I know that there are many concerns about the efficacy and safety of the Covid vaccines. For those people who are trying to receive exemption from the government mandates, for religious or personal beliefs, the Ofudesaki, the most sacred scripture in the Tenrikyo religion will give this option. There are many sacred scriptures in the world, but there are only a few that will give support to not taking a vaccine or any other pharmaceutical medicine. In the teachings, from the Mikagura-uta is the following:
Though illness is so trying,
There is no one who knows the origin.
Until this time, everyone,
the origin of illness you did not know.
This time it has been revealed.
The origin of illness is from your mind.
This means that one may contract the virus, or microbe, but the illness or the symptoms should not occur if one’s mind is pure. Of course, the purification of the mind is a difficult process, and one will need to understand the contents of the Ofudesaki and the Mikagura-uta. Again I am not advocating for or against the taking of the vaccine, but I am giving you a resource, to make a decision.
Both the Ofudesaki and the Mikagura-uta use metaphors and analogies. God compares a tree to a person that does not know God’s teaching, or a potential convert. Like a tree to find for its fine timber, we want to find a person who we can help save. This is the problem we face today. How can we save the world? God tells us that this depends on our own hearts. What is the heart, and what does it do?
It is interesting that God tells us in the first verse of both the Ofudesaki and the Yorozuyo, that we do not understand the heart. No, it is not God’s heart, but it is our own hearts that we do not understand.
The translation of Song 8:8 in the Mikagura-uta differs completely from Tenrikyo Headquarters’ translation. Again they incorrectly translate mune as God’s heart. The following is headquarters’ translation:
Whether to cut down this tree or to take that stone;
It entirely depends upon the heart of God.
The accurate translation is:
This tree to cut, that rock to pick,
Mainly is dependent on your heart.
omoedo kami: mainly
mune: heart, chest, soul, spirit
God is telling us that whether we are successful in gathering members to our places of worship is dependent on our own hearts. What is the heart and what does it do? All these answers are in both the Ofudesaki and Mikagura-uta.