Your illness can be cured

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 infliction?  Do all people have the capability to heal?  In the Ofudesaki and the Osashizu are the following:

However serious an illness will become, I never say that it will not be cured. 12-52 Ofudesaki

The saving of those whom doctors are unable to save is the foundation of the path. You tell them the teachings (about the soul). They listen and they are healed.Oct 17, 1893 Osashizu

Understanding the soul/heart is important in the removal of an illness. It helps you understand how causality and karma work.

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God Can Heal You

Do you have an illness that doctors and medicine cannot cure? What if I tell you that whatever your illness is, it can be cured! You are probably thinking that this is a ridiculous statement, and are questioning my motive. No, I’m not going to sell you a product or ask you to donate anything. All I ask is your time to understand what may be the most important information to you, your family and friends.

In the Bible, Jesus and his disciples healed the sick. In the beginning of our religion (Tenrikyo), thousands of people were cured of their illness; but where are the miracles now? 

I have spent many hours studying our religious literature to find out why these miracles are not occurring more frequently today. What are the ingredients to make this happen now? Does this require believing in God and having faith? The following is from our sacred books:

However serious an illness will become, I never say that it will not be cured. 12-52 Ofudesaki

The saving of those whom doctors are unable to save is the foundation of the path. You tell them the teachings. They listen and they are healed. Oct 17, 1893 Osashizu

Suppose I tell you that all you have to do is truly believe in the soul to be healed of any illness or disease. This may appear to be an incredulous statement, but you make up your mind after reading the following information collected from our sacred books.

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What Flows From the Soul/Heart

It is said that the early Christians believed in reincarnation and the soul/heart. The following is from Proverbs:

23 Above all else, guard your heart/soul,

    for everything you do flows from it.

24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;

    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;

    fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet

    and be steadfast in all your ways.

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

    keep your foot from evil.

God does not tell us to remove evil thoughts from our minds, but he tells us not to act upon them; because when we act upon them and cause suffering to others, it is the soul that collects the demerit of our actions, and eventually releases (flows) it as suffering back to us. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 10. Luke 8:4-18.

It is this suffering that comes back to us that remind us of the evils in our minds. God tells us how to remove these evils by not acting on them when these sufferings that we created boomerang back to us.

In this world we see cause and effect every day. We see good and evil, and we see joy and suffering, but we do not see the relationship. It is time lapse between cause and effect that obscures our understanding of nature’s or God’s justice.  By understanding the soul and what flows from it, we can control our own future.

Sufferings from physical or emotional causes are indeed difficult to understand when they occur. Many of us would like to blame external factors, but God tells us that it comes from within us, the soul. It is the soul that collects our merits and demerits and releases them as suffering or joy in order to purify our minds. When suffering or temptations occur, God tells us to ponder and reflect on our own minds.

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Tenrikyo-Spreading God’s Truth

On Saturday my wife and I went to a bookstore. When we were entering our car to leave, a middle age Asian woman comes running toward the car and waving at us. For a moment I thought we had forgotten something at the bookstore.  But as I open the door slightly, she asked us if we wanted to know about Jesus Christ.  Surprised by her question, I quickly shut the door and shook my head no and drove off.

Looking back at the incident, I am not usually comfortable with solicitors, especially in parking lots; but I am moved by her courage and her commitment to spread what she believes to be true.  It is the same for those pesky church people who scout our neighborhood during the weekend, going door to door and leaving their pamphlets, which usually end up in our recycle bin.

In the Ofudesaki, in chapter 14 God tells us to go out and tell people that God will begin to work. This is called hinokishin. We must spread our teachings before God accepts our prayer (Joyous Service or Kagura Service) to save mankind. Instead of believing that by performing the Yorozuyo and twelve songs and visiting Ojiba that God will save us, we must do our job of spreading our religion first (hinokishin).  These instructions are in the Ofudesaki, and the Mikagura-uta, but many of us still believe that by performing the Yorozuyo and the 12 songs perfectly in Japanese will bring God’s salvation.

The question arises, what will bring upon new members to our churches? Would it be people like the middle aged oriental woman going door to door, or in her case car to car?  Or will it be a group of people dressed in samurai clothing, dancing to the songs of the Mikagura-uta in Japanese?  The answer is in the Ofudesaki!

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The Soul is Who We Are

It’s surprising how children have different personalities, although we raise them almost the same. In the Ofudesaki is the following:

Ponder over this talk, all of you in the world.

