September 2014


The Magic of Cooking

9月のマンスリーフォーカスは”魔法のクッキング”。

毎日の食事との向き合い方は、大切なスピリチュアルな練習の第一歩です。

Brahmarpanam Brahma-Havir / Brahmagnau Brahmana Hutam /
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam / Brahma-Karma-Samadhina

全てに神は宿ります。神は柄杓(ひしゃく)、神は食べ物でもあります。神は火であり、神が調理をして、神が食事をします。神の為に食し、神とは辿り着く目的なのです。
バガヴァッド ギータ第4章、24節
Bhagavad Gita 4.24

私にとって初めてのスピリチュアルの先生であり、錬金術師のランディ·ホール師に”どうすれば悟りを開けますか?”と尋ました。彼は“まず初めに料理、掃除そしてガーデニングを学ぶ事です。”と答えました。私は彼の答えがスピリチュアルさに欠けているとがっかりして、疑いを持ち、まじめに受け止める事が出来ませんでした。
料理をする? 私自身がせっかちで痩せているタイプだったので、食事自体を軽蔑し、摂食を出来るだけ減らして空気のみで生活していこうという意志を持っていたのです。それなのに、何故か先生は私に料理を習う様にいいます。一体どんな意味があるのか? 掃除とガーデニングについても同じような疑問を感じていました。

その何年間も後に、先生のアドバイスから得られる素晴らしい知恵を理解しました。   料理の仕度、そして調理をする事とは魔法の様であり、強力な、錬金術的な過程を通じて1つの要素が他の形へと変化します。多種の成分が巧みに組み合わされ、水,火、空気を丁度良い割合にするには適切なタイミングを必要とします。 調理をする者の良い精神的な心構えも大切です。キッチンでは 噂話やくだらない会話はありません。美味しい食事は、魂と心身を満たします。

料理本とは、この魔法の様な過程、多くの方法がまとめられた完全な調理法、提案、アドバイスが集約された本です。読者がもしも、冒険心を持って陽気にレシピを作れたなら、食卓では最も楽しい料理を提供する事が出来ます。この様な心構えによって用意された食事は自己、そして他者に対しての知覚を変える事が出来、人生の向上への希望に繋がるのです。

この魔法を最も効果的に叶えるには、食材と作り方に意識を向ける事が不可欠です。肉、卵、乳製品を食する事は、肉食文化に慣らされ、動物を利用した産業の利益を高めます。私達自身の体が持つ自然な知性からは絶え離れ、自身の健康、環境を滅ぼし、残虐な動物の奴隷化、搾取と虐殺を招きます。そしてこの行為は必ずいつか私達自身へと戻ってくるのです。

私達が完全菜食主義を取り入れる事は、私達の生活の中に思いやりを導きます–私達の身体と周囲との関係への思いやり。ヨガではまず最初に、周囲(他者)に自身の望む物を提供出来れば、全てを手に入れる事が出来ると教えます。私達が自由になりたいのなら,他の自由を奪い、資源を無駄遣いし、他を貧しいままにしている限りは目的に辿り着く事は出来ません。食事を選ぶ時に思いやりのある選択をする事は、私達自身の幸せと自由を確実にする為の、最も基本的は方法です。

調理をする時の心の状態も、料理に影響します。機嫌が悪い時には、台所にいない事をお勧めます。マイナス思考を減らして高い意識を持つために、お祈り、又はマントラを調理する前、している時、食事をする前に唱えましょう。お祈りをする事によって高い意図を定め、神の力に寄って私達を自我のない良い目的へと向かう事を、懇願します。

私達は調理の過程でも、食事をする時にも、至高の意図を忘れず、心に保ちましょう。高い意識を保つ事は、台所を取り巻く微妙な毒素(怒りやせっかちさ)と表面化された毒素(汚れや細菌)の両方を浄化します。台所を神の宿る聖なる空間、悟りへの戸口としてみるのです。台所とは寺院で、鍋、フライパン、調味料,穀物、果物,野菜、オーブン、スプーン、ナイフ、器、お皿の全てが意識を持つ神の一部であり、食事を作るという錬金術の過程に参加する機会を待っているのです。貴方自身の魂の火を、食事を加熱する要素の一部にするのです。

