In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), we are encouraged to seek the “ Origin”. Why is this Origin so important? The salmon returning to its birthplace, the adopted child seeking his natural parents, the naturalized citizen rooting for his or her home country in the Olympics. These are all examples of the yearning for the origin.
The Origin that we are told to seek is the beginning of mankind millions of years ago. We are also told to contemplate cause and effect. What is the cause of the origin of human beings? We are aware of the effect since we exist as Descartes stated, “ I think, therefore I am”. But what is the cause of the creation of man? In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki) is the following:
The reason God began human beings
was the desire to see you lead a joyous life. 14-25
The cause of human creation is for mankind to live a joyous life with everyone helping each other. But more important, the source of the cause is God. We find God when we seek the origin. We also find the pure heart of God, which he placed into the first parents of mankind. We seek the original mind that had no greed, arrogance, and self love. When we attain this mind, God will assure us of any salvation.