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Exploring Destiny (part 2): The Fate Of Sanpaku 2

June 11, 2009

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(Continuation from PART 1 here )


EYE #1: EYE #2
lincoln JFK
EYE #3: EYE #4: Actor, Heath Ledger, died age 28
RFK heathledger
EYE #5 EYE #6
lennon monroe
EYE #7 EYE #8: Barack Obama – still alive
Elvis-2 obama

All of these photos are of people looking forward and all of them display either very sanpaku or near sanpaku eyes. Eyes 1-4 of Lincoln, JFK, RFK and Heath Ledger are clearly very sanpaku while eyes 5-8 are “near” sanpaku with President Obama being still alive at this time. The photo of Obama was taking during his campaign when he was under attack for his association with Reverend Wright. Other photos of Obama, including more recent ones, do not show him to be as sanpaku as the photo above. Clearly these photos seems to validate Ohsawa’s correlation between a person’s “sanpakuness” and premature death.

But then this brings up more questions than it answers:

  1. If “sanpaku” is a sign of sickness then death by ill-health is understandable, but how does one explain death by accident or murder and even assassination?
  2. What about mass deaths such as in war, famine, natural catastrophes, tragic events like 9/11 or in airplane crashes?  Are all the victims sanpaku?
  3. What of new born babies (or even unborn ones) who die as infants – do they have sanpaku eyes?

First, what is important to note is that the sanpaku condition can change from day to day and is a reflection of a person’s immediate condition.  Our health changes from moment to moment and depends on what we ate, our external environment and on the choices that we make in life everyday.  It also depends on our general constitution that we were born with.

But as an extension of our condition, the underlying and unifying topic beneath these and other similar questions is that of destiny and death and, in particular, premature death, be it from ill health, accident, natural catastrophe or murder.  Does sanpaku actually foretell death by any of these means?  If a sanpaku person does not die by ill-health will he die by accident or murder?

wtc-9-11What of the victims who died on 9/11 when the Twin Towers fell?  Were they all sanpaku?  Did the ones that escaped death that day not have sanpaku eyes?  Were all the firemen and rescue workers who died also sanpaku?  How about when an airliner goes down.  Is only the pilot sanpaku or is everyone on board also sanpaku?  How about when the atom bomb went off in Hiroshima during World War II?  Were all 140,000 persons sanpaku?

Perhaps we can assume that most everyone is somewhat sanpaku or “near” sanpaku and with just a little bit of difference in circumstances we can all be pushed over into being sanpaku.  What this mean is that death is a lot closer than we think, and indeed, this no more apparent than during wartime when death could mean the difference between a split second or a millimeter or a wrong turn or decision.  On that minute level then all death seems to be a matter of chance; misfortune, an accident.  But if it is a matter of chance then what of sanpaku and our condition and the free will of decision we made that led us to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It is chance or is it fate?



In the case of an airplane crash, we are clearly putting our lives into the hands of the pilots and of the engineers and mechanics who checked the plane before the flight.  Our health and life (and possible death) then depends upon the health of these people.  If anyof them are sanpaku and if the plane is headed for certain doom and we are not sanpaku thenwhat happens?  If I am healthy will I get accidently kicked off the doomed flight?  Would I be like one of those miracle 9/11 stories whose lives were somehow spared in the tragedy?  Or if I am just a tad bit unhealthy, will I pay such a price with my life by putting in the hands of others whose time has come?  In the case of Hiroshima, were all those 140,000 persons unhealthy and sanpaku?  Were they blind to their own health and free will by allowing their countries rulers to lead them into a disastrous war that cost them their lives?  When do we go along with the masses and when do we set ourselves apart in order to avoid premature death?  Are there really accidents and accidental deaths?

Perhaps with any deviation from a truly balanced life there comes the risk of immediate death by accident and wrong decision.  It is a mystery to be solved.  What is certain is that we have little understanding of knowing the full impact of our moment to moment decisions and what effect they may have not only on our life but also on the lives of others.  In the meantime, being fully aware of our own health; if we are sanpaku or not as well as other indicators, will help us to know whether or not we can trust our own judgment, or if we should rely upon those who are more healthy than we are.

