"If a single new bud is snipped off a
fruit tree with a pair of scissors, that may bring about a disorder
which cannot be undone
. Human beings with their tampering
do something wrong, leave the damage unrepaired, and when the
adverse results accumulate, work with all their might to correct
"To become one with nature -- agriculture
is an occupation in which a farmer adapts himself to nature.
To do that, you have to gaze at a rice plant and listen to the
words from the plant. If you understand what the rice says, you
just adjust your heart to that of the rice plants and raise them.
In reality, we do not have to raise them. They will grow. We
just serve nature. A piece of advice I need to give you here.
When I say gaze at a rice plant or stare at its true form, it
does not mean to make an observation or to contemplate the rice
plant, which makes it an object different from yourself. It is
very difficult to explain in words. In a sense, it is important
that you become the rice plant. Just as you, as the subject of
gazing, have to disappear. If you do not understand what you
should do or what I am talking about, you should be absorbed
in taking care of the rice without looking aside. If you could
work wholeheartedly without yourself, that is enough. Giving
up your ego is the shortest way to unification with nature."
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