G'day friend Yugandhar and all,
I don't have a scanner but i do have fingers! no scanner at all nor ready access to one with others at the moment. So here goes:
ç¦å²¡æ£ä¿¡ Fukuoka Masanobu (1987 -original 1984) èªç¶ã«éã The Road Back to Nature: Regaining the Paradise Lost. Japan Publications, Inc.
"Copyright 1987 by Masanobu Fukuoka."
"Understanding that goes only three quarters of the way" end 275
Take the Christian cross (â±), the Buddhist sign (å), and the shinto symbol (å), which represents a cross planted in the earth. These and many other religious marks conceived by man have something in common. I believe that they all try to express the effacement of the world of relativity (relative thought) by doing away with right and left, up and down.
What sense do the words of Christ take on for people climbing the mountain from below? When they see a cross before the summit, the mark on the cross and the doctrine for which it stands appear to be their final destination. Shinto believers who climb part way up the mountain will see a Shinto gateway and think this to be the highest deity. Those climbing from the south will happen upon a Buddhist temple and think that the Buddha is present within the templeâ"as if the Buddha dwelled in Buddhist scriptures.
This is as far as we can go in anything we doâ"sensing, arguing, speaking. The summit is beyond our reach; we can never go more than three-quarters, or perhaps nine-tenths, of the way to the top. That is the limit to what we can understand. If we could stand on the summit, we would be able to see God, but although God cannot be seen on the way up the mountain, we come under the impression that we do indeed understand God, and even dare to speak of Him. But God lies in the sky (absolute world) beyond the summit (relative world). He cannot be described or depicted through writing, speech, or graphic images.
In America, I met some people of the Jewish faith. I spoke all night with them about the religion and thought of the Jews. I found that they have truly wonderful ideas, but in the end they are extremely rigid and unyielding. In our discussions of Christianity and Shinto, we agreed nine-tenths of the way up the mountain, but our views differed when it came to the summit itself. If the sky above as seen from the summit may be assumed to be the same, then no matter where one climbs from the view should be identical at that point. The sky above the summit belongs to no one.
This is the same as saying that the sky over the West and [end p 276][next start p 277]
the East, over the Japanese and the Americans, is the same everywhere. Although everything should come together at that point of emptiness of void, because we only go eighty or ninety percent of the way, we are unable to do anything but imagine what the view is like from the summit. And that is why everything falls apart. We are unable to merge the concepts of God and bring the religions of the world into a single common unity.
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There Is Only One Godââââââââââââââââââââââââââââââââ
To arrive at the conviction that all these gods are one, we should begin by realizing that while we may be able to look up at a portion of Christ's face from where we stand at the base of the mountain, we are not in a position to know the God experienced personally by Christ. One has to start by knowing one's own position; where one is right now. No matter how much you study the teachings of Gautama, you may come to know something of Gautama, but you cannot perceive the Buddha that he saw. Even assuming that Jesus and Gautama indeed preached God, because the words they used only deepened the confusion of the human mind, these were of no help in aiding others to understand. Their teachings served only to point out just how erroneous and misguided are the knowledge and actions of man and, in so doing, to crack the veneer of man's confidence and force him to reflect. Even a saint is unable to lucidly describe God directly with words and bring people face to face with Him. We are only able to guess at the vision of God grasped by Jesus and Gautama through the words these prophets spoke. If people were profoundly aware of the fact that what they know is but a shadow, a false image of God, then they would be unable to speak and act as if only their God were absoluteâ"the highest God. Only Jesus is able to say, "There is only one, absolute God." Only he who himself has seen God can with full confidence say, as did Gautama, "I am my own Lord
"throughout heaven and earth."
Please some else with an original copy proof read this to check my typing, please.
Auspicious words for me typing here;
Furthermore, i commend to you as really good:
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's (of Tibet)
"Towards the True Kinship of Faiths: How the world's religions can come together."
Published in Great Britain by Abacus.
Published in the United States of America by Doubleday Religion.
