translator: jelena vukovicreviewer: ivana korom there is one phrase thati have always wanted to say to everyone in my life. that phrase is "life is easy." it's so easy and fun. i never thought like that before. when i was in bangkok, i felt likelife is very hard, very complicated. i was born in a poor villageon the northeastern of thailand and when i was a kid,everything was fun and easy,
but when the tv came,many people came to the village, they said, "you are poor, you need to chasesuccess in your life. you need to go to bangkokto pursue success in your life." so i felt bad, i felt poor. so i needed to go to bangkok. when i went to bangkok,it was not very fun. you need to learn, studya lot and work very hard, and then you can get success.
i worked very hard,eight hours per day at least, but all i could eat was justa bowl of noodles per meal, or some tama dishof fried rice or something like that. and where i stayed was very bad,a small room where a lot of people slept. it was very hot. i started to question a lot. when i work hard, why is my life so hard? it must be something wrong, because i produce a lot of things,but i cannot get enough.
and i tried to learn, i tried to study. i tried to study in the university. it's very hard to learn in university,because it's very boring. (laughter) and when i looked at subjectsin the university, in every faculty, most of themhad destructive knowledge. there's no productive knowledgein university for me. if you learn to bean architect or engineer, that means you ruin more.
the more these people work,the mountain will be destroyed more. and a good land in chao praya basin will be coveredwith concrete more and more. we destroy more. if we go to agriculture facultyor something like that, that means we learn how to poison, to poison the land, the water, and learn to destroy everything. i feel like everything we dois so complicated, so hard.
we just make everything hard. life was so hardand i felt disappointed. i started to think about,why did i have to be in bangkok? i thought about when i was a kid, nobody worked eight hours per day, everybody worked two hours,two months a year, planting rice one monthand harvesting the rice another month. the rest is free time,ten months of free time. that's why people haveso many festivals in thailand,
every month they have festival. because they have so much free time. and then in the daytime,everyone even takes a nap. even now in laos, go to laos if you can, people take a nap after lunch. and after they wake up, they just gossip, how's your son-in-law,how's your wife, daughter-in-law. people have a lot of time, but because they have a lot of time,
they have time to be with themselves. and when they have timeto be with themselves, they have time to understand themselves. when they understand themselves, they can see what they want in their life. so, many people seethat they want happiness, they want love,they want to enjoy their life. so, people seea lot of beauty in their life, so they express that beauty in many ways.
some people by carvingthe handle of their knife, very beautiful, they weave the baskets very nicely. but, now, nobody does that. nobody can do something like that. people use plastic everywhere. so, i feel likeit's something wrong in there, i cannot live this way i'm living. so, i decided to quit university,
and went back home. when i went back home,i started to live like i remember, like when i was a kid. i started to work two months a year. i got four tons of rice. and the whole family, six people, we eat less than half a ton per year. so we can sell some rice. i took two ponds, two fish ponds.
we have fish to eat all year round. and i started a small garden. less than half an acre. and i spend 15 minutes per dayto take care of the garden. i have more than 30 varietiesof vegetables in the garden. so, six people cannot eat all of it. we have a surplus to sell in the market. we can make some income, too. so, i feel like, it's easy,why did i have to be in bangkok
for seven years, working hardand then not have enough to eat, but here, only two months a yearand 15 minutes per day i can feed six people. that's easy. and before i thoughtthat stupid people like me who never got a good grade at school, cannot have a house. because people who are cleverer than me, who are number onein the class every year,
they get a good job, but they need to work morethan 30 years to have a house. but me, who cannot finish university,how could i have a house? hopeless for peoplewho have low education, like me. but, then i started to doearthly building, it's so easy. i spend two hours per day,from 5 o'clock in the morning, until 7 o'clock in the morning,two hours per day. and in three months, i got a house. and another friendwho's the most clever in the class,
he spent three monthsto build his house, too. but, he had to be in debt.he had to pay for his debt for 30 years. so, compared to him, i have29 years and 10 months of free time. so, i feel that life is so easy. i never thought i couldbuild a house as easy as that. and i keep building a house every year,at least one house every year. now, i have no money,but i have many houses. my problem is in which housei will sleep tonight. so, a house is not a problem,anybody can build a house.
the kids, 13 years old, at the school, they make bricks together,they make a house. after one month, they have a library. the kids can make a house, a very old nun can builda hut for herself. many people can build a house. so, it's easy. if you don't believe me, try it. if somebody wants to have a house.
