Throughout time, many of the prophets were able to heal people of their illnesses. But what was the purpose in the ability to heal the sick? Was this a way of telling people that they represented God? Or did these prophets understand the causes of these illnesses?
If we are to understand the source of our illness, or disease, will we be able to cure our own inflictions? Do all people have the capability to heal? In the Tip of the Writing Brush is the following:
From now on, I shall save you from any pains, sufferings, or tumors by the Sazuke (prayer of healing). 6-106
No matter how serious your illness will become, I shall save you by the Sazuke (prayer of healing). 6-108
However serious an illness will become, never say that it will not be cured. 12-52
Understanding Causality is important in the removal of an illness. Our prayer (sazuke and joyous service) begins this process.
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God wants us to understand the soul.
Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one who
understands the soul (heart/spirit). (Ofudesaki 1-1)
Why does God want us to understand the soul? It is because our souls determine our future. We suffer or have joy depending on what surrounds our eternal soul.
Many of us believe that it is the physical body that distinguishes and separates one individual from another; we mistakenly believe that the physical body defines who we are. But it is the soul that distinguishes each individual from another. Our physical bodies return to the earth when we die, while our souls evolve for eternity. It is our physical bodies including our complex neural systems that our souls utilizes to advance or regress as individuals. To have true joy, there is no doubt that the purification of the soul is of primary importance than the adornment of the body. Let us further attempt to describe the soul.
The soul is an amalgam of positive energies that interacts with the world including our bodies and minds; by itself it brings upon joy to us because of these positive energies (see figure 1-1). We are taught that there is good in everyone because of our original pure soul from God. But our souls have accumulated negative energies around them.
Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.
It is only a bit of dust stuck on. Ofudesaki 1-53
These negative energies or dusts around the soul is why we suffer (see figure 1-2). Where do these negative energies that surround the soul come from, and how do we remove them? Let us further explore the soul/heart.
The soul is an individualized ethereal positive energy source from God that enters our borrowed bodies at conception or shortly after; and it leaves our lifeless bodies at death to return to Heaven (see figure 1-3).
During our earthly stays, the soul helps remove the negative energies that are produced by our evil actions; and stores them as negative energies (see figure 1-4).
The soul (heart/spirit) and the mouth are the sand and filter. 3-11 Ofudesaki
The soul eventually releases the negative energies and redirects it back to us (see figure 1-5). What do these negative energies manifest into?
These negative energies that surround the soul manifests into sufferings, temptations and inconveniences that come back to us as fate on this earth (see figure 1-6). The biblical proverb, “We reap what we sow” would appear to be true; and in the Ofudesaki, the phrase “Mune no uchi yori” (from what comes forth from the innermost heart) is repeated throughout scripture. One of the many functions of the soul appears to be retribution. But before we become discouraged from what appears as an ominous fate, let us further explain these inconveniences delivered by the soul.
By these inconveniences that the soul delivers, they give us opportunities to eliminate the production of evil thoughts from our minds.These evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, hate, anger, revenge, covetousness and self-love. If we calm our minds and ponder the existence of evil thoughts in our minds; and do not act on them when faced with what the soul metes out (sufferings, inconveniences and temptations), these thoughts from our minds gradually subside. We do not produce more evil thoughts, and also do not produce the negative energies associated with these thoughts (see figure 1-7). Our minds becomes pure of negative thoughts, and the evil surrounding our souls are eliminated. This results in a pure soul void of negative energy, which brings upon a joyous life for the individual (see figure 1-8).
For many people, the purification of the mind will be a long process, dependent on the amount of negative energy they have accumulated around their soul (Ofudesaki 1-47), which is also equivalent to the amount of evil thoughts in their mind. These sufferings that the negative energies manifest will test their resolve of not taking action on their evil thoughts. But if they continue to control their evil thoughts by not acting on them, the production of evil thoughts and negative energies will be eliminated. There is a saying that from knots (sufferings), buds (opportunities to remove evil thoughts) will sprout if we understand the soul.
But suppose we do not understand what the soul does? If we act on our evil thoughts when the soul distributes its negative energies or even if we act on them without the soul’s message, others will suffer and our minds will continue to produce more negative thoughts and negative energies. This increases the negative energies surrounding our pure soul, causing the soul to bring upon more sufferings upon ourselves (see figure 1-9). From knots, knots will continue to sprout if we do not understand the soul. Do not ignore the manifestations of the soul. This is why we must not blame others for any inconveniences or sufferings; these setbacks are manifestations of our own souls. We must calm our minds, and not act upon the evils in our minds.
