Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.

XV: 37 - 40

You might not know what this working is.

The whole universe is the body of the Parent.

When viewed from the point of view of the self-centered imagination only, workings of the world appear to be filled with limitations on our freedom. When viewed from the point of view of single-heartedness with the Parent of origin, whose body is the whole universe, those same workings are experienced as free and unlimited. 

I desire that you know the regret of the Parent up to now.

So at this time, I shall reveal all of it.

That our play has become conditioned, limited and drained of lasting joy is the regret of the Parent. This limitation is the direct result of the self-centered imagination's claim of ownership over a portion of the Parent's body. The regret of the Parent is that the indulgence of the Parent makes both the error possible as well as the difficulty of repairing it. To repair it then the Parent must reveal both the true nature of the self-centered imagination and the truth of the innermost heart. 

There is no knowing what I am going to do.

Take notice, each and everyone of you.

That God the Parent intends to reveal the workings of our self-centered imaginations is by now well known to us. That God the Parent intends to reveal our innermost heart is also by now well known to us. That God intends to use instruments, "timbers" to realize universal single-hearted salvation is clear to us too. What perhaps isn't so clear is just how God the Parent intends to do that for each and every one of us in a way that is appropriate for our time, place and level of spiritual maturity but then I guess that is what the "timbers" are for. 

What are your thinking of this talk

about My regret and appeals at this time?

Having been asked a direct question, what am I to answer? I guess at this point I'm either trying to become single-hearted with my Parent of Origin and at the same time help others to do so also or I'm doing something else. The problems for me remain the same though they seem to be becoming less so with each passing day. How can I remember to ponder in all matters that the whole universe is the body of God? And, how do I engage other minds and help them to reveal the workings of their self-centered imaginations to themselves on the one hand and how do I help them to reveal their innermost hearts on the other?