Just wondering why our religion is not growing in membership like some of the major religions in the world. Some will say that even the major religions like Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are also not growing, and the world is becoming secular. In the Ofudesaki, there are verses from God telling us that there will be a rich harvest of new members. But why is this not occurring today?
What do you believe is the message that God wants to deliver to everyone? As many of you may believe, is it to perform the Service? Is it to make a pilgrimage to Ojiba? Or is it like Christianity to accept Jesus, but in our case Oyasama? What does God require from us?
It is my sincere opinion that God wants us to understand the mune or heart and share this information with the world. Why would God want us to understand the heart? Understanding the heart will give us the answers to our existence. I will further expound on this later. But first, let me show evidence of why I believe God wants us to understand the heart.
In the first chapter of the Ofudesaki and the first verse of the Mikagura-uta, God tells us that we do not understand the heart, and continues to tell us throughout the 17 chapters. In song 11 of the Mikagura-uta, God tells us that by spreading the truth of the heart, the Joyous Service will bring upon a harvest of new members. Why has the heart not been emphasized in our religion? Many people in the religion may incorrectly translate the mune in the first verse as God’s heart. What is God’s heart? Many people will interpret it as God’s mind. We do not understand God’s mind. This makes sense, but is this the correct translation and interpretation of the word mune?
What is this mune or heart that God tells us that we do not understand? God tells us in verse 3-11 that the heart is the sand in the purification of our mind. So we can presume that the heart collects and stores some type of waste. Could this waste be our evil actions of what we have done? Further explaining the heart, in the Ofudesaki, the words “mune no uchi yori” appears many times. We can presume that something is manifested or comes from our hearts. Could this be fate that comes from our hearts? To summarize the heart, it collects our evil actions as debits and stores them. It eventually, when opportune time appears, releases them as our negative fate. Does this not sound like we are talking about innen, karma, and reincarnation. The understanding of the heart makes possible the understanding of innen and reincarnation. We reap what we have sowed. It is not God that punishes us for our actions. It is our hearts showing us what we have done before.
Now we understand the heart as an intangible organ in our bodies, how does this make our lives better? How do we remove our negative fate? What happens in our lives when suffering or obstacles brought upon by our hearts appear in our lives? Most of us will take action upon what thoughts are in our minds. If we have evil thoughts like greed and arrogance in our minds, we will probably act negatively toward what appears. This could be criticism and angry words, or even negative actions toward others. This will inevitably create more dusts or evil thought patterns in our minds. God tells us that when suffering or obstacles appear in our lives, to calm our minds and ponder the dusts of greed, arrogance, covetousness, regret, and self-love in our own minds; and not take action upon the obstacle. By doing this, we can eliminate these evil thoughts gradually. When our minds are purified of these dusts, our hearts will only bring upon positive fate only. This is why God tells us in the first verse of our most sacred scripture, that we must understand the heart. We have our special prayer asking God to help us, but without understanding the most important concept that God wants us to understand, our prayer will fall on deaf ears.