Politics continues to fabricate statements concerning the recent hurricanes that have affected the United States. The far left continue to suggest that human pollution has caused global warming creating these devastating hurricanes. One person jokingly explained hurricane Harvey as an immediate karma for the people in Texas voting Republican. But what are the causes of these natural disasters? Does pollution have anything to do with it? In the Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) is the following:
In this world, landslides, thunder, earthquakes,
And great winds are all from the anger of God. 6-91
If one were to interpret the verse literally, one may conclude that God is punishing the people of these regions. We all know that the moon and sun affect the weather patterns and geological movements of the earth. * Most of us would agree that God has control of the moon and sun, as well as the entire universe. One can therefore conclude that God causes these climatic and geological events. But if God causes these events, who are these disaster directed toward?
In the Ofudesaki, God tells us that the anger and regret of God comes from the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) of the mind. Our evil thoughts and actions cause the anger of God. If you can imagine our thoughts comprised of energy. If we can go back to our science courses, we know that energy is transferable from one source to another. God also tells us that the Universe is the body of God. Since we are part of the Universe, we are part of God. What does God do with all this negative energy that we are producing by our negative thoughts. Could it be that God releases this enormous amount of energy in the form of these natural disasters? It is ironic that it may not be human pollution that causes global warming; but it may be the accumulation and release of our evil thoughts that is causing these abnormal weather patterns that we are experiencing.
* for the Tenrikyo followers, is it coincidence that God calls himself Moon/Sun for the first time in chapter 6?