OFUDESAKI/CHAPTER 1/ 1869
Yorozuyo no sekai ichiretsu miharasedo
Mune no wakarita mono wa nai kara 1-1
Looking all over the world and through all ages,
there is no one who understands the heart. * (The heart (soul) was once pure, but has dust surrounding it. These dusts are the evils of arrogance, greed, and self-love. These dusts are what causes us to have illness or misfortunes in our lives by the principle of Karma, causality or innen).
Sono hazu ya toite kikashita koto wa nai
Nanimo shiran ga muri de nai zo ya 1-2
So should it be, for I have never taught it.
It is natural that you do not know
Konotabi wa Kami ga omete i arawarete
Nanika isai o toite kikasuru 1-3
At this time God comes out and reveals himself,
and will teach the truth of all things in detail.
Kono tokoro Yamato no Jiba no kamigata to
yute iredomo moto shiromai 1-4
This place, the Ojiba in Yamato, the residence of God,
you are calling, but you may not know the Origin.
Kono moto o kuwashiku kiita koto naraba
Ikana mono demo mina koishi naru 1-5
This Origin if listened in full,
whoever you are, everyone will become yearning.
Kiki takuba tazune kuru nara yute kikaso
Yorozu isai no moto no innen 1-6
If you wish to know and will come to me, I shall teach
you everything of the world’s causality of the origin
(mankind was created to live a joyous life).
Kami ga dete nanika isai o toku naraba
sekai ichiretsu kokoro isamuru 1-7
As God is revealed and teaches the truth of all things in detail,
in the world, everyone’s mind will be spirited.
Ichiretsu ni hayaku tasuke o isogu kara
sekai no kokoro isame kakarite 1-8
As I am in haste to save all of you quickly,
the world’s mind, I set out to make spirited.
Dandan to kokoro isande kuru naraba
Sekai yononaka tokoro hanjo 1-9
Little by little, if they come spirited in mind
in the world there will be prosperity everywhere (due to causality).
Konosaki wa Kagura-zutome no te o tsukete
Minna sorote Tsutome matsu nari 1-10
Hereafter, Perform the Kagura (Joyous Service) Service with the hands.
Everyone assembled, looking forward to what the service brings forth (God’s blessings of illness as guidance/ bringing new members to our churches).
Mina sorote hayaku tsutome o suru naraba
Soba ga isameba Kami mo isamuru 1-11
When all are assembled and quickly perform the Service,
those nearby will become spirited. God will also be spirited (the Service brings people to us to teach the truth so they can be saved).
Ichiretsu ni Kami no kokoro ga izumu nara
Mono no ryuke ga mina izumu nari 1-12
When the mind of God is depressed over everything,
the growth of crops (members) will be all depressed.
Ryukei no izumu kokoro wa kinodoku ya
Izuman yo to hayaku isame yo 1-13
The mind that causes depressed crops (no members) is pitiful.
Quickly become spirited (pure mind) so that the crops (members) are not decreased.
Ryukei ga isami deru yo to omou nara
Kagura-zutome ya Teodori o seyo 1-14
If you wish that the crops (members) grow spiritedly in number,
perform the Kagura Service (Joyous Service) and the hand dance.
Konotabi wa hayaku Teodori hajime kake
Kore ga aizu no fushgi naru zo ya 1-15
At this time quickly begin the Hand dance.
This is a signal for a miraculous occurrence (God’s workings of bringing people to our churches / sign for a sign).
Kono aizu fushigi to yute miete nai
Sono hi kitareba tashika wakaru zo 1-16
This sign, speaking about the miraculous occurrence it has not been seen (God’s guidance/blessings as illness).
When this day arrives, you will certainly understand (Jan. 26 1887).
Sono hi kite nanika wakari ga tsuita nara
Ikana mono demo mina ga kanshin 1-17
When the day comes, and understanding comes,
Whoever you may be, everyone will be satisfied.
Miete kara toite kakaru wa sekainami
Mien saki kara toite oku zo ya 1-18
To teach of things after they appear is the way of the world.
I teach of things before they appear.
Konasaki wa kami taru kokoro dandan to
kokoro shizumete waboku naru yo 1-19
Hereafter, the minds of those in high places will gradually
calm their minds (remove dusts) and make peace.
Kono waboku mutsukashi yoni are keredo
Dandan Kami ga shugo suru nari 1-21
This peace may seem difficult to attain,
but it will come gradually through God’s protection.
