Mokichi Okada conducted research in the areas of agriculture, health, and art. In each area he formulated methods to practice the essence of “spiritual science”—for agriculture, that science is Nature Farming. It was in Nature that Okada discovered the causes and effects of the problems facing humanity and the principles on which to create an ideal civilization. A new civilization- a world of art imbued with truth, virtue, and beauty coexisting in perfect harmony with Nature- would emerge.
In creating a truly healthy civilization that is in harmony with Nature, Mokichi Okada began to construct small prototypes of such a new civilization. At the prototypes, people could directly experience what true civilization is and could incorporate it into their daily lives. Although industrial society makes agriculture remote from our daily lives, farming has always been an integral part of human culture.
From Okada’s point of view, that of “spiritual science,” and based on his observation of life activities in nature, Okada discovered that soil has a very important power within itself to produce food. Therefore, as the human being can thrive only by living in harmony with nature, if our agricultural methods respect soil and enhance its power, our food will always be rich in natural energy that nourishes and supports our health.
According to Okada’s early discoveries, Nature Farming results in increased production and produces healthy crops with abundant life energy. With the help of many farmers, he proved that decreasing toxic residues from soil and seeds (acquired from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides) resulted in a gradual increase of both quality and quantity of crops. Healthy, uncontaminated crops give more energy to those who consume them, leading to healthier individuals and communities. Nature Farming holds this view of Nature as fundamental.
Incorporating the above-mentioned principles, the Wellness Center encourages its members and associates to start and maintain home gardens. Gardening is also used as a therapy to help individuals attain a better state of health through increased contact with Nature.