FAQ 52

Question:

Could you recommend some music with good vibration? Also, is there any music you cannot recommend?

  • recommend 勧める

Answer:

I feel the music of Mozart and Bach expresses a melody of the World of Gods. You can judge instinctively whether a music is good or bad for you. If you hold a memorial service for your ancestors everyday, you can make a right decision somehow.

  • express 表現する
  • melody 旋律
  • instinctively 感覚的に
  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • decision 決断
  • somehow なんとなく

But you have to be careful about Heavy metal music because some have the black arts in it intentionally. In fact, there have been cases that such music brought about suicide or murder. To listen to that kind of music would make you violently irritated and impulsive.

  • the black art 魔術
  • intentionally 意図的に
  • bring about A Aを引き起こす
  • suicide 自殺
  • murder 殺人
  • violently 暴力的に
  • irritated イライラした
  • impulsive 衝動的な

FAQ 51

Question:

It is often said that we shouldn’t eat meat. Do you agree that we had better not eat beef, pork, and chicken? I’m not so fond of meat, so since I heard that opinion, I have stopped eating meat except when I have to. Could you tell me the truth?

  • meat 肉
  • agree 同意する
  • had better not~ 〜しない方がよい
  • be fond of A Aが好きである
  • except A Aを除いて

Answer:

Trying to avoid an occasion where you have no choice but eat meat would spoil the mood and cause harm. In my case, I try not to eat beef as much as possible and choose pork depending on the situation.  I feel pork has an aspect of being prepared by God for human development . When you are served by a host a dish with meat in it,  it is rude to eat it avoiding only meat. What you eat has its karma,too. If you eat everything served to you with gratitude, there is no spiritual problems.When you eat meat, let’s eat it after you show your gratitude to the animal.

  • occasion 場合
  • have no choice but ~  〜せざるを得ない
  • spoil 台無しにする
  • cause harm 害がある
  • as much as possible 可能な限り
  • situation 状況
  • aspect 側面
  • rude 無礼な
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

FAQ 50

Question:

It seems that on the recent music scene, Hikaru Utada(宇多田ヒカル), a Japanese female singer, is gaining her popularity in the US. Could you tell me something about her ?

  • It seems that… …であるように思われる
  • recent 最近の
  • popularity 人気

Answer:

According to The Kojiki(古事記), Records of Ancient Matters, and Nihon Shoki(日本書記), the Chronicles of Japan, when Izanagi(イザナギ)and Izanami(イザナミ)descended on the earth still in chaos and tried to give birth to the Japanese islands and various kinds of gods, the first-born child was Hiruko. But the child called Hiruko(水蛭子)grew up slow and she was not able to stand up at the age of three. Her parents hated her because they thought it was because when they made love, Izanami, a female god, tempted her husband first. And they put Hiruko on a boat of reeds and send it away to the sea. This myth is a story implying many things about human society.

  • according to A Aによれば
  • descend 降りる
  • chaos 混沌
  • give birth to A Aを生む
  • tempt 誘う
  • reed 葦
  • imply 暗に意味する

Ms Utada has a soul which has something to do with Hiruko, who had a sad experience. Because of this karma, she must have a weak point at the lower half of her body, too. Hiruko is also Ebisu(恵比寿),  a god who brings prosperity. So her luck with money is and will be very strong. But her hunger for affection is also strong. Every one of us has both good and bad points in life, don’t we ?

  • sad 悲しい
  • lower half of one’s body 下半身
  • prosperity 繁栄
  • hunger 飢え
  • affection 愛情