Tenrikyo Newpath: Return to the origin and test it for your self
About the Art:
The drawings on these pages were made by Tedi Cichy. Tedi is currently living and working in Sedona Arizona. I have always been a big fan of her work and was delighted when she agreed to look at some of the poems from The Tip of the Writing Brush and an item from the Timely Talks and illustrate her response to them. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. The originals are black and white pencil drawings.
No matter how the mind of God hastens,
the minds of all of you are still inattentive.
Quickly, try pondering deeply and then hasten.
Why are you not preparing to dig up the root?
There is no one who knows the way to dig up the root,
the truth of this world.
If you have but truly dug up this root,
this path will become truly promising.
When you have passed through this path, completing the digging,
both the high and the low will be spirited.
The true Parent of this universe is MoonSun,
It is I who protect you in everything.
Everything in this universe is all by MoonSun.
All human bodies are things lent by MoonSun.
If this truth is known all over the world,
no one will remain selfish or greedy.
Be convinced when you see this, whoever you may be:
My free and unlimited workings are according to you mind.
Though it is spring water that fills the pond in the high mountains, yet at its spout, it is mixed with mud.
When you calm down your mind step by step and ponder,
it will change into clear water.
I shall go into the water in the high mountains and make it clear,
what ever kind of water it may be.
You who are devoting yourselves day after day,
settle the heart. Then a promising future will be yours.
From now, I shall plunge into the pond in the high mountains and clear it of mud,
whatever kind it may be.
If I only remove the mud from it completely,
the remaining water will be clear.
Looking all over the world and through all ages,
I see various paths of life.
Hereafter, I shall speak in the metaphor of a path,
not indicating any place in particular.
Over steep mountains, through tangles of thorns,
along narrow ledges, and through brandished swords,
if you come,
Yet ahead through a sea of flames and a deep abyss,
you will arrive at a narrow path.
After following the narrow path step by step, you will
come to a broad path. This is the trustworthy main path.
This talk is not someone else's concern. It is a matter
of your own and your single-heartedness with God.
The trees which grow in the high mountains and
the trees which grow in the low valleys are all the same.
Just a word: the hastening in the mind of God
is solely to prepare to assemble useful timber.
Though there are many and varied trees,
perhaps no one knows which will become useful timber.
Of these timbers, it is not to be just a few,
I desire a great number of timbers.
Even until now, from my desire for useful timber,
I have searched most everywhere.
This time, in the low valleys
I se promising trees in abundance.
When MoonSun enter these trees and brings them to
completion step by step, they will become pillars of nations.
Day after day, as the intent of MoonSun is deep,
two or three trees will be found even at one place.
Of these trees, I do not say whether male or female pine.
MoonSun has an intention for any tree.
In the beginnings of origin, this world was a muddy ocean,
Therein were only mud fish.
Among them were a fish and a serpent.
Looking closely, I saw that they had human faces.
Seeing this an idea came
to none other than the sincere mind of MoonSun.
If I should add instruments to them and teach them my providence step by step.
Sah, sah, where there is sincerity,
you shall receive sincerity.
You may not know what my sincerity is,
It is my providence - fire, water, and wind
Sah, sah, you are to purchase my sincerity.
Purchase my sincerity with your own sincerity.
These two versions of FIRE WATER AND WIND were done by Yoshihisa Okamoto.