Translations Errors that distort the truth

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OFUDESAKI 8-11 CORRECTION

Interpretation:
The word you and yo have different meanings. Yo is an abbreviation for yononaka, which translates into world or society. You translates into vision, appearance, task, requirement. All these reflect God’s workings. I believe you in this verse refers to God’s guidance.
The previous verse talks about disorder as God’s guidance. You refers to this. God is telling us these workings are God’s guidance. There is nothing unknown about God’s intentions. When one receives obstacles or illness, one should ponder if it is God’s guidance. Though out the Ofudesaki, God tells us that these workings were unknown before, but now God has been revealed and has appeared to let you know of these workings to save human beings.
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OFUDESAKI 8-11

Interpretation:
The word you and yo have different meanings. Yo is an abbreviation for yononaka, which translates into world or society. You translates into vision, appearance, task, requirement. All these reflect God’s workings. I believe you in this verse refers to God’s guidance.
The previous verse talks about disorder as God’s guidance. You refers to this. God is telling us these workings are God’s guidance. There is nothing unknown about God’s intentions. Though out the Ofudesaki, God tells us that these workings were unknown before, but now God has been revealed and has appeared to let you know of these workings to save human beings.
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OFUDESAKI 8-10

Interpretation:
How does God help people realize what our own hearts do? These were the thoughts of God. These illness as guidance, comes from the thoughts of God. God is only trying to help save
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Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine

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.

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OFUDESAKI 8-9

Interpretation:
God is reminding the early followers that everything said by Oyasama or written in the Ofudesaki are from God. God is preparing the early followers to perform the Joyous Service.
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The heart is the secret of life

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.

Definitions:

kono: this

ki: tree

ano: that

ishi: rock

omoedo kami: mainly

shidai: dependent

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.

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OFUDESAKI 8-8

Interpretation:
The intent to bless (God’s assistance to help people understand the heart) people does not come from a human mind. This comes from the pure mind of God. God only wants everyone to have eternal joy!
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God Wants us to Understand the Heart

In our religion most people place emphasis on our Service. This may be appropriate, but the Ofudesaki and Mikagura-uta tell us that understanding our own hearts is most important.  The following is from the Ofudesaki:

Kono michi o shinjitsu omou koto naraba  

Mune no uchi yori yorozu shiyan se  2-15  

This path, if you truly think about it.

From what comes from the innermost heart, all (of it) ponder.

Kono michi ga choto miekaketa koto naraba                                                                sekai no kokoro mina isami deru  2-17  

When this path (path of the heart) can be easily seen. When this happens,

the world’s mind will all become spirited.

So one may ask how does this happen, where everyone understands the heart, and what it does? We know that it is very difficult to inform others about a new idea or concept, especially in western countries where reincarnation and karma are not an accepted belief. This is where our Joyous Service comes into play.  The Joyous Service is a prayer asking God to help others understand the heart. We pray for others.

Ashiki o haroute tasuke tamae

Tenri-O-no-Mikoto

Evil sweeping, save them please,

Tenri-O-no-Mikoto (God).

 

With our prayer, whom do we want saved? The following is from the Ofudesaki.

Kono Tsutome doko kara kuru to omou kana  

Kami taru tokoro isami kuru zo ya  2-4  

This Service, where do they come from, you think.

From the high places they will come spirited.

God is telling us that the Joyous Service is intended to save others (high mountains).

In conclusion, the Joyous Service is important, but without us understanding the heart, our prayers will not be accepted by God.  Why is understanding the heart so important? From verse 2-17, God tells us that people will become spirited when one understands the heart.  How does understanding the heart make us spirited?  The answer is in the Ofudesaki, the most sacred scripture in the world!

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OFUDESAKI 8-7

Interpretation:
Te or hands refer to teaching the hand service, or the Teodori. God is reminding us that this Service was created by God. This Service is to save human beings.
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