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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The Broad and Narrow Path of the Soul

When I first started reading the Ofudesaki, I would skip over these few verses because I did not understand them.  The following is from the Ofudesaki:

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

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 if you crossover

you will arrive at a narrow path

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.

This is my interpretation of the first two verses.  God is telling us that when we decide to take the path of the heart, we will continue to have sufferings or temptations placed in front of us by our souls. If we ponder, and do not act on the evil thoughts that are energized by these obstacles, we can gradually purify our minds of these evil thoughts.  God is telling us that some of us will suffer more due to the amount of fate (dusts or negative energies) around our souls. It is the soul that manifests these sufferings that help us eliminate evil thoughts from our minds.  This part of purifying the mind is called the broad path.  We must understand the soul first to accomplish this. God tells us that this is a difficult path to complete because our ideas to follow this path may not be enough to get us through it due to the amount of obstacle that the soul may have accumulated. We must remember that the actions of our evil thoughts created these negative dusts that the soul collects and eventually manifest as suffering back to us. We reap what we have sowed.

God tells us in the 3rd verse (1-49) to take the narrow path after our minds and souls have been purified by the broad path. This is the stage of spreading God’s truth of the soul, and telling people that God will begin to help us understand why we suffer or have joy.  This occurs by planting the seeds or visiting others to convey the truth of the soul (hinokishin).  When this is done, God has given us a special prayer (Joyous Service) asking God to help sweep evil thoughts from those who we have spread the truth of the soul.  When God accepts our prayers, God guides these people we have conveyed God’s truth to our places of worship.  God tell us that the harvest (church members) will be full if we follow both the broad and narrow path.

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Becoming Spirited by Understanding the Soul

In this world, many of us believe that we can gain happiness from the suffering of others. Look at the drug cartels, the trafficking of human beings, and the plethora of corruption and violence around the world. Look at the victims of these crimes, the homeless, the poor, the abused spouse, the drug addicts, the prostitutes, and the mentally ill. Me and I become more important than we.  What can a good person do to fight this epidemic of evil and help the victims of man’s selfishness? Will the imprisonment and eradication of evil people be a solution? Will spending billion of dollars to the victims be another solution?

In our sacred book, God tells us that there is no one who is evil. I am sure there will be people that dispute this statement, giving examples of terrorists, and mass murderers in the past. God tells us that there is no one who is evil; it is because there are evil thoughts or dusts that have contaminated his or her mind. It is these thoughts that when placed into action causes suffering in the world.  It is these thoughts that we must somehow eliminate, instead of imprisoning or eliminating the body we borrow from God. How do we do this on a large scale to help the world? God tells us that we must understand our souls. It is our own souls that help us purify our minds of evil thoughts. The following is from our sacred book:

This mind, prepare to clear it quickly.

Purify it by using a filter and sand. 3-10

This filter, where do you think it is.

The soul and the mouth are the sand and filter. 3-11

Everyone will agree that our souls are everlasting while our bodies decay when we die.  What is the soul, and what information does it contain? Metaphorically the soul is like a suitcase that carries our vital information (our essence) from one lifetime to another. Lets suppose it is made from some form of energy that modern science cannot detect now.  Imagine our souls carrying our thoughts and our fates in the form of energy from one lifetime to another. You can say that we own our thoughts.  The soul also collects our demerits (negative energy from the actions of our negative thoughts). God compares the soul to the sand in our sewage system that collects our human waste to recycle the water to make it pure. These demerits or negative energies that the soul collects eventually are released as fate in the form of sufferings, temptations or obstacles in our current or next life. We reap what we have sowed. 

What do we do when our soul delivers these obstacles and temptations in our lives? Do we get agitated, blame others and cause more suffering? God tells us to ponder our sufferings and temptations, and not act upon our existing evil thoughts. It is like the mouth that we use as a filter, preventing evil words from exiting. By this process of pondering, and not acting upon our evil thoughts when our soul delivers obstacles, we can purify our minds. Finally from the Ofudesaki:

After you have truly finished sweeping (mind becoming pure of evil thoughts),

you will be single hearted with God, and your mind will become spirited. 3-4

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The Fork in the Road

When one encounters obstacles or temptations, it is like encountering a fork in the road. One can take the path of the world or one can take the path of the soul. 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. In the path of the soul, it all comes to bear on you.  You reap what you have sowed.

In the path of the soul, one understands that suffering, temptations or obstacles are the result of our past actions on our evil thoughts; one then calms one’s mind and does not take action on any evil thoughts that may have been provoked by these obstacles.  This process gradually eliminates evil thoughts from the mind.

In the path of the world, one does not know where sufferings and temptations come from; and becomes agitated and takes action on any evil thoughts that may have been agitated by these sufferings or temptations. This results in the continual suffering of others. This behavior also results in the accumulation of more evil thoughts in the mind; and it results in more inappropriate actions when their souls deliver their fate, resulting in more negative fate and suffering in their lives. The cycle of suffering continues from one lifetime to another.

There will always continue to be a fork in the road or choice for those who choose the path of the world: the opportunity of change is always open. For those who choose the path of the soul, the path of the world would gradually disappear, leaving a straight path to a joyous and spirited life for eternity.

Evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self-love

Reference from the Anthology of Osashizu Translation

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We Are Not Evil

People are often are offended when I talk about the evil mind; and when I bring up the possibility that we all may have an evil mind.  They think about the evil mind that would kill or hurt others. But that would be the extreme progression of our evil thoughts. In the Ofudesaki, evil is referred to as the thoughts of greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self-love. These are thoughts that we all may have in our lifetime. Of course some may have accumulated more of these thoughts. Are these evil thoughts harmless, and where did they come from?

