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Good Stuff, 17 Jun. 2010
It is clear from reading this book that Aikido dojo practice was but part of O'Sensei's way of life (The "Do" in "AikiDo"). This book paraphrases his writings on this way of life and as such it should be of benefit to the serious practitioner who is on a path of spiritual growth.
As a reader who has come to this book from an Indian (Yogic) and Chinese (Daoist) background, I am struck by the similarities between the practices I have been incorporating into my life from these backgrounds and O'Sensei's way - he makes mention of meditation; purification of the body, mind and heart; chanting, etc., and we can see the various branches of the science of yoga in O'Sensei's science/ mystical way: karma, bhakti, mantra, gyana, nada, and kundalini yoga, amongst others.
As O'Sensei progressed in his life his individual being opened to universal being; he realised the unity of both, and the simple fact that all creatures are of one family. Thus convinced of the futility of war and strife, he developed Aikido, often referred to as the "Art of Peace". A martial art for world peace? O'Sensei has much to say on these topics in the book!