown below that, and the 16 come from those combined with WI and I. Note the mirroring of the graphic form.
Let’s see. . . also in the Ueshiba pic you may notice that there is an I and a Ki by the circle and square figures. I and Ki have an In/Yo relationship in Kotodama theory. Iki means breath so Kotodama word play lets us know that Iki breath is Kokyu breath. So Kokyu Ryoku (Breath Power) is Yin/Yang Power. See Koyku ryoku can refer to pneumatic pressure, AND to Yin/Yang. AND breath involves inhalation and exhalation which are co dependent and mutually arising . . . See why I didn’t want to get into that? And that is just the very teeny tiny tip of the iceberg!
I’ve showed the transformation below to the guys in my Dojo, but thought (again) that it would distract from the main topic of my blog post:
See how clever we can be? The futomani depicted is turned into a chrysanthemum which only goes to show that the structure of the universe is synonymous with the Imperial Way! In fact, that is the meaning of the Kobukan!
But this stuff goes back a bit farther than that. . .
Below we see the diagrams also contain the Iroha poem which Kobodaishi the founder of Shingon Mikkyo supposedly created.
The Iroha poem rocks BTW, you should look it up! Kobodaishi is credited with creating the kana syllabary, which was often taught via the Iroha poem. But wait. . .
Back in the day the Iroha poem was also written in Man Yogana. I think that is what is happening below:
The topic of Manji relating to all of this (which it does through Buddhism) came up too. Manji can map out all of this as well.
But how many diagrams do you need anyway!?!
I’m going to save that for a more Shingon Mikkyo centered blog post. . . later.
Again a BIG thanks to Scott Burke, and if you haven’t already given Chris Li’s blog a look see, what are you waiting for?
He isn’t anywhere near as lazy as I am about his scholarship. Most of my stuff I’m pulling from the back cob webbed resources of my memory and on those few occasions when I have to get up and crack a book, I feel myself hard pressed and definitely deserving of another glass of inspiration!!
Haciendo un bis de Shikon – Hachi Riki
¡Hola otra vez maravillosos lectores ansiosos de trueaiki.com!
Shikon – Hachi Riki ha tenido muy buena acogida. Scott Burke vive en Japón y es una tremenda fuente para encontrar “tesoros perdidos”. Muchos de sus hallazgos se pueden encontrar en la web de Chris Li’s http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/
Esta mañana me desperté con Scott compartiendo incluso más tesoros, ¡así que tenía que ponerlos a vuestra disposición!
En mi blog no quiero entrar demasiado en lo esotérico, en vez de eso espero poder conectar algo de lo esotérico con el entendimiento y aplicación práctica. Ueshiba no hacía diferencia entre ambas cosas. Para él, sus puntos de vista existenciales eran expresiones directas tanto de lo pragmático como de lo esotérico. Desafortunadamente esta aproximación se ha bifurcado en ser principalmente “pragmáticos” (Las escuelas que no saben y no les importa el significado de todas estas cosas de los Kami) o principalmente “esotéricos” (las escuelas de enfoque ideológico o teórico relacionado de alguna manera con el movimiento corporal). Nuevamente, para Ueshiba estaba claro que su entendimiento y explicaciones era al mismo tiempo técnicamente muy específicos (pero sin enfocarse en técnicas) e igualmente muy específicos para sus creencias. Eran microcósmicos-macrocósmicos, pero sin las flores hippies, las camisetas de colorines o el aceite de pachuli (recordemos sus vínculos con la extrema derecha japonesa)
De cualquier manera, aquí hay algunas cosas relacionadas con eso para los que les gusten ese tipo de cosas (Obviamente yo soy uno de ellos, pero conocer el “rollo” probablemente no nos acercará al Aiki). Voy a presentarlo “ligeramente” para que veáis que el asunto tiene mucha más miga de lo que pongo aquí
La mayoría de lo que viene ahora (el material antiguo) viene del Mizuho no Tsutae, el libro del Fuego y el Agua, aproximadamente de 1834.
La imagen muestra Futomani no Mitama. La progresión debería resultar familiar.