See here: -> http://www.dalailama.com/biography/books
Good thing for this typing that i'm not working at the moment, rather on my personal nature-farming research project at the moment, in mid-winter.
Compassion with all life,
--- In email@example.com, Yugandhar S <s.yugandhar@...> wrote:
> Jason, the scanned copy of the book DOES NOT contain pages 276 and 277. Can
> you please scan those two pages?
> The section missing is fourth paragraph onwards of 'Understanding that goes
> only three quarters of the way', in case you have a different edition.
> The text before and after the missing block is '...appear to have different
> faces?'(page 275) and 'throughout heaven and earth."(page 278)
> Best Regards
> On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM, Jason <macropneuma@...> wrote:
> > Dear friend Sumant Joshi and all,
> > Just for a very brief scent of "Gross National Happiness": King Wangchuk in
> > your, India's neighbour there, Bhutan, shows some of the way to substantial
> > & better economic ways... . Legendary many know. I don't agree with
> > dictatorships' or kings'-monarchies' ways no matter how benevolent they seem
> > cause philosophically dictatorships consist of wrong... . Even so some great
> > good may get learned from it for use later elsewhere in
> > non-dictatorships/monarchies. I'm not knowledgable on "Gross National
> > Happiness" or Bhutan at all, i just naively hold this in my great hopes... .
> > BTW i don't like marijuana either! Hemp for fibre could be very
> > beneficial... i dunno much about that.
> > Of course indigenous peoples the world over including our own
> > perhaps-distant sustainably-indigenous ancestors' peoples, constitute the
> > lived examples from all history of sustainable ecosystems including their
> > 'wholly owned subsidiaries' sustainable economies. (A debt to David W. Orr
> > for 'wholly owned subsidiaries' saying) - as i empirically know & understand
> > with people here who are Australian Aborigines (Indigenous) including some
> > friends of mine all my life and today.
> > Warm regards too,
> > Jase.
> > S.E. Australia
> > PS. i just found this video -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXJwNSkdTH0
> > on it and i haven't watched much of it yet so i don't even know if this
> > video has any good value.
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>,
> > Sumant Joshi <sumant_jo@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Dear Jason,My thinking is a little different. Todays environmental mess
> > has been caused by the economic system foisted on the world.We need a new
> > thinking to get rid of it. It is this very copyright and IPR laws which has
> > allowed companies like Monsanto in the US and now in India to prevent
> > farmers from saving seed for their next crop by claiming it to be an
> > "invention". That someone should be rewarded for original thinking is beyond
> > doubt, but the question is "for how long". I am only thinking of this whole
> > system of monetary rewards.
> > > You have mentioned monetary poverty in India a couple of times. I
> > appreciate your sensitivity in mentioning 'monetary' as opposed to other
> > types of poverty. I think people who can read this book and comprehend it
> > can definitely afford it, whether in India or anywhere else. It is a
> > question of how much they need it. btw, the book in question is today
> > available in India for Rs 277 or about 5 US dollars.This system of
> > inheritance is also suspect. In a way even the heirs are enjoying the fruits
> > of their ancestor's labours without doing anything. We need to think of that
> > too. Obviously we can't do away with it all, but it - the present economic
> > system - isn't working. Money is getting accumulated and conentrated too
> > much. Once that happens, the law of scale kicks in. Things become more
> > costly. I guess all this economic thing is a little too complicated for a
> > novice like me to figure out. I only know that something isn't right. I
> > expect most of us have read
> > > 'Ishmael" where Daniel Quinn has thought of reviving the community living
> > concept. The idea is amazing in that this was what was sustainable for many
> > many thousands of years.
> > > I for one am thinking of buying land and initiating a Fukuoka style farm
> > where anyone from anywhere in the world can come and work and study. Right
> > now I am trying to first figure out about what needs to be done, how it can
> > be done and how to raise funds for it. Part of the land will be a forest for
> > planting all the local rare flora which is going extinct.
> > > Warm regards,
> > >
> > > Sumant Joshi