But first a word about farming By Master Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov:
Take a handful of earth, hold it for a moment, and think of all the elements the Creator has placed in it so that the millions of plants and, through them, all living creatures could survive because of it. These days, unfortunately, most of the fruit and vegetables we eat are full of negative influences and that is without mentioning fertilizers and pesticides! With the passage of time, the earth has become a huge cemetery drenched in the blood of humans and steeped in their crimes. And as those who cultivate the soil often do so with no respect or love, or even in a state of inner rebellion, their thoughts and feelings enter the seeds and poison them. Humanity is endlessly creating unhealthy living conditions for itself out of ignorance.
How helpful it would be to relearn the art of agriculture according to initiatic rules! These rules were known and respected in the past by certain civilizations, and maybe they still are to a certain extent in some parts of the world. The people who conformed to these rules knew how to work with cosmic energies so that the seeds they placed in the soil would absorb these energies and provide vegetables and fruit that contained the maximum nutritional and health-giving properties.
And now to answer some members inquiries about why SFCSA chooses the Biodynamic form of agriculture we share quotes from Biodynamic Farmers and Gardeners below. We hope You will enjoy.
“The biodynamic farmer is called to become both student [of Nature] and guide [of Nature spirits], as he learns from and works with nature, gradually achieving within his soul a transformation of knowledge into contemplative devotions.” Excerpt from Hartmut von Jeete’s speech, The Growing Need for Biodynamic Agriculture.
I have realized that the earth has the ability to regenerate, and that the principles which govern regeneration are similar to those which apply to sick human beings. Landscapes, like people, have become sick because of a lack of love…..man has the privilege of being able to make the earth fruitful by allowing love to pour into it, through him. I think it is very probable that, in this way, the earth is dependent on man for its life….What a wonderful thing, that to be a husbandman….one need not first DO anything in relation to nature. One needs to GIVE TO IT in spirit. Then….the right physical treatments become apparent and easy….Faced with a dying world, we either love or perish. Biodynamic Gardener Donald Harvey, from Biodynamics Magazine, Spring, 1977
Before we can cultivate a garden in the earth at large, we must give the soil of our own hearts and minds to life, so that the feelings and thoughts which grow there may reflect life’s own creative nature. As this happens, we will naturally think and feel and act in ways which are life giving, which will always bless the earth and the life appearing on it, never harm or disrupt it. ….it becomes natural to adopt an attitude of thankfulness, or gladness if you will, and to maintain it all the time….By doing this, we maintain our consciousness of the surpassing love and joy which is at the heart of all life, and which we see revealed in nature. At last we may discover ourselves to be part of a great, integrated body, humankind, living in its rightful place, at home in the earth, performing the work that is ours to do. Then our world will bloom with a richness and delicacy that will by far outshine even its present beauty. Peter Bloch-Hansen, Biodynamic Farmer, Biodynamic Magazine Spring 1977
Today’s virtual separation between the attitude of the person performing a job, and the actual product or work, may be considered by most to be a necessary evolutionary step in a positivistic worldview. In earlier days, the manner of working was an inseparable part of the created product… it is precisely in the area of working with living organisms that sensitivity is required as a first condition: without it, we cannot even realize what domain we are in as we work on a farm or in a garden… The initial step, for one who enters upon the path… as an apprentice in Biodynamic agriculture—is the acquisition and development of certain disciplines to the point where they become second nature. Hartmut Von Jeetze, Eminent Biodynamic Farmer, Biodynamic Magazine, Spring 1977
Quotes 1-5 are from: Excerpt from “The Creative World of Biodynamic Agriculture” by Sean O’Connor and Micahel Just in issue #143 Biodynamic Magazine, Summer, 1982.
1) “According to Steiner (the founder of Biodynamic agriculture) one has only to penetrate this material world to discover that it is indeed the spiritual world. Soul and spirit can then be followed into the particulars of bodily existence.”
2) “The farmer, meditating between the realms of nature (mineral, plant, animal, and human)—is thus creating a new agriculture, since he influences processes [i.e., the intake of cosmic forces, and the sending up of earth forces] that give rise to plant life which in turn supports more developed….forms of life….For the future evolution of the earth, man is now really the responsible…actor regarding processes in nature.” Excerpt from “The Creative World of Biodynamic Agriculture” by Sean O’Connor and Micahel Just in issue #143 Biodynamic Magazine, Summer, 1982.
