Bambutsu ruten & ritso do
Extracts from 'Kyu Book' (unpublished )by Sensei Ray Wood, edited by Gary
This translates literally as "All things existing in
the Universe are in perpetual motion".
Universal flux and change is a fairly obvious statement,
but let us examine what lies within this phrase. Bambutsu
Ruten does not simply state that the Universe moves, but specifically
states that "All things move". If all things move,
then nothing is still and hence there can be no centre, except
in a relative sense. The motion of anything only exists in
relation to something else, and therefore motion itself is
"Relative" rather than "Absolute". It
was this basic idea of the relativity of motion which led
to Einstein's famous theory and this concept - not the theory
itself - is implicit in the apparently innocent statement
that "ALL THINGS MOVE".
Because there is no centre and no source, this means that
the Universe is infinite because the concept of a perimeter,
or limit, only has relevance in relation to a centre. Perpetual
motion reaffirms this idea in that it never ends and because
the idea of time is tied up with motion, there was no "time"
before the motion began. These philosophical concepts of relativity
and infinity are the most difficult problems of philosophy
and they are held in the words "ALL and PERPETUAL".
The concept of relativity and of infinity does not simply
refer to the profound structure of the Universe, but also
to the practice of the Budo arts.
RITSU DO RHYTHM
This second precept states that such perpetual motion is
rhythmic in nature, imposing an inherent order within the
apparent chaos of the Universe. The very concept of rhythmic
motion imposes the idea of a cycle, or repetition, and therefore
there is the cycle of the seasons together with countless
examples of the cyclic order of nature. It is from this precept
that the principle of circular action in Kyushindo Budo is
derived. When your body is consciously put into circular motion
you are then in harmony with Universal law.
In Kyushindo all motion is circular and the way this comes
about is as follows. A circle in motion along the plane of
its axis results in various ellipses, parabolas, and curves,
whilst motion perpendicular to this axial plane extends into
a spiral. A spiral when viewed from the side of its axis produces
the zigzag line of a familiar "wave form". It can
be said that even a straight line is a circle on edge. Einstein's
general theory of relativity states that light waves are bent,
or distorted, by gravity. Therefore a straight line never
occurs in nature, only in the mind of man.