Do you have an illness that doctors or medicine cannot cure? What if I tell you that whatever your illness is, it can be cured! You are probably thinking that this is some kind of scam. No, I am not going to sell you a product or ask you to donate at the end. All I ask is your time to understand what may be the most important information in your life. In the Bible, Jesus and his disciples cured the blind and healed the sick. What are the ingredients to make this happen now? Does this require believing in God and having faith? It may and it may not; let me further explain. The following is from the Ofudesaki, our most sacred book:
However serious an illness will become,
I never say that it will not be cured. 12-52
Suppose I tell you that all you have to do is believe in the soul to be healed of any illness or disease. This may appear to be an unbelievable claim, but you make up your mind after reading the following information summarized from the Ofudesaki. Like one politician said, “What do you have to lose?”
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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 external forces?
God tells us 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 soul. Ofudesaki 1-1
Gods tells us why we need to understand the soul:
In whatever matters, if the soul of each of you
is purified, there will be no danger. Ofudesaki 13-83
The soul has also been called 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 transient dwellings borrowed from God, that our souls utilize to seek true joy. God tells us that we (human bodies) were created to live the “Joyous life”.
Some may wonder where the mind comes into play in relationship to the soul and the body. Is it your soul thinking now, or is your brain (body) thinking? Is the mind part of the soul or is it associated with the body? The answer is both. At the beginning of our lives, our souls interact with our complex neural system (part of the body), giving each of us a unique mind that is ours to think as we please (see figure 1). The energies of our souls and the neural systems of our bodies both contribute to the formation of our minds.
The soul enters the body and creates the mind, using the body’s complex neural system.
Our minds are ours, as we are free to think. But as we find out when we are ill or disable, our bodies are not ours to use as we wish. We borrow our bodies from God. Our bodies like everything around us is possessed by God. So when we use our minds to do harm against others, we are hurting God. When we don’t take care of our bodies, we are hurting God. When we discriminate against others due to appearance, we are discriminating against God. As for what happens to us because of these and other evil acts against God, we need to understand the soul.
Understanding the soul is 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 2).
The positive energy of the soul (heart) bringing forth only joy.
But throughout our past lives (incarnations included), many of us have committed evil acts or sins against each other(God). These negative acts produce the negative energies that surround the pure soul (figure 3).
When we act on our negative thoughts, we cause suffering to others; and also create negative energies which the soul collects and stores.
Sufferings, inconveniences, and temptations are the results of the delayed manifestations 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 as nature’s justice; but it is not as simple as this. There is more we can learn from what the soul manifests.
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).
Evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, self love, miserliness and covetousness.
No negative energies or negative thoughts created if we do not act on our evil thoughts
Eventually we can purify our minds and have only joy delivered by our pure positive soul (see figure 7). 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. When we purify our minds, our souls will bring upon only joy.
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
In the Osashizu are the following:
The saving of those whom doctors are unable to save is the foundation of the path. You tell them the teachings (about the soul). 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
The healing of the body is our primary concern when we are sick. It is with this understanding that God will heal you from any illness if you understand the soul. When one understands the soul, one has the information to begin purifying one’s own mind. God grants us the blessings of healing in order to have us understand the soul, and begin the process of purifying our minds of greed, arrogance, anger, enmity, miserliness, covetousness, and self love.
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 ingredients:
Understand the soul and 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.
“Evil sweeping. Save them please, Universal Saving God “.
To heal the people whose minds have been revealed when God guides them to us by the sazuke (saving prayer); and teach them about the soul (heart), causality and true sincerity. True sincerity is a mind that ponders over suffering and obstacles that the soul delivers, and accepts these inconveniences in a joyous manner. This will make our minds pure and spirited; and by the principle of causality will bring forth joy in the future due to the pure soul (heart).
This process of (1)understanding the soul and purifying our own minds by acting appropriately to what the soul manifest, (2) spreading the truth of the soul(hinokishin), and (3) praying to ask God to help people understand the soul, 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.
All mankind will live a joyous life with everyone helping each other.
WHAT WE ASK YOU TO DO:
Please understand the soul/heart, and share with others this religion that promises you a “Joyous Life”.
Reference: Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) 6th edition, Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, Tenrikyo Church Headquarter.
An Anthology of Osashizu Tranlation, Tenrikyo Overseas Department @71 Mishima, Tenri, Nara.
Am I a bad person because because I am sick or suffering?
Conventional belief in karma would say that you are suffering because you committed evil acts in the past.
Tenrikyo will say that everyone has God’s pure soul in them or goodness within, but have accumulated negative energies around their souls that have manifested into sufferings. While these sufferings maybe unpleasant and sometimes unbearable, they give us opportunities to begin to remove evil thoughts from our minds if we do not act on them (see figure 6). We have control of our future.
What about race and gender?
Tenrikyo says that our souls have no color or gender. Our bodies are only borrowed from God. From the perspective of the soul, our appearance does not matter in obtaining joy.
Do I need to believe in God to have joy?
Tenrikyo will say that one just needs to understand the soul, and respond appropriately to what the soul brings forth. But if one wants to share these truths with others, believing in God may be beneficial for this purpose of God helping you to spread the truth.
I have faith in another religion; is Tenrikyo and my religion compatible?
Tenrikyo believes in the purification of our minds of evil thoughts (greed, arrogance, and self love). All religions will gladly accept this belief.