This Website was initiated to bring discussion to why our religion is not growing in membership as promised in the Ofudesaki. Some of my beliefs and suggestion will anger many of our current members. I acknowledge that many of our members are good and decent people; and my motive is not to anger them. I only ask that you read and translate the Ofudesaki word by word, and not interpret it. This is my belief from reading our sacred books why our religion is not increasing in number.
I believe in the Ofudesaki (Our sacred book), which contains God’s truth.
These instructions give us the recipe to save the world. These are the ingredients:
1. God tells us to understand the soul/heart to purify our minds of sin/evil and to live the “Joyous life”.
2. God teaches us to tell others that God will begin to work. Tell people that illnesses are God’s guidance to help us understand the soul/heart in order to purify our minds of evil thoughts. This propagation is the first step in saving others. This is called hinokishin.
3. God has given us a special prayer (Joyous Service) that will initiate God’s guidance. The Joyous Service is the prayer that God has granted us to save all mankind. By the Joyous Service performed with a sincere mind, God promises us that she will start to work to make people understand the soul (heart). God will bring new members to our churches by placing temporary illnesses as guidance to the people we have forewarned about God’s guidance to understand the soul.
Kanrodai at Ojiba where our prayer is directed toward.
4. To heal the people whose minds have been revealed when God guides them to us; and teach them about the soul, causality and true sincerity. True sincerity is a mind that ponders over suffering and obstacles derived from the soul, and accepts these inconveniences in a joyous manner. This will make our minds spirited; and by the principle of causality and the pure soul, will bring forth joy in the future.
Reference: Ofudesaki (Tip of the Writing Brush) 6th edition, Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, Tenrikyo Church Headquarter.
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