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Monday, December 17, 2012

Gratitude towards Foods 對食物的感恩

Gratitude towards Foods Part 1

A Beautiful India

August 05, 2012 Bangalore India

1321
(Sri Sri says looking towards the sky)
See, clouds are already there. It will rain well by the end of this month. If there is unrighteousness and decreased moral values in the country, nature also shows its anger. When all the corrupt people, whom we have made to sit on the top, do injustice to the country, nature also shows its anger.
The farmers of our country are committing suicide. If there is injustice to the farmers, it will result in nature showing its anger. That is why righteousness must increase in people. If the people who rule the country are not righteous, the country will be ruined, the people of the country will be ruined.



I have the dream of a clean
and beautiful society, where
there is no crime.
Small countries like Bhutan,
Switzerland and Ireland have
so much peace. At one point
of time, India had all these.
Ours was such a glorious
country. We need to restore
our country back to the same
state.
我夢想著一個純淨和美麗的社會,一個沒有罪案的社會。像不丹,瑞士,愛爾蘭等有著多麼多的平靜。曾經印度也是擁有這些。那是個輝煌的國度。我們需要把它復興到以前的那個狀態。
This is not something new; this has been going on since ages. In the ancient times, there used to be a Rajguru who used to catch the king’s ears if he did something wrong and cautioned him that it would harm him as well as his subjects. Nowadays, nobody listens. Farmers should not be subjected to injustice.

From today, before you eat your food, say, ‘Annadata Sukhibhava’. Let the farmers who provide us food be happy. Let the merchants who ensure that the food is transported and supplied to us be happy. Thirdly, let the women of the house, who cook and serve food to us, be happy. If these three are happy, the world will be happy.


If the women of the house are happy, there will be happiness at home. If the women of the house cook food with sadness, frustration or anger, the food does not digest properly and it affects the mind too.
If the merchants are happy, they will not cheat or adulterate food. We will get pure and clean food. Also, they will not loot and increase prices exorbitantly.
Since ages, merchants used to do a lot of social service activities, like constructing tanks, temples andDharmashalas (Righteous schools). If the merchants are not happy and become greedy, it affects the people a lot.
Similarly, farmers must be happy. It is very important.
So, keeping all these three in mind, let us chant the mantra ‘Annadata Sukhibhava’ everyday.


Gratitude towards Foods Part 2


Q: Guruji, farmers have been working the hardest since ages, and are becoming poorer day by day. What can be done for them? 
 
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
 For one thing, the farmers have been adding these imported chemicals to the soil which has ruined the soil and also reduced production. Farmers should focus on chemical-free farming. 
In our country there are so many types of wheat, and so many different native seeds of rice. We remain ignorant of these. In recent research it has been found that the wheat from our country, our ancient wheat; it is not so attractive to look at but it contains 12% folic acid. Folic acid reduces the chances of heart disease and heart attacks. But the wheat imported from outside does not contain folic acid in the same quantity; this is what is said. But we have nearly destroyed these native seeds and don’t want to use them because the hybrid seed look bigger, thicker, and more attractive. So we brought that, and lost our own seeds.


Recently, our Art of Living volunteers have taken up a major program to save our native seeds in UP, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. They are using the native seeds and the production has also increased. Three-fold more production will be there if we do organic or chemical-free farming. 

I will tell you all a mantra today that we will recite before we eat food:
 ‘Annadata Sukhi Bhava’. Before eating food, you should say this once or twice. 
‘Those who are providing me with this food, may they be happy.’ When you chant this mantra daily, it includes three: one is the farmer, the second is the trader who buys the grain and sells it, and the third is the lady of the house who cooks the food and serves it to you. 

If there are tears in the eyes of the farmers, your stomach will not be able to digest the food. If the farmers are happy, our body will be disease-free. So bless the farmers, pray for the farmers.

If the lady of the house sheds tears, how can you be happy? That is impossible. The tears of women burn the earth. The tears of women contain fire, so don’t let their tears flow. If their tears flow due to lack of maturity, then there is nothing you can do about it. In spite of having everything, they keep crying and someone asks, ‘Why you are crying?’ They say, ‘I am not crying, my face is like that.’ Some people have grown into the habit of maintaining a weepy look. Smile, laugh and make others laugh; don’t get entangled and do not entangle others!



