Special for This Month ( Oct. 2002 )
Mandala Taught by Forest ( 3 ) [Circulating Nature]
森が教えてくれたマンダラ (3) [ 循環する自然]

. . . . . このページの日本語

This is an EL( Earth Language ) experimental page to express poetical contents using EL symbols or pictographs.
The explanations are in English and Japanese. ( Your computer might not recognize the Japanese parts. )

The series "Mandala Taught by Forest" are some trials of visions about what we are/which system we are in.
Here( the introduction )
tells where these thoughts came from.
EL can show complex sentences, but here in Mandala, you see the symbols without the grammar.
For this month, I try to take up the nature system which supports all lives.
Please imagine your hidden roots and the soil around it.


マンダラシリーズ発想のきっかけとなった今回の夫の事故 (参照)で、体のしくみを心得る重要さを思い知りました。

Nature Circulating 循環する自然

: nature (自然)
{ . (space)}: sky (空)
{ ,(material thing)}: air (空気)
{ ,(heat )}: temperature (気温)
{ (the sun), (light): sunlight (日光)
{(nature), (water)}: rain (雨)
(by the growing shape): plant (植物)
{ , } (by the compounded shape): leaf/ leaves (葉)
{ , (stable 固定)}(fundamental compounded-character (c-c)): root (根)
{ {,}( hair (by the shape))/毛), root}: root hair ( of plant ) (根毛)
{ (long continuous), (tangible thing)}(fundamental c-c):
the top layer of the earth which supports plants and living creatures continuously: soil (土)
: water (a fundamental symbol by its dripping shape) (水 (象形))
{(material), (compounded)}:
chemical compound, ( chemically ) combine( vi. with #gd, vt. with #ge) (化合物)
{ ( life ), }}: organic compound (有機化合物)
{ (hard), (material)}(fundamental c-c,
because usually these materials are hard in normal situation): metal (金属)
{ (water), }(fundamental c-c, because this is the main element of water)): hydrogen (水素)
{(life),}( fundamental c-c, because living creatures need this element to grow): nitrogen (窒素)
{(plant), }( fundamental c-c, because most plant collect this material with sunlight): carbon (炭素)
{ (fire), }(fundamental c-c, because this element burns a thing): oxygen (酸素)
{, ,} (fundamental c-c by the shape) : insect (虫・昆虫)
{(line) }: myriapod as centipedes (節足類)
{(one), { (invisible)),}(cell)}(one cell living thing)} (fundamental c-c):
bacteria including some kind of fungi (細菌)
{ (move),}(fundamental c-c, because usually they move by themselves): animal (動物)
{animal, single cell}: protozoan (原生動物・単細胞動物)
{(long shaped), animal}: worm (snakes are long, but not included in this c-c) (ミミズなど無足で長い虫)
{ (nature),(everlasting),( hard )}: rock (岩)
{(grains), }: sand (砂)


For this page, I referred to the web site above (in Japanese).

Nature Circulating

All animals including humans can’t live without oxygen .
wasn’t in the first sky of this planet.
It has been emitted by algae in the ocean and later by chlorophyll in grasses and trees,
taking 3-2 thousand millions years.

Plants and animals can’t grow without nitrogen, either.
There is nitrogen in the air, but no plants and animals can take it
by themselves. Algae and bacteria help to take nitrogen from the air or soil.
Animals take nitrogen through /other , and grow.

The same numbers of bacteria as the human population on the earth
are in only one person’s mouth. Various bacteria resolve all kinds of dead bodies,
and work away to make soil that supports plant lives with grains of rocks
broken down by rain, wind, differences of temperatures etc.
Things that once lived return to soil in this way, then new lives begin from there.
The circulation like this is the law of nature to survive.

The soil of a forest took hundreds/ thousands of years to be as it is now.
Soils are different by the landform, geology, water and climate.
Adapting to each condition of the land, vast variety of plants and animals have evolved.
Humans are the top runner of evolution now.

When watching a forest carefully, you’ll see it’s a collection of the past living creatures
in that location. Even now, the most primitive lives, bacteria and algae
are continuing to support the circulation of lives in the darkness of underground.
In the world of lives, [now] is always in the circulation of congeries of past existences.

Roots are points of contact between ancient existences underground
and visible lives on the earth. [Eating] means connecting the body
to the long history of the land where the food was produced,
and joining the circle of lives, to light a fire of tomorrow by the power of past lives.
The eater also turns into the power of past lives for lighting a new fire sometime later.
That is the circulation of nature.

This system is easily shown by the forest, but hardly seen in urban lives.
It’s hard to know where a food to make your body was from.
People eat merchandise but not lives. Whatever is labeled or converted,
even if it is a vegetable raised by nitrogenous fertilizer and chemicals,
when you eat it, the kind of history of the food gets into your body.

The food not supported by rich past lives would make the circulation narrower
and lose the future lives. Fine ivies covering an old tree ( Refer to last page )
would have to fight against itself for surviving, after killing the tree.
The people who suck up soil as much as they like and return nothing
to it would do that also.

The bodies which have eaten a variety of past power from all over the world are
filled with complexity. Complexity makes it hard for them to see both their past and future.
However since it is nature's will to survive by circulation, humans are sure
to overcome the complexity to bring back the continuously circulating .

If they had damaged soil by their networking, they make another net
to save each by each. At that time, their hearts must be brimming
over with appreciation for this planet and the all life history.

Don't you feel good to greet with this symbol / the hand sign
to each other for bringing the time faster?
:{ eternally, circulating globe},
Imagining the harmony on the earth.

by Yoshiko

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(ヒト)を含む(動物)は、 (酸素)を吸わないと生きられない。
は、 (地球)の (空)に、はじめはなかった。
30-20億年という気の遠くなる昔から海に浮かんだ (藻)が吐き出し、
草木の葉緑素もこれをつづけてくれて、いまの (空)がある。

(ヒト)を含む は、 (窒素)もなければ育てない。
空気中にも はあるが、 (動物)も (植物)もこれを自分で取り込めない。
地中・空中の (菌類)が手伝って に取り込ませている。
そんなや、 を食べて育ったを食べて は生きている。

働きで細かくなった岩の粒とともに、 の生存可能な (土)をせっせと造っている。
一度生を受けたものは、こうしてみな に帰り、そこからまた新しいいのちが生まれる。
この循環こそ、( 自然)が生きつづけるための掟だ。
今の森の は、何千・何百年かけてできた。
地形・地質や水・風・気温のちがいに応じて は異なり、ちがいに適応して
さまざまなが進化した。 はその進化の先端にいる。


過去のいのちの力で明日の (火)をともすこと。

自分の (体)を作る食べ物がどこからきたのかわからない。

から吸い取れるだけ吸い取って返さない もまた。

食べることによって、世界中の過去と大地につながってしまった は、
ネットワークして を殺してきてしまったのなら、

(ずーっと), (丸くまわりながら), (調和する)}

By Yoshiko McFarland

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