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). Tip of the Writing Brush 1-1
Why does God want us to understand the soul? Because our souls determine our future. We suffer or have joy depending on what surrounds our eternal soul.
God descended from heaven to teach us about the soul. Illnesses, pains and sufferings may be placed upon our bodies as God’s guidance to help us understand the heart/soul.
We can accept these inconveniences as God’s will or as coincidence; or we can ponder over these sufferings and begin to understand the soul and how it affects us. When we understand the soul, we can understand the origins of joy and suffering in this world.
The soul is an individualized ethereal positive energy source from God that enters our bodies at birth, and leaves our bodies at death. During our earthly stay, it collects our evil thoughts as negative energies; and it gradually releases the negative energies back to us as sufferings. We reap what we sow.
By these inconveniences, the soul helps us eliminate evil thoughts from our minds; it works to remind us of the evil thoughts in our minds. These evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness and self-love. All other evil thoughts are derived from these five categories of thoughts; for example anger and animosity are derived from arrogance.
How does the soul eliminate evil from our minds? If we ponder and do not act on our existing evil thoughts when faced with what the soul metes out (sufferings), these thoughts from our minds gradually subside. The mind becomes pure, and the evil surrounding the soul is eliminated by manifestation and attrition. This results in a pure soul void of negative energy, which brings upon a joyous life for the individual.
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, 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. There is a saying that from a knot, a bud 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 energy, the mind will continue to produce more negative thoughts. This increases the negative energy surrounding the pure soul, causing the soul to bring upon more suffering upon ourselves. From a knot, knots will continue to sprout if we do not understand the soul. Do not ignore the manifestations of the soul.
For the past decade, I have been trying to figure out the purpose of my existence, my religion, my relation with others, and how we can all live together harmoniously. My website heaventruth.com is not only my effort to improve the lives of others, but it is also to find peace with myself. If I can make sense of the world that I cannot sometimes understand, then I may be able to help others. Truly, I have made many mistakes in my lifetime. I am hoping for the magic formula that will explain the purpose of life, and to find joy. I believe I have found this in the sacred book called the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki). I summarize the main topics on my home page on my website, and will paste it here.
THE TRUTHS OF HEAVEN
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). Tip of the Writing Brush 1-1
Why does God want us to understand the soul? Our soul determines what happens to us today and in the future. This is why God wants us to understand the affects of the soul. Illnesses, pains and sufferings may be God’s guidance to help one understand the heart/soul.
One can accept these inconveniences as God’s will or coincidence; or one can ponder over these sufferings and begin to understand the soul and how it affects us. When we understand the soul, we can control our future.
The soul is a positive energy source that collects our evil thoughts, and it gradually releases them back to us as sufferings. We reap what we sow.
By these inconveniences, the soul helps us eliminate evil thoughts from our minds; it reminds us by these sufferings, the evils in our minds. These evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness and self-love. All other evil thoughts are derived from these thoughts or dusts.
How does the soul eliminate evil from our minds? If we do not act on our existing evil thoughts when faced with what the soul metes out, these evil thoughts from our minds gradually subside. The mind becomes pure, and the evil surrounding the soul is eliminated by use and attrition. This results in a pure soul void of negative energy, which brings upon a joyous life for the individual. For many people, the purification of the mind will take time dependent on the amount of negative energy surrounding the soul. We will be challenged by all the negative energies surrounding the soul. These sufferings that they manifest will test our resolve of not taking action on our evil thoughts that exist in our minds.
But suppose we do not understand what the soul does? If we act on our evil thoughts when the soul distributes its negative energy, the mind continues to produce more negative thoughts. This increases the negative energy surrounding the pure soul, causing the soul to bring upon more suffering upon ourselves.
We believe in a God that loves all his children. We believe in the law of causality. Good thoughts and actions result in joy. Evil thoughts and actions result in suffering and inconveniences in the future. It is this elusive soul that metes out our sufferings and inconveniences. The soul collects our negative energy from our evil thoughts. These negative energies eventually manifest as sufferings back to the individual. Cause and effect have no time limitations. The effects of our actions (negative energy) may not be released by the soul for an extended period.
God sees a dangerous path in our future. He sees our souls/hearts with negative energy surrounding it. Because God wants us to understand the soul and how it affects us, God will begin to place illness (guidance) directed to our bodies in relationship to how much evil thoughts are surrounding our souls and in our minds. God gives us a preview of our future of what sufferings we may endure if we continue to harbor evil thoughts. This guidance is what makes this religion so unique compared to other religions that also believe in causality. This guidance is initiated with a special prayer that God has granted us.
With the acceptance of our special prayer (Joyous Service), God will release some of the negative energy surrounding the soul, and manifest it into illness or suffering to help one understand the soul. By this guidance, God gives you an immediate glimpse of what infliction the soul may bring upon in the future. By pondering the illness and responding positively (acknowledging the evil in the mind, and not acting on them), the illness subsides. But more importantly the evil thoughts originating in your mind decreases; the soul has less negative energy, and the future will look more promising. One can prevent the sufferings in the future by understanding the soul!