對食物的感恩上篇

美麗的印度

印度班克羅,2012年8月5號
(古儒吉看向天空)

你們看,雲朵來了,月尾就會開始下雨了。如果國家裡有不正義或是道德淪落的情形,大自然也會表現出她的憤怒。當我們的國家領袖貪污或是對國家做出不義的事情時,大自然也是會顯示她的憤怒。

我們國家的農夫都因為這些不公平的待遇而自殺。這都是造成大自然顯示憤怒的原因。所以我們一定要提升人們的正義感。如果管理國家的人沒有正義,那麼整個國家和所有的人民都會被摧毀。

這並不是什麼新的事情了;這些事情已經存在很久了。在古時候有Rajguru(導師)在國王身邊,如果國王沒有把事情做好或是做了些對國家和自己有害的事情,他就會給予指導。現在人們都不聽勸了。農夫不應該受到不公平的對待。

今天開始在你吃東西之前先念誦‘Annadata Sukhibhava(阿納達塔 蘇幾 巴瓦)。讓提供食物的農夫快樂。讓那些買賣食物並確保食物能夠完整的提供給我們的商家們快樂。最後讓那些烹飪食物給我們的家庭主婦快樂。如果這三個組群的人都快樂,那麼世界也會快樂。

如果家庭主婦快樂,整個家庭就會快樂。如果家庭主婦在傷心,憤怒和挫折的情況下烹飪食物,那麼這個食物並不能完整的被消化,而且也會影響我們的心智。
如果商家快樂,那麼他們就不會欺騙或摻雜一些別的東西在裡面。我們會得到最純淨和清潔的食物。他們也不會隨意提高食物的價格。一直以來,買賣的商家都為社會做了很多公義的事情,比如建立水庫,神廟和Dharmashalas(音譯:達蘭薩拉——正義的學校)。如果商家不快樂並變得很貪心,這也會影響人們。

相同的,農夫也一定要快樂。這點很重要。所以把這三樣都謹記於心,讓我們每一天都唱誦 ‘Annadata Sukhibhava’(阿納達塔 蘇幾 巴瓦)。



對食物的感恩下篇
問:古儒吉,這麼久以來,農夫是那麼勤勞的耕種,但是他們卻越來越窮。有什麼可以為他們做的嗎?

古儒吉
:農夫在土壤裡添加了化學藥物。這些化學藥物破壞了土壤也減少了農作物的生產。農夫們應該更加注重在不含化學藥物的耕種方式。我的的國家有很多種類的麥,也有很多種類的米。我們卻在這方面仍然一無所知。在最近的科學研究裡,我們國家的其中最古老之一的麥裡有著12%的葉酸。葉酸可以減少心臟的疾病。研究也說道進口的麥並沒有葉酸。但是我們幾乎都摧毀了這些本地麥種,我們不要耕種它們因為進口的麥種看起來比較大,肥沃和吸引人。所以我們都去買那些而失去了我們自己的麥種。近期以來,生活的藝術的義工們開始了一些大型的計劃來拯救這些本地的麥種。在Madhya Pradesh 和 Punjab(印度的小村莊)裡,他們開始使用這些本地麥種並且也增加了生產量。如果我們用有機或是沒有化學藥物的種植方法,那將會有3倍更多的生產量。

今天我會告訴大家一些關於食用食物前可以念誦的真言:
‘Annadata Sukhi Bhava’ (阿納達塔 蘇幾 巴瓦)。 在吃東西之前你念一兩遍。意思是『願那些提供我這些食物的人都快樂』這包含了:第一是農夫,第二是買賣糧食的商家,第三是烹飪的家庭主婦們。如果農夫是傷心的,那麼那些食物會很難被消化。如果農夫是快樂的,那麼我們的身體就不會生病。所以我們要祝福農夫,要為他們祈禱。

如 果家庭主婦傷心的話,你又怎麼能快樂呢?女人的眼淚會把地球燒毀。女人的眼淚有火的元素,所以不要讓她們哭泣流淚。如果她們是因為不成熟而哭泣,那你就沒法子。但是如果她們什麼都有了,但他們還是在哭泣,而有人問她們『你為了什麼而哭泣呀?』她們說『我並沒有在哭泣,我的臉本來就是長成這個樣子的』。有些人的確是長了這麼一副讓人覺得是在哭泣的樣子。多微笑,多歡笑,也去帶個大家歡笑;不要去纏住別人,也別纏住自己。


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