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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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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Why We Need to Understand the Soul

Do you sometimes wonder where you were before you were born? Were you able to think like what you are doing now? Will you be able to think when you die? It is amazing to see an infant as he or she smiles at us. Do you ever wonder where he or she was before conception? Our physical bodies, including our nervous system will decay when we die. Will we become nothing?  It is a little scary, especially as we become older and closer to death.

Religion often attempts to alleviate our worries by promising eternity in heaven.  But again, our physical bodies are gone. How will we be able to think without our nervous system? Is death the end of our existence?

If death is not the end of us, what is it that makes us live for eternity? Is there something in our bodies that will continue on after our physical bodies cease to function.  It cannot be an organ or part of the body because they all eventually decay; but can it be some type of energy that can easily transfer from our bodies after our death, taking some of our vital information with us. Can this energy enter heaven, and somehow by God’s power make us think as we are now? Can these same energies, return back to earth, and take up a new body entering a newborn baby?

What information will these energies contain? It will not be our memories, since no one can remember anything before our births.  Personally, I cannot even remember anything before 3 or 4.  I remember when I was in kindergarten, but maybe it is because I have pictures that I occasionally view. Could these energies contain our thought patterns? Our thought patterns or how we think, separates each of us from each other.  Some people believe that it is our thought patterns that create our fate when we act upon them.  This is similar to the concept of karma and cause and effect. We reap what we have sowed.  Our fate is contained in these energies. These thought patterns and fate are carried as energies from one lifetime to another.  In summary, these energies are composed of our fate and thought patterns, which are closely associated with each other, as one causes the other.  Can these energies be what people call the soul, heart or spirit?

What are these thought patterns that make each of different in the way we think? These thought patterns are greed, arrogance, resent, and self-love.  Everyone has a different combination of these negative thoughts in our minds. It is these negative thoughts that cause our negative fate when we act upon them.  Our fate and thought patterns are collected, stored and eventually released from our bodies when we physically die.

By understanding the soul, we can assure ourselves that we live for eternity; but we can also live the joyous life by eliminating our negative thought patterns by not acting upon them. Our souls will then have only positive energies that will only bring upon joy to our borrowed bodies.

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Is Death the End?

Do you sometimes wonder where you were before you were born? Were you able to think like what you are doing now? Will you be able to think when you die? It is amazing to see an infant as he or she smiles at us. Do you ever wonder where he or she was before conception? Our physical bodies, including our nervous system will decay when we die. Will we become nothing?  It is a little scary, especially as we become older and closer to death.

Religion often attempts to alleviate our worries by promising eternity in heaven.  But again, our physical bodies are gone. How will we be able to think without our nervous system? Is death the end of our existence?

If death is not the end of us, what is it that makes us live for eternity? Is there something in our bodies that will continue on after our physical bodies cease to function.  It cannot be an organ or part of the body because they all eventually decay; but can it be some type of energy that can easily transfer from our bodies after our death, taking some of our vital information with us. Can this energy enter heaven, and somehow by God’s power make us think as we are now? Can these same energies, return back to earth, and take up a new body entering a newborn baby?

What information will these energies contain? It will not be our memories, since no one can remember anything before our births.  Personally, I cannot even remember anything before 3 or 4.  I remember when I was in kindergarten, but maybe it is because I have pictures that I occasionally view.  Could these energies contain our fate? Is our life history determined before we are born? If so, what causes our fate? Some people believe that it is our thought patterns that cause our fate when we act upon them.  This is similar to the concept of karma and cause and effect. We reap what we have sowed. These thought patterns in our minds are reestablished by the information contained in these energies.  In summary, these energies are composed of our fate and thought patterns, which are closely associated with each other, as one causes the other.  Can these energies be contained in what people call the soul, heart or spirit?

What are these thought patterns that make each of different in the way we think. These thought patterns are greed, arrogance, resent, and self-love.  Everyone has a different combination of these negative thoughts in our minds. It is these negative thoughts that cause our negative fate when we act upon them.  It is not surprising that our fate and thought patterns are collected, stored and transferred when our physical bodies cease to function.  