3) Biodynamic Agriculture seeks to re-establish the concept of a world permeated by life and a life-giving spirit, and the concurrent possibility of renewing agriculture….by defending man’s crucial role in the evolution of the natural processes.” Excerpt from “The Creative World of Biodynamic Agriculture” by Sean O’Connor and Micahel Just in issue #143 Biodynamic Magazine, Summer, 1982.
4) “In an earlier view of nature…originating in the times of Aristotle…it was recognized that relationships exist between certain cosmic constellations and the various plant species. This tradition was an integral part of science from its inception until, during the last few hundred years, it has been methodically…eradicated…in an ever narrowing view, vision, and focus of research. Life processes are possible only between terrestrial forces streaming towards the periphery and cosmic forces raying from the periphery towards the earth.” Excerpt from “The Creative World of Biodynamic Agriculture” by Sean O’Connor and Micahel Just in issue #143 Biodynamic Magazine, Summer, 1982.
5) “Rudolf Steiner describes…the formation of plants as mediated by both terrestrial and cosmic influences. This allows us to see the living plant as generated between an earthly and a cosmic pole….” Excerpt from “The Creative World of Biodynamic Agriculture” by Sean O’Connor and Micahel Just in issue #143 Biodynamic Magazine, Summer, 1982.
6) The future of life on earth almost demands that the farmer broaden his scope of interest [to include] the invisible world…[which] has frequently a stronger visible effect upon this planet than the majority of people can imagine or accept. The task of Biodynamics in this respect [is] to cultivate not only the soil but the power of man to perceive. A continued denial of the existence of elemental forces in nature…will not…negate these forces—but may instead lead them to oppose rather than to support our endeavors.’ Excerpt from Heniz Grotzke’s, “The Future After the First 50 Years,” from Biodynamic Magazine #112, Fall 1974.
7) The bio-dynamic method was founded to establish a harmonious and living relationship between all beings in nature, including man. The …sacrifice of the other realms of nature [for man]… can only arouse in us a feeling of gratitude. The Biodynamic farming method becomes an activity of thanksgiving, attempting to heal what inadvertently might have been wounded.” Excerpt from Heniz Grotzke’s, “The Future After the First 50 Years,” from Biodynamic Magazine #112, Fall 1974.
8) The future needs more active farmers and gardeners who consciously create an attitude of responsibility within themselves so that they become guardians of the soil and true friends of nature. Excerpt from Heinz Grotzke’s, “The Future After the First 50 Years,” from Biodynamic Magazine #112, Fall 1974.
9) “For centuries, the farmer…has been at the bottom of the social ladder in terms of recognition and material reward. Farm and garden constitute the life-sustaining base of all mankind, and yet the consumer generally refuses to pay a price which is based on cost, including the human labor to produce it. The [food] industry, on the other hand, will not sell a product unless a pre-determined profit and overhead are built into the price of an item. What would the price of food be if the farmer or gardener would charge an hourly wage equal to a plumber’s income? Is the labor of a farmer less needed?
Excerpt from Heinz Grotzke’s, “The Future After the First 50 Years,” from Biodynamic Magazine #112, Fall 1974.
10) Biodynamics… tells the farmer how to conserve the soil and produce wholesome food with the least amount of outside help and resources. Biodyanmics appeals to the human element in man and in time will teach the grower how to establish a new and living relationship between himself and the surrounding elemental forces in nature. The Biodynamic farmer, through hard physical and spiritual labor, will…experience the [roles] of student, teacher, artist, architect, and priest as well. Through his work he learns to guide the planetary forces as much as the earthly, and…marvels at the constant creation of life. Excerpt from Heinz Grotzke’s, “The Future After the First 50 Years,” from Biodynamic Magazine #112, Fall 1974.
11) Our society has been fascinated long enough by technical achievements. Biodynamics is now looking for those who search for the spiritual treasures in the depth of the soil. Excerpt from Heinz Grotzke’s, “The Future After the First 50 Years,” from Biodynamic Magazine #112, Fall 1974.
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