The Mind, Body, and Heart

 In the Ofudesaki and the Mikagura-uta, God tells us that illness on our bodies comes from our minds. These dust or evil thoughts in our minds are regret, covetousness, arrogance greed, and self-love. We can probably all agree that these are selfish thoughts in our minds. How do these thoughts cause our disorders in our bodies?  We know that fear and stress can have a consequences on our bodies, affecting our immune systems. But how does thoughts of greed and arrogance cause illness on our bodies?  Does God place illness on our bodies because of these dusts or evil thoughts in our minds? Many of you will say that God does not place illness on our bodies. If God does not, what or who does place illness on our bodies. Enter the concept of the heart, which in the first verse of the Ofudesaki, God tells us we do not understand.  It is our own hearts that collects and stores our demerits caused by acting on our evil thoughts in our minds. Our heart, when opportunity arises, manifest thes demerits as negative fate or illness upon our bodies.  We reap what we have sowed because of of own hearts. One can say our hearts monitor our behavior. This concept is difficult to understand because the effect of our actions often are delayed until our next lives, when opportunities may be more appropriate for our hearts to manifest our fate.

Some may wonder when we receive an illness from our hearts, what do we do?  Remember these illnesses  or suufferings were caused by acting our our evil thoughts. So God tells us to ponder these evil thoughts, and not act upon them.  When this happens, we can gradually eliminate these evil thoughts. When our minds are purified, our hearts will bring upon only positive fate. Not acting on our evil thoughts is easier said then done. It take much patience and diligence not to blame others, but to ponder one’s own mind to eliminate our evil thoughts. Some of us, due to our past indiscretions (sins), we may have to confront much inconveniences, but if we continue to ponder and not act on our evil thoughts, we will be able to purify our minds. In the Ofudesaki, God compares this process to digging up a root. It takes much effort to eventualy attain the Original mind, or the pure mind. But again, when we do this, we can attain the Joyous life.

It is the heart that connects the mind to the body. This is why God throughout the Ofuedesak tells the early followers that they do not understand the heart. I will leave you with the following from song 11 of the Mikagura-uta:

The residence ground, Digging it up (the truth of the heart),  

you only just carry it to another location (hinokishin).

Until this time, everyone 

did not understand the heart. What regret! 

This year accompanied* by the fertilizer (Joyous Service),

many people we cultivated and brought in.  

How delightful, how grateful.

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OFUDESAKI 6-26

Interpretation:
I believe even today, there are some people that worship at more then one church or religion. People are always trying to understand the purpose of life and why we suffer or have joy.
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OFUDESAKI 6-25

Interpretation:
God is going to tell the early followers about the heart, and how to purify their minds. God will also tell them how to spread this truth to the world.
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God’s Guidance

In the Ofudesaki, God tells us God will begin to work. What will God do? God will begin to place guidance to help others understand the heart. What are these guidances that God will begin to show us? These guidances are  illnesses upon our bodies.  God I believe does not call these illnesses, because it is usually our own hearts that bring forth illness upon our bodies. So you can say that God is showing us what our hearts will bring upon us (fate) if we do not purify our minds. Our hearts make sure we reap what we have sowed. This is a loving and parental God that is showing us our future by these guidance. The following is from chapter 14 of the Ofudesaki.

(Dona yona) (koto demo Tsukihi) (suru koto ya)

(Ikana koto demo) (yamai dewa nai) 14-20

Whatever kind of thing, it is what God does.

What kind of thing, it is not an illness.

(Minouchi ni) (dono yona koto o) (shita totemo)

(Yamai dewa nai) (Tsukihi teiri ya) 14-21

Within the body, whatever I do,

It is not an illness. It is God guidance.

(Sekai niwa) (korera to yute) (iru keredo)

(Tsukihi zannen) (shirasu koto nari) 14-22

The world  is saying that it is cholera,

God’s regret (of having dust), I am informing you.

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OFUDESAKI 6-24

Interpretation:
God is telling us since the creation of human beings, God has been only observing us. It is not until 1838, when God descended from heaven to save everyone Then some of you may say what or who causes suffering or joy if it is not God that does this? God tells us that its is our own hearts.
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OFUDESAKI 6-23

Interpretation:
These illness as guidance are God’s blessings. Some may wonder how illness can considered a blessing. But if one ponders over these illnesses by understanding the heart, one will be able to purify one’s mind. When the mind is purified, the heart only brings upon positive fate. This is why God calls these blessings. God cares about everyone.
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The Joyous Service, What Does it do?

Many people in the Tenrikyo religion believe that God helps them sweep their evil thoughts or dusts when they perform the Joyous Service. What are we asking God to do when we perform the Joyous Service? The following verses may help one decide.
 
Hereafter, the Joyuus Service place your hands together.
Everyone assembled, awaiting what he Service brings forth. 1-10
 
All assembled quckly the Servce performed, If this is done
those nearby will become spirited. God will also be spirited. 1-11
 
The harvest (members) for it to appear spirited, if you think.
The Kagura Service and the hand dance begin it. 1-15
 
This Service, where do they come from you think.
From the high places they will come spirited. 2-4
 
This Service, what matter is it about, are you thinking.
To settle the world, and for salvation only. 4-93
 
This path I wll teach quickly. By this Service
the world, everyone the minds will be purified. 7-99
 
However difficult things may appear,
by the Joyous Service everyone will be saved. 12-61
 
This Service, it is concerning the high mountains, it is difficult.
God will firmly give assurance.
 
If you quickly unite your minds and firmly (with pure mind)
the Service performed, the world will settle. 14-92
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OFUDESAKI 6-22

Interpretation:
God is telling us that the illness given to the 3 members of the Service is not an illness, but a guidance to hasten the performance of the Service to save everyone. This is why when we sometime have an illness, it may be God’s guidance to help us on our path to a Joyous life.
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Understanding the Heart

It is my sincere belief that until we understand the first verse of the Ofudesaki, we will not be able to spread God’s intention to the world.
What is the heart that God tells us that we do not understand., The following from the  Ofudesaki may give one a clue,
Yorozuyo no sekai ichiretsu miharasedo
mune no wakarita mono wa nai kara  1-1
Through all generations, the world everyone, looking at.
The understanding of the heart, person there is not because…
What comes from the heart, everyone ponder  2-15
The mind is resolving, the heart is settling.  2-28
The heart and mouth are the sand and filter 3-11
From now on you will understand what comes from the heart  3-43
Become single hearted with God by what the innermost heart brings forth 3-46
Understand what the innermost heart bings upon and ponder 3-47
The innermost heart is not even understood. 4-87
From what comes from the innermost heart, it will be done. 4-108
The truth of the heart because there is no understanding 5-28
The innermost heart quickly ponder  5-74
Each of your hearts, you are dependent on it.  6-97
Everyone, what comes from the innermost heart  7-27
From what comes from the innermost heart, hurry sweeping  7-30
What comes from the innermost heart, firmly show your sincerity  7-32
The heart is not understood. The regret of God. 7-44
The heart understood, the day will come. 7-75
All of each of your innermost hearts piles of dust have accumulated  8-61
What comes from the innermost heart, one must clear it away  8-67
The concern in the mind of God is the innermost hearts of people. 10-57
The truth from the innmost heart. If they understand it, God will be delighted. 10-59
The high mountains can not understand the heart. The regret of God. 10-90
Many of the children, the innermost heart, the preparation to understand it does not exist. 11-48
God will begin the sweeping of the heart. 12-1
This time, this innermost heart, quickly prepare to clear it. 12-21
The Original mind, how does on attain this? Ponder the heart. This is foremost. 12-132
If the individual innermost heart is purified, there will be no danger.,  13-83
Everyone, all individuals are dependent on the heart. 13-117
The sweeping of the heart, one will be able to do by oneself.   16-7
The innermost heart, God is watching  16-59
The next article will be abut the Joyous Service. What are we asking God to do? What makes this Service effective?
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OFUDESAKI 6-21

The word kataude has two meanings, one is right-hand man, signifying people that are important. The other definition is one arm. I am more inclined to believe that God placed illness on the arms of three of the scheduled member of the Service, as a way of communicating how important our Service is to save the world. The withdraw (shirizoku) of fire and water is the placing of illness by God. This next verse will confirm this.

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