By understanding the soul, we can assure ourselves that we live for eternity; but we can also live the joyous life by eliminating our negative thought patterns by not acting upon them. Our souls will have only positive energies, that will bring upon joy.

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What We Sow, We Reap

All religions tell us that God is watching over us. That sounds good, but there are over 7 billion people on earth.  Can God watch over 7 billion people at once? Does God punish and reward us for our actions. If not what causes us to suffer or have joy?

The word heart is often used in religion, like a pure heart, or from the heart. What is the heart? It cannot be the physical heart that keeps us alive because it decomposes when we die.  Can the heart be the soul that we believe is eternal that leaves our bodies when we die? The expression from the heart is often used in religion.  If the heart is the soul, what comes from the soul, or what comes forth from the soul? Can it be Joy or suffering?

If we are to believe that the soul is eternal, what is contained in the soul? Might it contain all the information in some form of energy that determines who we are? Some will say that we are just our thought patterns and our history of our actions upon these thoughts.  Our souls contain our fate and our thought patterns that created this fate. The soul collects our merits and demerits, and eventually releases them as our fate. We reap what we have sowed.  God does not punish or reward us! If this is the case, why do we pray and apologize to God for our sins and evil transgressions?

But if God does not control our destiny, why do we pray to God? In the Tenrikyo religion, in the first verse of our sacred book God tells us that we do not understand the soul/heart.  God tells us that there are two paths that people may believe in. One is the path of the world, where one can get away with anything as long as no one sees you doing it. The other path is the path of the soul, where everything you do comes back to you.  It is this path of the soul that God wants us to understand. 

Our prayers are for the salvation of these people that do not understand the soul. We ask God to help guide these people to our places of worship so we can teach them about the heart/soul.

In conclusion, we must ponder what comes forth from our hearts/souls. Our souls remind us that our sufferings are the result of what we have done in our past lives. God reminds us that we once all had pure hearts/souls.  We must try to regain this pure heart by not acting on our evil thought patterns of greed, arrogance, regret and self-love, especially when our soul brings forth obstacles. We control our own destiny. With our prayers, God helps us spread this truth to the world! For more information visit heaventruth.com

 

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What Makes Our Religion Different

What is the Tenrikyo Religion about? Someone long time ago asked me what makes our religion special from other religions, specifically the Christian religion. At that time, so many things ran across my mind, but nothing outstanding came upon my mind. What makes one religion stand out from others?

After 64 years, let me tell you what makes our religion stand out.  We believe that there is a cause and effect in every one of our actions.  Yes, karma and innen are eastern concepts that have been around forever; but Tenrikyo explains what makes karma effective. God does not make karma happen. God does not punish or reward us. But what makes karma effective?

It is our souls that make karma effective. Our souls are like Santa Claus; it knows when we are good or bad. The soul collects our merits and demerits for every one of our actions. It stores them, and eventually releases them as fate, bringing upon suffering or joy to our borrowed bodies. We reap what we have sowed. The soul makes this happen.

The soul also makes us eternal. It carries our pattern of thoughts from one lifetime to another. These thought patterns are greed, regret, miserliness, arrogance, and self-love. Every one of us has to some degree some of these dusts or thought patterns in our minds. It is these evil thoughts that influence our behaviors, causing our demerits when we take action upon the emotions they elicit. It is not surprising that there is a relationship between our fate and our thought patterns, both which our soul carries from one lifetime to another.

We usually cannot eliminate our fate, but we can eliminate our evil thought patterns in out minds. God tells us not to take action on our evil thoughts when our negative fate eventually emerges. This will prevent demerits from accumulating, causing the soul to only contain merits, which will blossom into joy in the future (positive fate).

Yes, it is the understanding of the soul that makes this religion different. We are responsible for our own actions. God has given us our sacred book (Ofudesaki) to understand this, and also how to spread this truth to the world.

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