While you ponder over these thoughts here is a YouTube video of John Lennon’s song “Aisumasen” in which he says he is sanpaku.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexia Dunay permalink
    June 16, 2009 5:41 pm

    The body and mind has the answers. We have to be present to attuned to those answers

  2. Teresa permalink
    June 18, 2009 4:20 pm

    Really interesting questions Phiya. A lot of it ties in to the many questions I have regarding law of attraction – specifically mass disasters like aviation crashes. Is everyone thinking negatively at the same time ? Are they all on that flight because the average of all their thinking leads them to that same place ? In this way I guess sanpaku is a visible sign of the sum of the person’s thinking – how it is reflecting their current state of health, a useful indicator. But how much power does it have ? How easily can it be reversed ? Triggered ?

    Too many questions ! Always a good thing 😉

  3. cathryn permalink
    August 5, 2009 3:04 pm

    Hi Phiya,

    Nice piece ! And great to see the photos and explanation re: President Obama. Thanks for providing the John Lennon video.

    I would just say that my understanding (and I don’t claim to be an expert) is not that everything that goes ‘awry’ related to a person is linked to Sanpaku. There can be other causes. I did not think that everything that went wrong was being linked to a person (or someone involved) being Sanpaku. I think there are other reasons things happen. Is your understanding that George Ohsawa was saying that?



  4. Elizabeth Balabayev permalink
    November 18, 2009 5:28 pm

    Wow, really thought provoking, thanks for posting this article. My understanding is that in the case of a plane crash, it would be from traveling in a bad direction xs 3 (day, month, year). In the case of Hiroshima you could look at it as people sacrificing their lives in war to bring about a greater peace. Those people chose to be born at that time and place… conscious or unconscious, greatly confused or clear, each person has their own will which is often hidden, even from themselves. In the case of the historical figures above, well for example John Lennon took massive amounts of drugs, Marylin Monroe was an alcoholic and committed suicide a few months after an abortion, Abraham Lincoln was born with a very, very yin constitution and probably suffered from the luxurious food served at the White House and Heath Ledger was taking loads of drugs, too… we’re not talking small imbalances here like taking a little too much raw salad. As far as the people in the Twin Towers, were they all Sanpaku? who knows, but it’s true that ‘similar vibrations align’ as Denny Waxman likes to say. In this case people with a similar vibrational quality suffering a similar fate. At least that is my understanding of it.

    • jaris permalink
      December 25, 2010 4:25 pm

      the people in hiroshima did not die for a greater peace but for a greater war. what greater peace is it that you speak of? are you not aware of the war upon all people of the planet by the trans-national cartel(s)? do you understand that john lennon was one of the most influential persons to bring eastern philosophy to western culture. you have no conception of john lennon’s physical condition on the day that photograph was taken; your comment of him is just a slur. are you aware that marilyn monroe was, by many accounts, murdered by those responsible for the murder of jfk? the booze/pill suicide bed scene was a setup for the press shot. these random photographs are not adequate representations of what this man is trying to present and prove in this article. no distinguishing characteristics such as the condition of sanpaku can be evaluated with these low-res, far-away shots of these people’s eyes. the claim of sanpaku for the victims of 9-11 and any random plane crash is ludicrous, this is not a means of divination other than the potential to mirror some certain physiological processes within the body, and even that is highly suspect without rigorous documentation and statistics as to its efficacy in its use as a treatment for a specific disorder.

  5. anonymous permalink
    November 20, 2009 3:40 am

    sanpaku.. three whites (embrace trinity) i was staring at my nose for 42 minutes and my eyes clouded up over the iris, as if something burst and now theres a liquid lens infront of the iris. you end up seeing everything in frames 🙂 right eye was seeing 15 frames. then you question yourself.. if i see in frames, then are my eyes a digital component?

  6. Alice Fava permalink
    March 26, 2010 12:34 am

    Great article.

    After 9/11 the papers ran photos of the hijackers. All but one was sanpaku. I kept the photo on my refrigerator for quite some time pondering on the one who was not sanpaku. Turns out that one who was not sanpaku was not one of the hijackers!

