Tenrikyo /The Path of Joy

In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us that every person has a unique and different mind.

Ponder over this talk, all of you in the world.

There is no mind the same as another. 5-7

Even between parent and child, husband and wife, and siblings,

their minds all differ from one another. 5-8

What does this mean that our minds all differ? We all have different proportions of evil in our minds. These evils are the thoughts of arrogance, greed, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness. God tells us that it is these evils that make our minds depressed, and our future bleak. When our minds are void of these evils, we come closer to the mind of God, and our minds become spirited.

How do we remove these evil thoughts from our minds? Does God want us to praise him? Does God want us to have blind faith? Does God want our commitment? Does God want monetary donations? The answer to all these questions is no. God wants us to eliminate these thoughts from our minds. But God tells us that it is not an easy task to eliminate our evil thoughts. For some who have much evil in their minds, God or karma places repeated temptation, sufferings, and inconveniences in their paths. It is the gradual elimination of evil that occurs when one does not act upon evil thoughts. Eventually evil thoughts will not emerge from our minds. It is not surprising on this path of evil elimination that we sometimes regress and act upon our thoughts; but God reminds us to calm our minds, and ponder.

It is this difficult path that must be followed if we are to become happy and spirited. Yet most of the world seeks to gain happiness by looking outside instead of within us. God also tells us that true happiness is shared joy. God has given us a special prayer (Joyous Service) that brings people to our churches when our minds are pure. The following is from the Book of Prophecy telling how difficult the path may be, but rewarding at the end.

Over steep mountains, through tangles of thorns, along narrow ledges and

through brandished swords, if you come (process of purification of mind if we do not act on our thoughts of arrogance, greed, etc). 1-47


Yet a head a sea of flames, and a deep abyss  (causality or guidance purifying the mind if we concentrate on not acting on our evil),


you will arrive at a narrow path (path of prayer with a sincere mind). 1-48


After following the narrow path step by step, you will come to a path.

This is the trustworthy main path (path of joy). 1-49

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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