and then, the next thing is clothing. i felt like i'm poor,like i'm not handsome. i tried to dress like somebody else,like a movie star. to make myself look good, look better. i spent one month to save moneyto buy a pair of jeans. when i wore them,i turned left, i turned right, looked in the mirror. every time i look, i am the same person. the most expensive pantscannot change my life.
i felt like i'm so crazy,why did i have to buy them? spend one month to have a pair of pants. it doesn't change me. i started to think more about that. why do we need to follow fashion? because, when we follow fashion,we never catch up with it, because we follow it. so, don't follow it, just stay here. use what you have.
so, after that, until now, 20 years,i have never bought any clothes. all the clothes i haveare leftovers from people. when people come to visit me,and when they leave, they leave a lot of clothes there. so, i have tons of clothes now. and when people see mewear very old clothes, they give me more clothes. so, my problem is, i needto give clothes to people very often. so, it's so easy.
and when i stopped buying clothes,i felt like, it's not only clothes, it's about something else in my life, what i learned is thatwhen i buy something, and i think about,i buy it because i like it, or i buy it because i need it. so, if i buy it because i like it,that means i'm wrong. so, i feel more freewhen i think like this. and the last thing is,when i get sick, what will i do? i really worried in the beginning,because then i had no money.
but, i started to contemplate more. normally, sickness is a normal thing,it's not a bad thing. sickness is something to remind usthat we did something wrong in our lives, that's why we got sick. so, when i get sick, i needto stop and come back to myself. and think about it, what i did was wrong. so, i learned how to usewater to heal myself, how to use earth to heal myself, i learned how to usebasic knowledge to heal myself.
so, now that i rely on myselfin these four things, i feel like life is very easy, i feel somethinglike freedom, i feel free. i feel like i don't worryabout anything much, i have less fear, i can dowhatever i want in my life. before, i had a lot of fear,i could not do anything. but, now i feel very free,like i'm a unique person on this earth, nobody like me, i don't needto make myself like anybody else. i'm the number one.
so, things like thismake it easy, very light. and, after that,i started to think about that when i was in bangkok,i felt very dark in my life. i started to think that many peoplemaybe thought like me at the time. so, we started a place called"pun pun" in chiang mai. the main aim is just saving seed. to collect seed,because seed is food, food is life. if there is no seed, no life. no seed, no freedom.
no seed, no happiness. because your lifedepends on somebody else. because you have no food. so, it's very important to save seed. that's why we focus on saving seed. that's the main thing in pun pun. and the second thingis it is the learning center. we want to have a centerfor ourselves to learn, learn how to make life easy.
because we were taught to makelife complicated and hard all the time. how can we make it easy? it's easy, but we don't knowhow to make it easy anymore. because we always make it complicated and now, we start to learn,and learn to be together. because, we were taughtto disconnect ourselves from everything else, to be independent, so we can rely on the money only. we don't need to rely on each other.
but now, to be happy,we need to come back, to connect to ourselves again,to connect to other people, to connect our mind and bodytogether again. so, we can be happy. life is easy. and from beginning until now,what i learned is the four basic needs:food, house, clothes and medicine must be cheap and easy for everybody, that's the civilization. but, if you make these four things hardand very hard for many people to get,
that's uncivilized. so, now when we lookat everywhere around us, everything is so hard to get. i feel like now is the mostuncivilized era of humans on this earth. we have so many peoplewho finish university, have so many universities on the earth, have so many clever people on this earth. but, life is harder and harder. we make it hard for whom?
we work hard for whom right now? i feel like it's wrong, it's not normal. so, i just want to come back to normal. to be a normal person,to be equal to animals. the birds make a nest in one or two days. the rats dig a hole in one night. but, the clever humans like us spend 30 years to have a house, and many people can't believethat they can have a house in this life.
so, that's wrong. why do we destroy our spirit,why do we destroy our ability that much? so, i feel that it's enough for me,to live in the normal way, in the abnormal way. so, now i try to be normal. but, people look at meas the abnormal one. a crazy person. but, i don't care,because it's not my fault. it's their fault, they think like that.
so, my life is easy and light now. that's enough for me. people can think whatever they want. i cannot manage anything outside myself. what i can do is change my mind,manage my mind. now, my mind is lightand easy, that's enough. if anybody wants to have a choice,you can have a choice. the choice to be easy or to be hard,it depends on you. thank you.