Date: 2/23/00 11:23:27 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: email@example.com (kuniharu shimizu)
As John pointed out, these verses can be interpreted in number of ways.
I want to comment on one of them, the most apparent one.
These verses are about the making of a holy place. The Residence means the
Jiba, the one and only holy place in Tenrikyo. Jiba is the Residence of God
the Parent. Oyasama, the God the Parent on earth, is ever-living so she
resides in a house (the Foundress' Sanctuary adjacent to Jiba.)
Like some precious stone, which needs to be cut and polished, the Residence
The cleaning implies two meanings.
1. cleaning of physical place; convert the Nakayama residence to a suitable
place to perform the Kagura Service.
2. cleaning of the mind of the people at the Nakayama residence; converting
ordinary mind to a mind that is single-hearted to God the Parent.
The verses state that Shuji is a key person in these cleanings, especially
in the No. 2 cleaning. Specifically, the verse 39 refers to Shuji's common
law wife, Ochie. Oyasama requested Ochie and the son to move out of the
To an ordinary mind, Oyasama seemed too harsh on Shuji, Ochie and the son. I
can only say that in the eyes of Oyasama, te presence of the wife and the
son was really in the way of the conversion, or the construction. I am sure
it was not out of ordinary motherly concern. I honestly cannot see the
reason why. I am probably one of "You close to Me may question what I do.
It must have been pretty tough for Shuji to comply with Oyasama's request.
But, it seems that to Oyasama, Shuji's complying to the request was a
necessary step for him to become single-hearted with God the Parent. There
is perhaps the matter of causation of the souls, too.
I think the reason why Oyasama left this family matter recorded in words is
because Oyasama wants us to keep in mind that to become single-hearted with
God requires sometimes cutting off some human concerns, however painful it
By the way, I am going to go on the road again from Feb. 28 through March 7.
I may not be able to read e-mails along the way. I will try, though.
Wishing Joyous Life for all