Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


 

IV 42-47

Day by day, disorders will come to your bodies.

Ponder over it! God is informing you of your mistaken minds.

What mistake is that, we might well wonder? In this world there are all kinds of truths. How are we to determine what is a mistaken mind and what is not?

Each of you, after pondering over the body,

resolve the mind to lean on God.

The problem is on a fundamental level. It has to do with our notion of being a body that is separate from the rest of nature and ultimately from God and the truth of origin. When we ponder over the natural place of the human body in the universe. And distinguish between our original and our imagined condition, then we can use that knowledge to resolve to lean on God and in so doing return to the free and unlimited high spirited point of view that flows from being one with the power of the origin.

The thoughts of God about all matters are profound,

but you close to Me are unaware of this.

When we look at the poems and the metaphors that appear in the Ofudesaki we have a natural tendency to try and understand the "thoughts of God" by matching them up with the worldly common thoughts and ideas that make up our everyday mind. This was true even of those minds that were close to God and were being directly instructed by God.

Until today, you have not been able to see any path whatever.

It can be seen quickly. Ponder and resolve.

Once again we are encouraged to see the path to single-heartedness with God quickly. This path can be seen quickly by pondering the truth of the body (This universe is the body of God) returning the mind to its origin and resolving to lean on God.

Though I wish to have you know this path quickly,

it is difficult because there is no understanding.

Though God has shown the way to return quickly, if we do not understand we may think that this path is something difficult that takes a very long time to do. Recall that since the state of our mind becomes the state of our world, if we say it will take a long time then it will take a long time. If on the other hand we sincerely resolve to awaken now then we will awaken now.

Though I have made it known by My writing brush step by step,

your lack of understanding is the regret of God.

What is needed to awaken to single-heartedness with God has been fully given even to this point in the poems. If the mind is unable to settle, there is the Service. After calming the mind, ponder the truth of the body that is known through the mind like clear water and resolve to settle the mind in single-heartedness with God.

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 which you lead.

Osashizu January 4, 1887

" The growth of human beings means our drawing closer to the intention of Oyasama, closing the gap between Oyasama's mind and our minds, and eliminating the difference between Oyasama's thoughts and our thoughts.

The 3rd Shinbashira October 26, 1988