THE PATH

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PATH TO WORLD SALVATION

  1. Spirited Person spreads God’s truth (hinokishin). Also may build a place of worship.
  2. People become aware of our religion.
  3. Spirited person or persons perform the Joyous Service, which when performed with a pure mind, brings people to our churches (God brings them by guidance/illness).
  4. God accepts sincere prayer and places illness dependent on the amount of evil thoughts in the person’s mind.
  5. These people come to our churches to ask God to heal them.
  6. We perform the salvation Service (sazuke) and teach them about the Ofudesaki.
  7. God heals them.
  8. They ponder and accepts or refuse the teachings
  9. God continues to guide them to sweep evil (greed, arrogance, and self-love) thoughts from their minds.
  10. This is called the broad path because this is the difficult part of the path where we are trying to remove evil from our minds. It is this part that we are constantly calming our minds and not acting on our evil thoughts. When this happens, we gradually reduce the amount of evil thoughts originating from our minds.
  11. We begin to understand God’s teachings as our minds become purified of greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self love.
  12. Same as above

STAGES OF THE MIND

Naïve is a mind that has evil thoughts in the mind, and usually is not aware of the teachings

Kara is a mind that has much evil thoughts in the mind, and opposes God’s truths.

Nihon is a mind that accepts God’s teachings. They have evil thoughts, but are trying to remove these evils from the mind. This is the stage that I believe most of the church is in. From this stage, the Joyous Service does not appear to be effective.

Purified is a mind that has no greed, arrogance, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness. It is from this stage that we really understand God’s teaching, and it is this stage where our minds become spirited and happy.

Spirited is a mind that wants to share the teachings with the world, since true joy is shared joy. This is the stage where our prayers (Joyous Service) are effective, and God brings people to our churches.

Heaven’s Truth Church/Tenrikyo Church

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