OFUDESAKI 11-51

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OFUDESAKI 11-50

Although there are many brochures and documents in our religion, and other religions, God is telling us that in the Ofudesaki, everything written is true. This is why we must study the Ofudesaki. This sacred scriptures gives us the instructions to live a “Joyous life, and also the instructions to spread these truths. Please Study these teachings.
* the most accurate translation is at heaventruth.com and on Facebook at the Tenrikyo Ofudesaki Study Group.
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OFUDESAKI 11-49

Interpretation:
The path to fear is the path of suffering. What we sow, we reap. Our negative actions will result in suffering in the future.
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We Reap What We Have Sowed Because of the Heart

The first verse of both the Ofudesaki and Mikagura-uta, God tells us that we do not understand the heart. What is the heart? Tenrikyo Church Headquarter translates it as God’s mind. Yes, we may not understand God’s intentions; but is this the real meaning of this verse?  In the Ofudesaki, mune is mentioned many times. Of course, mune is not our physical heart that keeps us physically alive.  In the Ofudesaki, the following is attributed to the heart.
 
The Original mind, if you think about it.
The heart, what comes from it, all ponder.  2-15
The heart is the sand to purify the mind 3-11
Ponder what comes from the heart, 3-47
heart is settling 2-28
the innermost heart, God will distinguish 4-107
depending on your innermost heart, it will be done  4-108
the innermost heart to sweep, that is said.  5-27
the sweeping of the heart must be done, because the Original mind, the understanding is nonexistent.  5-28
For the Original mind, the heart to quickly settle 5-74
your hearts you are dependent on.   6-97
what comes from the heart, to attain the Original mind, quickly understand.    7-27
from what comes from your heart, hurry sweeping.  7-30
What comes from the heart, the Original mind, show it. 7-32
The heart is not understood. The regret of God. 7-44
What comes from the heart, all will sweep.  7-95
The hearts, piles of dust have accumulated.  8-61
What comes from the heart, one must clear it away, to prepare for what follows  8-67
To approach the Original mind, the heart if understood, God will be delighted  10-59
The high mountains cannot understand the heart. The regret of God  10-90-
The sweeping of the heart, you will be able do do by yourself  12-79
This Original mind what is it about. Ponder the heart, This is foremost 12-133
To attain the Original mind, the sweeping of the heart, by oneself can be done. 12-172
the heart if it is purified, there will be no danger. 13-83
The heart God is certainly looking at.  13-98
The heart to God’s mind is accepted, forever to occur, I certainly stand firm.  13-99
Everyone, all individuals are dependent on the heart.  13-117
For the Original mind, the heart’s sweeping, all will begin. 14-72
The world’s heart to sweep  15-47
The heart, God is watching 16-79
The sweeping of the heart, I say I desire. 17-50
the heart’s sweeping to do, think about!  17-62
 
From these verses, we can say that fates come from our hearts.  God tells us to ponder what comes from our heart. Ponder the daily occurrences in our lives.
 
Like the sand in the water purification system, does the heart collect waste, in our case,  it collect information on our actions, like demerits, and eventually release them as fate.
 
God is telling us that our hearts can be swept of these negative fates.
 
God is telling us to attain the Original pure mind, we must ponder what the heart bings forth as fate, and not take action on our evil thoughts. This is the way to purify our minds, and eliminate all negative fates.
 
From this I will conclude that the heart is an entity in each of our bodies which is eternal. This may be the soul, or contained within our souls. The heart collects our negative actions and stores them as fate, eventually releasing them when opportunity arises, many times in our next lives. We reap what we sow because of our hearts. This is why God wants us to understand the heart.  By understanding the heart, we can return to the Original pure mind that was given to the first parents of human beings. When we attain this mind, only joy will come from our hearts. This is the Joyous life!
 
When our mind are pure, due to understanding what comes from our hearts, then our prayers will be accepted by God!
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WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND

Here again God is telling us that we do not understand the heart. In the first verse of the Ofudesaki, God also tells us that we do not understand the heart. What is the heart? Most believe that it is God’s heart; but I believe that God is talking about our heart. It is not our physical heart, but it is an entity, possibly the soul or contained in, that monitors our behavior, and delivers our fate as we deserve by our actions. It is not God that punishes or rewards us; it is our own hearts that do that for us. God wants us to understand the heart.

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Genesis

These working of, earth and heaven
representing, wife and husband created and brought forth.
This is the beginning of the world.
 
Where does this verse come from?  It comes from the 2nd part of the Joyous Service. This has a significant meaning.  I was taught that man represented heaven and woman represented the earth. For example the woman represents the earthly qualities of nourishment, and care giving, while the man represents the heavenly qualities of protection. But I believe that this interpretation is incorrect. God is telling us that our bodies were created from the earth, specifically the sea creatures in the ancient muddy oceans. God started to make human bodies by finding a fish and sea serpent, and added the good qualities of the other sea creatures to each of the first parents. Then from heaven was added the pure mind of God into the first parents. The word shinjitsu is often found in the Ofudesaki. This is the pure original mind given to the first parents. This is the mind that God wants us to return to. In summary God created human beings from the living instruments found on earth, and from the pure mind of God from heaven.
 
This second part of the Joyous Service is important to understand because God created human beings to live the Joyous life. From the earth, all the qualities to fabricate a perfect body was utilized. From heaven, the pure mind of God was added. From this combination, God has given us the ability to live the Joyous life. But unfortunately dusts or evil thoughts have permeated our minds. This is why there is suffering and illness in this world.  How do we attain the Joyous life? We must obtain the Original mind that was given to the first parents of human beings. When this occurs, only joy will occur, as intented by God when God initiated the creation of human beings.
 
From God, the Original mind thinking to attach,
How the world, to begin to create.   Ofudesaki 6-81
 
Nonexistent in the world, to begin to start was difficult.
What instruments to find, to prepare.  6-82
 
Looking carefully within, I found loaches, a fish and a serpent,
other creatures also was seen to play a role. 6-83
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OFUDESAKI 11-47

Interpretation:
These teachings are unique to the world. God wants to save all of the people in the world.
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OFUDESAKI 11-46

In the Ofudesaki, God is telling us what will happen in the future. What will happen to Shoji and Kokan; but most important God is telling us that eventually everyone in the world will be saved. Everyone will live the Joyous life. But until that time, God is telling us how to avoid being remorseful.

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OFUDESAKI 11-45

Interpretation:
God is telling us what we do today, will affect us in the future. What we sow, we will reap. Most of the world does not know what path they are on. Are they on the path of suffering or on a path of joy?
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OFUDESAKI 11-44

Interpretation:
God sees our future path, but we are not aware of what is going to happen in the future. We reap what we have sowed.
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