I would like to comment on an article in the Tenrikyo Newsletter. There is some in the church that believe that the progress in spreading our religion has come to a halt or slow progression. They go back to literature in our history that tell us how our predecessors of the path suffered 20 to 30 years before any progress in spreading our religion. There was a recent lecture by a Reverend in the church that told us that he has given up because his congregation is shrinking in membership. Do we have to wait 20 to 30 years before we see results? Where are the results from our past predecessors? Or maybe we have to wait for our next lifetime to see results for our efforts. Can the Bishop be wrong, and that we are not following the instructions given in the Ofudesaki, our most sacred book. Are we delaying the salvation of all mankind?
It is my firm belief that the Ofudesaki gives us the instructions to save the world. We must first purify our own minds by understanding what comes from our own hearts/soul. God then gives us instructions how to bring people to our places of worship. We must literally spread our teachings of the soul/heart and God’s teachings first. I believe this is called hinokishin in the Mikagura-uta (1-12). Then we must pray with the Joyous Service with a pure sincere mind. On acceptance of our prayer, God will guide these people we have introduced our religion to (hinokishin) to our places of worship.
How much must the world suffers, while we tell our congregations that God works slowly to our prayers. Maybe the instructions are in the Ofudesaki. I encourage everyone to study the Ofudesaki to find out. I have created a Tenrikyo Ofudesaki Study Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/458471844742952/. I encourage everyone to participate in the most important document in the world.