What happens to these negative energies surrounding the soul when we die? Death does not sweep away these negative energies. The soul ascends to heaven with these deficiencies, and returns when an appropriate environment and housing are chosen for each unique soul. On returning from heaven, the soul enters our developing bodies; some of the negative energies around the soul converts back into our former negative thoughts, and settles in our minds (see figure 1-10). The process of death erases our past memories; but it does not erase our evil thoughts. This will explain the appearance of anger and other undesirable traits in our innocent children.
It is this soul/heart that will continue for eternity, inhabiting sometimes imperfect bodies, and sometimes producing unimaginable sufferings; but it is the soul that brings upon these conditions by releasing these negative energies surrounding it. God wants us to return to the pure soul, which will bring upon true joy. The following verse summarizes the path of the soul/heart.
“In the world’s path, you can do whatever you want and get away with it, so long as no one sees you do it. But in the path of the heart/soul, it all comes to bear on yourself” (Osashizu pg 181.)
So when suffering or inconveniences occur, it is not God that has caused it. Do not blame God or anyone else. It is your soul that manifest these sufferings. Calm your minds and ponder over any circumstances that the soul delivers. When one does not act on one’s evil thoughts, then the mind becomes pure of these thoughts.
OUR BELIEFS FROM A RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE:
God descended from heaven to teach us about the soul. God through Oyasama (Miki Nakayama) and Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki) encouraged the early followers to remove evil thoughts from their minds, often placing temporary illness on their bodies to help them understand the relationship between the mind, body and soul/heart.
God told his/her followers that shared joy is true joy. We can not have true joy while others suffer. We must share these teachings with others. God gave them special instructions to bring others to our places of worship. God told his/her followers that he/she would begin to place illness on others in relationship with the evil thoughts in their minds to help them understand the soul. God gives them a preview of what sufferings they may endure if they continue to harbor evil thoughts. This special guidance is what makes this religion so unique. We pray for the salvation of others! This is why our prayer is so important in our faith.
This guidance as illness is only initiated with our spreading God’s truth about the soul/heart (hinokishin), and performing the special prayer (Joyous Service) with true sincerity. When people we have introduced the soul come to us to be healed, we further explain the soul and God’s teachings. They are then healed and are able to understand the soul; and begin to purify their minds. This process of (1) purifying our own mind, (2) spreading the truth (hinokishin), and (3) praying continues until all mankind is purified of evil in their minds. God hastens for the day that all minds of the world are pure. When this occurs, there will be heaven on earth for all of God’s children.
To continue to purify our minds of negative thoughts ( sin/evil ) when confronted with temptation and sufferings manifested by the soul.
To spread and share God’s truth; telling people that illness and suffering may be God’s guidance to help one understand the soul/heart. This conveyance of God’s truth is called hinokishin .
To pray daily with our special prayer (Joyous Service), asking God to help people understand the soul/heart and to sweep evil from their minds.
Prayer directed toward the Kanrodai at Ojiba
“Evil sweeping. Save them please, Universal Saving God “.
To heal the people whose minds have been revealed when God guides them to us; and teach them about the soul (heart), causality and true sincerity. True sincerity is a mind that ponders over suffering and obstacles that the soul delivers, and accepts these inconveniences in a joyous manner. This will make our minds pure and spirited; and by the principle of causality will bring forth joy in the future due to the pure soul (heart).
All mankind will live a joyous life with everyone helping each other.
WHAT WE ASK YOU TO DO:
Please share this website with others and tell them about the soul/heart.
Reference: Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) 6th edition, Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, Tenrikyo Church Headquarter.
An Anthology of Osashizu Tranlation, Tenrikyo Overseas Department @71 Mishima, Tenri, Nara
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Today is father’s day. Happy father’s day for all the dads out there! Most religions will agree that the most important father is God; they believe that man was made out of the image of God. But who is not to say that God is female and therefore a mother. Why should we not begin our prayer with “Mother in heaven”?
I was reading a few books about the clairvoyants hypnotizing their patients in remembering there past lives and after death experiences. Many clients would remember a female figure meeting them shortly after death. The authors would categorize these spirits as angels; but could these figures be a female God meeting her children?
