Our Special Prayer in Tenrikyo

In many religions, there are prophecies that portend of mass destruction before salvation is established. In the Tenrikyo religion God promises that all mankind will be saved when everyone purifies their minds of arrogance, greed, miserliness, covetousness and self-love. God says that this is only realized when the world understands the soul, and understands that our bodies are borrowed from God. In the Ofudesaki is the following:

Step by step, I am solely making preparations

truly to save the whole world. 4-36

After that, you may stay as long as you wish,

without illness, death, or weakening (when all mankind is purified). 4-37

Further, after the passage of long years,

there will be no aging at all (all mankind purified). 4-38

How do we make this paradise happen? In our religion God tells us to spread the truth of the soul, and tell people that God will work to help the world understand the soul.  By understanding the soul, one can purify one’s mind. This propagation of the teachings is called hinokishin.  God will then guide these people to our churches with our special prayer (Joyous Service) conducted with a pure mind. This special prayer is what makes our religion unique. We pray for the salvation of others.

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Tenrikyo 3-46

The following is from the Ofudesaki:

Kono tokoro yorozu no koto o tokikikasu

Kami ichijo de mune no uchi yori 3-46

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

At this place, I shall teach everything.

Be single hearted with God, and from your innermost heart.

At this place, I will teach everything about the world.

Become single hearted with God by what the innermost heart brings forth (way to purify mind).

Again, there are two different meaning depending on if you read the traditional headquarters’ translation verses the word for word translation.

*God is telling us that what sufferings the soul brings upon, we can purify our minds like God’s mind, if we do not act upon our evil thoughts.

*opinion

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History Repeats Itself Because of Arrogance

In one of our sacred books (Osashizu), God tells us that if we have anger, we do not know God’s teachings.  In my case, people have often told me I have much anger, and to “chill out”.  But how does one get rid of anger and what causes anger?

In the Ofudesaki, God tells us there are paths of the mistaken mind. These paths are arrogance, greed, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness.  These five are also called dusts in our religion.  God tells us not to act upon these five dusts.  But where is the dust of anger; it is not one of the dusts that is mentioned.

Anger is not a thought like the five mentioned dusts. It is an emotion.  It is not something that can usually be controlled like the five dusts mentioned above. When anger appears, it is usually too late. It either eats us up from the inside, or it leads to hate, enmity and retribution.  So what causes anger?

It is my belief that anger arises from arrogance. Arrogance by definition is a belief that one is superior to another.  When someone does something that irritates us, it does not mean that we are not right. Certainly the opposition may be wrong. We must realize that everyone sometimes has thoughts that are evil or wrong, and we all have goodness within us.  With this belief, one must not feel superior to others, and realize that sometimes we all make mistakes or have mistaken beliefs. When we do not act on arrogance, we can eliminate anger!  Something we should all ponder.

But what happens when arrogance predominates? In world history, many have suffered when the dust of arrogance spread from one mind to another. We have had the crusades, the holocaust, slavery, misogyny and terrorism.  When people have the mistaken mind that they are superior to others, the emotion of anger ignites these horrendous acts upon our brothers and sisters.  History usually repeats itself because we cannot control the dust of arrogance.

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How to Eliminate Anger

In one of our sacred books (Osashizu), God tells us that if we have anger, we do not know God’s teachings.  In my case, people have often told me I have much anger, and to “chill out”.  But how does one get rid of anger and what causes anger?

In the Ofudesaki, God tells us there are paths of the mistaken mind. These paths are arrogance, greed, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness.  These five are also called dusts in our religion.  God tells us not to act upon these five dusts.  But where is the dust of anger; it is not one of the dusts that is mentioned.

Anger is not a thought like the five mentioned dusts. It is an emotion.  It is not something that can usually be controlled like the five dusts mentioned above. When anger appears, it is usually too late. It either eats us up from the inside, or it leads to hate, enmity and retribution.  So what causes anger?

It is my belief that anger arises from arrogance. Arrogance by definition is a belief that one is superior to another.  When someone does something that irritates us, it does not mean that we are not right. Certainly the opposition may be wrong. We must realize that everyone sometimes has thoughts that are evil or wrong, and we all have goodness within us.  With this belief, one must not feel superior to others, and realize that sometimes we all make mistakes or have mistaken beliefs. When we do not act on arrogance, we can eliminate anger!  Something we should all ponder.

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What Would happen if the World Understood the Soul?

What would happen if everyone in the world understood the soul?  There will be no racism, no sexism, no wars, and no conflicts among people.  We will need no armies and fences to protect us.  We can use our resources to help others instead of protecting ourselves. This will be paradise on earth! God even tells us that when the whole world understands the soul, we can choose to live forever without illness or sufferings.

In our sacred book, in the first verse God tells us we do not understand the soul:

Looking all over the world and through all ages,

there is no one who understands the soul (heart). 1-1 Ofudesaki

God wants us to understand the soul, because by understanding it, we will understand how causality or karma works as nature’s justice. God has given us instructions or ingredients to show us how to spread the truth of the soul to the world. The Ofudesaki, a compilation of 17 chapters and over 1000 verses gives us the ingredients to save the world, and promises us paradise on earth.

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Why Tenrikyo Does not Spread

In Song nine of the Mikagura-uta is the following:

Even though the Service is performed here,

there is no one who understands the soul/heart

God is telling us that we must spread the truth of the Soul/heart and tell people that God will begin to guide us to help us understand the soul/heart. We must do this *hinokishin(spread truth) before our sincere prayers are accepted by God.

*hinokishin is the spreading of God’s truth       hinoki (refined cypress) and shin (truth)

 

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Tenrikyo

The following is from the Ofudesaki in Japanese:

Kokoro sai shinjitsu yori mo wakaritara

Nanimo kowami mo abunaki mo nai 6-122

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

If only My mine is truly understood,

There will be nothing fearful or dangerous.

If only the mind is truly understood,

there will be nothing fearful or dangerous.

Again, there are two different meaning depending on if you read the traditional headquarters’ translation verses the word for word translation.

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