Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven
This universe is the body of God.
Ponder this in all matters.
X: 81- 85
Day by day, I shall make every
effort solely for
the preparations to make everyone
in the world spirited.
Moonsun’s day by day, moment to moment and tireless efforts to make the preparations for all human beings continues to even to this day and this moment. Recall that the plan is to train “intermediaries” to return to the origin and Moonsun’s free and unlimited workings.
So that Moonsun’s intention can be easily understood, the description of the human condition is thus reduced to two contrasted general states of mind: “spirited” (having single-heartedness with Moonsun’s free and unlimited workings as the foundation for all thought) and “depressed” (having the self-centered imagination only as the foundation for all thought).
As the minds of the world are
spirited step by step,
the growth of all crops, also, will be spirited.
This is certainly good news for agriculturalists and for the rest of us who depend upon their efforts for sustenance. And, for those who are more inclined to wringing metaphors out of poetry, there is also the interpretation that our human thoughts are “seeds” that yield two general types of outcomes (“crops”): spirited or depressed.
To explain how these minds are to
will go forth, taking My
Moonsun works in the
world through instruments and intermediaries (“taking my workers along”). It
is this single-heartedness with Moonsun and the free and unlimited workings that
flow from returning the mind to its origin that will make it possible for
Moonsun’s intermediaries to open new paths of single-hearted salvation
appropriate for time place and maturity for everyone in the world. In that way,
step by step, all human beings can become spirited and enjoy the free and
unlimited workings that flow from the origin as the joyous life.
Until then, you will all hear
of various things
here and there and one after
Whatever you hear, I told of it all
Ponder over it.
declarations of certainty, which to our self-centered imaginations
perhaps look like predictions, of two general types. First, there are the
promises of true satisfaction, joy and free and unlimited workings that flow
from the purified mind that has returned to its origin. Second there are the
observations of the deep dissatisfaction and evil (unwanted things) that can
flow from viewing the world with the self-centered imagination alone as the
foundation for our thinking.
We are asked to ponder. To me it seems as though Moonsun has accurately portrayed the human condition. The way the human condition was when these poems were written, the way the human condition is now and the way the human condition can be changed so that all human beings can look forward to a prosperous and joyous future.