Enjoying Brown Rice in Soup

My working hours has changed since the beginning of this year, so I eat lunch at home and work at night, adapting myself to overseas business. There being a lot of brown rice I bought last fall, I heat it in soup stock and eat it every day. It’s really delicious.

  • adapt  適応させる
  • overseas 海外の
  • brown rice 玄米
  • soup stock 出汁
  • tasty 美味しい

I put a bowl of brown rice, a little sea salt, soup stock made from soy sauce, root tangle and water into a pan and heat it. When it boils, I stop heating. It takes only ten minutes as a whole. If you heat it a little longer, the brown rice becomes softer, but you’ll be hungry soon after eating it. I usually eat dinner my wife cooks early in the evening.

  • soy sauce 醤油
  • root tangle 根昆布
  • boil 沸騰する
  • as a whole 全体として

When you pour it from the pan into a large bowl, the bowl is filled with the soup to the edge with the brown rice sinking to its bottom. Cooling it, I eat it slowly. It’s like I eat a hot-pot or noodle soup. Though I eat it every day, I’m not fed up with it because the taste is a little bit different each time due to the amount of salt and soup stock I put into it. If you add seaweed or dried squid to it, the taste changes. It would be interesting to make its taste weaker, too.

  • fill  満たす
  • edge 端
  • sink 沈む
  • hot-pot 鍋
  • be fed up うんざりする
  • each time 毎回

I’m going to change the kind of salt and soup stock I put into it.  I eat out several times a month, but no other food is better than the brown rice in soup I cook. I can feel power in eating it. Its cost is only 50 yen, including the price of seasoning.

  • several いくつかの
  • cost 費用
  • including 〜を含めて
  • seasoning 調味料

With the economic situations in Japan getting worse for the last six months, I’m grateful to my Kenzoku-shin(眷属神)for the suggestion that I should eat brown rice. Brown rice is a really good economical meal and leads to good evacuation and health. And above all, eating it gives me a strange sense of security. The temperature difference being extreme these days, I hope for a good yield of brown rice in fall.

  • economic 経済の
  • grateful 感謝して
  • suggestion 示唆
  • evacuation 便通
  • above all 何にも増して
  • sense of security 安心感
  • temperature 気温

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

I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE

Deep Taste of Soup Stock Made from Shinsen

After I had Dai-dai-kagura(大々神楽)performed at Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), I was presented with Shinsen(神饌), dried kelp, dried cuttlefish, dried bonito shavings, dried abalone etc. , which are all made at the beach belonging to Ise Grand Shrine.

  • kelp 昆布
  • cuttlefish イカ
  • bonito 鰹
  • abalone アワビ

These days I’ve been looking forward to boiling dried Udon noodle and eating it with ready-made soup for lunch. And I use the Shinsen as its ingredients. Since Shinsen is vacuum-packed, it is delicious on its own. I put concentrated noodle soup into a large bowl, chop dried kelp, dried cuttlefish and dried abalone and put them in it. Then I pour boiling water there. When the Udon noodle is boiled, I put some more hot water and the Udon noodle in the bowl. By the time I eat it, the ingredients have become soft and their extracts have been blended into the soup.

  • boil 茹でる
  • ingredient 具材
  • by the time S+V SがVする時までには
  • extract エキス
  • blend 溶け込ませる

Normally, ingredients are removed from the soup once they have been used as soup stock, but I eat them because I love their firmness and the delicious soup. I soon finished all the Shinsen I had been presented with at Ise Grand Shrine. Not forgetting the taste, I often buy dried bonito and dried cuttlefish at a supermarket, put them into soup with a lot of stocked dried kelp and eat them without dried abalone, of course.

  • remove 取り除く
  • once S+V 一旦SがVしたら
  • soup stock 出汁
  • firmness 歯ごたえ

My wife has been cooking white rice with thirty-percent refined brown rice or with the five main cereals recently. Thirty-percent refined brown rice seems as good for the action of my bowels as normal brown rice. As soon as I eat white rice even for a day, I get constipated. I haven’t felt a major change in my body since I began to eat brown rice, but I think my body has become a little bit slimmer. I’ve got an image of the ingredients of brown rice scratching extra fat on the wall of my blood vessels.