To continue to purify our minds of sin/evil to become spirited.
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.
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.
Reference: Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) 6th edition, Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, Tenrikyo Church Headquarter.
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In the beginning, there was God. God said let there by joy; so he created mankind. From the sea, he collected sea creatures and created the first couple. To the first couple he added the eternal pure heart/soul of God. From this first couple, mankind was created to live the joyous life.
Each of us has the pure heart of God. This pure heart guarantees a joyous life for everyone. But since the origin of mankind, we have created evil thoughts in our minds. These thoughts originate from our selfish acts. These evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness and self-love. These thoughts in our minds are the impetus for our evil actions, and the continual production of evil thoughts that cause suffering to others.
God wants us to understand what the pure heart/soul does.
The pure heart/soul helps us eliminate these evil thoughts from our minds. God calls these evil thoughts dusts of the mind. Our pure soul like sand collects these evil dusts from the mind. For some people, there will be much dust surrounding the pure heart. Each of these dusts detaches from the heart and manifests itself as suffering or inconvenience to one’s body. What one sows, one reaps. For some who have much dust surrounding the soul, there will a continual reminder of inconveniences coming from the soul to hasten the purification of our minds.
What does one do when suffering or fate from the soul occurs? For many, the evil in their minds will make them act inappropriately causing more evil thoughts in their minds. But God tells us that when we experience fate from the soul/heart, we should calm our minds, and ponder. God wants us not to take action on our evil thoughts. When this occurs, gradually our evil thoughts will not emerge from our minds. For some people, dependent on the amount of evil surrounding their souls, they will be challenged many times; but if they continue to suppress their evil thoughts by not acting on them, their souls will eventually return to their pristine pure form.
It is this eternal soul/heart that God wants us to understand. It is difficult to understand the soul/heart because these dusts surrounding the heart may not immediately detach from the heart. They may not manifest during this lifetime. God tells us that he will begin to help us understand the soul/heart by letting us know about the fate that surrounds the soul in this lifetime. That illness or inconvenience may be God guiding you right now! Understand the heart/soul.
Racist people do not realize that they have common factors that they share with other racist people regardless of the color of their skin. They all have the thoughts of arrogance, and self love in their minds. Bigots do not realize that it is not color of the skin that binds or separates them from other people; it is their evil thoughts that they have in common with other racist people, regardless of color.
It is not the distinction of skin colors which God judges; but it is the thoughts in our minds that God distinguishes and categorizes to determine our fate. For the racist out there, beware of your future path because it has no relationship on appearance; but it does, on the state of the mind. Purify your minds of greed, arrogance, and self-love, because the soul has no color.
In the Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush), God tells us that we do not understand the heart (soul).
Looking all over the world and through all ages,
I find no one who understands the heart (soul). 1-1
Uncovering the heart may reveal the mysteries of life. The significance of this verse, as it is the first of over 1,000 verses in our sacred book cannot be ignored. So what is the soul, and its relationship with our lives? Why does God want us to understand the heart (soul)?
On a side note, let me discuss a molecule called Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). It is the building block of the human body. It contains all the information needed to construct our bodies. Who could of imagined 100 years ago, that we could possible construct human organs, or even a whole individual from a molecule called DNA! From this perspective, can there be an entity like the DNA molecule in our bodies that can predict our fate, and explain the happenings in our complex world.
I am introducing the heart (soul) as it is described in the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki) and the Osashizu (Devine Instructions). It is not clear if the soul is the physical fist sized heart in our bodies, or an intangible entity of energy that is described in our sacred book. The heart is said to be a pure positive source of energy derived from God that brings upon joy; but the heart has another function of collecting our negative thoughts that come from our minds. These negative thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self-love. These evils are sometimes called dusts in our religion. For some, the soul becomes covered with these dusts of evil derived from the mind; and for others the soul is unencumbered, and brings upon only joy.
The heart or soul like the DNA molecule stores our information. Like the DNA that stores our genetic makeup, our hearts stores our disposition. We reap what we sow. Every negative thought is delivered to the heart (soul). What becomes of these negative thoughts that encircle our souls? God tells us that they determine our fate.
The unencumbered pure heart only brings upon joy, while each dust surrounding the heart eventually is detached from the heart. The detached dust manifests into suffering or inconvenience. We reap what we sow. Our soul continues to remind us of our state of mind.
For some, the repeated episodes of suffering, pain, temptations and inconveniences derived from these dusts may bring upon more evil from their minds. They do not understand the soul. But for those who understand the soul (heart), they may decide to calm their minds and not act upon their negative thoughts when confronted with adversities. This will eventually eliminate the evils originating from the mind. By this process their souls will eventually shed the dusts surrounding it, and become restored to it pure form.
It is interesting that the heart is one organ of the body that usually is free of cancer. Can the physical heart be the soul or pure heart mentioned in our sacred books? It is something to ponder about!