In the Tenrikyo religion (see heaventruth.com for explanation), God is said to have created human beings by selecting a female fish and a male serpent in the ancient muddy oceans. God then proceeded to select other creatures from the sea and added them to the fish and serpent in creating mankind. God then placed her pure mind in the first couple and began the process of creating mankind. Through evolution and reincarnation, we are who we are now. In the Tenrikyo religion, we revere this first female (Oyasama), and believe that her soul with God, continues to help mankind in purifying their minds of greed, arrogance, and self-love.
Initially reading the most sacred book in Tenrikyo (Ofudesaki), I did not understand why God would refer to herself as oba (grandmother). Since my mind was fixated on God as a male, it was difficult for me to understand and put the pieces together. Since Oyasama (Miki Nakayama) was the first mother of mankind, God if she is female would be the first grandmother or oba in Japanese. This makes sense! God is female! Your thoughts?
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Just because we believe in God, God does not favor us with blessings. More important, because we know the teachings, we are able to understand why we have joy or sorrow. Some of us continue to suffer despite our dedication to God; but because we understand the teachings, we are able to comfort ourselves in these trying circumstances. The path to joy sometimes is not an easy path.
These truths give us the opportunity to have joy: having these truths does not guarantee joy. We must utilize these truths sometimes under trying circumstances to have joy. Only thinking about these truths, without any effort will not bring upon joy.
Only when we improve ourselves by understanding and utilizing God’s truths, can we convey these truths to others. God tells us that we do not understand these truths. This is why our religion does not spread to the world. Many of us go through the rituals and ceremonies for salvation of others; but we do not understand our sacred book, the Ofudesaki that contains God’s truths. God tells us that we must first understand the truths and apply it to ourselves first before we can spread our religion to the world.
It is God who helps us bring people to our churches by our special prayers: some would say that our prayers do not work. God tells us that he can help us cure any disease to help us spread the teachings. We pray, why can we not heal? We do not understand God’s truth.
What is the truth that we do not understand? It is the soul/spirit/heart that we do not understand. The effectiveness of our special prayer is dependent on our understanding of the soul. Understanding the soul will help one understand why we have joy or suffer. It will also help us purify our minds of greed, arrogance, and self love.
God hastens the day when we understand the soul to purify our minds. When our minds are pure, God guarantees that when we spread the truths of the soul, our prayer of world salvation will come true. God will bring people to our places of worship to help save all mankind!
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Due to greed, arrogance, and self-love (all evil thoughts), people are hurting each other, and causing suffering. Some of them justify their behavior as justice, or revenge for what was done to them. But unknown to them, they are also causing suffering to God when they act on their evil thoughts. In our sacred book is the following:
This world is God’s body.
Ponder, and realize it. 3-40
Imagine God as a “Super body” composed of cells, tissues and organs. The cells represent all the people on this earth. The tissues and organs represent the communities and countries that they fabricate. In our own bodies, each cell works together with other cells to create healthy tissues and organs. But suppose the cells begin to fight with each other, like when a cell becomes cancerous. Eventually the tissues and organs become infected and our bodies lose their function. This is what is happening to God. Evil individuals, like the cancer cells in our bodies are hurting God’s body. God is not well.
How do we make God healthy? In medicine we attempt to kill the cancer cells by radiation or chemotherapy, often ignoring what caused the cell to become cancerous. This has resulted in mixed results dependent on the location of the tumor. In our penal system, we have eliminated the evil person by the electric chair and the more humane lethal cocktail. We have also isolated them from society by placing them in prison. In war, we have attempted to annihilate the opposing force. But through all these measures, evil individuals continue to emerge. The removal of evil individuals (God’s property/cells) does not work to alleviate God’s suffering; it may even increase God’s sufferings. How do we make God healthy?
The origin of evil is not from the bodies that God has lent us: destroying it will only bring upon God’s regret. It is from the eternal soul/spirit that evil ethereally resides. And it is this soul that connects with our borrowed nervous system in creating or eliminating evil thoughts in our minds. It is these evil thoughts that spread from individual to individual, causing suffering to the world, and suffering to the body of God. We must suppress and eliminate these evil thoughts that are collected by our souls, and distributed to our loaned bodies as sufferings. Only when this happens, God will become healthy. Understand the soul to help eliminate evil thoughts from our minds.