Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven
This universe is the body of God.
Ponder this in all matters.
XII: 95 -98
What do you think this salvation is?
It is My assurance of your freedom from smallpox.
Though the causality of smallpox has been worked out and the smallpox virus is now held captive, when this verse was written smallpox was exacting a very heavy toll on human lives and was the cause of a great deal of worldly common human suffering. As such, this promise is just one example of the freedom and protection that is afforded by single-hearted salvation. The promise of that freedom is here expressed in a way that was totally appropriate for time and place.
Another salvation I desire to teach:
an equally abundant harvest everywhere at all times.
So too with this promise. Moonsun is addressing farmers and villagers about the circumstances that directly concern them. That is to say that Moonsun is demonstrating a model of teaching the children in ways that are appropriate for their time, the place and the level of spiritual maturity.
To train you in such a path quickly is My desire,
but there is no understanding in anyone's mind.
Here we can clearly see the source of the disconnect that leads to misunderstanding. The children are drawn to Moonsun with the intention of having their self-centered concerns satisfied. The intention of Moonsun, on the other hand, is to train intermediaries in how to carry a path of single-hearted salvation to all of the children in all circumstances in all times and places and in so doing, making it possible for them enjoy the fruits of single-hearted salvation themselves.
I do not discriminate among any of you in the world.
Please ponder, each of you.
The understanding of this aspect of the Model of Parental love, non-discrimination between one child and another, is a major challenge to those who would step onto the path of saving others single-heartedly. It is a natural outcome of our reasoning from the point of view of the self-centered imagination that we are drawn to Moonsun when we want something and thus tend to approach God with sincere prayers concerning how we would like God to help us. In this respect it is likely that our prayers to God will have the satisfaction of a self-centered concern at their core. From Moonsun's point of view however, responding to one child over another would be an act of favoring one child over an other and that is something that this verse teaches us Moonsun is either not willing nor able to do. Moonsun's response to our self-centered prayers is then to offer all of the children equally the freedom, joy and true satisfaction that flows from returning to the origin and single-heartedness with Moonsun.
While Oyasama's parental love is thus shown in innumerable ways, She certainly took the greatest care in teaching the Salvation Service. From the very beginning, Oyasama had in mind the completion of the Salvation Service. All the paths She taught - the path to purify the mind, the path of construction, the path to bring peace to the world, the path to ensure rich harvests - all these paths would in fact lead to the completion of the Salvation Service.
The 3rd Shinbashira October 26, 1986
We can gain understanding of the ideals for which we search by the way we direct our thinking in each of our situations. It can be said that in each case, we are looking to Oyasama in adoration with our arms spread wide to receive Her saving grace. On the other hand, what would our thoughts be if we stepped into Her mind and looked at ourselves from Her point of view?
The 3rd Shinbashira, February, 18, 1986