  7. Doomed permalink
    October 9, 2010 8:08 pm

    Here, from another website :
    “If the white shows below the iris, the condition is yin, indicating that the dangers come from outside. A person with yin sanpaku eyes will place himself or herself in dangerous or threatening situations unwittingly- and may not survive.

    If the white shows above, the condition is yang, and the danger comes from within. A person with yang sanpaku eyes is extremely violent, filled with rage, and likely poses a threat to himself and others. He may destroy himself, but may also take others with him. “

    • Chert Walker permalink
      October 26, 2011 2:53 pm

      I read “somewhere” people with (yin) sanpaku eyes were usually very depressed, intelligent and insightful.

  8. January 9, 2013 1:31 pm

    Hi Phiya. I think it was about 1970 that I was walking down Newbury street and spotted Erehwon. I think it had just opened, but walking through that door was one of those life changing moments, which led to Zen Macrobiotics, followed by visits to your father’s lectures at the Arlington Street church. I am now 65 with four grown kids and soon to become a grandfather. I remember you at about 5 years old in that huge study house in Brookline (Boylston Street?). Whatever else has happened in my life, that early exposure to good food from Erehwon and ideas from your father has had the most lasting impact on my life.

    Anyway, to me, san pacu is simply a warning sign of imbalance. If you lose your balance, you might or might not fall. Failure to sense or act on the imbalance means remaining imbalanced, increasing the likelihood of falling. No guarantees either way… more like tempting fate.

    The imbalance as I see it is the result of living too much on the roller coaster rather than the foot path. There are many factors that can cause the imbalance though a roller coaster diet certainly is at the top of the list and is usually the last place most folks consider. In fact, in most cases there is little conscious awareness of that imbalance.

    Perhaps the easiest way to think about it is a wobbling top vs a spinning top. We know that the wobble is a symptom of demise for that top session, but unlike the san pacu symptom, there is nothing that can be done for the top. There is however for the human imbalance.

    For me, san pacu is only one of many signs that the top is wobbling rather than spinning. It’s useful but only in combination with other observations. One senses fatigue (from the roller coaster ride) indicating that change is in order. We might sense that, with or without a clear sign of san pacu.

    I’m not sure scientific study would ever prove or disprove san pacu, still, if we notice the condition especially when we are not looking too hard, it’s worth paying attention to along with other signs, indicating that a neighbor might be in trouble. The next question is how to affectively deal with it.

    That’s what I’m dealing with right now with someone close to me and how I landed on your site (there aren’t many out there discussing san pacu). This person has some consciousness of healthy food, but maybe not so much about balance. He’s very strong and works incredibly hard physically, but works in a culture where venison and grass fed beef is seen as healthy organic food. This of course leads to alcohol consumption, etc.

    Lately, the effects of this are beginning to appear… the eyes… the fatigue.. the incredible use of will to overcome the fatigue. It has me concerned, especially given the nature of the work he is engaged in. I’ve already taken steps to suggest that some changes in diet and other centering activities might be in order and those were well received. So there is some progress, but I’m working out strategies to counter other cultural influences he’s surrounded by.

    As with each of us, it will be up to him in the end to act on what I suggest or not. Regardless, this discussion of san pacu, to me at least, has some validity regardless of whether it can be proved. I have met people, often from other cultures where excess is not the norm and have noted an unmistakable sense of centeredness in both the overall stature, constitution and in the eyes. Once you’ve experienced that then the spectrum of that to a san pacu condition is much easier to grasp and that can be useful. It helps remind us of when it’s time to turn the rudder.

    Your father encouraged us to sail freely through life. What he was teaching us was mostly pragmatic. But rather than following a set of rules, he was helping us to develop better judgement so we could have the ride of our lives through skillful use of the rudder. Whether we ran aground was our choice and responsibility. I liked that message and it has served me well. It’s been quite a ride so far with its share of near misses, but all-in-all I am grateful I walked through that door on Newbury Street, all those years ago.

  9. April 13, 2013 9:57 pm

    Good article, Phiya. Are you aware the video link is no longer available?


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