Brown Rice & Buddha
Brown rice is nice. Whole grains are a wonderful gift. In it’s natural state, rice with the husk still on provides many soothing, healing, building nutrients and cleans and tones our digestive tract.
Beyond this, our intuition knows even more. These kernals of life force are offered with great generosity to include us in the chain of procreation, connecting us with the great universe. To alter this by processing the rice into white takes matters into our own hands beyond our understanding and abberrates a natural chain of events designed to support us, contributing to weaknesses, breakdowns and dis-ease. both physical and otherwise. By dis-ease, we can include the environmental impact of the unnecessary step of processing the rice. This is not worth the trade-off, however we choose to justify it.
Let us consider the implications of white rice, white flour and white sugar:
Although rice and flours have been around for over 5,000 years, refined grains and sugar were created to increase the shelf life of commercially distributed food products, and became a mainstream practice in Europe and North America after World War II. Today these white products are offered by large companies comprised of many people, all of whom are compelled by the organization’s prime goal to generate profit. The temptation to overlook ethical issues, consideration of the ultimate purpose of the company, or issues relating to longevity and success of society as a whole, is such a temptation that these structures often default to an exchange with the public that is self-serving, destructive and insincere. You can hardly say this is intended, because a corporation isn’t a person -it is a soul-less machine determined to keep its stock prices up at any cost. This motivation is the one thing that even its owners and managers must comply with. If this corporation were a person it would be a psychopath. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the people who run it are psychopaths, but the destructive effect is the same.
So, from this we have white rice, white flour and white sugar - described to us as “better” than the natural equivalent, and from successful advertising, saturation of availability and cultural momentum we are given a substitute that harms bodies, harms the environment and undermines the very essence of the service relationship. This is the resonance of these white products from its history and in the present - a product of competitive aggression, delusion and confusion. This is what we eat when we eat it, and this is what we support when we buy it and sell it.
Today this issue is not a mystery to anyone who would spend a few moments thinking about it -the information is available and clear. And it is clear the way it feels as we swallow and digest it. It doesn't move through the body easily - creating a bloated feeling just the way "stuck chi" feels.
White rice has lost more than 75% of the nutrients of brown rice, and has none of the roughage or essential fatty acids that are required by our system for healthy function. Consumption of refined grains is understood, even by the mainstream medical community, to be contributing factors to cancer, diabetes and many other problems.
The process of cultivating a perfectly good whole grain such as brown rice, then forcibly removing its goodness, creating pollution while doing so, and discarding the useful part as if it were waste seems karmically dubious to this writer.
Then, as a consumer to "enjoy" this white product more than the natural version, is an erroneous twist of perspective. It may appear to be an apparent victory for those who “sold” this spin of the story and as a convenience or “refined” choice for the consumer. These can be seen as delusive and confused thoughts.