A Peasant Sage of Japan; The Life and Work of Sontoku Ninomiya

A Peasant Sage of Japan; The Life and Work of Sontoku Ninomiya

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...and millet to the value of 2000 ryo, the carts which carried it forming a train twenty miles in length. Within the precincts of the temple, eleven huts were built, and here they gathered together all the starving people of the district and gave them rice or millet gruel. Great care was taken to keep everything about the place clean and sanitary, to guard against epidemic; and every precaution was used to prevent fire. Sontoku's instructions, on these and other lines, were carefully followed; Eno, the chief priest, worked incessantly night and day, and everything went on smoothly. Several thousands of people who might otherwise have starved to death were regularly fed, and there was not even a single case of illness. All were sincerely grateful to Sontoku, and such faith had they in his ability that they sent him a petition, signed by the lord and all his retainers, asking him to undertake the restoration of their district. This Sontoku said he was unable to do, and when they continued praying for his help he said to the petitioners, "It is a great undertaking to restore a district which has fallen into ruin and decay. You can accomplish it only by bearing the burdens of the people, giving up all thought of ease and luxury so long as there are any needy persons in your district, and treating them as you would your own children. Your motive in desiring the restoration of your villages is not that the welfare of the people may be secured, but that your 1ncome may be increased, so that you may live in more comfort and luxury. This being the case, your ultimate ruin is certain. There is enough provision in the universe for every living creature, so that if each lives within his income there can be no deficiency; but if you will not consent to do that, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 184 x 240 x 6mm | 99.79g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671856
  • 9781236671851