Great Construction

The Earth Breathes

     Everyone knows that all living things breathe, but indeed even plants, minerals, and all other things as well breathe. And, if I were to say that the earth also breathes, the reader may find it strange, but as my argument is followed, I am sure there will be agreement.
     The earth inhales and exhales once a year. Exhalation begins in spring, gradually reaching its peak in summer. As with human beings, when the earth exhales, its breath is warm. The warmth is radiated from the heat of the earth, and as it becomes spring, the breath becomes denser, and all things begin to grow. First of all, the grasses and trees begin to bud, every thing advances upward, and human beings also are lively, buoyant. As it becomes summer, the grass and trees grow more verdant and at the extreme of exhalation, the earth begins to inhale, so the grasses and trees begin to wither, every thing begins to go into a state of decline, and human beings also become calmer, composed. At its most extreme point, this state is winter.
     These are the aspects of nature, and the breath which the planet earth exhales is the spiritual energy of the earth, what material science calls nitrogen, that enables plants to develop. Nitrogen is continually ascending and accumulating within the atmosphere. With rain, it returns to the planet. This is natural  nitrogen fertilizer. In this sense, to physically take nitrogen from the air and utilize it as fertilizer is an error. Yes, nitrogen fertilizer does temporarily increase harvests, but continued use for long periods will cause nitrogen poisoning, addiction by the soil which will become barren and infertile. That is because a surplus of nitrogen will deaden the functional activity of the soil itself. As is well known, at the time of World War I nitrogen fertilizer was discovered by Germans and used during wartime temporarily to increase harvests. This practice was suitable for its specific purpose, but when the war was over and peace returned, it should have been stopped.
     Next is the subject of sunspots which has been the topic of debate since antiquity. Sunspots are the respiration activity of the sun. It is said that sunspots increase every eleventh year. Their greatest increase is the extreme point of exhalation. It should be understood that the sun burns because it receives moisture from the moon. The moon waxes and wanes in twenty-eight days and this is the respiration activity of the moon.

Essays on Faith, page 55, September 5, 1948
    translated by cynndd

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“Chikyū wa Kokyū Suru,” published originally as the twenty-sixth chapter in the Japan Kannon Church publication Shinkō Zatsuwa (Essays on Faith), September 5, 1948, page 55 (later reprinted by the Japan Miroku Church, 1949, and by the Church of World Messianity, 1951), although never anthologized while Meishu-sama was alive, has appeared in translation. Citation is given below for reference.  

“The Earth Breathes,” True Health, 1987, page 172.

“The Earth Breathes,” Teachings of Meishu-sama, Volume Five, 2008, page 3.