not meant for a
country or a person alone. Its unique aim is to accomplish God's
work... When I am asked if the principles of my budo are inspired by
religion, I say no. The principles of my budo enlighten religions and
lead them to their goal... The Path means to be united with God's will
and to put it into practice. Aikido is the path which gathers human
beings together, leads them to union... It is the path of the world
harmonization which makes of humanity one house."
Aikido is a martial art, which was created in the 1920s by O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, a master who has been trained in traditional Japanese martial arts. There are no competitions in Aikido; an aggressor's attack may be stopped without harming or injuring him/her. Aikido is a path which aspires for the unity of mankind, the unification of the self with the universe, the union of Spirit and Matter. Seen as such, and in the perspective of the integral development of the being as emphasized by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, it is no wonder that Aikido has always been greatly valued in Auroville.
"Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity." The Mother - September 1965