Kono yo wa rii de semetaru sekai nari
Nanika yorozu o uta no ri de seme 1-21
This is a world constructed on reason
So I shall press upon you everything with the reason in verse (directed to early followers concerning the Tip of the Writing Brush/Ofudesaki).
Semeru tote tezashi suru dewa nai hodoni
kuchi demo yuwan fudesaki no seme 1-22
I shall press, though not by force ,
or by mouth, but I will press by the Tip of the Writing Brush (OFudesaki).
Nanimo kamo chigawan koto wa yokeredomo
Chigai aru nara uta de shirasuru 1-23
In everything, it is well if you do not error in mind.
But if you error, I shall inform you by verse (directed to the early followers).
Shirashita araware deru wa kinodoku ya
Ikana yamai mo kokoro kara tote 1-24
When my warning become manifest (God’s guidance/weeding), I pity you.
Any illness also is from the mind.
Yamai tote sekainami dewa nai hodoni
Kami no rippuku imazo arawasu 1-25
What you are calling an illness is not an ordinary one.
It is the anger of God now being shown (Shuji leg pain).
Imamade mo kami no yu koto kikan kara
Zehi naku omote arawashita nari 1-26
Also, up to now, you have not listened to what God said.
Sadly thinking about it, I could not avoid showing it.
Kora hodono Kami no zannen deteru kara
Isha mo kusuri mo kore wa kanawan 1-27
So much of God’s regret is now being shown,
physicians and medicine will have no affect.
Kore bakari hitonami ya towa omouna yo
Nandemo kore wa uta de semekiru 1-28
Never think of this as being ordinary.
By all means, I shall warn you with my verse.
Konotabi wa yashiki no soji sukiyaka ni
Shitatete miseru kore o mite kure 1-29
This time, I shall clean the residence (early followers) thoroughly (purify their minds).
I will show it. Come and see it.
Soji sai sukyaka shitaru koto naraba
Shirite hanashite hanashi suru nari 1-30
When this cleaning is thoroughly done,
it will be known and it will be told and retold ( Jan. 26, 1887 or when Kanrodai is identified in 1875).
Koremade no zannen naru wa nanino koto
Ashi no chinba ga ichi no zannen 1-31
What is the cause of the regret thus far?
The lameness of your leg is the prime regret (Talking to Shuji/son of the foundress).
Kono ashi wa yamai to yute iru keredo
Yamai dewa nai Kami no rippuku 1-32
You are saying this leg is affected by illness.
It is not an illness. It is God’s anger.
Rippuku mo chotto no koto dewa nai hodoni
Tsumori kasanari yue no koto nari 1-33
This anger also is not a small matter.
It is a result of causes accumulated and piled up.
Rippuku mo naniyue naru to yu naraba
Akuji ga nokan yue no koto nari 1-34
To say why it is that I am angry.
It is because the wrongdoing has not been removed.
Kono akuji sukiyaka noken koto nitewa
Fushin no jama ni naru to koso shire 1-35
This evil, if it is not clearly removed,
know that it will stand in the way of construction.
Kono akuji nanbo shibutoi mono ya tote
Kami ga semekiri nokete miseru de 1-36
No matter how stubborn this wrongdoing may be,
God will attack it, and show you how to remove it (illness as guidance).
Kono akuji sukiyaka noketa koto naraba
Ashi no chinba mo sukiyaka to naru 1-37
If this wrongdoing is completely cleared away,
the lameness of your legs will be healed quickly.
Ashi saika sukiyaka naori shita naraba
Ato wa fushin no moyo bakari o 1-38
If only your leg is completely healed,
afterwards it will be the preparation for construction only (spreading God’s truth).
Choto hanashi shogatsu misoka to hi o kirite
Okuru mo Kami no kokoro kara tote 1-39
Just a word, by the end of the first month (Jan 26, 1887),
she will return by the intention of God. (could this be about Oyasama?)
Soba na mono nani goto suru to omoedomo
Saki naru koto o shiran yue nari 1-40
You close to me question what I do.
This is because you do not know the future.
Sono hi kite mietaru naraba soba na mono
kami no yu koto nanimo chigawan 1-41
When the day arrives (Jan. 26, 1887) and things are seen, you close to me
will know that there is no error in God’s word.
Imamade wa Kami no yu koto utagote
Nanimo uso ya to yute ita nari 1-42
Until now, you have doubted the words of God.
You have been saying that they are all false.
