Ueshiba's "First Vision" Account

Crystal clear, sharp and bright,
my mind has no opening for evil to roost.
The morning sun shines in,
My mind, too, is clear and bright;

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Morihei Ueshiba

The following account comes from Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) from Japan, founder of the martial art Aikido:

Crystal clear, sharp and bright,
my mind has no opening for evil to roost.
The morning sun shines in,
My mind, too, is clear and bright;
from the window, I let myself
soar to the highest heaven,
bathed in divine light.

Source: John Stevens, Abundant Peace: The Biography of Morihei Eushiba, Founder of Aikido (Boston: Shambhala, 1987), 106.
Some similarities to Joseph Smith’s First Vision might include:

  • Seeing a divine light
  • This light is bright and shining
  • The light is like the sun
  • Evil being vanquished
  • Being enveloped, bathed, in this light
  • The mind being caught away to a heavenly place

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