As most of us celebrate Mother’s Day today, we must remember and thank the original mother of all mankind. I will explain further. In the Christian religion, Jesus is considered the Son of God and was sent to save mankind. In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), Miki Nakayama (Oyasama) was sent by God to save all mankind. Both were sent by God to teach mankind; but more important to help all mankind live a joyous life in heaven or on earth.
In Japanese, Oya is translated as parent. In the story of creation in the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God created mankind to live a joyous life with everyone helping each other. From the Muddy Oceans, God randomly selected life from the sea, and created the first ancestors of mankind. God is said to have contributed his pure mind (heart/soul) to the first parents of mankind. Therefore, all humans have all the genes of the organisms of the ancient seas, but we also have the pure mind of God, which people refer as the soul or heart. But unfortunately, through incarnations, we have covered our hearts/soul with the evils of greed, arrogance, and self-love. We call these evils dust, but Christians may label them as sins.
The Mother of mankind was sent back to help mankind uncover our souls/hearts of these evils. God through Oyasama has given us the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki). In the sacred book, God gives us the instructions on how to remove evil (sins) from our souls/hearts. It is through the everlasting efforts of Oyasama, that we give thanks to the first mother of mankind.
Thank you Oyasama!