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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How Much More Does the World Have to Suffer?

I would like to comment on an article in the Tenrikyo Newsletter. There is some in the church that believe that the progress in spreading our religion has come to a halt or slow progression.  They go back to literature in our history that tell us how our predecessors of the path suffered 20 to 30 years before any progress in spreading our religion. There was a recent lecture by a Reverend in the church that told us that he has given up because his congregation is shrinking in membership. Do we have to wait 20 to 30 years before we see results? Where are the results from our past predecessors?  Or maybe we have to wait for our next lifetime to see results for our efforts.  Can the Bishop be wrong, and that we are not following the instructions given in the Ofudesaki, our most sacred book. Are we delaying the salvation of all mankind?

It is my firm belief that the Ofudesaki gives us the instructions to save the world. We must first purify our own minds by understanding what comes from our own hearts/soul.  God then gives us instructions how to bring people to our places of worship.  We must literally spread our teachings of the soul/heart and God’s teachings first. I believe this is called hinokishin in the Mikagura-uta (1-12).  Then we must pray with the Joyous Service with a pure sincere mind.  On acceptance of our prayer, God will guide these people we have introduced our religion to (hinokishin) to our places of worship. 

How much must the world suffers, while we tell our congregations that God works slowly to our prayers.  Maybe the instructions are in the Ofudesaki. I encourage everyone to study the Ofudesaki to find out. I have created a Tenrikyo Ofudesaki Study Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/458471844742952/. I encourage everyone to participate in the most important document in the world.

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Why We Need to Understand the Soul

The soul contains our fate and our pattern of thoughts. Our fate is our destiny, or what eventually our bodies are confronted with in life.  Our thought patterns are arrogance, regret, greed, miserliness, and self-love.  We all have these thought patterns in different amounts and combinations in our minds. This is what makes each of us unique.  Both our fate and thought patterns are stored as energy in the isolated soul.

The soul has many functions in the body. It collects, stores, and releases our fate.  It also functions to collect, store, and restore our pattern of thoughts.  Both our fate and our pattern of thoughts have a direct relationship, as one has the potential to cause the other. We all have heard of the phrase, “We reap what we have sowed”. When we act on our negative thought patterns, we create our negative fate, which the soul collects, stores, and eventually releases. We also create our positive fate when we do not act upon these negative thought patterns.

Our physical bodies, our memories, and our possessions are taken away from us with our death; but our pattern of thoughts and our fate are saved and continue for eternity, from one lifetime to another.

We know now that it is our own souls that deliver our fate. We also know that it is our negative thought patterns that create our negative fate by acting upon these thoughts.  How do we remove these negative thought patterns, the source of our sufferings? How do we purify our minds?

God tells us not to react negatively toward these negative events. We must calm our minds and ponder the dusts of greed, arrogance, regret, miserliness and self-love. When we do this, the pathway of these negative thoughts weakens, and we will not create more negative fate associated with these pattern of thoughts. Eventually our minds will become pure, and our souls will be empty of negative fates.  Only joy will be in our future. Unfortunately, some of us will have to experience many obstacles and sufferings before we get to this point of having a pure mind.

But for those who have accumulated much negative fate, can we eliminate fate by somehow purifying the mind without experiencing one suffering after another? It is unfortunate that sometimes we need to suffer, before we can purify our minds. It is easy to act good when life is easy, and without difficulties; but it is when obstacles appear that our real pattern of thoughts appear.  It is our souls that help us realize what thought patterns exists in our minds by releasing our fate.  But for those who have a strong will to purify their minds, God tells us that large misfortunes (fate) become small misfortunes when we try to purify our minds by ourselves.  This will be extremely difficult. God compares these evils as dust on a mirror. When dust is heavy, it stains the mirror, and is difficult to remove. It is the same with the dust (evil) in our minds.  We must remind ourselves that evil thoughts exists in the world, and that there are many people that they have attached to; but it is our souls that have brought these people to us, and our first actions should not be to teach them that they are wrong, but should be to calm our minds first and ponder, and not take any action upon our evil thoughts.

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Our Thought Patterns and Our Fate

The soul contains our fate and our pattern of thoughts. Our fate is our destiny, or what eventually our bodies are confronted with in life.  Our thought patterns are arrogance, regret, greed, miserliness, and self-love.  We all have these thought patterns in different amounts and combinations in our minds. This is what makes each of us unique.  Both our fate and thought patterns are stored as energy in the isolated soul.

