Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven
This universe is the body of God.
Ponder this in all matters.
Book I Verses 7-14, Lewis
It is assumed that the person reading these poems and the person or persons for whom the poems were written does not know the heart of their author, who it is claimed is God. No blame is attached to this ignorance of the Heart and indeed it is said to be a natural condition. A promise is made that the Heart, which is the original cause of all things, will be taught in detail. We are warned against mistaking the words that have been used to indicate the Heart for the true Heart.
As a person reading these poems I am attracted to the promises. I would like to know the truth of all things in detail, the original cause of all things. I take this approach because as yoboku I think that it is important that we recognize that the teaching begins with a promise and a warning. As instruments of the true heart we should be able to make good on the promise and clearly understand the ramifications of the warning.
Moving on to Book I, verses 7-14. I am in high spirits as we approach these verses because it is through these verses that we will awaken to the true Heart of God, the original cause of all things and with that awakening we will know the truth of all things in detail. Shall we go on?
As God is revealed and teaches the truth of all things in detail,
the minds of all in the world will become spirited.
As I am in haste to save all of you quickly,
I set out to make all the minds in the world spirited.
As your minds become spirited step by step,
there shall be rich harvests and prosperity everywhere.
Hereafter, I shall teach you the hand movements of the
Kagura Service and wait for all to assemble and perform it.
When all are assembled and quickly do the Service, as those
close to Me become spirited, God, also will be spirited.
When the mind of God is depressed over everything,
the growth of all crops will be depressed, too.
The mind that causes depressed crops is pitiful.
Quickly become spirited so that the crops are not depressed.
If you wish that the crops grow spiritedly,
do the Kagura Service and the Teodori.
There are four elements to these poems. The state of our mind, the state of God's mind, the state of the world and the Service. The first three elements are an identity. Look at the poems carefully. The state of my mind becomes the state of God's mind. The state of God's mind becomes the state of the world. They are the same. It is as if God's mind is a mirror that reflects the state of my mind as the state of the world. If this is so one might expect to find God using metaphors of mirrors and reflections to try and make this point. You can of course all find these for and in yourselves.
I expect that each of us will, right now, through self reflection, be aware of our own mind and the way in which it reflects off of God's mind and instantaneously becomes the state of the world. This by the way is what is meant by "giving a return at once" but that is for another set of poems.
So we each have identified our own mind and by sincerely looking within and reflecting have seen that our own mind reflects back as the truth of the world. Doesn't this deserve to be called the truth of any and everything? Isn't this the original cause of all things in detail revealed? Certainly this is where our world originates.
What then of the fourth element, the Services? Perhaps when we set out to see how our mind is reflected in God's mind and how God's mind is reflected as the world, we find that we can only find or be aware of the truth of our own self centered mind. We cannot distinguish between our mind and God's mind and we don't see the truth of how the truth of our mind becomes the truth of the world. At the time that these poems were written the Parent of Origin was already aware that the person or persons for whom they were written could not make the necessary distinction to see the truth of origin, the truth of all things in detail. For that reason it was necessary to make a path that would appeal to that person's the self centered imagination in that time and that place while at the same time prepare the mind to awaken to the truth of origin, the truth of all things in detail. The essence of that path is true sincerity. The method of the path is the sweeping of the self centered imagination to the point where it can distinguish between the self centered imagination, the world and their true origin. This Service leads to a real awakening totally beyond the limits of the self centered imagination and its truths made of words.
I am aware that one might ask if the Service that was created for that time and that place is appropriate for this time and this place. I would answer that the essence is appropriate for all times and all places. The method it seems to me can also be made appealing in this time and this place. The essence is constant. If someone knows of a better method then I would say do that. The important thing is to awaken. Even now it is possible to do so if we all haven't already.
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. Osashzu, July 7, 1890.