Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.

XII: 27 - 30

At this time, I am giving you notice again,

on top of My previous notices and appeals. 

This seems to me to be a variation of  "how many times do I have to tell you?". A familiar tune to all parents in all times and places. 

Alas, no matter how many notices I hive and appeals I make,

there is no one who understands.

It is easy to overlook the importance of this kind of verse. By the time that this verse was written there was considerable activity going on with Oyasama as the center. This tells us a great deal about Moonsun's intention. The entire step by step process is transparent and the sole goal is not success in worldly common measure but in the true understanding that is single-hearted salvation. 

So the days come and go, but at no time is there anyone

who is able to understand My intention.

It is my earnest belief that this is not a criticism but a parental guidance. Certainly at the time there were sincere prayers being offered to Oyasama as the Goddess of Yamato. It would be impossible to fathom the scope of all such offerings but these poems provide the sense that many of them would have been attempts to influence, flatter or placate the deity through formulas of worship and other well known and understood means. We can assume from this that all of the devotion being directed toward Oyasama was well meaning but still totally missed the point of the true intention of Moonsun and the means and methods to realize that intention. That this misunderstanding is revealed in this model shows how very important it is to grasp this situation so that our efforts do not end up in the same unfortunate situation. We have been asked, more than once, to begin again from one so that we can be sure that we are stepping out onto the path of Moonsun's intention and not some other worldly common path.  

Today, as the time has already come, Moonsun will set out. 

Everyone, beware!

Beware of what, one might ask. I think that we are being warned that as Moonsun sets out to save the world with a path of single-hearted salvation as known and understood through the totally purified mind like clear water, we could be left behind on a path that is based on a misunderstanding of Moonsun's intention. Missing the boat so to speak. 

I should like to find a way to start from one by considering Her Divine Model once again from a fresh point of view.  Focusing on our position of being Oyasama's instruments, I should like to discover what the parental love in Her Divine Model means, in order to accomplish our mission as Her instruments. 

The 3rd Shinbashira, February 18, 1986