Kono yo o hajimeta Kami no yu koto ni
Sen ni hitotsu mo chigau koto nashi 1-43
Among the words of God , who began this world,
there is not an error in one in a thousand.
Dandan to mieta kita nara tokushin se
Ikana kokoro mo mina arawareru 1-44
If you begin to see this step by step, be convinced
that every kind of mind will be revealed (by illness or disorder by the performance of the prayer).
Yorozuyo no sekaiju o miwataseba
Michi no shidai mo iroiro ni aru 1-45
Looking all over the world and through all ages,
various paths of life exist also (causality).
Konosaki wa michi ni tatoete hanashi suru
Doko no koto tomo sadani yuwan de 1-46
Hereafter, I shall speak in the metaphor of a path,
not indicating any place in particular.
Yamasaka ya ibara guro mo gakemichi mo
tsurugi no naka mo torinuke tara 1-47
Over steep mountains, through tangles of thorns, along narrow ledges and
through brandished swords, if you come (process of purification of mind if we do not act on our thoughts of arrogance, greed, etc).
Mada mieru hi no naka mo ari fuchinaka mo
Sore o koshitara hosoi michi ari 1-48
Yet a head a sea of flames, and a deep abyss (causality/suffering purifying the mind if we concentrate on eliminating evil from our minds),
you will arrive at a narrow path (path of prayer with a sincere mind).
Hosomichi o dandan koseba omichi ya
Kore ga tashikana honmichi de aru 1-49
After following the narrow path step by step, you will come to a path.
This is the trustworthy main path (path of joy).
Kono hanashi hoka no koto dewa nai hodoni
Kami ichijo de kore waga koto 1-50
This talk is not about other concerns.
It is a matter of your own and your single-heartedness with God.
Imamade wa uchi naru koto o bakari nari
Mo korekara wa monku kawaru zo 1-51
Until now, I have spoken solely about matters within (early followers).
Now, I shall change the topic.
Yorozuyo ni sekai no tokoro miwatasedo
Ashiki no mono wa sarani nai zo ya 1-52
Looking all over the world and through all ages,
I find no one who is evil.
Ichiretsu ni ashiki to yute nai keredo
Choto no hokori ga tsuita yue nari 1-53
Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.
It is only a bit of dust stuck on.
Konosaki wa kokoro shizumete shiyan seyo
Ato de kokwai naki yone seyo 1-54
Hereafter, calm your mind and ponder (there are dusts of greed, arrogance, and self love that one should not act on when confronted with temptation or sufferings).
Make sure you are not remorseful later.
Imamade wa nagai dochu michisugara
Yohodo taikutsu shita de aro na 1-55
Long have you wandered on your path until now.
You must be very tired of it (worldly path of greed and arrogance that brings upon sufferings).
Konotabi wa mo tashika naru mairisho
Miete kita zoe tokushin o seyo 1-56
Finally this time, a trustworthy place of worship
has begun to appear (Ojiba). Be convinced of it.
Korekara wa nagai dochu michisugara
Toite kikasuru tokuto shiyan o 1-57
From now on, I shall teach you about the long journey
of humankind. Ponder over it firmly!
Konosaki wa uchi o osameru moyodate
Kami no ho niwa kokoro sekikomu 1-58
Hereafter, I shall arrange for the settling of matters within (early followers).
The mind of God is hastening it (God talking to Shuji until the end of this chapter).
Dandan to kami no yu koto kiite kure
Ashiki no koto wa sarani yuwan de 1-59
Little by little, listen to what God is saying.
I do not say evil things.
kono kodomo ni nen san nen shikomo to
Yute iredomo Kami no tebanare. 1-60
You say that you wish to train the child for two or three more
years. But she is no longer in the hands of God (Causality God cannot usually erase).
Shiyan seyo oya ga ika hodo omotemo
Kami no tebanare kore wa kanawan 1-61
Ponder well; however dear she may be to you, her parent,
she is no longer in the hands of God. This will not be realized.
Kono yo wa akuji majiri de aru karani
Innen tsukeru koto wa ikan de 1-62
This world is mixed with wrongdoing.
You must not attach yourself to bad causality.
Waga mi niwa mo goju ya to omoedomo
Kami no me niwa mada saki ga aru. 1-63
You are thinking that you are already near fifty (talking to Shuji).
Yet in the eyes of God, you have a future ahead of you (does not happen).
