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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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.
Prophets who miraculous healed people founded many of the religions in the world. What is more impressive to convince others that one is working in behalf of God than to cure the incurable? But enter a religion that tells people that God will place illness or pain on them. This is the religion called Tenrikyo. At first one would question why anyone would join a religion that would hurt him or her.
Sometimes pain is good for oneself. Imagine not having sensory perception to feel fire. Imagine having no sensory perception to feel a contaminant in the eye. These are examples of our bodies helping us to prevent further injury. A few generations ago, spanking was accepted as punishment for misbehavior to guide our children. A little pain inflected to possibly avoid future suffering for our children was thought to be good. Would God give us a little pain to have us avoid future sufferings?
Enter the soul. Some will call it the spirit or heart. It is an intangible asset that we cannot measure qualitatively or quantitatively in our bodies. Yet many will agree that it is what survives after our bodies decay; and continues for eternity in heaven or on this earth. In Tenrikyo, we also believe it is the soul that collects the records of our evil deeds in the form of negative energies. It is these negative energies that surround the soul that manifest into our future sufferings. God sees these negative energies around the soul, and wants to warn us how to avoid them.
God tells us that when these negative energies around the soul manifest into sufferings and temptations, we should calm our minds and not act on our evil thoughts. We should ponder the circumstance as a condition that we have brought upon ourselves; and consider it as a message from our soul to help purify our minds. We should not “Kill the messengers”. When we succeed in not acting upon the evil thoughts in our minds when suffering or temptation occurs, these evil thoughts gradually do not develop in our minds. God tells us these evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, self-love, miserliness, covetousness, anger, hate, and enmity. These are the thoughts that are in many of our minds.
Because God saw the impending suffering of mankind by looking at our souls, God descended from heaven to teach us about the soul. What would be the best way to teach us about the soul, and teach us about the relationship between the soul, body and mind? God will begin to enter into us and place temporary illness dependent on what evil thoughts exist in our minds. God is showing us our future now with illness and pain. It is like our example of a little pain to avoid a major calamity in the future.
Imagine a religion asking its members to pray for pain and suffering of others. It appears cruel at first, but compassionate and justified at the end. We must understand the soul to understand why we suffer or have joy!
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Ever since the beginning of mankind, we have attempted to distance ourselves from people who have acted contrary to our accepted norms. What do we do with people who commit heinous crimes against humanity? History provides many examples of communities, societies and nations that attempted to take on this problem. But if we look at the world as a whole, has anything changed? Has evil been defeated? We still have governments that enslave their people; we have religions that degrade human dignity by killing those who oppose their beliefs. In our own nation we have criminals that would steal or kill if opportunities arise. How do we remove evil people in the world?
Is it a coincidence that the word evil and devil are spelled almost the same? Although the word origination of these two nouns is from different countries, let us try to associate them from a biblical perspective. If you can remember the passage in the Bible where Job complains to God why he is suffering so much despite his dedication to God. The story blames Satan (devil) in bringing upon Job’s sufferings, to prove to God that Job is only good because God has blessed him with much fortune. Job’s friends try to convince him that Job has done evil, and should apologize to God. Job becomes angrier and curses God for what is happening since he believes he has been good. Eventually Job convinces himself that God is too knowledgeable and great for us to question him; and he promises God to have less pride and to do no evil.
The story serves a message in telling us that God is too powerful for us to understand his actions. Sometimes good people suffer and bad people have joy. It also tells us that as long as we believe in God, no matter how much we suffer, we must have faith in him since he knows more than us. We must not question God. Common sense or reasoning does not apply when it comes to God’s actions. But it also conveys to us that suffering comes from an exterior force such as the devil. Suffering does not come from our own actions. Again the notion that what happens to us, we are not responsible for; therefore we must blame others and act on those who we believe are doing us wrong. This is the “blaming game” which has been over played in the world. Many people believe that we must isolate evil people or punish them physically. Will this eliminate evil? History will tell us that this is not true.
Let us go back to the two similar words devil and evil. Could the Devil be our evil thoughts in our minds? These evil thoughts are greed, arrogance, self-love, anger, hate, envy, miserliness, and covetousness. These evil thoughts cause sufferings when they are placed into action. It is these thoughts that we must suppress if we are to remove evil from the world. How do we convince the world to suppress these thoughts? We must understand the soul. Please visit heaventruth.com to understand the soul.
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