The soul has many functions in the body. It collects, stores, and releases our fate.  It also functions to collect, store, and restore our pattern of thoughts.  Both our fate and our pattern of thoughts have a direct relationship, as one has the potential to cause the other. We all have heard of the phrase, “We reap what we have sowed”. When we act on our negative thought patterns, we create our negative fate, which the soul collects, stores, and eventually releases. We also create our positive fate when we do not act upon these negative thought patterns.

Our physical bodies, our memories, and our possessions are taken away from us with our death; but our pattern of thoughts and our fate are saved and continue for eternity, from one lifetime to another.

We know now that it is our own souls that deliver our fate. We also know that it is our negative thought patterns that create our negative fate by acting upon these thoughts.  How do we remove these negative thought patterns, the source of our sufferings? How do we purify our minds?

God tells us not to react negatively toward these negative events. We must calm our minds and ponder the dusts of greed, arrogance, regret, miserliness and self-love. When we do this, the pathway of these negative thoughts weakens, and we will not create more negative fate associated with these pattern of thoughts. Eventually our minds will become pure, and our souls will be empty of negative fates.  Only joy will be in our future. Unfortunately, some of us will have to experience many obstacles and sufferings before we get to this point of having a pure mind. But for those who have accumulated much negative fate, can we eliminate fate by somehow purifying the mind without experiencing one suffering after another? It is unfortunate that sometimes we need to suffer, before we can purify our minds. It is easy to act good when life is easy, and without difficulties; but it is when obstacles appear that our real pattern of thoughts appear.  It is our souls that help us realize what thought patterns exists in our minds by releasing our fate.  But for those who have a strong will to purify their minds, God tells us that large misfortunes (fate) become small misfortunes when we try to purify our minds by ourselves.  This will be extremely difficult. God compares these evils as dust on a mirror. When dust is heavy, it stains the mirror, and is difficult to remove. It is the same with the dust (evil) in our minds.  We must remind ourselves that evil thoughts exists in the world, and that there are many people that they have attached to; but it is our souls that have brought these people to us, and our first actions should not be to teach

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A Beautiful Painting

There is a passage in one of our sacred books about a painting that we may admire and say it is beautiful, but do not understand what the artist wanted to convey. It reminds of the epic movie, “Planet of the Apes”, where the enslaved people were chanting a rant, which was incomprehensible; but upon slowing the recording, revealed that they were saying the Pledge of Allegiance. These people somehow knew how important this pledge was, and admired it; but did not understand the contents and meaning of the pledge, which may have contributed to their fall from civilization

The above passage in the Ofudesaki referred to the 8 dusts, but it could also be relevant to our sacred books and ceremonies that we perform in our churches. We in our churches can say how beautiful our sacred books and ceremonies are, but we must understand and settle the meanings in our minds.  Unless we do this, we may fall from God’s grace.

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Controlling Your Fate

Some people believe that you cannot control your fate, but you can change the way you respond to fate (karma). By this process, we can eliminate both negative fate and its source, which are our negative thoughts. Eventually after reluctantly facing our negative fate, we can look forward to eternal joy with  a spirited mind!

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God Will Heal You If You Understand the Soul

Why would God heal you if you understand the soul?  To answer this question, we must first find out why there is illness and suffering. Why are some people afflicted with cancer? Why do people suffer from diseases? Why do people have heart problems? Why do people get into accidents? Why do some people have unbearable headaches? Why do bad people appear in our lives?  Are these all random events or planned by God?

God tells us that these events are not random or created by God. God has been a spectator since the creation of mankind.

Though until now God has never come out into the open, no matter what unpleasant occurrences one experienced. 8-66 Ofudesaki

God tells us that it is our own soul that brings upon joy or suffering to us:

Above all else, guard your soul,

for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

God tells us that we need to understand the soul to uncover why we suffer or have joy. The first verse of our most sacred scripture begins with:

Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one who understands the soul. Ofudesaki 1-1

What is the soul?  The soul has also been called the heart or the spirit. Scientists have not located and verified the existence of the soul in our bodies. We know that our physical bodies decay upon our death, but we are told by our religious leaders that our souls will exist for eternity.

