THE TRUTHS OF HEAVEN
Why do people suffer? Why do good people suffer, and why do bad people appear to have joy? Why are some people afflicted by cancer? Why does an innocent child die? Some explain by saying it is God’s will, or only God knows. Sometimes we are told not to worry about what happens to us on earth; we are told that the good will be rewarded in heaven, while the evil will languish in hell.
We believe that it is our own soul that brings upon joy or suffering to us. In the first verse in our most sacred book, God emphasizes the importance of understanding the soul by telling us:
Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one
who understands the heart (soul). Ofudesaki 1-1
Some people call the soul the heart or the spirit. Science has not yet located or verified the existence of the soul, but many of us truly believe that it exists. As Descartes once said, “I think therefore I am” to substantiate his existence. “My soul exist, therefore I am” would be an analogous phrase for those who believe in the soul. Some believe that the soul leaves our bodies at death and enters the afterlife permanently. Others believe that our souls (we) will continue for eternity, existing both in heaven and earth (figure 1).
The cycle of the soul(heart).
Why is understanding the soul important? Like the DNA that stores the information for our bodies physical composition, the soul is said to store as energy the memories of our past actions.The soul by itself is an amalgam of positive energies derived from God at our creation. Each of us has the positive energies of God within us. These positive energies should only bring upon joy to us (see figure 2). But throughout our past lives (reincarnation), many of us have committed evil acts or sins against each other. These negative acts produce the negative energies that surround the pure soul (figure 3). Sufferings, inconveniences, and temptations are a result of the delayed manifestation of these negative energies (figure 4) that surround the soul. We eventually reap what we have sowed. Understanding the soul explains how causality and karma function; but it is not as simple as this.There is more to the soul.
The positive energy of the soul (heart) bringing forth only joy.
When we act on our negative thoughts, we cause suffering to others; and also create negative energies which the soul collects and stores.
Our negative energies around the soul manifesting into delayed sufferings and temptations to ourselves.
When we understand the soul, we realize that our present and future obstacles are the result of our own past evil actions. We should not become angry at the messengers of our souls. Do not blame your spouse, coworker, strangers, or even God. It is easy to act with retribution when you feel that you have been wronged. It is also easy to blame others, even blaming God when suffering occurs. When we believe in the soul, we must look within ourselves first.
If we can calm our mind and not act upon the evil thoughts (see figure 5) in our minds when the soul delivers these inconveniences or temptations, we can gradually eliminate evil thoughts from our minds; and therefore eliminate the negative energies associated with our evil actions (figure 6). Eventually we can purify our minds and have only joy delivered by our pure positive soul (see figure 2 again). This is God’s promise of our salvation. Understanding the soul is the first step to our salvation. The second step is believing in the soul and responding appropriately to what the soul manifest. Sometimes this is not an easy task; it requires much effort and restraint not to act on one’s evil thoughts, especially if we believe that we have been wronged.
Evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, self love, miserliness and covetousness.
No negative energies created if we do not act on our evil thoughts.
God tells us that God will begin to work to have the world understand the soul. God tells us in our sacred book:
From now on, no matter how serious the illness may be,
there is no illness that is incurable depending on the mind. 5-13
However serious an illness will become,
I never say that it will not be cured. 12-52
God will save you from any illness if one begins to purify his or her mind. The first step is to believe in the soul to begin this process of purifying your mind.
OUR BELIEFS FROM A RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE:
God descended from heaven to teach us how to live the joyous life. God through Oyasama (Miki Nakayama) and the Ofudesaki (sacred book) gives us the recipe to world salvation. These are the following instructions:
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. We pray for the salvation of others! This is why our prayer is so important in our faith.
Kanrodai at Ojiba is where our prayer is directed toward.