Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


XVI: 29 - 32

Today, you have heard Me on any and every matter.

At any moment, things will change.

God knows that we tend to be complacent as long as things are going alright. It is only when they turn bad on us that we start to look for help. This verse reminds us that we never know when we are going to need that help, so it is a good idea to return to the origin in advance of our dire need so that no matter what course lies ahead for us we will be prepared to meet with it with a mind of joy. 

Whatever may happen, bear no grudge.

It is all what you have done to yourselves.

There are a number of worldly common traditions that assume that god, gods or spirits are responsible for our experiences, be they good or bad. In this verse God our Parent clearly explains that we make our own causal experience and we should not blame God for it if there is no joy in it. 

To Moonsun, all of you equally are children of Mine.

Though love for you fills My thoughts,

Here we return to the Model of Parental love so that we do not make the mistake of imagining that God prefers one child over another, regardless of what ever kind of mind any child might have. 

There can be no help for what each of you has done

self-centeredly. I can only look on caringly.

The point is that because we are free to use our self-centered imaginations however we wish, God cannot help us unless we return to our origin and the protection that flows from the point of view that is single-heartedness with God our Parent. Ponder that when we return to our origin we are not giving up our freedom we are giving up our limitations. The point of view of the single-hearted salvation is free and unlimited workings as opposed to the point of view of the self-centered imagination which is free and limited workings. One knows and understands the truth that the whole universe is the body of God and that human bodies are things lent by God. While the other knows and understands only the limits and changes associated with imagining itself to be a separate body, a perishable object. 

Starting right now, try to think about the whole universe being a single body, the body of God, in each of your daily matters. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised to see how quickly Moonsun will come out to embrace you and lead you back to the truth of your origin.