We believe that the soul by itself is energy that is comprised of our fate and our pattern of thoughts. When it occupies our bodies that we borrow from God, the soul programs and activates our minds with these thought patterns; and the soul collects and stores our merits and demerits created by our actions upon these same pattern of thoughts, eventually releasing them as fate. We reap what we have sowed. The soul is who we are; and it enforces justice for our own behaviors.

In the world there are two paths that people may believe in, the path of the world and the path of the soul. In the path of the world, one believes that you can do whatever you want and get away with it as long as no one sees you do it; our acts do not have any consequences upon ourselves. God tells us that this path does not exist. In the true path of the soul, whatever you do, it all comes back to you. This path leads to both suffering or joy depending on what actions we take. In the path of the soul, it is the soul that distributes justice (fate) back to us for what we have done. We reap what we have sowed. There are consequences for our behavior.

But some people will say that they can’t remember having sowed evil, yet they suffer. Others will arrogantly boast that they have done evil, yet they do not suffer.  It is as if God places a wall in front of us by the prolonged lapse of time between cause and effect; we do not know what fate exist around the corner. This lapse of time between cause and effect often extends into our next lifetime. But why the wait?  The soul waits for the right circumstances and conditions to distribute our fate.

These are the concepts of reincarnation and karma, where our memories are erased upon our death; but our pattern of thoughts and our fate are preserved to be manifested later in our next lifetime by the soul.  Both our thought patterns we have acted upon, and our fate that were created by acting upon these thought patterns will continue on, even after our physical demise. This is possible because of the soul. Again we reap what we have sowed. We are responsible for our own actions!

Metaphorically, our souls are like little suitcases that contain our pattern of thoughts and our fate, exiting our bodies at death to ascend to heaven; and descending from heaven to enter our new bodies before birth. One can say that we exist both on earth and heaven for eternity because of the soul.

By what mechanism does the soul operate? Upon entering our developing bodies, the soul programs our minds with our previous thought patterns (like greed and arrogance) from our past life (figure 1).

figure 1

The soul enters the body and creates the mind, using the body’s complex neural system. ? represents good thoughts in this example. Most of us will have ? (negative thoughts) also delivered by the soul.

There are no surprises to what thought patterns our bodies receive from our souls. We have the same pattern of thoughts that we had acted upon in our past life. For example, if we succumbed to greed in our past life, we have the same thought of greed in this lifetime. The same neural pathways of greed are reestablished.  One can say that our souls upon entering our bodies, create and restore our own individualized minds!

It is these difference in the pattern of thoughts that make each of us unique. Some of us will have more negative thought patterns than others. Others will have more positive thought patterns. It is these thought patterns that influence our behaviors and eventually determine our fate. God tells us to sweep away these negative thought patterns, so we do not act upon them. When this happens, we will become spirited and live the joyous life. We can change our lives by ourselves if we understand the soul. This is why God will heal you if you understand the soul.

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What is Causality and Reincarnation?

If only people could believe in causality and reincarnation, how the world will be so different. There will be no cheating, no stealing, no killings, no adultery, no lying, no scamming, no corruption, and no wars.

There will be an abundance of money and resources to help others, instead of spending money and resources to protect us from others. You can say there will be heaven on earth!

But what is keeping people from believing in causality. We often hear people joking about karma when justice is seen immediately, implicating the unlucky perpetrator.  But it appears that justice is not immediate. We see politician get away with lies and corruption. We see evil people get away with crimes against humanity. We see corruption in business, and we receive calls from scam artists everyday. Where is the justice that should be inflicted on these scoundrels? Could justice be delayed?

Enter the belief of reincarnation, which was held when Jesus walked the earth.  Reincarnation is the missing piece of the puzzle to explain karma or causality.  There is both cause and effect in everything we do. But effect is often delayed, often manifesting in our next lives. The biblical verse we reap what we have sowed is applicable, but the phrase we “eventual” reap, what we have sowed appears to be more accurate.

In the world, we see good and evil acts, and we also see joy and suffering; but we do not see the relationship because we do not understand reincarnation.  It is like reading a novel from the middle of the book; we will not be able to understand what is happening because we do not know what happened in the previous chapters. Each lifetime is like a chapter in a novel, which eventually ends with the last chapter ending with the words “they lived happily ever after.”  God promises that all mankind will eventually live a joyous life.

Why do I suffer is the question that has been around since the beginning of mankind.  Could the answers be what is reincarnation and causality?

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