76/Front Line/Making Vegetarian Fruit Cakes In Master's Shop
By Gunma News Group,
Center is situated near the border of Gunma and Nagano Provinces. It
is both a tourist shop and a meditation Center. Its customers are not
only from the local area, but are also tourists and visitors who come
to escape the heat of summer and ice skate in winter. At the moment,
fellow practitioners at the Gunma Center are encouraging one another
to practice diligently, and to bring Master's blessing to those people
who visit the shop.
the 10th of October, two shops close to the Gunma Center belonging to fellow
practitioners were opened at the same time. It happened that that day was
designated to be a national holiday in Japan to promote the health of body
and mind. Coincidentally, the theme for the two shops complimented the holiday
theme. One shop is called 'Forest Of The Agile Spirits' and sells mainly vegetarian
food products. The other one, called 'Angels' Cookies,' is a tea-room serving
eggless vegetarian fruit cakes.
initiate Yamazaki was initiated in May of this year. In preparing for the
opening of 'Angels' Cookies,' he would like to share his experiences with
has always been interested in making cakes and cookies. For many years, he
dreamed of owning a small shop. After graduation, he worked for a famous cake
company in Tokyo in order to learn how to make cakes. However, during that
time he became ill. A fellow initiate came to know that he fell sick when
he was working in a place where a lot of eggs were being used. Maybe it was
God's will. He, therefore, mentioned to Yamazaki, Master's teachings regarding
vegetarianism. Yamazaki decided to try to be a vegetarian and make vegetarian
cakes. Although he failed again and again, he never stopped trying.
After a short period of
time, he received initiation. Soon after that, he began to create a greater
and greater variety of vegetarian cakes. The dream of many years was coming
to fruition, and he finally reached the stage of preparing to open his own
shop. Theoretically speaking, as your dream day is on the verge of materializing,
you should be happy, spirited and full of self-confidence. However, what occurred
was that the cake recipes began to fail; Yamazaki's family didn't give him
any of the support or approval that he needed; and the glass cabinet that
was to be used for displaying the cakes broke and could not be fixed. To have
it reinstall, it would have taken another twenty days to finished! With his
hands tied at that moment, Yamazaki decided to give up his original plan of
opening his shop together with the neighboring shop, 'Forest Of Agile Spirits'.
second morning after he had decided to give up, the fellow practitioner who
had introduced him to Master's teachings and had led him onto the path of
spiritual practice phoned him: "If you are determined to open the shop, there
will be a solution. You should not give up easily. The problem now is not
the broken cabinet glass, it's your loss of self-confidence. The only way
is to meditate well, remember Master's teachings, and put them into practice.
This is the most important thing."
From that day onwards, he
meditated for three hours with fellow practitioners at the Gunma Center. The
first day he entered the Center, Master's teachings came to him loud and clear;
he couldn't help but cry. He was crying and meditating at the same time. Later,
fellow practitioners volunteered to take on the whole job of decorating the
tea room. This way, he could concentrate on perfecting the vegetarian fruit
He worked late everyday.
Early every morning he went to the Center to meditate. After five days, he
not only had great results with the vegetarian fruit cake recipes, but all
the interior decorating of 'Angels' Cookies' was also miraculously accomplished.
All this without the help of professionals and even before the scheduled opening
"Making vegetarian fruit
cakes in Master's shop" -- when fellow practitioners first said this, Yamazaki
truly did not understand what it meant. Later, he deeply realized that he
was only an instrument. If he surrendered everything to the Master Power,
then he could easily and smoothly get the best results. Master's boundless
love, through fellow practitioners, helped him find the best solutions.
Yamazaki said, "I just want
to extend my most sincere thanks. Before, I only cared for myself and thought
that only I was hard working. I never remembered to be concerned about or
love other people. Now, in Master's shop, with the blessing of wholeheartedly
being able to make vegetarian fruit cakes, I promise to prepare the best fruit
cakes for every customer that Master arranges to come to the shop."
since the shop has opened, the number of customers has been increasing. Among
these have been some cake making professionals. All have praised Yamazaki's
cakes, saying they are really delicious. Yamazaki's continues to work with
great enthusiasm. His family have also changed their attitude and have taken
the initiative to come to give a helping hand whenever they are free