With the current pandemic of the Corona virus, people are wondering what God’s intentions are. What is God trying to convey to us with this pandemic? Did God create this pandemic? God throughout the Ofudesaki tells us that God has been on the sidelines, watching human beings. God also throughout the Ofudesaki, tells us that illness should be nonexistent. God tells us that illness comes from the mind. If we remove our evil thoughts, illness will not occur. This is why God tells us that illness should be nonexistent. This was the condition at the Origin of human beings. God created human beings, placing the pure Original mind (shinjitsu) in the original parents of human beings. Since then, Human beings have accumulated dusts or evil thoughts in their minds, creating illnesses that we have today. If this is true, the solution should be easy. We just need to remove our evil thoughts of regret, covetousness, self-love, greed, and arrogance.
Most of the world people today will depend on Medicine, science and doctors to cure illness. Even many of the people in the Tenrikyo religion may believe this. They quote verse 9-10 and 9-11 of the Ofudesaki. The Tenrikyo church headquarters translation is:
Though there should be nothing called illness in human beings,
no one knows the beginning of the world.
Because of My desire to have you know this,
I began doctors and medicine for weeding and fertilizing.
This is telling us that God created doctors and medicine, which may be true, but the more accurate translation is:
In human beings, illness to say, is nonexistent, but
Since the beginning of this world, there is no person who knows.
This matter, to let you know, step by step
I will weed and fertilize like doctors and medicine.
Weeding and fertilizing are two words that are used to convey the sweeping of evil thoughts in people. Weeding (shuuri) refers to sweeping evil thoughts in the people who know God’s teachings, while fertilizing (koe) refers to other people we ask God to help sweep evil thoughts. Both actions result in the purification of the mind to the Original mind, which will result in the elimination of illness, like what doctors and medicine are thought to do.
This is the original hiragana verse in Japanese:
Ningen ni yamai to yuute nai keredo
Kono yo hajimari shirita mono nashi 9-10
Kono koto o shirashitai kara dandan to
Shuuri ya koe ni isha kusuri o 9-11
Please compare the two English translations, and decide for yourself what is more accurate; but more important, what makes more sense.
The one million dollar question is, should we depend more on doctors, science, and medicine to heal our bodies, or should we depend more on what God is telling us in the Ofudesaki, that illness comes from the mind?