Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


XVII: 73 - 75 

Sato, Sato, Ta-oto, Ta-oto, Byo-sama, Byo-sama...

Though these poems show a model path of single-hearted salvation for all human beings, the method, means and intention demonstrated here show the model as a variety of efforts (by all means, whatever it takes) crafted for and directed at specific families in a particular time and place and at various levels of spiritual maturity. 

If this talk coincides sign for a sign,
know that everything proceeds in this way.

Each of us can compare the causality that we experience as our life path with this teaching ( a sign for a sign). On the one hand there is the causality that flows from thinking that is self-centered at its foundation, while on the other hand, there is causality that flows from thinking that has the truth of origin at its foundation. The totally self-centered path of causality, the path with the self-centered imagination as the foundation of all thinking, yields mixed satisfaction and uncertain results, both good and evil.  The path of  single-hearted causality, the path of the mind that has had the foundation of all thinking replaced with the truth of origin, yields true satisfaction in all circumstances and the enjoyment of free and unlimited workings as a joyous life. In every case we  are invited to compare these two paths of causality ("Innen"), test these two states of mind and see the truth of their "returns" for ourselves. 

I earnestly request each and everyone of you
to ponder deeply over these teachings. 

 In verse II: 15 we are taught that if we are "sincere in desiring this path [a path of universal single-hearted salvation] to be", we should ponder over everything from our innermost heart. On more than one occasion people have told me that they do not know what it means to "ponder deeply" and that they certainly don't know what it means to ponder over everything from their innermost heart.  Who then will teach the children how to do this? Fortunately, God the Parent has provided the solution for this problem in the model path. God's instruments, the "Timbers" will teach all of the minds of the world how to ponder deeply from their innermost hearts. And, because of the parental love that flows through the model path, they will accomplish that task in ways that are appropriate for each and every mind regardless of time, place or level of spiritual maturity. What a marvelous path it is!

Given that Oyasama Herself says that She is teaching by using the metaphor of water, the key to the realization of the Joyous Life must be to purify the mind by removing the dust and to lead our lives exactly as taught by Oyasama. 

The Mikgura uta, The Songs for the Service, says:
This mud in the water,
I wish you to take it out quickly.
Greed is fathomless like muddy water.
When your mind is completely purified,
Then comes paradise.
Forever this shall become the seed of stories

Mikagura-uta X:3-5

  Oyasama says that She would like us to sweep away the dust of the mind quickly. She tells us that once we sweep away the dust of the mind and see joyousness emerge - joyousness, which brings with it a sense of buoyancy and happiness - then this becomes the "seed of stories", " or the seed of instruction, for a lifetime and for eternity. 

The 3rd Shinbashira October 26, 1995