How do we find true joy? These are the steps according to the Heaven’s Truth Church/ Tenrikyo
Understand the concept of reincarnation. In the Osashizu it states that human go through birth after birth. The soul is eternal while the body is only borrowed from God. For the Christian audience, it is not to say that the soul may eventually exist without the body.
Understand the concept of the law of causality. Good thoughts and actions result in joy, and evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions result in future sufferings. The elapsed time between the cause and effect may be prolonged, extending into different life times (reincarnation). This may make it difficult to understand the relationship between our thoughts and our future.
Understanding causality and reincarnation gives us an opportunity to accept the sufferings and misfortunes that occur in our lives. From these occurrences, we are able to ponder and eliminate the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) in our minds. When this happens, we are making our future more joyous (the law of cause and effect).
But true joy does not exist unless the whole world is joyous. How do we attain true joy? God tell us to find the causality of the origin of mankind. In the Tip of the Writing Brush is the following:
The reason God began human beings was the desire to see you lead a joyous life. 14-26
God’s truth is that God created all mankind to live a joyous life with everyone helping each other. If we sincerely believe from our innermost heart that this is God’s ultimate truth (the original cause), we become spirited and want to share this joy with the world.
To spread this truth, God has given us a special prayer. This prayer brings others to us; and helps them understand the law of causality. When they are able to eliminate evils from their minds and understand the original intention of God in creating the world, they would also become spirited and want to share this joy with the world. Eventually the whole world will be praying for world salvation. This will result in a joyous world that was envisioned by God before the origin of mankind.