Many of you are having difficulty understanding what the mune or heart is. Even in the first verse of the most sacred book, God tells us that there is no one who understands the heart. From the information gleaned from the Ofudesaki, it appears to be the soul or spirit that continues after our physical bodies stop functioning, or contained within the soul.
When we talk about the soul, there is no physical evidence that it exist. But contained within our bodies, there is much energy that has been confirmed. Suppose our soul is composed of energy. Suppose within this energy bundle, information is contained. What information may the soul contain? I have created a diagram of the heart (soul), which suggest what information our souls may contain. Again this information is gleaned from the Ofudesaki and the Mikagura-uta. Some of you may say where in the sacred scriptures do you get this information. I will give you the verses if you ask.
But let us suppose that there is no soul. We all know that our physical bodies decompose, including our minds. Does this mean that we cease to exist when our physical bodies stop? This is something that is difficult to accept. This also will mean that we did not exist before our conception. Then for people that believe in an afterlife, what is the conveyance to the afterlife if our physical bodies are not there to carry us? The only explanation will be an energy source within our bodies. The reconstruction and resurrection of our decayed bodies have been suggested by religon, but it goes against the laws of science. Yes, listen to the science is a popular quote today, but in this case, it appears impractical that a zombie occurrence will materialize from decayed bodies or ashes.
For those who are in the Tenrikyo religion, we are on the right path. Our prayers and our teachings will bring upon universal salvation to the world. But I believe we are missing one important belief that will make our prayers effective. This is the information of the mune or heart that God tells us we do not understand. For God to tell us in this in the first verse of the Ofudesaki, should give us notice of the importance of understanding the heart. I have attached a diagram depicting the function of our hearts. I have numbered them in order of occurrence. I hope this helps a little in understanding our own hearts!