Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


 

IV 36-41

Step by step, I am solely making preparations

truly to save the whole world.

There are many worldly common truths that make this same claim. By making the distinction clear in our own mind between the original mind of God, "Nihon" and the self-centered imagination, "Kara", we are able to clearly see the path that is appropriate for the whole world at any time and in any place.

After that, you may stay as long as you wish,

without illness, death, or weakening.

Further, after the passage of long years,

there will be no aging at all.

Both of these promises are fully shown in the model life "hinagata". It falls to us to ponder these promises in light of the model life and the poems at hand.

Until now, you have known nothing,

but from now on I shall teach you everything.

At present, the minds of all, as well as the minds of

those within, are greatly mistaken.

Once again we are warned that our usual human self-centered way of determining truth is mistaken when seeking the truth of origin. Further we are warned that even those who were close to God when this path was opened were "greatly mistaken" in their understanding of God's intention.

From tomorrow on, I shall begin to request anything of you.

You must follow the words of God.

For each of us then, there is call for a fresh and intimate start along the path of understanding. The promises that God has made are realized in the mind that can distinguish between what is original and what is imaginary. The sincere performance of the Service shows the way to make that distinction and realize the truth of origin quickly. When our mind is thus settled and prepared then the promises of the verses above and the truth of those verses at the head and foot of this page can be savored and clearly understood as flowing from the very foundation of the joyous life. If on the other hand we have experienced difficulty in finding this to be so then perhaps we might benefit from carefully re-examining God's directions to be sure that we are following the words of God and not the words of those whose sincere intentions ended up being "greatly mistaken".

Sah, sah, the time is fully ripe and pressing. I have already told you everything but you have not understood at all. No matter how much I explain, there is no one who understands. This is my regret. You must reflect deeply on the life of doubt that which you lead…

What I have told you until now has been realized.

Oshashizu, January, 4, 1887

Sah, sah, do you think that I have become feeble with age or that I am having difficulty because of illness? I am not ill, nor am I feeble. I have taught you completely, step by step. Ponder over it well.

Words of Oyasama January 9,1887

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"On the tenth, however, Oyasama's health failed again. "

Commentary on events of January 10th, 1887, representing a worldly common point of view.

All human bodies are things lent by God.

With what thought are you using them?