今私達の誰もが出来る、最も勇敢な行為とは、他者–動物、地球、全ての生きとし生ける者を気にかける事です。自己を中心にするよりも他者(物)を中心にする事は幸せへの第一歩です。完全菜食主義の食材を選び,純粋な意図を持って調理する事で、美味しいだけではなく、平和で喜びに溢れ、全ての生命との共存のための、貴方自身の革命行為が始まります。

シャロン ギャノン–simple recipes for Joy September 2014

Brahmarpanam Brahma-Havir / Brahmagnau Brahmana Hutam /
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam / Brahma-Karma-Samadhina
See God everywhere: God is the ladle; God also is the food; God is the fire; God is the preparer; and God is the eater of the food. God is the reason for eating and God is the goal to be reached.

Bhagavad Gita 4.24

I asked my first spiritual teacher, the alchemist Randy Hall, “How do I become enlightened?,” and he responded, “First, learn how to cook, clean, and garden.” I was incredulous at his response; it disappointed me, and at the time I wasn’t able to embrace his advice seriously as it didn’t seem “spiritual enough” for me. Cooking? I was an impatient, skinny girl who found disdain in eating and was trying to reduce her food to a minimum and eventually live on air: how did he think that I could get into cooking? What could possibly be the point? I felt similarly about cleaning and gardening.

Over the years I’ve come to see the extraordinary wisdom of this advice. Preparing and cooking food is a magical act, a potent, alchemical process, through which one form is transformed into another form: varied ingredients are deftly combined and subjected to the elements of water, fire and air in just the right proportions, with just the right timing and with appropriate spells—consisting of good mental intentions, with no gossip or small talk in the kitchen—to manifest a delicious meal that satisfies both body and soul. A cookbook can be seen as a book of formulas for this magical process, complete with how-to instructions, suggestions, and advice, which, if followed with a cheerful heart and sense of adventure, could result in the most delightful culinary experiences manifesting on the dinner table. Food prepared in this way can even produce a shift in perception of oneself and others, yielding hope and encouragement to move forward through life.

To make this magic happen most effectively, it is essential to bring consciousness to what we eat and how we prepare it. When we eat meat, eggs and dairy products, we are buying into a cultural conditioning that has disconnected us from the natural intelligence of our bodies for the purpose of generating profits for the animal-user industries, we are destroying the health of our bodies and our environment, and we are participating in horrific enslavement, exploitation and slaughter of other animals, which will eventually, but inevitably, come back to us. When we adopt a vegan lifestyle, we bring kindness into our lives—kindness to our bodies and to our relationships with others. Yoga teaches that whatever we want in life we can have if we are willing to provide it for others. If we want to be free, then depriving others of freedom and utilizing so many resources that others are left impoverished, cannot lead us to our goal. Making kind choices when it comes to the food we eat is one of the most basic ways to begin to ensure our own happiness and freedom.

Our state of mind when we cook is also important to the outcome. If we are in a bad mood, it is best to stay out of the kitchen. To cultivate the highest intention and clear any negativity we may feel, we can pray or chant a mantra before we start to cook, while cooking, and before we eat. To pray is to set a high intention, to implore the Divine forces to come to our aid for a good and selfless end. As we approach the cooking process and then the eating of the food we have cooked, we make sure that our minds and hearts are centered in an elevated intentional mood. This purifies the whole experience, ridding the kitchen of toxins, both subtle (like anger and impatience) and gross (like dirt and bacteria). See the kitchen as part of God’s abode, as sacred space, as a doorway to enlightenment. The kitchen is a temple, and all the pots, pans, spices, grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as the stove, spoons, knives, bowls, and plates, are all Divine objects, full of consciousness, waiting to become part of the Divine, alchemical process of creating a meal. Allow the fire of your soul to become part of the heating element that cooks your food.

