"Also, a friend of Ayano Furuya who lives on the Gold Coast attended the seminar and kindly brought two jars of rice in which her friend conducted a very interesting experiment on. As you can see in the picture below, the rice on the left is still white and looks like normal rice while the one on the right is black and has turned into liquid. Believe it or not, these rice are 11 years old! The rice on the left was prayed to once a day for just a week and the rice on the right was left on top of the fridge and ignored. The audience gasped in amazement and we were once again reminded of the power of prayer, words and intention."
the rice on the right was left on top of the fridge
David2 wrote:Obviously that rice was in different conditions (like different temperature and/or different humidity). No surprise it looks differently.
DarwidHalim wrote:David2 wrote:Obviously that rice was in different conditions (like different temperature and/or different humidity). No surprise it looks differently.
Scientiest knows how to do research. When they want to compare 2 things, they know the temperature, humidity, or whatever it is, has to be same.
There is no cowboy job in research.
This is reality. No point to deny it.
David2 wrote:I don't deny anything. But you can't leave something on the fridge (which is obviously warmer on the outside than room temperature) and tell people at the same time that you are doing objective science.
DarwidHalim wrote:Do you know the sound can also affect the growth of the plant?
THat rice experiment has been repeated many times by householders. You can see that in youtube.
DarwidHalim wrote:This world is like this.
Have you heard people condemn Buddha? You go to YouTube you will find thousand.
Have you heard people condemn meditation?
Same thing here, even when science moves in people still don't believe it.
This kind of experiment is very easy to do. We can even do it ourselves.
This link show a lady repeat the same research.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjfN3K_v ... ata_player
This is the result after 5 days:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTz-cYk9 ... ata_player
Even when Buddha is Standing in front of you, you won't see him due to your karma or mindset.
Samsara is really thick.
When I watched you set this up, you put your fingers in the "you fool" jar when you taped the paper on it. You also touched the rice when you pushed it down inside the jar. None of that happened in the "Thank you" jar. A small thing, but it only takes a small bit of bacteria to make a HUGE difference. I would be interested to see what two jars of rice without any words on, in or spoken over them do when has fingers in it and the other does not.
santa100 wrote:that the chanting of various Suttas or Mantras do bring peace and happiness to our mind and that in turn greatly benefits our overall wellbeing both physically and mentally.
......................................................Convince questioners of the value of
this rule by explaining that when one chants or sings one generates vibrations, and
only those who have been properly trained should do that at a centre. One who has
been trained to chant goes deep inside with equanimity and feels sensations
whenever there is a pause. This kind of chanting generates healthy vibrations.
However developed a student may be, he or she has not been properly trained to
chant and should refrain from doing so.
When you are teaching in English, why do you use Pāli and Hindi words in your
chanting and your discourses?
Well, these words are so pleasant to me. Pāli is the language of the Enlightened
Person, and Hindi is my mother tongue. They also create a good vibration for the
students to meditate in. In the English discourses I am cautious and try to use them
as little as possible, but in the Hindi discourses Pāli verses are very helpful. They
give inspiration, and Pāli becomes easy to understand for many Indian students after
taking only a few courses.
However, even in the West old students keep telling me, "When you recite a Pāli
gāthā [verse] we feel good vibrations." A new student may not agree with this; he or
she might have aversion and think, "What is this chanting? Why is he disturbing
me?" But slowly this person will start to understand the benefits.
Last time the ten discourses in English were recorded the Pāli gāthās were reduced
to a minimum and afterwards there were complaints about this. We cannot please
everybody, some will remain discontented. We have to serve as best we can, and
you have to serve as best you can as Dhamma servers. §
Is there any purpose behind the old students’ chanting of sādhu and bowing, or is
this just a rite or ritual?
They are not part of a rite or a ritual. As I said earlier, the extremity at the top of the
head can receive vibrations. When a teacher expresses mettā by saying Bhavatu
sabba maṅgalaṃ, he or she generates good vibrations, and when you bow down you
accept those vibrations of mettā at the top of the head. It is in your own interest to
accept good vibrations. If you are thirsty and somebody offers you water, you will
get the water only if you cup your hands together. If you keep your hands apart the
water will be lost.
Saying sādhu is an expression of sympathetic joy, and you join with the teacher’s
feeling of joy when you say this. Both bowing and saying sādhu are in your own
interest, they are not part of any rite or ritual. They are a healthy tradition from the
past. Make use of them. §
Q. About chanting…
A. Chanting is part of the duty of a Teacher, to give good vibrations, to protect the work of the students from any bad vibrations from outside. The students’ job is to practise and observe, which is why they are not asked to chant. At a certain stage some are taught: between each word you are aware of sensations with anicca, with sampajañña very clearly in every pause. This, not mere chanting, gives the Dhamma vibration. It becomes part of the constant meditation of sampajañña. Otherwise mere chanting, which looks so easy, is just a rite, ritual or religious ceremony.
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