Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven
This universe is the body of God.
Ponder this in all matters.
whatever is said by mouth,
if there is no
sure proof, it will not do.
Though addressed to
all human beings equally, in the first instance, this poem is addressed to those
who would be trained as Moonsun’s intermediaries” and as such are being
trained to open paths of single-hearted salvation for all mankind regardless of
time, place or level of spiritual maturity. To accomplish such a momentous task
those intermediaries will apparently need to know what they are doing and why
they are doing it. This verse then makes it clear that for Moonsun’s sincere
intermediaries, simple belief in Moonsun’s words is not enough,” it will not
do”. A “sure proof” is required.
is proof: Moonsun has entered this body
directions freely and unlimitedly.
This assertion of sure
proof is remarkable and deserves a closer look. Our ordinary worldly common
thinking is familiar with the idea of proof. Generally, in worldly common terms,
to say that something is proved requires some kind of objective demonstration.
When that kind of objective demonstration is not possible then the matter
becomes one of either belief or disbelief. So, when Moonsun asserts that
“Moonsun has entered this body and gives directions freely and unlimitedly”,
in worldly common terms that assertion doesn’t appear to prove anything. Of
course one could then say that one either believes the assertion or not but that
is also just the worldly common response to the absence of proof.
So where is the proof
that Moonsun is asserting to be found? One
interpretation would turn away from worldly common reasoning and the expectation
of an objective demonstration and instead “look” inward for the subjective
demonstration that is single heartedness with Moonsun. Recall that this is a
model that is intended to be followed exactly. Miki Nakayama’s mind was
replaced by Moonsun’s mind, the truth of origin. The sure proof then is for
each of us to replace our minds with Moonsun’s mind. That we are able to prove
this for ourselves, in our own mind, is because of Moonsun’s free and
unlimited workings. That is to say that Moonsun desires to train intermediaries
who are free to give the appropriate directions for each of us to become
single-hearted, without being held back by the limitations that dominate
ordinary self-centered thinking.
of this, I begin things,
about that which has never existed anywhere.
Because Moonsun can give
directions freely and unlimitedly, Moonsun is able to enter into our
self-centered imaginations and craft appropriate paths of single-hearted
salvation by speaking of things which our imaginations can relate to even though
they never existed anywhere.
Though I speak
solely about things which have never existed,
they are all the
teachings of Moonsun.
Though Moonsun speaks of
things which never existed, there is nothing trivial about them. Even now
Moonsun’s intermediaries continue to “begin things” (new paths of
single-hearted salvation) which are appropriate for time, place and maturity and
which surely lead to the “sure proof” that is single-hearted salvation by
replacing the self-centered imagination with the mind of Moonsun, the truth of
what must we be mindful of to be acceptable in the eyes of the Parent in our
efforts of spreading the teachings and salvation work? It is first to change our
ways of thinking to come into accord with Oyasama’s way of thinking, and, when
we make our efforts, to make them not in ways to satisfy
or to be in line with the ways of the world but to aid and comfort one another
with patience and sincerity so that the parental love of Oyasama will sink in
deeply and be conveyed from heart to heart. The first step in responding to
Oyasama’s parental heart is not to accept it self-centeredly but to accept it
as She has shown it.
3rd Shinbashira February 18, 1986
in accord with this intention of God the Parent, showed us the Divine Model of
the Joyous Life through Her own example. Observing
the individual tendencies and temperaments of people, Oyasama gave instruction
through a variety of means, teaching us over and over with painstaking care and
patience. Through Her spoken and
written word as well as through Her own attitude, She showed us the path by
which we should advance toward the Joyous Life and taught us to replace our
minds so that our way of thinking would
accord with the mind of God the Parent.
3rd Shinbashira October 26, 1986