  • refined 精製された
  • bowel 腸
  • constipated 便秘の
  • extra 余分な
  • fat 脂肪

It’s important that you take care of your health physically and mentally. On top of it, a new development in consciousness begins. As long as I live, I’ll do all I can physically and mentally, yes in everything I do.

  • consciousness 意識
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

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.

A Trap Physical Therapists Are Easy To Fall Into

廃墟の中の鳥居

Some physical therapists, as they accumulate experiences, come to be able to sympathize with life energy their patient’s body emits. Human life energy contains all information of a person such as past lives, karma of his/her family line, medical history, experiences of childbirth if the person is a woman, experiences with men, the present living environment and so on.

  • physical therapist 整体師
  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • sympathize 同調する
  • emit 放出する
  • contain 含む
  • and so on など

But physical therapists who can do this are a few. It is not until they have made efforts in earnest to catch all the information their patient’s body emits and have developed their spirituality to some degree that the function of sympathizing begins to awaken.

  • It is not until S’+V’ that S+V S’がV’してはじめてSはVする
  • make efforts 努力する
  • in earnest 熱心に
  • spirituality 霊性
  • to some degree
  • awaken 目覚める

The extent that physical therapists can read information from life energy of their patients varies from person to person, as a matter of course. Most physical therapists can read only a limited information of a particular field. Some can only read patients’ medical histories, and some whether they have had babies before.

  • extent 範囲
  • vary 様々である
  • from person to person 人によって
  • as a matter of course 当然のこととして
  • particular 特定の

It is advisable that physical therapists with the function should apply themselves only to their work without saying anything. If they come up with an idea to improve a patient, they should do it in silence without making him notice it, and they will come to gain popularity naturally and can do their job plainly for many years.

  • advisable 賢明な
  • apply oneself to A Aに専念する
  • come up with A Aを思いつく
  • in silence 黙って
  • notice 気がつく
  • plainly 質素に

But to say something spiritual to their patients would only make them scared, and it doesn’t lead to their true, fundamental improvement. Because as far as spiritual problems are concerned, people can’t solve them unless they hold appreciative memorial services for their ancestral spirits on their own.

  • scared 怖がって
  • lead to A A をもたらす
  • fundamental 根本的な
  • as far as A is concerned Aに関する限り
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • on one’s own 自分で

Also, if a physical therapist should begin to say something spiritual to his patients, patients searching for decent physical therapy would stop seeing him and leave, while dependant patients with a lot of spiritual dirt will begin to gather. And such a bad rumor will spread fast.

  • search for A Aを探す
  • decent まともな
  • dependant 依存的な
  • dirt 垢
  • gather 集まる
  • rumor 噂

At this stage, though the physical therapist had a good ability at first, evil spirits never fail to get involved and he will be corrupt spiritually and change gradually. As a result, they are likely to fall so ill as to be forced to shut down the clinic or lose his treatment capability. Once in such a situation, he is really miserable.

  • ability 能力
  • at first 最初は
  • never fail to~ 必ず〜する
  • get involved 関与する
  • corrupt 堕落した
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • fall ill 病む
  • be forced to~ 〜せざるをえない
  • capability 能力
  • miserable 惨めな

There are a lot of physical therapists putting advertisements on the Internet these days in order to attract customers and they are advertising with miraculous stories that they can improve patients by spiritual therapy.

  • advertisement 広告
  • these days 最近は
  • attract 引き付ける
  • adviertise 広告する
  • miraculous 奇跡的な

If you find a physical therapist who begins to talk about the invisible world, you can be sure that he is already in a terminal state and a useless and dangerous therapist. Truth is he is doing this because he’s in trouble due to lack of money. Such a therapist has already been changed into an evil one belonging to Devildom, who attaches spiritual dirt to his patients to make them repeat customers for profit.

