Open the Portal to Settle the World

When God descended from heaven, God requested the Nakayama family to accept a request to make Oyasama the shrine of God. As Oyasama was a shrine, she was a portal to God. To pray to God, people would direct their prayer to her direction. The authorities made it difficult for people to pray, especially as the police often took her to prison later in her life. The restrictions from authorities, and even her followers, hindered the people from visiting Oyasama. All these situations made it extremely difficult to pray to God. As it was extremely difficult for the early follower to pray; it was almost impossible for people who were far away from the Residence.
Why is the date, January 26, 1887 so important to the world? This is the day Oyasama’s body ceased to function, but her soul returned to the Origin. The Origin is the location where human beings were created. We believe that Oyasama was the first parent in the creation. This is the location where the temporary Kanrodai is located now in Ojiba.
On January 25, 1887 God gave the following question to Oyasama’s followers, as she lay in bed from her illness:
“Should I open the portal, or close the portal to settle the world?”
I believe the portal refers to the Kanrodai. This became the Shrine of God when Oyasama’s soul returned to this location. Remember Oyasama was the Shrine of God when she was physically present on earth, and I believe still serves the purpose at the Kanrodai. It is my interpretation, that God compares our minds with the pure mind of Oyasama at this location, when our prayers are directed there.
At the time of the inquiry by God, her followers only wanted Oyasama to be saved from her illness; but unknowingly gave permission for her physical demise, by responding that they wanted God to open the portal to settle the world.
God responded to their request by returning her soul to the Origin, where now the whole world has access to Oyasama and God, and where the teachings can spread to the world.
By this world changing occurrence, the Joyous Service become effective, where God and Oyasama at the Kanrodai, begins to help us sweep evil from others. All these workings of salvation come forth because of the early followers response to God’s question, Should I open the portal, or close the portal to settle the world.
With the opening of the portal/Kanrodai, the mechanism to settle the world is in place. All we need to do is to follow the instructions in the Ofudesaki!
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OFUDESAKI 8-17

Interpretation:
God will begin to help the world understand the teachings, especially about the heart or mune. The workings are God’s guidance to help people understand the teachings.
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How the location of the Kanrodai was identified

On the location of the Kanrodai, many people believe that God told the early followers to sweep the Residence with brooms to find the location of the Kanrodai. The church headquarter translates verse 8-82 as:
 
Walk over where you have swept,
You will come to a standstill. There, the Kanrodai 8-82
But is this what happened? The following is from the Ofudesaki as I translate these important verses:
Kono hashira hayaku ireyo to omoedomo
Nigori no mizu de tokoro wakaran 3-9
 
This pillar, quickly to put in, I am thinking.
Because of the muddy water (dusts in the minds of the early followers), the location cannot be found.
 
Konosaki wa atchi kotchi ni mi ni sawari
Tsukihi teirri o suru to omoe yo 8-81
 
Hereafter, there here, bodily disorders will appear.
God, to give guidance, think about it.
 
Kitaru nara waga mi sawari to hikiyawase
Onaji koto nara hayaku soji o 8-82
 
When you come, compare your disorders.
If the conditions are the same, quickly begin sweeping the minds.
 
(Soji shita) (tokoro o aruki) (tachidomari)
(Sono tokoro yori) (Kanrodai o) 8-83
 
When you have swept (the mind), walk the place, and will come to a stop.
That place, will come the Kanrodai
 
Except for one individual, they stopped at this location because they had pure minds like the mind of God and Oyasama.
 
One may wonder how the early followers purified their minds. Verses 3-10 and 3-11 may give you an understanding of how this was done. Did this involve our hearts? God in the first verse tells us we do not understand the heart. Remember the instructions to save the world, are all in the Ofudesaki
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Translations resulting in two different paths

There are some of us that believe that all we have to do is believe in Oyasama, and perform the Service for God to purify our own minds and save us. They depend on God to do this. For instance, many believe that we are asking God to save us when we sing the words “Ashiki o haroute, tasuke tamae”. There are others like myself who believe that God descended from heaven to teach us how to purify our own minds. After understanding God’s teachings, we purify our own minds.

 

The translations or interpretations of verse 7-95 and 7-96 show these two beliefs.  My word for word translation, God is telling us that we must sweep our own minds by what comes from our own innermost hearts. Our fate comes from our hearts, as the heart collects our evil actions, and distributes them as fate when opportunities develop in our lives. When these obstacles (fate) appears in our lives, we should not blame others, but instead ponder our own minds for evil thoughts or dusts.  God tells us that when we do this, we can eliminate our evil thoughts from our minds. Remember these are the same thoughts that created our fate, by our acting on them in the past, many times in our past lives. God depends on us to sweep our own dusts away.

