In the year 1838, God was said to have descended from Heaven upon a small farming town in Japan, to save mankind. In teaching the early followers, God used words that were familiar with the agrarian community. The following is from the Book of Prophecy (Fudesaki).
When the mind of God is depressed over everything,
the growth of crops will be all depressed. 1-12
The mind that causes depressed crops is pitiful.
Quickly become spirited so that the crops are not depressed. 1-13
If you wish that the crops grow spiritedly,
perform the Kagura Service and the Teodori. 1-14
Truly let the mind be spirited and ponder.
Lean on God and perform the Joyous Service. 4-49
Do not wonder what this talk is about.
It is solely about the matter of the fertilizer. 4-50
This fertilizer, do not wonder what makes it effective.
True sincerity of the mind is what makes it effective. 4-51
First to help those who grow crops,
I desired to teach you on the matter of the fertilizer.
Do not wonder why the fertilizer is effective.
If only God accepts your mind. 13-61
Hereafter in order that there be no failure in the fertilizer
for the crops, please understand me clearly. 13-72
To say when this will come,
it will come as soon as the weeding of the rice fields is done. ( the minds are swept of the dusts) 10-16
If one were to take these verses literally, one would believe that God was talking about providing an abundance of crops for the early followers of the religion. Fertilizing and weeding are essential for an abundance of harvest of crops. But I believe that God is talking about how to increase church members. Crops refer to new members. Weeding refers to purifying the mind of evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) of the followers. The fertilizer refers to the performance of our special prayer, the Joyous Service. God is telling us that by performing the Joyous Service with a pure mind, it will bring forth new members to our churches.