In every religions, there are laws, edicts or commandments that the followers are expected to follow. In tlhe Christian religion there are the Ten Commandments.
I am thy Lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other gods before me, thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, remember the sabbath day to keep it holy, honour thy father and thy mother, thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour, thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s house), thou shalt not covet (neighbour’s wife) thou shalt not covet (neighbour’s slaves, animals, or anything else).
In the Ofudesaki, God tells us to eliminate evil thoughts or dusts from our minds. These thoughts are regret, covetousness, greed, arrogance, and self-love. Many of you Tenrikyo followers will say what about anger, enmity and hate? These dusts are not mentioned in the Ofudesaki, but are mentioned in the Osashizu. They appear to be emotions that arise from the five major dusts that are mentioned in the Ofudesaki.
What is the difference between the Ten Commandments and the dusts specified in the Ofudesaki. The commandments are actions to avoid, and the Ofudesaki tells us what thoughts to eliminate from our minds, so we do not act upon them. Which is easier to accomplish, to eliminate our evil actions, or our evil thoughts? Most will say that our evil actions are easier to control then our evil thoughts. But even if we are able to control our actions by attempting to abide by the commandments, our evil thoughts still remains in our minds. When future obstacles occur, the temptations or emotions brought upon by our evil thoughts may be too strong to abide by the commandments from a God that they may not have complete faith in. Remember that human nature does not like to follow rules or commandments that have no explanation or reason. Most people understand the reward of heaven for their actions on earth; but they have no idea of why there is suffering or joy in the present world they live in. In the Ofudesaki, God tells why there is suffering or joy and why we need to remove our evil thoughts from our minds. There is no commandments that tell us what actions to take or avoid. God uses reasoning, in telling us why we should purify our minds of these five evil thoughts. In many religions, one must first have complete faith in God, and abide by the commandments to reach eternal bless; but in the Ofudesaki, God tells us to understand the heart to purify our minds. God gives us instructions on how to purify our minds to live a joyous life. Our faith in God comes after our understanding of the teachings. It is this open faith that gives us a desire to spread the teachings to others; and our special prayer from God allows us to do this. God tells us that everyone will live the “Joyous life” someday.