 

The Church Headquarter translation implies that God will sweep our dusts or evil thoughts away. We depend on God to do this for us. God tells us that by performing the Service, God will sweep our dusts away. This makes perfect sense, we perform the Service, and God sweeps our evils away.  But is this what the Service is for?

 

In Verse 7-96, God tells us that when we purify our minds and become spirited by pondering what comes from our heart, God wants us to perform the Service. Why does God want us to perform the Service when our minds are already pure and spirited? Could it be that by performing the Joyous Service, we are asking God to help others sweep evil thoughts from their minds. It makes sense; we are spirited so we want others to be spirited. We are asking God to save others!

 

Evil sweeping, save them please, Namu-Tenri-0-no-Mikoto.

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OFUDESAKI 8-14

Interpretation:
The true path is the path of the heart. We are all held responsible for our actions. We reap what we have sowed. This is one of the functions of our own heart.
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God’s Prediction

Ju ichi ni ku ga nakunarite shin wasure
Shogatsu niju roku niche o matsu 3-73
In chapter 11, Ku(nisazuchi) passes away, the original mind forgotten.
January 26th day, I await.
 
Verse 3-75 in the Ofudesaki has always been a puzzle to me. What is ku? It appears to be a number 9 as written in Japanese. But how can a number die or pass away? What is the number eleven referring to? This is my translation, and obscure interpretation of this verse. The number nine is pronounced as ku in Japanese. In the genesis of human beings, Kunisazuchi was one of the instruments used in the creation of human bodies. Can ku be an abbreviation for Kunisazuchi? We presume Kunisazuchi to have the soul of Kokan. So ku is referring to Kokan, who passes away for rebirth. So what does the number 11 stand for? In part 11, or chapter 11 of the Ofudesaki, the passing away for rebirth of Kokan is told; also why God received her soul, are fully explained.
The following verse follows with:
 
Kono aida shin mo tsukikuri yoku wasure
Ninju sorote Tsutome koshirae 3-74
 
This interval, the original mind (pure) will have come forth, and greed forgotten.
The performers assembled, perform the Service.
 
This verse written in 1874, refers to the date of January 26, 1887, when the Service was finally performed with a pure mind.
By these two verses, God is again talking about what will happen in the future. The Ofudesaki is about the future, especially concerning the most important date of January 26, 1887. This is the date that God truly will begin to help us save the world.
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The Ofudesaki predicts the future

People translate the Ofudesaki as the Tip of the Writing Brush. But translating fude and saki, we can also translate it as “Writing brush of the future”. Yes, the Ofudesaki predicts the future. The most important prediction is that God will save human beings. This is stated throughout the sacred scripture. Unfortunately, this has yet to come to fruition because of our lack of understanding the teachings. But clearly there are examples that are stated, and have been documented. For example, the following is from verse 1-39 of the Ofudesaki:
 
Choto hanashi shogatsu misoka to hi o kirite
okuru mo Kami no kokoro kara tote 1-39
 
Just a word, the last days of the 1st month, by the end of the day.
to take (Oyasama) is from the mind of God.
 
*note this translation differs from church headquarters
Sono hi kite mietaru naraba soba na mono
Kami no yu koto nanimo chigawan 1-41
When the day arrives and is seen, those close to me,
what God says, there is not any error.
This is true. On January 26, 1887 Oyasama passes away. This prediction is very important in that, it sets the stage where our prayers (Joyous Service) become effective to save the world, and it also proves that what God says, there is no error. This is why we must follow the instructions in the Ofudesaki to save the world.
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OFUDESAKI 8-13

Interpretation:
We are not aware of what our hearts do, so we take the path of the world, where our actions do not have any consequences back to us. The path of the heart tells us that what we sow, we reap. The path of the world continues because we have the dusts of regret, covetousness, self-love, greed, and arrogance in our minds. These dusts influences our behaviors, where our own bodies become most important.
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Translating Our Sacred Scriptures

People have often told me how difficult it is to translate from Japanese to English, and that sometime we fall prey to interpretation of our sacred scriptures. For example, on the translation of Song 9 of the Mikagura-uta, there is a major difference in meaning of the two translations. Tenrikyo Church Headquarter translation insinuates that God will sweep the hearts of everyone once and twice. It also says that one should depend on God to protect one from any hardships.
My translation is completely different, where it is talking about spreading God’s truth to the world, where we continually need to spread the truths of God. God wants you to make an commitment to go out. But before we go out, we must attain a pure mind, like God’s mind.
Both translations are beneficial, but which is more accurate, and which reflects what God wants us to do?
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OFUDESAKI 8-12

Interpretation
God is tellings that God’s guidance (workings) will come to everyone in the world, because God see our negative fates that are in our hearts. God wants to save everyone.
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