Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


 

Book V: 11 -16

It does not matter how difficult your condition may be,

for God desires to reveal free and unlimited workings quickly.

We are taught that there is a state of mind that experiences all sorts of difficult conditions and we have been taught that there is also a state of mind for which there is no such thing as illness. Indeed we have also been taught that there is a state of mind that is without death or weakening. It is this state of mind, the state of mind that truly realizes that this universe is the body of God, that God desires to reveal to us quickly. God says quickly because it only takes as long to realize as it takes to change one's mind. Do you know the feeling of rushing all over the house to find your keys only to realize that they are in your pocket? It is a very quick change of state. Awakening to the truth of origin is just that, a very quick change of state.

Until now, there has been no one who knows

the truth of God's free and unlimited workings.

Certainly, "until now" refers to God the Parent's revelation of the truth of origin through Miki Nakayama. However, it can also refer to us. Having been taught and having accepted the truth of origin single-heartedly we also know God's free and unlimited workings. That is to say we know and accept the truth that is revealed through the totally purified mind like clear water. The truth that indeed this universe is the body of God.

From now on, no matter how serious your illness may be,

nothing is incurable. It depends on your mind.

God speaks of illness as if it exists because God is speaking to the mind of "Kara"(alienated from its origin). The cure, we are reminded, depends upon our state of mind. The cure is the mind that is "Nihon", returned to its origin, free of illness, trouble and death. The mind that is "Kara"(alienated from the truth of origin) is hastened to return. It all depends on the state of our mind which we have been taught, becomes the state of our world.

If God accepts your mind of sincerity,

I shall work freely and unlimitedly in any matter.

The mind of sincerity is the mind wherein the self-centered imagination, the denial of the truth of origin, is settled, calmed, swept clean, replaced. It is the truly sincere mind like clear water. The mind that knows the truth of any and everything and sees the truth of all things as they are and not as they are imagined to be. It is the mind that enjoys God's free and unlimited working because it is one with God's mind. Not bound by the attachment to the body or other objects nor is bound or conditioned by the innen that rules their paths.

You close to Me, quickly become enlightened

in this teaching of the truth of God.

This is an invitation. Notice the time frame. It is always quickly even when associated with step by step. This is because of the nature of the truth. It is not a worldly common truth nor is it like any worldly common truth which often depend upon the accumulation of ideas and traditions over a long period of time.

If you quickly become enlightened in this one matter,

everything will proceed accordingly.

Awakening to the one truth is the awakening to the truth of any and everything. Calming the mind, take a moment and ponder the truth that the whole universe is the body of God. God is what exists. Everything appears in God because of that original truth. This truth is revealed at the core of every human mind, just remove the self-centered imagination long enough to let it appear. See it for yourself in your own mind.

 

In the Osashizu below, two very different points of view are clearly shown:

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.

The note on the above states: On the tenth, however, Oyasama's health failed again. Everyone was astonished.

Oshashizu January 9, 1887

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Listen and understand this. There are also occurrences called future rebirths. Having only heard about causality, you wonder by what truth it operates. No one understands it. I teach you eternal life, but what is yours may be lost depending on causality. On the other hand, being able to live a life of delight and joy is also causality.

Divine Direction, July 4, 1892 from the October 26, 1992 Sermon by the 3rd Shinbashira

All human bodies are things lent by God.

With what thought are you using them?