Eating is a Sacred Act of Energy of Food, Energy of Place and Your Spiritual Body Being Combined

麻賀田神社

Eating with someone else is important. The phrase would often be used in Japan of “fellows who eat from the same bowl.” Spiritually speaking, it forms a connection with each other to share food at the same time and in the same place.

  • would often ~ よく〜したものだった
  • fellow 仲間
  • connection つながり

Why is sharing the same food important? Physically, eating the same food has the same influence on each one who eats it, to be sure. But what I feel about the spiritual connection which arises in sharing food is not the effects of the food itself.

  • physically 身体的には
  • influence 影響
  • arise 生じる
  • effect 効果

For example, in a cafeteria of a company, its employees eat their lunch box, breadstuff bought at a convenience store or what they order from the cafeteria menu at the same period of time. At this time an aura of the same color and a sense of solidarity are arising there.

  • employee 従業員
  • aura オーラ
  • a sense of solidarity 一体感

When an outsider or a person who is spiritually sensitive gets into the cafeteria a little late, he may hesitate with a feeling that he doesn’t belong to the place. But as such a person eats there every day, he/she will assimilate the aura and come to feel nothing about it.

  • sensitive 敏感な
  • hesitate 躊躇う
  • belong to A Aに属する
  • assimilate 同化する
  • come to~  〜するようになる

That is, eating at the same time and in the same place rather than food itself generates something spiritually common. When I thought about this, an idea came into my mind that eating is an act of three elements, namely energy of food, energy of place and a spiritual body, being combined.

  • that is つまり
  • rather than A Aよりもむしろ
  • generate 発生させる
  • act 行為
  • combine 合わせる  

Rice was the staple food for Japanese. Rice is a mass of the holy energy of Ameterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神), the Sun Goddess. And the energy of a place is the energy of the ground, that is, the energy of Kunitokotachi-o-kami(国常立太神), the spirit of the earth. Therefore eating rice is the act of these two kinds of energy and the energy of your spiritual body being combined into one. To speak exaggeratedly, you’re merging into those gods every time you eat rice.

  • the staple food 主食
  • mass 塊
  • exaggeratedly 大げさに
  • merge 溶け込む

If you change the place you eat, the same food tastes different because the energy of place is different. A rice ball eaten in nature and one eaten in a room is different.  So, fellows who eat from the same bowl are the ones who share the unity of man and god at the same time in the same place. It may be very sacred to share the act of taking in food at the same time, like Last Supper of Jesus Christ.

  • taste 味がする
  • rice ball おにぎり
  • unity 合一
  • Last Supper 最後の晩餐

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.

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