  • invisible 見えない
  • terminal  末期の
  • due to A Aのために
  • belong to A Aに属する
  • Devildom 魔界
  • attach くっつける
  • repeat customer リピート客
  • profit 利益

True competent therapists would hate to be advertised itself. Some of them went so far as to close their clinics just because if the number of their patients increases any more, they can’t cope with the patients. So you had better keep away from therapists doing curious therapy, or you will lose your health.

  • competent 有能な
  • so far as to~ 〜しさえする
  • had better~ 〜した方がよい
  • curious 奇異な

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 us alive.

If you think you’re strong, you have to be careful about your health.

いざわのみや写真

I drove my business car today in a lot of snow. I had used a car which could change to four-wheel drive until last year but I can use a rear-wheel-drive vehicle now.

  • four-wheel-drive 四輪駆動
  • rear-wheel-drive 後輪駆動

It snowed a lot today, so I drove the car carefully because it was my first time I used it. It being rear-wheel-drive, I drove it very carefully thinking that it was easy to slip. I drove it keeping the speed not more than 40 kilometers an hour. Some four-wheel-drive cars and front-wheel-drive cars were passing mine.

  • slip 滑る
  • pass 通り越す

Remembering about last year, I found the road was the one where I had driven my four-wheel-drive car at the speed of 60 kilometers an hour. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are stable and difficult to slip. But once it exceeds a certain critical point, it can be out of control and you can’t stop it.

  • stable 安定した
  • exceed 越える
  • critical point 臨界点
  • out of control 制御不可能な

On snowy roads, unexpectedly, there are a lot of car accidents caused by four-wheel-drive cars. Because they can really move, terrible accidents can happen. I thought the easier to slip the car you drive is, the more careful you become when driving and more less likely you are to have accidents.

  • unexpectedly 意外なことに
  • terrible 酷い
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである

I feel it holds true for your health, too. If you think your body is fragile, you won’t overwork yourself. You will try to get a good sleep or be careful about food you eat.

  • hold true 当てはまる
  • fragile か弱い
  • good sleep 十分な睡眠

If you were young, on the other hand, you would have confidence in your health and have fun all night or make do with junk food. But once you lose your health, it is very difficult to get it back. So people with long life might have been fragile when they were young.

  • on the other hand 一方
  • confidence 自信
  • make do with A Aで済ます
  • once S+V いったんSがVすると
  • might have pp 〜したかもしれない

It is when you’re in good condition that it’s important to remind yourself of gratitude and never to forget the fundamental truth that you’re being kept alive.

  • condition 状態
  • remind oneself of A Aを思い出す
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • fundamental 根本的な
  • keep A alive Aを生かしておく

Today too,

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 us alive.

FAQ 33

Question:

I often dream a lucid dream, dreaming while knowing you are dreaming, in which I get out of my physical body after being tied down. I find it fun to feel as if  I flied about in the air and enjoyed the view. It’s like I’m exploring the world as I like. The action I take in my dream is  a result of my intention but reactions of other people are unexpected. If they are all my illusion of my own creating, I wonder if I can control their reactions to some extent. Might I have been in the World of the Dead? I’m a little bit worried. Could you give me some advice?

  • lucid dream 明晰夢
  • be tied down 金縛りになる
  • fly about  飛び回る
  • view 景色
  • explore 探検する
  • intention 意図
  • illusion 幻想
  • create 創造する
  • to some extent ある程度
  • the World of the Dead 幽界

Answer:

It seems that you had an out-of-body experience. You must be tired during the day and your mind unstable. If you have such a experience over and over even in your dream, you are likely to get ill mentally. When you live a stressful life, the connection of your physical body with your spiritual body gets weak and comes to separate easily. Holding memorial services for ancestors would make a spiritual body more and more thick and the sense of separation of this kind would disappear. Be careful not to build up stress and put into practice a memorial service for your ancestors with gratitude.

