How do we spread on teachings to the world? When our religion started, Kokan was sent out by Oyasama, chanting Namu Tenri-O-no-Mikoto on a street corner. How do you spread the teachings to others? What are the first teachings of our religion do you first introduce to a stranger? Is it about Oyasama, how about our special prayer, or maybe about Ojiba, the location of the creation of human beings? Most of you may not like to hear this but we are not doing a good job of spreading our teachings to the world., I know that some of you may say that our efforts will sprout in the future. This is a common reason I hear from many people in our religion. They may be correct, and time will only tell.
Yes, one may say that I am a complainer, and being negative of our religion. But I have a reason for my concerns about where our religion is going. But I also am also optimistic because of the instructions in the Ofudesaki and the Mikagura-uta. In the Ofudesaki God tells us how to spread the teachings to others. What do we first talk about when talking to people about our religion? We talk about the heart. God tells us in the first verse of the Ofudesaki that we do not understand the mune or heart. Why would God discuss the mune or heart at the beginning of the most sacred scripture in the world? It is because God wants us to understand it first, and then spread it to the world. In the Official translation of the Ofudesaki in English, mune is translated as God’s heart. This interpretation in my opinion, is a fatal error that will lead the reader to misinterpret God’s message of what we are to understand and what to inform others.
What is this mune or heart that God wants us to understand, that God places at the beginning of our most sacred scripture? Most of the world is familiar with the concept of reincarnation, and karma (innen). We reap what we have sowed. But no one knows what makes these two concepts function. The heart is like the last piece of the puzzle that will make people understand why reincarnation and karma exist. I will give you a brief summary of what the heart does. The heart in our bodies collect our demerits from our evil actions, and stores them. It releases these demerits as fate when opportune times develop to manifest. This is why God tells us to calm our minds and ponder what comes from our innermost hearts (mune no uchi yori) Again we reap what we have sowed. It is not God that punishes us for our evil deeds, but it is our own heart that monitors our behaviors. Some will say that the heart is the soul, or is contained in the soul. God tells us that by understanding the heart, we can purify our minds of the dusts of regret, covetousness, greed, arrogance, and self-love. By understanding that our suffering or obstacles come from our own hearts, we can begin to eliminate the dusts that caused these fates to appear. Instead of blaming others, we ponder the evil thoughts in our own minds, and not act upon them. This is how we gradually eliminate our evil thoughts. This will lead to a purified heart, that will bring upon only positive fate.
Now we have purified our own minds, we are ready to spread the truth of the heart to others. This will be a difficult task, especially in western countries where the belief in heaven or hell is dominant. God knows this, and that is why God has given us the Joyous Service. The Joyous Service is a prayer asking God to help us spread the truth of the heart to others. It is not a prayer asking God to sweep our own minds or save us. We already should know how to sweep our minds by understanding the heart. But God also tells us we must do something very important before we pray with this special prayer. God wants us to spread the truth of the heart, and what God will do to the people we have spread the truth to. This is called hinokishin in the Mikagura-uta. Some may call this niogake, but I believe the correct term will be hinokishin (a person’s contribution).
With the acceptance of our special prayer by God, God places illness as guidance to the people we have spread the truth to. They come to our places of worship (from the high places they will come), we heal them with our Sazuke, and continue to convey our teachings of the heart to purify their own minds.
In summary, the instruction to save the world are all in the Ofudesaki. We need to look no further. God wants us to understand the heart! This is what we convey to others.