The most courageous act any of us can do at this time is to dare to care about others—other animals, the Earth, and all beings. To be more other-centered than self-centered is the first step to happiness. Choosing vegan ingredients and cooking them yourself with a pure intention will not only help you create tasty meals but will help you start your own radical movement of peaceful, joyful coexistence with all of life.

—Sharon Gannon, adapted from the book, Simple Recipes for Joy, September 2014

The Magic of Cooking

Brahmarpanam Brahma-Havir / Brahmagnau Brahmana Hutam /
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam / Brahma-Karma-Samadhina
See God everywhere: God is the ladle; God also is the food; God is the fire; God is the preparer; and God is the eater of the food. God is the reason for eating and God is the goal to be reached.

Bhagavad Gita 4.24

I asked my first spiritual teacher, the alchemist Randy Hall, “How do I become enlightened?,” and he responded, “First, learn how to cook, clean, and garden.” I was incredulous at his response; it disappointed me, and at the time I wasn’t able to embrace his advice seriously as it didn’t seem “spiritual enough” for me. Cooking? I was an impatient, skinny girl who found disdain in eating and was trying to reduce her food to a minimum and eventually live on air: how did he think that I could get into cooking? What could possibly be the point? I felt similarly about cleaning and gardening.

Over the years I’ve come to see the extraordinary wisdom of this advice. Preparing and cooking food is a magical act, a potent, alchemical process, through which one form is transformed into another form: varied ingredients are deftly combined and subjected to the elements of water, fire and air in just the right proportions, with just the right timing and with appropriate spells—consisting of good mental intentions, with no gossip or small talk in the kitchen—to manifest a delicious meal that satisfies both body and soul. A cookbook can be seen as a book of formulas for this magical process, complete with how-to instructions, suggestions, and advice, which, if followed with a cheerful heart and sense of adventure, could result in the most delightful culinary experiences manifesting on the dinner table. Food prepared in this way can even produce a shift in perception of oneself and others, yielding hope and encouragement to move forward through life.

To make this magic happen most effectively, it is essential to bring consciousness to what we eat and how we prepare it. When we eat meat, eggs and dairy products, we are buying into a cultural conditioning that has disconnected us from the natural intelligence of our bodies for the purpose of generating profits for the animal-user industries, we are destroying the health of our bodies and our environment, and we are participating in horrific enslavement, exploitation and slaughter of other animals, which will eventually, but inevitably, come back to us. When we adopt a vegan lifestyle, we bring kindness into our lives—kindness to our bodies and to our relationships with others. Yoga teaches that whatever we want in life we can have if we are willing to provide it for others. If we want to be free, then depriving others of freedom and utilizing so many resources that others are left impoverished, cannot lead us to our goal. Making kind choices when it comes to the food we eat is one of the most basic ways to begin to ensure our own happiness and freedom.

Our state of mind when we cook is also important to the outcome. If we are in a bad mood, it is best to stay out of the kitchen. To cultivate the highest intention and clear any negativity we may feel, we can pray or chant a mantra before we start to cook, while cooking, and before we eat. To pray is to set a high intention, to implore the Divine forces to come to our aid for a good and selfless end. As we approach the cooking process and then the eating of the food we have cooked, we make sure that our minds and hearts are centered in an elevated intentional mood. This purifies the whole experience, ridding the kitchen of toxins, both subtle (like anger and impatience) and gross (like dirt and bacteria). See the kitchen as part of God’s abode, as sacred space, as a doorway to enlightenment. The kitchen is a temple, and all the pots, pans, spices, grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as the stove, spoons, knives, bowls, and plates, are all Divine objects, full of consciousness, waiting to become part of the Divine, alchemical process of creating a meal. Allow the fire of your soul to become part of the heating element that cooks your food.

The most courageous act any of us can do at this time is to dare to care about others—other animals, the Earth, and all beings. To be more other-centered than self-centered is the first step to happiness. Choosing vegan ingredients and cooking them yourself with a pure intention will not only help you create tasty meals but will help you start your own radical movement of peaceful, joyful coexistence with all of life.

—Sharon Gannon, adapted from the book, Simple Recipes for Joy, September 2014

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