  • It seems that… …であるように思われる
  • out-of- body experience 幽体離脱
  • during the day 日中
  • unstable 不安定な
  • over and over 何度も
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • get ill 病む
  • mentally 精神的に
  • connection 繋がり
  • separate 分離する
  • ancestor 先祖
  • disappear 消える
  • build up stress ストレスを溜め込む
  • put A into practice Aを実践する
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

FAQ 21

Question:

I, as a wife, want my husband to be honest and sexually upright, too. There are a lot of adult-entertainment businesses in the city. I cannot blame the women sweepingly who work there because some have to do that kind of job because of family background. I won’t condemn the single men who get the sexual service for money, either. However, isn’t it right that I should regard it as a kind pf adultery for a married man to visit such place? Does he deserve some punishment? I wanna hear your opinion.

  • wife 妻
  • husband 夫
  • honest 正直な
  • upright 清廉な
  • sweepingly 一概に
  • condemn 咎める
  • single 独身の
  • regard A as B AをBとみなす
  • adultery 不倫
  • deserve 値する
  • punishment 罰
  • opinion 意見

Answer:

Being troubled with sexual habits of human beings is one of the most important acetic trainings in this world. There is no limitation to chasing for other-sex peers.

  • be troubled 悩む
  • habit 習慣
  • acetic training 修行
  • limitation 限界
  • chase for A Aを追い求める
  • other-sex peer 異性

But I want you to remember one thing—that there is a spiritual fact that one of the causes of diseases of the uterus is a husband’s sexual play outside his home. Saliva and a body fluid are washed away on a superficial level, but spiritual dirt remains no matter how hard you try. It takes at least three days for the dirt to disappear. If a spiritual mark of another woman’s body liquid touches a wife’s womb, rejection of her spiritual body is caused even if she doesn’t know her husband is having an affair.

  • cause 原因
  • disease 病気
  • uterus 子宮
  • saliva 唾液
  • body fluid 体液
  • on a superficial level 表面的には
  • dirt 垢
  • remain 残る
  • at least 少なくとも
  • disappear 消える
  • womb 子宮
  • rejection 拒絶
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • have an affair 不倫をする

This rejection response is one of the causes of cervical cancer and endometriosis. Without her husband’s care for his wife, she would suffer from some problem in later years. It is effective to have your husband use a condom if you’re suspicious of him.

  • rejection response 拒絶反応
  • cervical cancer 子宮がん
  • endometriosis  内膜症
  • suffer from A Aに苦しむ
  • in later years 晩年に
  • effective 効果的な
  • suspicious 疑っている

FAQ 13

Question:

When I begin to hold a memorial service for my ancestors, my pet dog I’ve kept inside the house comes running wagging its tail. Is it OK my dog being beside me? The other day, I heard from a friend of mine that animals are not  allowed to enter Shrine precincts, so I’m worried a little about it. I wonder how the other readers of this blog who keep their pet animals deal with this problem. Should I keep my pet dog from coming into the room while I’m holding the service?

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • wag 振る
  • tail 尻尾
  • the other day 先日
  • be allowed to~ 〜するのを許されている
  • enter 入る
  • precinct 敷地
  • deal with A Aを扱う
  • keep A from ~ing Aが〜させないでおく

Answer:

It’s no problem that your pet dog is beside you when you hold a memorial service in your house. As for a shrine, since there is a Kenzokushin(眷属神, a subordinate god running errands for its superordinate god) in a shrine where a true holy spirit exists, you must not let your pet animals defecate in the precincts. I sometimes see a pet owner letting his pet dog do so. I’m sure the owner’ fortune and health will be damaged. Kenzokushin is an unsparing spirit in a way and it is an inflexible and relentless being.

  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • suboridinate 下位の
  • run errand 使い走りをする
  • superordinate 上位の
  • holy spirit 神霊
  • exist 存在する
  • must not~ 〜してはいけない
  • let A ~ Aに〜させる
  • defecate 糞をする
  • I’m sure… きっと…だろう
  • unsparing 容赦のない
  • in a way ある意味で
  • inflexible 融通が利かない
  • relentless 情け容赦のない
  • being 存在