OFUDESAKI 7-8

Interpretation:
God sees the worldly path of suffering, and wants to quickly let the world know about it.
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OFUDESAKI 7-7

Interpretation:
God sees the worldly path of the world. This is where one believes that they can get away with anything if no one sees them doing it, or does not care if anyone sees their evil actions. This path only leads to suffering of the self.
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A Summary of God’s Message

A Summary of God’s Message

God wants us to determine the location where human beings were started. This is where God resides after descending from heaven. The location is important in that we direct our prayers (Joyous Service) to this location (Kanrodai). Couples working together to teach God’s truths, this is the most important element in bringing new members. This will be seen in the world with people spreading God’s truths. But not only is the spreading of God’s truth important; but we must also remove the dusts or evil thoughts in our minds, especially the dust of greed.  The purification of our minds and spreading the truths of God will become most important for our Service or prayer to be accepted by God. This spreading of the truth will continue, as people will be excited to share God’s truths.  God tells us not to stop anyone who has a desire to do this because by doing this, it will become a contribution to God.  The word kishin in Japanese is defined as contribution. The word hinokishin can be separated into hito no kishin, what is translated as a person’s contribution to God.  So hinokishin is defined as spreading God’s truth.  After understanding God’s truth, one spreads it to others. One may wonder what of God’s truth we spread to others.  God tells us we do not understand the heart or mune. God has regrets that the world does not understand their own hearts.  God tells us absolutely that when we spread the truth of the heart with others, with ourselves having a pure mind, then God will accept our prayer (Joyous Service) and bring in new members to our places of worship.  How delightful and grateful this will become!

 

 

For those who are curious, which Tenrikyo scripture does this post come from?  Is it from the Ofudesaki, Osashizu, Life of Oyasama, Doctrine of Tenrikyo, or Mikagura-uta?

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OFUDESAKI 7-6

Interpretation:
Most people do not know that human beings were created to live the Joyous life. They are concerned about themselves only because they have the dusts of regret, covetousness, self-love, greed, and arrogance in their minds.
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OFUDESAKI 7-5

Interpretation:
Kami taru refers to those who do not know God’s truth. They believe that they can do anything as long as they do not get caught, or do not care if they get caught. This is called the worldly path which brings upon only suffering.
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God Does Not Punish

God tells us that suffering or illness comes from our minds in song 10 of the Mikagura-uta.  Most people when they are ill, or when their children are ill, will vehemently argue with you when you tell them that illness comes from their minds. They will tell you that God does not punish. But my question to them is, if illness does not come from the mind, who or what  brings it upon them. If they believe in God, why is God letting this happen? What is the purpose of suffering or illness? Is it random, and is its cure also random? I know there are people that would say they were cured because of their belief in God, but what about the many others that died despite their belief in a higher being? Does God favor one person over the other?
 
There are many people who do believe that God will favor them because they believe in a particular teaching, and God will also punish those that do not believe in their religion. In the Osashizu there is a passage that says that there is suffering and joy in the world; and there is also evil and good in the world. We are seeing both cause (what people are doing now) and effect (fate appearing from past actions) in the world today, but most people cannot see this because the effect of our actions are often delayed. We reap what we have sowed. God for the most part is a spectator watching the world with hope.
But if illness or suffering comes from the mind, by what mechanism does this work? God in the first verse of the most sacred scripture (Ofudesaki), tells us we do not understand the heart or mune. It is the heart we must first understand.  God tells us that it is our own hearts that monitors our behaviors. It is not God, or any evil forces that brings upon suffering. We control our own fates. We only need to eliminate the dusts or evil thoughts of regret (oshii), covetousness (hoshii), self-love (kawaii), greed (yoku), and arrogance (komam).  It is our own hearts that remind us of these dusts in our minds, by delivering these fates that were caused by acting on these same  evil thoughts.  This is why God tells us that illness and suffering comes from our own minds! God also tells us to ponder what fate comes from our hearts. God wants us not to blame others, but calm our own minds, and ponder the dusts in our own minds, and not act upon them. This is how we purify our minds, so our hearts will bring upon only positive fate. 
 
In summary, we are not telling you that you are evil and bad because you or your children are suffering or have illness. But we are telling you that these symptoms or appearances are messages from your own heart that there are dusts in your minds. It is these same dusts that created the sufferings and illness that you may be experiencing now. By not taking action upon these dusts, one can purify one’s own minds so only joy comes from the heart.
 
*in our teachings, we are told that our own children may suffer from our own fates until they are 13 years of age. After that, any illness or suffering comes from their own fates.
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OFUDESAKI 7-4

Interpretation:
I believe it is saying that when the permanent Kanrodai is erected, there will not be anything unknown to everyone. Everyone will understand that human beings were created to live the Joyous life.
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OFUDESAKI 7-3

Interpretation:
This is true now, where people do not believe that everyone is the world was created to live the “Joyous life”.
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Our Little Suitcase

In or teaching, we our told that our bodies are borrowed from God, while our minds are ours to use as we please. This means that God does not interfere, or take away our dust or evil thoughts. These thoughts or dusts are regret (oshii), hoshii (covetousness), self-love (kawaii), greed (yoku), and koman (arrogance). God tells us we need to remove these dusts from our minds. God may help us by weeding (shuri), but overall it is up to ourselves. So from the perspective of reincarnation, if we do not remove these dusts, we take these dusts into our next incarnation or life. We also take our fates that were created by acting on these thoughts into the next life. Some may wonder what is the receptacle in our bodies that carry our fates and dusts into our next life or incarnation. I believe this is the heart or mune which God tells us we do not understand in the first verse of the Ofudesaki and Yorozuyo. See figure 1. The heart in each of us is like a little suitcase that carries our fate/dusts into the next life when our physical body stop. Because of the heart or mune, we live for eternity. But how do we remove these dusts or evil thoughts from our minds, and how do we eliminate negative fate? God tells us we must understand the heart!

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OFUDESAKI 7-2

Interpretation:
The causality is that God created human beings to live the Joyous life. God descended from heaven to teach us how to attain this, and also the instructions to share it with the world. This information is all in the Ofudesaki.
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