In the Ofudesaki, God tells us there are paths of the mistaken mind. These paths lead to sufferings, temptations, and obstacles to us.  Therefore we have to act on our evil thoughts to bring upon harm to ourselves. What happens when we act on our evil thoughts?  This action usually brings upon suffering to others, but it also duplicates more evil thoughts in our minds. Therefore our actions on our evil thoughts produce more evil thoughts, increasing our chances of acting on them and causing more suffering to others.

Some may wonder how acting on our mistaken minds may cause suffering or punishment to us if we do not get caught. Enter the debatable subject of the soul or heart. God tells us that it is the soul that collects our demerits (negative energies) produced from acting on our evil thoughts; and our soul eventually releases these dust or demerits back to us as sufferings, temptations or obstacles in this life or our next lives.  For example, that angry co-worker or defiant spouse may be the messenger of your soul.

How do we remove these evil thoughts that are ready to be acted upon by any stimulus or events that are manufactured by our souls? God tells us to ponder and not act upon our evil thoughts when obstacles from the soul are delivered to us. Do not try to take revenge on the angry co-worker, or do not get angry with your spouse for his/her disagreeable actions. One can say that your soul is testing you for what you have done before; but if we do not act on our evil thoughts, our evil thoughts are gradually eliminated from our minds and our souls become purified, releasing only joy back to us.

Yes we all may all have evil thoughts in our minds. Some may have much more evil thoughts in their minds and may need more time to eliminate these dusts or demerits that surround their souls. But there is hope for everyone because God tells us:

Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.

It is only a bit of dust stuck on.

We must remove our evil thoughts of greed, arrogance, self-love, miserliness and covetousness.  Ponder and do not act on these evil thoughts

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How Do We Spread Our Religions

How do we spread religion? While cutting the grass yesterday, I saw a few people dressed in formal attire, knocking on doors and leaving pamphlets. I am not too sure on how many people they were able to talk to. I can only presume that they were not very successful as they were more often seen outside walking; but I am often affected emotionally by their courage in their attempt to bring people into their places of worship.

Of course there are the Sunday services that we are familiar with, where the success of attendance is often associated with the charisma of the pastor or reverend of the church. There are also the television evangelist that reach millions of people. Are they successful  in bringing people to their religion?

In our religion of Tenrikyo, God gives us instructions on how to save ourselves first, and how to save the world. These instruction are written in the Ofudesaki. I place world in bold because God promises that everyone will be saved. I have summarized the instructions in our sacred book below in a flow chart. For a comprehensive explanation, please visit heaventruth.com and click Ofudesaki in the menu bar.

 

 

 

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God’s Justice

I have noticed that there are more scams that are occurring each day, whether it is by phone, e-mails or text messages. These scams appear to be authentic and attempt to take advantage of our elderly population who has the most to lose. Many people who participate in this kind of evil believe that this type of crime is business as usual, and is not really a crime as long as they are not caught. For many of these people they continue to evade our law, and appear not to suffer any consequences from their evil actions.

In the Osashizu, God calls these evil actions “The path of the world”, where you can do whatever you want and get away with it, so long as no one sees you do it. But God calls this the path of the mistaken mind.  God’s path is the” Path of the heart/soul”where everything you do, it all comes to bear on yourself.

It is our souls/hearts that helps us monitor our minds by collecting our merits and demerits that come from the action of our thoughts. It is the soul that eventually releases these merits or demerits back to us as joy or suffering. We eventually reap what we sow. These people who are taking the path of the mistaken mind, they see suffering and joy in this world and they see evil and good behaviors, but they do not understand the relationship between cause and effect. They cannot see the relationships because of the lapse of time that the soul takes to manifest the effects of our actions.

Beware to those who believe that they have escaped justice because God’s justice is always served by our own hearts/souls! Please understand the soul.

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Saving Ourselves First/ 2nd revision

Sorry for the repetition of my blog; but my second revision was not corrected when I published it.

I have often heard that in our religion that we need to save others to save ourselves. Yes this makes sense; but could this be true?  I don’t fly often now, but I was often intrigued when the stewardess or steward would take the microphone and make the preflight precautions on the oxygen mask that would fall in front of us in case of any emergency. They would advise us to place the oxygen mask on ourselves first before placing it on our children.  I am pretty certain that my wife would of attempted to place them on our children first.  I do understand why these warnings exist because placing the airbags on minors first may risk both the parent and child’s lives.  Have you ever tried placing a seatbelt on an uncooperative toddler?

I believe it is the same with religion. We must purify our minds and save ourselves first before attempting to save others.  I often hear complaints from church leaders that they cannot bring new members to their churches despite years of salvation work.  Could this be that they need to purify their minds and save themselves first?

It our sacred book, the Ofudesaki, God wants us to purify our minds by taking the broad path.  This is a path, where we understand the soul, and begin to purify our minds of greed, arrogance, self-love, covetousness, and miserliness. This sometime is a difficult path because of the negative energy or dust surrounding our souls. Some would describe this as our fate.  God tells to calm our minds and not act upon our negative thoughts when the soul delivers these obstacles in our lives. This is how we purify our minds and bring upon our salvation.

When our minds are purified, then God tells us to save others. This is often called the narrow path where God tells us that we will have no difficulties.  This makes sense that we first purify our minds first.  If we attempted to spread the teachings without purifying our minds first, we will often encounter uncooperative and sometimes hostile people, just like the uncooperative child we may attempt to place the oxygen mask.  We may then unwillingly act upon our own evil thoughts, making the encounter very difficult. This is why God tells us to purify our minds first.

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