Returning to the Source

Taken from the Book
The One-Straw Revolution
by Masanobu Fukuoka, 1978 

Returning to the Source Leaning against the long handle of my scythe, I pause in my work in the orchard and gaze out at the mountains and the village below. I wonder how it is that people’s philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons. The path I have followed, this natural way of farming, which strikes most people as strange, was first interpreted as a reaction against the advance and reckless development of science. But all I have been doing, farming out here in the country, is trying to show that humanity knows nothing. Because the world is moving with such furious energy in the opposite direction, it may appear that I have fallen behind the times, but I firmly believe that the path I have been following is the most sensible one. During the past few years, the number of people interested in natural farming has grown considerably. It seems that the limit of scientific development has been reached, misgivings have begun to be felt, and the time for reappraisal has arrived. That which was viewed as primitive and backward is now unexpectedly seen to be far ahead of modern science. This may seem strange at first, but I do not find it strange at all. I discussed this with Kyoto University Professor Iinuma recently. A thousand years ago, agriculture was practiced in Japan without ploughing, and it was not until the Tokugawa Era 300-400 years ago that shallow cultivation was introduced. Deep ploughing came to Japan with Western agriculture. I said that in coping with the problems of the future the next generation would return to the non-cultivation method. To grow crops in an unploughed field may seem at first a regression to primitive agriculture, but over the years, this method has been shown in university laboratories and agricultural testing centres across the country to be the most simple, efficient, and up -to -date method of all. Although this way of farming disavows modern science, it now has come to stand in the forefront of modern agricultural development. I presented this “direct seeding non-cultivation winter-grain/rice succession” in agricultural journals twenty years ago. From then on, it appeared often in print and was introduced to the public at large on radio and television programs many times, but nobody paid much attention to it. Now suddenly, it is a completely different story. You might say that natural farming has become the rage, journalists, professors, and technical researchers are flocking to visit my fields and the huts up on the mountain. Different people see it from different points of view, make their own interpretations, and then leave. One sees it as primitive, another as backward, someone else considers it the pinnacle of agricultural achievement, and a fourth hails it as a breakthrough into the future. In general, people are only concerned with whether this kind of farming is an advance into the future or a revival of times past. Few are able to grasp correctly that natural farming arises from the unmoving and unchanging centre of agricultural development. To the extent that people separate themselves from nature, they spin out further and further from the centre. At the same time, a centripetal effect asserts itself and the desire to return to nature arises. But if people merely become caught up in reacting, moving to the left or to the right, depending on conditions, the result is only more activity. The non-moving point of origin, which lies outside the realm of relativity, is passed over, unnoticed. I believe that even “returning-to-nature” and antipollution activities, no matter how commendable, are not moving toward a genuine solution if they are carried out solely in reaction to the over development of the present age. 14 Nature does not change, although the way of viewing nature invariably changes from age to age. No matter the age, natural farming exists forever as the wellspring of agriculture.

Returning to the Source

Some thoughts to the great meaning of the title

The Source is mother nature and her natural circles of life. We turned down all natural ways of nature as we thought we would know and do better. But where did our perfection to be best from the start came from? We are the top of nature, but over all we are just one part of mother earth and the creation as hole. Simple is the angle we look a nature, when we build technical houses of poisenes waste to live in with our families. We look great when we kill and step on our victims, but we feel small with just to be a part of powerful nature. Grow up, human earthling! Earthling is to find is home by realizing being a spiritual being with some time on earth. Realize how depressing your free look back in full heavenly light on earth will be, when all you did was poisening. Before you got here you promised to help with cold murder for money and a fellowship with the devil by being a good example. You were told, that all you have to do is living a simple life and doing no bad to other souls. But to feel better you chose the technical life which makes you servant of unnatural and unhealthy impulses to the environment with nearly no natural sounds, rythm and inner rhyme. Nature has a whisom we need to take in to breath it out with thoughts and action according to the sound nature does. Instead we build machines to reflect on and we denature in our heart and soul of course of wrong intake in our natural senses.
Here is the one solution to it all: