OFUDESAKI 7-54

Interpretation:
God wants you to eliminate evil thoughts or dusts from your minds. These thoughts are regret, covetousness, self-love, greed, and arrogance.
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Illness Should not exist in the world

God tells us that illness should not exist in the world. Many people are hesitant to believe this because illness and suffering are present today. In the following verses, God is telling us that God will step by step guide us in eliminating illness by weeding and fertilizing. You may ask what is weeding and fertilizing? From the Ofudesaki, weeding and fertilizing both involve the purification of our minds of the dusts of regret, covetousness, self-love, arrogance, and greed. God will help us do this step by step. God tells us this is like what doctors and medicine do. Both doctors and medicine help eliminate illness. God is telling us that the purification of the mind eliminates illness like doctors and medicine. The following is from the Ofudesaki.
 
In human beings, illness to say is nonexistent, but
since the beginning of the world, there is no person who knows. 9-10
 
This matter, to let you know. Step by step
I will weed and fertilize, like doctors and medicines will do. 9-11
 
You will notice that the translation is different from Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The following is from their translation:
 
Though there should be nothing called illness in human beings,
no one knows the beginning of the world.  9-10
 
Because of My desire to have you know this,
I began doctors and medicine for weeding and fertilizing. 9-11
 
The original Japanese verse is below, that you may compare the above verses. The Church headquarter’s translation does not appear to make sense.
 
 
Ningen ni yamai to yute nai keredo
Kono yo hajimari shirita mono nashi  9-10
 
kono koto o shirashitai kara dandan to
shuri ya koi ni isha kusuri o  9-11
 
My hope is that everyone will someday read the Ofudesaki, and seek the true meaning of each verse!
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In the Ofudesaki, God tells us that illness should not exist, God tells us that illness is from the path of the mistaken mind (3-95). The mistaken mind is a mind that may have one or all of these evil thoughts. These  thoughts are regret, covetousness, self-love, greed, and arrogance. Yes some of you may say there are 8 dust; but in the Ofudesaki only 5 is mentioned., I believe that the other 3, arise from the original 5.  God is telling us that illness originates from the path of the mistaken mind. God is not telling us that these dusts or evil thoughts cause our illnesses; but God is telling us that the ACTION of these thoughts cause illness.  God is actually telling us how we can prevent illness. If we do not act on our evil thoughts we can prevent illness, and possibly also eliminate these evil thoughts from our minds.  Remember, God definitely tells us that the path of these thoughts lead to illness.
 
If what God is telling is the truth, I believe that the Corona virus pandemic may have given us the opportunity to spread our teachings. What if we had spread the truth of where illness originates from? Remember, God tells us that from knots, buds sprout. Unfortunately, we may have succumbed to the world’s thinking; and from this incident, buds will not sprout.
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OFUDESAKI 7-53

Interpretation:
There are no contamination of human thoughts in God’s teachings. Everything is true.
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OFUDESAKI 7-52

Interpretation:
Because Oyasama is conveying this truth, God wants the early followers to understand that these truths come from God.
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OFUDESAKI 7-51

Interpretation:
The world believes only what they see now. They do not see the relationship between cause and effect. They do not realize karma or innen.
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What is the heart?

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OFUDESAKI 7-50

Interpretation:
The blessings are God’s guidance to help others understand the heart. As emphasized in the first verse of the Ofudesaki, the knowledge of the heart is foremost to one’s salvation.
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Understanding the Heart to Save the World

Like all Tenrikyo members believe, I believe that God descended from heaven to save human beings. In the first verse of the Ofudesaki, God tells us what we need to understand and share with the world to do this.  We need to understand the heart (mune), and share this information to the world. Many Tenrikyo members do understand karma (innen) and reincarnation, but do not understand how it operates. Many believe that it is God that rewards or punishes us for our behavior; but with this belief, we are more likely to believe that God can forgive us for our sins by praying, and confessing our evil actions. This belief will more likely continue their indiscretions until they become aware that they are closer to death as they reach their golden age. They may believe that at this point in their life, by praying, God can forgive them?
 
It is my firm belief that God descended from heaven to help them understand their own heart (mune). Please see the diagram. When the person understands the heart, it will be more likely that he or she will not be able to cause sufferings to others, because he or she will be held accountable without exception. This is like natural law or God’s law. God tells us that we see people acting good and evil today, and we also see joy and suffering in the world, but we do not see any relationships.  If we understand the heart, we will understand cause and effect or what we sow, we reap. How would one be able to abuse others, especially children or women when we understand this concept  of the heart?
 
We as Tenrikyo member have much more information, but if we do not understand what God wants us to convey to the world, we are like any other religion. In the Ofudesaki, God tells us point blank what we need to understand. Then God gives us specific instructions on how to spread this truth.  God throughout the Ofudesaki, is preparing the early followers to help spread the teachings to the world. The following is from song 11 of the mikagura-uta:
 
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 (new members).
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THE CYCLE OF SUFFERING

I will call this diagram the cycle of suffering. This is why God tells us in the first verse of the Ofudesaki and the Yorozuyo that we do not understand the heart (mune) that resides in each of us.

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