Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


 

Book I, Verses 58-74

Hereafter, I shall arrange for the settling of matters within.
The mind of God is hastening it.

Please listen to what God tells you step by step,
for I shall never tell you anything wrong.

You say that you wish to train the child for two or three more
years. But she is no longer in the hands of God.

Ponder well: however dear she may be to you, her parent,
you can do nothing if she is out of the hands of God.

This world is mixed with wrongdoing.
You must not attach yourself to bad causation.

You are thinking that you are already near fifty.
Yet in the eyes of God you have many years ahead of you.

Sixty more years from this year,
God promises you with certainty.

From now, replace your mind firmly.
Sweep away the wrongdoing and take a young wife.

This may seem difficult to do,
but God will go forth and receive her without fail.

After you have devoted yourself day by day, I shall
leave you entrusted with the management of everything.

Of the five, keep two at home,
God will take charge of the other three.

Look at things in the whole world and through all ages.
Calm your mind and ponder over them.

This has always been the world of God,
but it is the first time that I act as a go-between.

People will think this odd.
But however much they may laugh, it is of prime importance.

Perhaps people will say: What are you doing?
But the laughter of people will be God's delight.

The self-centered mind will not do.
The mind of God differs entirely.

I bring you together according to the causality of your previous
lives and protect you. This settles the matter for all time.

 

Settling a firm understanding of these verses of Book One can be crucial to hastening our spiritual maturity. These closing verses clearly show God's directions for single-heartedness in dialogue with a kind of misunderstanding and denial that is relevant to particular persons at a particular time in a particular place. It is not at all difficult to separate the two points of view in this Book. God asked that they listen to the truth of the original cause of all things in detail. That is that, the state of our minds, becomes the state of God's mind, becomes the state of the world. They were invited to understand that and live in high spirits and prosperity. If they were unable to understand that then they were directed to sweep, ponder and replace their mind. "The self -centered mind will not do. The mind of god differs entirely". God teaches the truth and the way to the truth fully in this Book. The misunderstandings and denials that are addressed are the issues of those who were close by and who heard the truth but were unable to understand it. It is very important for us as Yoboku to be able to distinguish between the core teaching and the issues of misunderstanding that are addressed in these books. Book One contains the entire truth even as one would wish to give it to one's own child.

Book I contains the "family recipe" for single-heartedness with God. What is promised in these poems is delivered to the mind that is open to understanding it. As we also do not want to attach ourselves to bad causation it is crucially important that we distinguish between God's mind and our own self centered mind as we go about our work as Yoboku. Why then do we keep the dialogue with the issues? We keep them because they model the necessity of addressing issues of ignorance, misunderstanding and denial of the truth of single-heartedness with God, in ways that are appropriate for the time, the place and the spiritual maturity of those who say that they wish to hear the truth of origin.

Perhaps an example will make this point clearer. I could also form an opinion that the above verses teach that one should at about mid life "take a young wife". Or that the correct family size is five children. Two of whom should be kept at home and three to be given to God. Or that we are each guaranteed to live to be 108 years old. These "teachings" are in Book I and I could support my opinion by quoting them. How then can I be sure that they are issue oriented and not the core teaching? I think that we would best be served by solving this problem now in Book One where it is easy to do so. Later on the distinction may not be so clear to us.

If we were to argue these two points of view as conflicting ideas we would eventually arrive at the conclusion that one self centered mind believes one thing while another self centered mind believes something else. Each person affirming that his ideas are God's ideas. That of course is just the current state of the world. On the other hand, if we were to sweep and calm our mind, so that all of our self centered thoughts and ideas settled back into their origin then we would have a real and true benchmark against which we could distinguish our self-centered mind from God's mind. The truth of origin is not an idea in human minds. Because the origin exists human minds are able to rise up and exist. Ponder this. God's mind comes first and brings the human mind into existence. The truth of the human mind is then reflected in God's mind. That truth is then experienced as the world. It is really quite marvelous as it is. Unfortunately more and more people are unable to find joy in that marvel and so the truth of the Origin is taught as the way to bring joy back into human life.

I want to emphasize that the truth and the way to overcome ignorance and misunderstanding of the truth is fully shown in this Book. In other words we should be able to get there from here. So let's do that now. Be aware that God's mind is reflecting your mind.

What then of the other sixteen books? In the other sixteen books the teaching of the truth and the way to the truth remains the same. Hear and awaken or sweep, ponder and replace. What changes are the issues that are addressed in ways that are appropriate for particular persons, in a particular place and in a particular time. Once again we may argue this point, and again I would suggest that the point be resolved by sweeping our self -centered mind so that it becomes one with God's mind and then see what truth is reflected there.

What I have said means none other than the following: the state of mind of man gives birth to the state of the world. The state of man, the truth of the mind of man, becomes the state of the world. You cannot find joy in this state. Therefore I teach.

Sah, sah, because Moonsun exists, the world exists. Because the world exists, things exist, Because things exist, your bodies exist. Because your bodies exist, law exists. Although the law exists, to resolve your hearts is primary.