Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hatsumi Sensei and the Kuji

Hello, devotees of the Kuji-In! As part of my continuing quest to gain the thoughts of the ninja grandmaster (from a distance) on the mysteries of the Kuji-In, in today's post, I feature an excerpt from Secrets of Ninpo Taijutsu (page 103), Chapter 5: Tokagure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, translated by Doug Wilson et al, published by Kodansha International, first edition, 2008.

In this section of his book, Hatsumi sensei refers to some techniques of Henso Taijutsu from the shichiho sanpo forms, using an array of ninja tools. "These include kyojitsu issen, blinding powder, the element of surprise, restraint from taking a life, chanting the kuji (nine-word prayer) ‘Gakoraitosha, akumafudo’ to render the enemy unable to move, or chanting the kuji ‘Goshin tsuriki teki taisan shometsu’ to send the enemy fleeing. Here, I open both my eyes and observe spirits finding their way home during the week of the autumnal equinox at the River Styx – I have the eyes of a dragon. That is the reason why I have the name Venerable White Dragon. Uttering the words ‘Goshin chinkon teki reibaku eimin’ (prayer for the deceased) and possessing the ninja’s dream, I enter Nirvana!”

Any thoughts or insights on the mysterious references to these kuji prayers?

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