In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo) a knot is an occurrence that brings upon suffering or misfortune. But there is a common saying that from a knot, a bud will sprout. We believe that sometimes a knot is derived from God. If we ponder over the inconvenience as guidance from God and lean on God, these knots become a building block for our salvation. But if we blame others for these inconveniences, and ignore God’s guidance, we continue on the same path opposing God.
Our religious history has examples of where opposition forces have attempted to destroy and damage our places of worship. The incidence of the removal of the temporary Kanrodai (Pillar of God) in our early history, and the recent damage to the temporary Kanrodai are examples of God’s knots, which he delivers to our religion.
In our religion, the Permanent Pillar represents the original pure mind at the creation of human beings. Our sacred books tell us that when all mankind is purified in mind (without sin), a permanent Kanrodai will be constructed. Heavenly dew will then flow from heaven to the receptacle placed on top of the Kanrodai (Oyasama). When this occurs there will be joy in the world.
What is God telling us with the incidents of the Kanrodai? God’s regret and anger do not arise from the perpetrators of the destruction. God allows these inconveniences to occur. God’s regret is from the dust (greed, arrogance, and self-love) of the followers of our religion. God is telling us that the permanent placement of the Kanrodai is far away. We do not understand. We do not understand what our special prayer (Joyous Service) directed at the Kanrodai does. We do not understand the original pure mind. We must read the Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) to understand why God is showing us these knots.