Kotoshi yori rokuju nen wa shikkari to
Kami no ho niwa shikato ukekyaku 1-64
Sixty more years from this year if you follow God (this does not occur due to Shuji going against God’s warnings or early followers not understanding God).
God promises you with certainty.
Korekara wa kokoro shikkari irekae yo
Akuji harote wakaki nyobo 1-65
From now on replace your mind firmly.
Sweep away the wrongdoing, and take a wife (Shuji not married).
Kore totemo mutsukashi yoni aru kekredo
Kami ga deta nara morote kuru zo ya 1-66
This may seem difficult to do,
but God will go forth and receive her without fail.
Nichinichi ni kokoro tsukuyshita sono ue wa
Ato no shihai o yorozu makaseru 1-67
Day by day, after you have devoted yourself,
I shall leave you entrusted with the management of everything.
Go nin aru naka no ni nin wa uchi ni oke
Ato san nin wa Kami no hikiuke 1-68
Of the five, keep two at home (God addressing Shuji).
God will take charge of the other three.
Yorozuyo no sekai no koto o miharashite.
Kokoro shizumete shiyan shite miyo 1-69
Look at things in the world and through all ages.
Calm your mind (remove dust so one can understand) and ponder over them.
Imamade mo kami no sekai de aru keredo
Nakadachi suru wa ima ga hajime ya 1-70
This has always been the world of God.
But it is the first time that I act as a go-between.
Korekara wa sekai no hito wa okashiogaru
Nambo warotemo kore ga daiichi 1-71
People will think this odd.
But however much they may laugh, it is of prime importance.
Sekai niwa nani goto suru to yu de aro
Hito no warai o Kami ga tanoshimu 1-72
Perhaps people will say, What are you doing?
But the laughter of people will be God’s delight.
Meme no omou kokoro wa ikan de na
Kami no kokoro wa mina chigau de na 1-73
The self-centered mind will not do.
The mind of God differs entirely.
Zensho no innen yosete shugo suru
Kore wa matsudai shikato osamaru 1/74
Gathering your previous causality(innen, karma), I protect you (give you blessings).
This settles the matter for all time.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER 1
God has revealed himself to save the world.
There is no one who knows the pure heart (soul). The pure heart brings upon joy due to positive causality. It is the heart that carries our fate (karma, innen, causality).
Tells us that the “Purpose of Life” is to live a Joyous Life.
God descended from Heaven to save all mankind. Saving implies the return of all mankind to the original pure heart(soul).
If we are spirited (mind pure), by the law of cause and effect, our future will be prosperous and joyous. When the world is spirited, there will be everlasting joy.
God tells us how to save others. Perform the Joyous Service (prayer). This service brings people to our churches . But the service only works with a pure mind. This is why God hastens for the early followers to purify their minds.
God says that his workings have not been seen yet , but will come in the future (1887).
God wants the early followers to have a pure mind, so that they can pray to save others. He warns them through the Ofudesaki.
God warns early followers through the Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush). If early followers do not listen, he then gives guidance through illness (weeding the mind, to remove evil from minds). God enters them, and guides them.
God talks about the path of joy. God tells us that it may not be easy, due to causality. But if we persist by calming our minds when suffering or inconvenience occurs, gradually we can purify our minds. This will bring upon joy in the future. But true joy is shared joy, so we must share the teachings with others. This is why God has given us a prayer (Joyous Service) to perform, that will bring others to our churches (narrow path). God is said to compare our minds with that of Oyasama’s mind during our prayer; and if it is pure, God will give blessings (guidance) to those who are open minded (nihon). They come to us, we teach and pray for them, and they are cured of the illness (guidance).
God then warns Shuji (Oyasama’s son) that his leg pain is a guidance from God; Shuji’s mind is not pure or the followers minds are not pure, and tells him how to purify his mind.
Mankind is not evil: only dusts of greed, arrogance , and self love have surrounded his heart (soul); this dust (evil thoughts) originates from the mind.
God predicts the passing away of Oyasama (Miki Nakayama) when the early followers finally purify their minds (1887). Why would the passing away be beneficial? This is when God will begin to work, and the Joyous Service begins to become effective in bringing people to our churches. Oyasama’s soul returns to the original location of creation (Kanrodai), and the world will have access to God. This is why we pray toward the Kanrodai. This pillar will become the shrine of God due to Oyasama returning to the original site of creation in 1887.
Talking to Shuji and early followers to replace their minds so that the Joyous Service can become effective. God Promises Shuji a wife and 60 more years if he follows God’s instructions.