God wants us to understand the soul.
Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one who understands the heart (soul). (Tip of the Writing Brush 1-1)
Why does God want us to understand the soul? Because our souls determine our future. We suffer or have joy depending on what surrounds our eternal soul.
The soul is the core of an individual. It is a bundle of energies that define our individual characteristics and it also controls our fate. The soul is an amalgam of positive energies; by itself it brings upon joy to us because of these positive energies (see figure 1-1). There is “Good” in everyone because of our original pure soul; but our souls have accumulated negative energies around them; this is why we suffer (see figure 1-2). Where does this negative energy that surrounds the soul come from? Let us further explore the soul/heart.
The soul is an individualized ethereal positive energy source from God that enters our borrowed bodies at conception or shortly after; and it leaves our lifeless bodies at death to return to Heaven (see figure 1-3).
During our earthly stays, the soul/heart collects our evil thoughts from our minds as negative energies (Ofudesaki 3-11); and it eventually releases the negative energies back to us as sufferings (see figure 1-4). What happens to these negative energies that surround the soul?
These negative energies that surround the soul manifests into sufferings, temptations and inconveniences that come back to us as fate or illness on this earth. The biblical proverb, “We reap what we sow” would appear to be true when it comes to the soul.
What happens to these negative energies surrounding the soul when we die? Death does not take away these negative energies. The soul arises to heaven with these deficiencies, and returns when an appropriate environment and housing are chosen for each unique soul. When the soul enters our developing bodies, some of the negative energies around the soul converts back into our former negative thoughts, and settles in our minds (see figure 1-5); death does not erase our evil thoughts. This will explain the appearance of anger and greed in our precious and innocent children. Most important, the negative energies around the soul will manifest as inconveniences in our lives.
By these inconveniences that the soul delivers, they gives us opportunities to eliminate evil thoughts from our minds; these inconveniences work to remind us of the evils in our minds. These evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, hate, anger, revenge, covetousness and self-love. These evil thoughts when placed into action causes sufferings to others; but unknown to most of us, they also brings upon suffering back to the perpetrators of the evil actions as a result of the actions of the soul.
How does the soul eliminate evil from our minds? If we calm our minds and ponder the existence of evil thoughts in our minds; and do not act on them when faced with what the soul metes out (sufferings, inconveniences and temptations), these thoughts from our minds gradually subside. Our minds becomes pure, and the evil surrounding our souls are eliminated. This results in a pure soul void of negative energy, which brings upon a joyous life for the individual (see figure 1-6).
For many people, the purification of the mind will be a long process, dependent on the amount of negative energy they have accumulated around their soul (Ofudesaki 1-47), which is also equivalent to the amount of evil thoughts in their mind. These sufferings that the negative energies manifest will test their resolve of not taking action on their evil thoughts. But if they continue to control their evil thoughts by not acting on them, the evils in their mind will be eliminated (see figure 1-7). There is a saying that from knots (sufferings), buds (opportunities to remove evil thoughts) will sprout if we understand the soul.
But suppose we do not understand what the soul does? If we act on our evil thoughts when the soul distributes its negative energies, others will suffer and our minds will continue to produce more negative thoughts. This increases the negative energy surrounding our pure soul, causing the soul to bring upon more suffering upon ourselves (see figure 1-8). From knots, knots will continue to sprout if we do not understand the soul. Do not ignore the manifestations of the soul. This is why we must not blame others for any inconveniences or sufferings; they are manifestations of our own souls. We must look within our minds to understand why the soul brings upon sufferings, temptations and inconveniences.
It is this soul/heart that will continue for eternity, inhabiting sometimes imperfect bodies, and sometimes producing unimaginable sufferings; but it is the soul that brings upon these conditions by releasing these negative energies surrounding it. This religion explains how to remove these negative energies surrounding the soul, so we can uncover the pure heart/soul and live the “Joyous life”. The following verse summarizes the path of the soul/heart.
“In the world’s path, you can do whatever you want and get away with it, so long as no one sees you do it. But in the path of the heart/soul, it all comes to bear on yourself” (Osashizu pg 181).
For diagrams, please click Path of the Heart .
OUR BELIEFS FROM A RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE:
God descended from heaven to teach us about the soul. He through Oyasama (Miki Nakayama) and Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki) encouraged the early followers to remove evil thoughts from their minds, often placing temporary illness on their bodies to help them understand the relationship between the mind, body and soul.
God told his followers that shared joy is true joy. We can not have true joy while others suffer. We must share these teachings with others. He gave them special instructions to bring others to our places of worship. God told his followers that he would begin to place illness on others in relationship with the evil thoughts in their minds to help them understand the soul. God gives them a preview of what sufferings they may endure if they continue to harbor evil thoughts. This special guidance is what makes this religion so unique. We pray for the salvation of others! This is why our prayer is so important in our faith.
This guidance as illness is only initiated with our Special prayer (Joyous Service) that God has granted to us. When people we have introduced the soul come to us to be healed, we further explain the soul and God’s teachings. They are then healed and are able to understand the soul; and begin to purify their minds. This process of (1) purifying the mind, (2) spreading the truth, and (3) praying continues until all mankind is purified of evil in their minds. God hastens for the day that all minds of the world are pure. When this occurs, there will be heaven on earth for all of God’s children.
To continue to purify our minds of negative thoughts ( sin/evil ) when confronted with temptation and sufferings manifested by the soul.
To spread and share God’s truth; telling people that illness and suffering may be God’s guidance to help one understand the soul/heart. This conveyance of God’s truth is called hinokishin .
To pray daily with our special prayer (Joyous Service), asking God to help people understand the soul/heart and to sweep evil from their minds.
“Evil sweeping. Save them please, Universal Saving God “.