Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


 

IV: 13-18

Day by day, disorders will befall you, and you will come again.

But no one knows how impatiently God waits.

When our disorders and troubles go beyond our human control we may look to God for relief. Often, after receiving relief, we continue on our self-centered way and don't sincerely turn to God again until we are once again in need of relief.

God knows that this is our habit and is hastening us to go beyond this cycle of praying for relief and then forgetting, only to return again, when things go wrong again for our self-centered imagination. This cycle is the world's way, the way of Kara. The way of the self centered imagination. God on the other hand is impatiently waiting for us to return to the origin, to single-heartedness with God and salvation from illness, suffering and death. God is impatient for our return. Think of the ways in which our self-centered imaginations explain that impatience away. How can we escape from our own self-centered thoughts that twist, distort and doubt God's intention?

Step by step, the performers of the Service will all assemble.

Taking this as a sign, I shall begin all My workings.

The performance of the Service is the way to escape from the misunderstanding, distortion and doubt that flows from our self-centered imagination when it has no knowledge of its origin. It we wish to see God's workings we can perform the Service and in so doing distinguish between what is original and what is not.

Day after day, I desire to make the mind of God quickly known

to the minds of the high places step by step.

When our mind is swept clean day after day the self-centered imagination settles back into its origin. The mind like clear water then clearly reflects the mind of God. This is single-heartedness with God. When the imaginary settles, only the original remains. This is the truth of any and everything, the original cause of all things. This is knowing the mind of God.

Knowing nothing, those in high places obey those of Kara.

How pitiful are such minds.

When we know nothing of the truth of origin it is only natural that we should continue to follow the worldly common reason of the self-centered imagination (Kara). However, having been taught the truth it is indeed pitiful that our minds cannot find their way back to the origin.

Day after day, the mind of God impatiently awaits

those of Kara to replace their minds entirely.

This of course is as much addressed to us as to anyone. Reflect a moment on replacing the mind entirely. Is this something that we are about? Or have we perhaps become complacent, accepting comfortable aspects of the world's reasoning as if they added up to the truth of origin? In my own case I can only say that I continue to return again and again. Sincerity returns sincerity and true sincerity reveals the truth of origin.

Remember what followed the epidemic of the cows in the past.

Let all of you in high places beware.

I of course don't remember what followed the epidemic of cows in the past. It was probably pretty ugly though. When I look at the condition of the world today, peace and prosperity seem to be beyond the reach of many of us. There are many conflicting ideas, the world's reasoning (Kara), that each claim to be the answer to our human problems. For instance, I could self-centeredly imagine that the world would be an ideal place if only everyone thought and believed as I do. To be truthful, I can't even imagine that, as I know from self-reflection that I don't even agree with myself on many things.

When we speak of replacing the mind are we speaking of everyone thinking and believing the same things? When we speak of unity of mind are we assuming that we will all have the same thoughts and experiences? God is asking us to replace the self-centered foundation of our mind( the pillar of Kara), with the pillar of (Nihon), that is single-hearted with God, the content of our thoughts that rises on either of those foundations, God leaves to us. When we trade in ideas as concerns the truth of origin we are just engaging in the world's reasoning. God is hastening us to dig up the root and replace the very core of the mind. Are we the instruments to do this? I think we are but I would not think so if God had not shown the way to do it.

 

Now, can we not correct our mistaken use of the mind and restore our minds to their original state? Certainly we can. The Mikagura-Uta, The Songs for the Service, teaches us:

God, the same as water,

Washes away the dirt from your minds

Mikagura-uta V:3

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.

Mikagura-uta X:3-4

I should like you to ponder well over these verses. As I said earlier, our minds are originally clear. But since we mix dust into them, they become murky. Thus if we purify our murky and muddy minds by sweeping them with God the Parent as broom, teaches Oyasama, our mind will surly be restored to their original state.

God, the same as water,

Washes away the dirt from your minds

Mikagura-uta V:3

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.

Mikagura-uta X:3-4

I should like you to ponder well over these verses. As I said earlier, our minds are originally clear. But since we mix dust into them, they become murky. Thus if we purify our murky and muddy minds by sweeping them with God the Parent as broom, teaches Oyasama, our mind will surly be restored to their original state.

October 26,1994 The 3rd Shinbashira