UNDERSTANDING THE SOUL

 

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Do you have an illness that doctors and medicine cannot cure

 

GOD WILL HEAL YOU

 

In our Scripture, God tells us:

 

However serious an illness will become, I never say that it will not be cured. 12-52 Ofudesaki

 

In the Bible, Jesus and his disciples were said to have healed the sick. In the beginning of our religion, thousands of people were cured of their illness; but where are the miracles now? 

What are the ingredients to make these miracles happen now? Does this require believing in God and having faith? Does it require making donations or making a pilgrimage to a holy site? The following is from Tenrikyo’s sacred scripture:

 

The saving of those whom doctors are unable to save is the foundation of the path. You tell them the teachings (about the soul). They listen and they are healed. Oct 17, 1893 Osashizu

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GOD WILL HEAL YOU IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE SOUL

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Why would God heal us if we understand the soul?  To answer this question, we must first find out why there is illness and suffering. Why are some people afflicted with cancer? Why do people suffer from diseases? Why do people get into accidents? Why do I have these intense headaches? Why am I depressed? Why do bad people appear in our lives?  Are these random events or planned by God?

God tells us that these events are not random or created by God. God has been a spectator since the creation of mankind.

 

Though until now God has never come out into the open, no matter what unpleasant occurrences one experienced. 8-66 Ofudesaki

 

God tells us that it is our own soul that brings upon joy or suffering to us:

 

Above all else, guard your soul,

for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

 

God tells us that we do not understand the soul. The first verse of our most sacred scripture begins with:

 

Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one who understands the soul. Ofudesaki 1-1

 

What is the soul? 

The soul has also been called the heart or the spirit. Scientists have not yet located and verified the existence of the soul in our bodies; but many of us believe that it exists. We believe that the soul is composed of energies. These energies will manifest into our fates and our thought patterns (figure 1) in our minds. It is these thought patterns and their proportions that distinguish each individual from the other. It is these thought patterns that influence our behaviors, especially when fate is manifested by our souls.

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Evil thought patterns are arrogance, greed, regret, and self-love. These neural pathways influence our behaviors.

God tells us that it is our own soul that monitors our thought patterns and behaviors by collecting and storing our merits and demerits as energy, and it eventually releases them as joy or suffering back to us as fate. We reap what we have sowed. But some people will say that they can’t remember having sowed evil, yet they suffer. Others will arrogantly boast that they have done evil, yet they do not suffer. It is as if God places a wall in front of us by the prolonged lapse of time between cause and effect; we cannot see what fates exist around the corner. This lapse of time between cause and effect often extends into our previous and next lifetimes. These are the concepts of reincarnation and karma, where our memories are erased upon our death; but our pattern of thoughts and our fates are preserved to be manifested later in our next lifetime. What makes this possible? Enter or exit the soul.

God tells us that our physical bodies eventually decay, but our souls continue for eternity. Metaphorically, our souls are like little suitcases that contain our pattern of thoughts and our fate, exiting our bodies at death, and entering our new bodies before birth. One can say that we live forever because of the soul.

By what mechanism does the soul operate?

Upon entering our developing bodies, the soul programs our minds with our previous thought patterns (like greed and arrogance) from our past life (figure 2).

 

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The soul enters the body and creates the mind, using the body’s complex neural system. ? represents good thoughts in this example. Most of us will have ? (negative thoughts) also delivered by the soul.

 

There are no surprises to what thought patterns our bodies receive from our souls. We have the same pattern of thoughts that we had acted upon in our past life. For example, if we succumbed to greed in our past life, we have the same thought of greed in this lifetime. The same neural pathways of greed are reestablished.  One can say that our souls upon entering our bodies, create and restore our own individualized minds!

Besides our thought patterns, the soul also contains our fates, that were created by acting on these good or evil thoughts. These fates are eventually released back to us as joy or sufferings by the soul. We reap what we have sowed. For example if we acted upon the thought of greed in the past, the soul will bring upon sufferings and obstacles back to us to remind us of these thoughts we had acted upon.  One can say that our fates are closely associated with our current neural pathways (thoughts), since it is these same thoughts that we had acted upon in the past. God tells us that we must remove these evil thoughts from our minds.

But how do we know if we have evil thoughts in our minds?  These negative thoughts often bring upon an emotion or temptation. For example, when we have the thought of arrogance, often the emotion of anger will arise. Temptation appears when we have the thought of greed or self-love in our minds. The presence of these negative emotions or feelings are telltale signs that we have evil thoughts in our minds. What do we do when anger or temptation arises from these negative thoughts?

