Have you ever heard people say that they wish they were never born, or they wish they never married a particular person? I would like to talk about dusts today, in particular one that most people do not realize exist. In the Ofudesaki, these dusts are oshii, hoshii, kawaii,yoku and kouman. In English these dusts are regret, want, self-love, greed, and arrogance. Some of you may have caught the different definition of the word oshii. In the English translation of oshii by Tenrikyo Church headquarters, they translate it as miserliness. I believe this translation is incorrect. The real translation should be regret. Miserliness would be redundant in that it goes under the dusts of both want (hoshii) and yoku (greed).
Why did God place regret first on God’s list of dusts or sins? Have you ever had the thought, what if? What if Ihad marrried someone else? Would my life be better? What if I would have picked someone else for a particular assignment, would things be better? In the first instance, some of us may even look up old acquaintances on Facebook, and in extreme cases attempt to contact them. I believe that this is not what God wants. God does not want us to be depressed over our past, because everything that occurs is the result of what we have done before. The people that occur in our lives have been chosen by our own hearts/soul. We reap what we have sowed in the past. There is no use in regretting the past. God does not want us to be depressed by what our own hearts bring forth. God wants us to accept what life bring upon, either joy or sorrow; and reflect our own minds to purify our minds. The dust of regret does not fit in God’s plans. This is why I believe this dust is the most important to eliminate from our minds. When this happens, the other dusts will be easier to eliminate.