Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.

XIV: 9 - 12

Until today, in My talks on whatever matters,

I have taught you various things step by step.

We should not forget that the human self-centered imagination is, at least from our point of view, the premier marvel of nature. Because Moonsun exists the self-centered imagination exists. Utilizing its marvelous power we have been able to explore and explain causes going almost all the way back to the beginning of the material universe. It is unfortunate that such a miraculous power has also led to unintended human trouble and suffering. 

But as the day of the appointed time has not yet come,

you have seen nothing.

Of the causes that we have explored there is one area in which we are deficient. We know very little of the workings of our own mind and the consciousness that illuminates it. Because of this we know nothing of the truth of our origin. 

This is why all of you doubt

and erase by your words whatever Moonsun says.

Since we have no experience or knowledge of the truth of origin we doubt that it is exists. The illusion of our separateness is very convincing and we take our independence for granted. Like fish doubting the existence of water or the hidden working of an amusement park.  Moonsun is the essential source of the experience but under ordinary circumstances remains hidden or undistinguished. 

Because the self-centered imagination has no experience to relate Moonsun's teaching to, it tends to relate it to inappropriate experiences that then result in misunderstanding and a lack of understanding of Moonsun's intention and means. 

For Moonsun, this is the greatest regret.

By all means, I shall clearly reveal what I have said.

For Moonsun the difficulty in reaching out to the self-centered imagination to provide salvation and relief is the greatest regret. Perhaps we can get some sense of this by comparing it to the well known difficulty of trying to help a suffering animal. Often the animal does not understand the intended aid and may violently reject the well intentioned intervention tendered on its behalf. 

Moonsun is working tirelessly to find a way to open our minds to the reason of heaven and to show us clearly the truth of origin. To achieve this Moonsun has modeled several step by step methods for quieting and purifying the self-centered imagination so that the truth of origin can be known and understood.