THE TRUTHS OF HEAVEN
God has descended from Heaven and has given us instructions to live the joyous life. These truths are written in the Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush).
God tells us to remove sin/evil (greed, arrogance, miserliness, and self love) from our minds, in order to live the joyous life. When we are able to remove these dusts from our minds, we become spirited and happy. God promises us a path of eternal joy. But it is not easy to remove these evils/sins from our minds. In the Ofudesaki, God tells us that he will begin to help the world remove these evils from their minds.
God tells us that illness or misfortunes may be God’s guidance. Through his guidance, God gives us the opportunity to remove evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts from our minds. By calming our minds and not acting on our evil thoughts when faced with adversities and temptations (God’s guidance or karma/innen), we can gradually prevents these thoughts from originating from our minds. By this process, step by step our minds become pure of these evil thoughts and we become spirited.
God wants us to share this truth with others; he tells us that true joy is shared joy. We cannot experience true joy ourselves while others suffer. God encourages us to tell others to understand events in their lives. They need to understand that illness or inconveniences may be God’s guidance to purify their mind of evil. This spreading of Heaven’s truth is called hinokishin.
What happens to these people we share God’s truth with? God has given us a special prayer that will eventually bring all of them to our places of worship. Upon acceptance of our sincere prayer, God will begin to place illness as guidance to those who will be able to understand God’s guidance. They will come to our churches, and we will tell them about Heaven’s truths. They will then be healed of their guidance (illness). This is why hinokishin, or forewarning people of God’s guidance is so important. It is like planting the seeds and preparing the soil, which were familiar terms to the farmers, who were the early followers of our religion.
We believe in the law of causality and reincarnation. Good thoughts and actions result in joy. Evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions result in suffering and inconveniences in the future. Cause and effect have no time limitations. The effects of our actions may not develop until the next life.
Because God sees a dangerous path in the future, God will begin to work to sweep evil from our minds in this life time. This is what makes this religion so unique compared to other religions that believe in reincarnation and causality.
With the acceptance of our special prayer (Joyous Service), God will begin to shorten the time lapse between the cause and effect, making the relationship easier to understand. That illness or suffering is God informing you of evil (greed, arrogance, and self-love) in your mind today. God gives you a glimpse of the future by this guidance. By pondering the illness and responding positively (acknowledging the evil in the mind, and not acting on them), the illness subsides; but more importantly the evil thoughts originating in your mind decreases. By this process, one becomes spirited, and the future becomes more joyous.
To continue to purify our minds of sin/evil to become spirited.
To spread and share God’s truth with others. This is called hinokishin .
To pray daily with our special prayer (Joyous Service), asking God to help sweep evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from the world’s mind.
To heal the people whose minds have been revealed when God guides them to us; and teach them about causality and true sincerity. True sincerity is a mind that ponders over suffering and obstacles, and accepts these inconveniences in a joyous manner. This will make our minds spirited; and by the principle of causality will bring forth joy in the future.