Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


XIII: 27 - 30

You human beings must all love your children.

From this, please think of the regret of God. 

This is an important feature of the Model of Parental Love that is exemplified in the Divine Model. Reading this verse gives me pause to reflect on the model of parental love that my biological parents showed toward their children, as well as my own model in my relationship with my own child. My wife and I have been fortunate in that our child hasn't given us much cause for regret. Like all parents though we worry. My parents were not as fortunate with me and I caused them a great deal of regret. Still we were close and regardless of whatever regret I may have caused them my parents would never do anything to hurt any of their children. Just as I cannot imagine ever hurting my own child. That is not to say that they were not open with me and frank in their disapproval of my childish and self destructive behavior. In retrospect I didn't know what they did. Their regret flowed from their inability to enlighten me about things that I was doing that they could clearly see would not lead to freedom and joy for me.  This is exactly the situation that exists with Moonsun's efforts to awaken us. 

Hitherto, no matter what had been seen, 

God only looked on, keeping still.

Most parents know that they cannot live their children's lives for them. They wish their children to succeed and be able to be independent and make their own way. Most parents indulge their children. Often looking on and remaining silent. Waiting for the child to "grow out" of behavior that is not auspicious.  There may come a time however when matters are such that a parent must intervene. We are at that point now. 

This time, as the day is pressing, 

I shall speak out on everything, whatever it may be.

Though like all children we are not all that interested in being admonished, Moonsun is giving us a an open and frank appraisal of our behavior, its logical outcome and the way in which we can and should correct it.  

Though Tsukihi looks all over the world,

there is no one who knows the origin. 

We children have lots of self-centered  ideas about all sorts of things but the fact is that knowledge of the truth of origin remains very rare in our world.