Most people will direct their anger or temptation at what appears to be the source, which could be an coworker, stranger, spouse, circumstance or even God. But if we understand the soul, we acknowledge that it is our own soul that brings upon these challenges or fates. These obstacles are only messengers of our souls. Our efforts will be directed to calm our minds, and ponder our evil thoughts; therefore not acting upon what emotions (like anger) were elicited by them. By this process, the neural pathway of the evil thought becomes less prominent, and the emotions they elicit will also decrease. This is how we gradually eliminate our evil thoughts (figure 3).

 

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No demerits or negative energies (-) and negative thoughts (?) created if we do not act on our evil thoughts.

 

Eventually by this process of not acting on our evil thoughts, especially when our soul bring upon sufferings, we can purify both our minds and our souls; where only positive thoughts emerge from our minds, and joy flows from our souls (figure 4).

 

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Our positive  actions create positive energies (+). Some of these energies convert back to positive thoughts; and some are collected by the our souls as merits. These positive energies of the soul manifest into joy by the exchange of energies. The symbol ? represents good thought

 

What happen when we act on our evil thoughts?

When we act on our evil thoughts, we cause suffering to others, and more evil thoughts are created in our own minds (figure 5). The neural pathways for these thought become stronger, and the emotions they elicits becomes stronger to resist. This causes us to continually act upon our evil thoughts, causing  more demerits which our soul collects. The soul eventually releases these demerits (energies) as fate (figure 6).   The cycle of suffering will continue until we understand the soul.

 

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When we act on our negative thoughts (?), we cause suffering to others, and create negative energies (-) or demerits that convert to more negative thoughts  and also demerits which the soul collects and stores.

 

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Our negative energies (-) or demerits around the soul manifesting into delayed sufferings, obstacles and temptations to ourselves.

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God is not on the sideline anymore; but will begin to work to have the world understand the soul. God grants us the blessings of healing , so we can begin the process of purifying our minds of greed, arrogance, regret and self love. By this process, we can prevent any illness or suffering in the future by our own efforts.

If you have an illness that does not go away, what can you do?  Understand the the soul and ask God to heal you. 

THEN GOD WILL HEAL YOU OF ANY ILLNESS.

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Understanding the Ofudesaki to spread God’s truths.

God descended from heaven to teach us how to live the joyous life. God through  Oyasama (Miki Nakayama) and the Ofudesaki (sacred book)  gives us the recipe to world salvation. These are the following ingredients: 

Understand the soul and continue to purify our minds of negative thoughts ( sin/evil ) when confronted with temptations and sufferings manifested by the soul, and guidance from a loving God.

To spread and share God’s truth, telling people that illness and the healing of illness may be God’s guidance to help one understand the soul/heart. This conveyance of God’s truth is called hinokishin.

To pray daily with our special prayer (Joyous Service), asking God to help people understand the soul/heart so they can begin to sweep evil from their minds. We pray for the salvation of others! This is why our prayer is so important in our faith.

 

Kanrodai at Ojiba is where our prayers are directed toward, where we believe God and Oyasama are present to answer our prayers.

 

Evil sweeping. Save them please, Universal Saving God .

To heal the people whose minds have been revealed when God guides them to us by the Sazuke (Saving Prayer); and teach them about the soul (heart), causality and true sincerity. True sincerity is a mind that ponders over suffering and obstacles that the soul delivers, and accepts these inconveniences in a joyous manner. This will make our minds pure and spirited; and by the principle of causality will bring forth joy in the future due to the pure soul (heart).

This process of (1) understanding the soul and purifying our own minds by acting appropriately to what the soul manifest, (2) spreading the truth of the soul (hinokishin), and telling people that God will begin to work to help us understand the soul and (3) praying with the Joyous Service, asking God to bring these people we have spread the truth to our places of worship, continues until all mankind is purified of evil thoughts.

GOD’S PROMISE:

All mankind will live a joyous life with everyone helping each other.

WHAT WE ASK YOU TO DO:

Please understand the soul/heart, and share with others the sacred book (Ofudesaki) that promises you a “Joyous Life”.

note: information collected from the Ofudesaki

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Summary:

GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND THE SOUL.

IT IS THE SOUL THAT BRINGS UPON SUFFERING OR JOY.

GOD WILL HEAL YOU IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE SOUL.

THE OFUDESAKI GIVES US THE INGREDIENTS TO SAVE ALL MANKIND.

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Contact us: Joyouslife4mankind@gmail.com for more information

Reference:

Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) 6th edition, Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, Tenrikyo Church Headquarter.

An Anthology of Osashizu Tranlation, Tenrikyo Overseas Department @71 Mishima, Tenri, Nara.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®

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