There is no mind the same as another. 5-7

Even between parent and child, husband and wife, and siblings,

their minds all differ from one another. 5-8

It is amazing that a child has his or her inclination of thoughts already established. There are children that are easily angered, while there are some who have a calm demeanor.  Where and how are these traits established?  In our religion we believe that it is the soul that establishes our traits. The soul is who we are. It is comparable to a suitcase, that stores and transfer our inclination of thoughts from one incarnation to another. It also stores our records of good and evil actions.  It is this soul that enters our bodies in proximity to our birth, and becomes like a nucleus of a cell, establishing our minds (way of thinking), and also directing what joy or suffering we encounter dependent on merits or demerits the soul has collected.  It is this same soul that leaves our bodies at death, collecting our existing inclination of thoughts, and our records of good and evil merits.  Then the soul with God’s help looks for a developing body that will be a good home for what the soul (suitcase) contains.  This cycle of the soul continues until all our souls are purified of evil thoughts; when this happens, God promises heaven on earth. 

How do we purify our souls? It is the soul that carries our fate on earth. It is also the soul that carries information that will establish how we think. Both of these functions of the soul are connected to one goal.  This goal is to purify our minds of greed, arrogance, self-love, covetousness, and miserliness.  If we can ponder our sufferings as past demerits that the soul has collected and now disbursed, we can consciously eliminate the evil thought that initiated the suffering.  This is the only way to purify our minds so we do not create more demerits for the soul.  Some of us may have to go through many challenges because of the many demerits the soul has collected; but if we do not act upon these obstacles that flow from our souls, we can eventually remove all evil thoughts from our minds.

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Our Souls Helping Us to Purify Our Minds

Why is it so difficult to change? Let’s say someone from church convinces us that anger is not good for us. We agree to not get angry for any reason. Yet no matter how much we resist, when annoyance appears, our anger appears. We apologize to God and promise not to get angry again, yet we continue to fail to keep our promises.  We make excuses that if it wasn’t for our annoyances, like our coworkers, spouses, or strangers, we would be able to keep our pledges to God.  We all have habits or inclinations of thoughts that are difficult to eliminate from our minds.  It is for this reason that just by declaring to God that we have changed is not enough. We must prove our declaration by conquering whatever sufferings or temptations are placed in front of us. But what or who is it that places these inconveniences or temptations? Many will say that it is God or even Satan that places these obstacles in front of us to prove ourselves.

The Tenrikyo religion, believes it is our own soul/heart that places these obstacles to purify our minds. God wants us to purify our minds of evil thoughts.  These thoughts are greed, arrogance, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness. God says that there are paths of these thoughts, and they all lead to sufferings or temptations.  It is for this reason that God tells us not to act upon these thoughts, when our own soul distributes these temptation or sufferings that we have initiated with our previous actions. We can begin to purify our minds if we can resist acting on our evil thoughts when inconveniences occur in our lives. If we understand these annoyances or obstacles as opportunities to purify our minds, then we can resist acting upon them.

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Our Sacred Book

In our religion, God has given us instructions to save the world in a compilation of verses called the Ofudesaki.  Many other religions have sacred documents that profess that they are from God; but the verses in the Ofudesaki are said to been written by God through the handwriting of Miki Nakayama (Oyasama). The Ofudesaki is written in basic and easy to understand wordage, and can easily be read in less than a day. This is opposed to other sacred books that were written by many authors, and is composed of thousands of pages that are difficult to understand by the average layperson, and may take months to read.

Yet there are people who do not read the Ofudesaki, and let others interpret the information that is in our sacred book, thinking that the information is too difficult to understand. God wants us to read it. God promises us in the Ofudesaki, that the gift of heaven will be given to the world.  Please read the Ofudesaki to save yourself, and eventually to share this truth with others.

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Tenrikyo Song eleven Mikagura-uta

The following is from the third verse from song eleven of the mikagura-uta.

Yoku o wasurete hinokishin.

Kore ga daiichi koe to naru.

The first translation below is the traditional translation by Tenrikyo Headquarters and the 2nd translation is word for word.

Forgetting greed, we work in hinokishin.

This becomes the first fertilizer

Forgetting greed, we do hinokishin (spread God’s truth of the soul/heart and blessings).

This becomes most important, for the fertilizer(Joyous Service) to be effective (to bring in new members).

*God is telling us to spread God’s truth of the soul/heart and that God will begin to guide others by illness to the body. This propagation is called hinokishin. This propagation is important for our prayers (Joyous Service) to come true. The Joyous Service conducted with a pure mind will bring others to our places of worship.

*opinion

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