So, everything that exists in the natural world was given to us from God. And we should have that feeling of gratitude toward God. That in and of itself is not a “spirit” per se but a gift from the gods. So humans, for example, well let me change the topic a bit. “Inochi” or Life…. is something we receive from our ancestors. But, with just “inochi” alone, we can’t continue to stay alive. We need food, air, water, with those things, “inochi” can be nurtured. That’s what I mean…The things we receive from the gods…my view is that these are all the things we receive from the gods. To illustrate, a change of topic…
Food arrangement demonstration
Next, I’d like to talk about Japanese meals for a moment. So we talked about the fact that we have received “inochi” from the gods. To continue living, it can be said that we must continue to receive “inochi”. Therefore, everything that exists here has received its “inochi” from the gods. The trees, mountains, seas, rivers, air…all of these contain life given by the gods. Li
This is a typical Japanese meal.
The most important things to consider is “hashi” (chopsticks). We call this “hashi” and we eat with them. We place the hashi like this, crossways in front of us. From the chopsticks on this side is the domain of the Gods. On our side, is the world of the humans. On that side, everything is made by the gods.
And these “hashi” chopsticks they have a narrow end and a thick end. Narrow end points in God’s direction, this end, to the humans’ direction. This “hashi” connect the gods and the humans. Thus, we receive “inochi” from the gods and we are able to continue to live as humans. The gods, and “inochi’ are all connected.
This is what we believe. Therefore, in our daily lives, we shouldn’t forget to be thankful toward everything, I think is the most important thing. I believe the most important act is for us to live life to its fullest, while being thankful for all we’ve been given.