Tenrikyo /Why We Suffer

Why do people suffer? Why do good people suffer, and why do evil people appear to have joy? Why are some people afflicted by cancer? Why does an innocent child die? Why do people get into severe accidents? Are these coincidences or planned by an external force?

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

Gods tells us why we need to understand the soul:

In whatever matters, if the innermost heart (soul) of each of you

is purified, there will be no danger. Ofudesaki 13-83

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. “My soul exist, therefore I am” would be an analogous phrase to what the great philosopher Descartes once said to prove his existence. Our souls are who we are; and our bodies are only transient dwellings borrowed from God, that our souls utilize to seek true joy. Mankind was created by God to live the “Joyous life”. Some may wonder where the mind comes into play in relationship to the soul and the body. Is the mind part of the soul or is it associated with the body? The answer is somewhere in between. The soul interacts with our complex neural system (part of the body), giving each of us a unique mind that is ours to use as we please (see figure 1). Unfortunately, many of us use our minds in ways that go contrary to God’s pure mind. This is why we need to understand the soul.

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The soul enters the body and creates the mind, using the body’s complex neural system.

Why is understanding the soul important? Like the DNA (genes) that stores the information to construct and maintain our bodies, the soul stores the records of our past evil 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 3). But throughout our past lives (incarnations included), 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 4). Sufferings, inconveniences, and temptations are a result of the delayed manifestation of these negative energies (figure 5) 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 we can learn from the soul.

figure 3

The positive energy of the soul (heart) bringing forth only joy.

figure 4

When we act on our negative thoughts, we cause suffering to others; and also create negative energies which the soul collects and stores.

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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 may be 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 6) 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 7). Eventually we can purify our minds and have only joy delivered by our pure positive soul (see figure 8). 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.

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Evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, self love, miserliness and covetousness.

figure 7

No negative energies or negative thoughts created if we do not act on our evil thoughts.

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Our positive soul only brings upon joy.

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

The saving of those whom doctors are unable to save is the foundation of the path. You tell them the teachings. They listen and they are healed. Oct 17, 1893 Osashizu

The sick must not be left to suffer. I trust none of you would leave the sick to suffer. Those whom doctors consider to be beyond their help will merely be left to die. Saving such people is called the basis for teaching. October 17, 1893 Osashizu

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 one’s mind.

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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