Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven
This universe is the body of God.
Ponder this in all matters.
Date: 7/18/01 5:47:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (kuniharu shimizu)
This comment is on verse 6 to 13, Part 6
In the verse 9, the word Tsukihi appears for the first time. Tsukihi, moon-sun signifies God the Parent . The word tsukihi is used through to the beginning of Part 14, where the word Oya or Parent is introduced to signify God the Parent. John's interpretation of moon-sun is like seeing moon as something that reflects, and sun as something that illuminates. While scientifically speaking, such aspects exist, nowhere in the Scriptures can we find such interpretation. Moon-sun is simply God the Parent. Moon-sun is about affinity. Moon appears at night and sun shines on us during the day, implying that providence last day and night. We can see these Heavenly bodies with our own eyes and feel that God the Parent is always with us, providing and nurturing.
Fire and water is about the providence of God the Parent. Among the ten providence, these two are the core, called the Real Parent, and the rest are called the instruments. For the world and humankind, fire and water are the very basic necessity. In God the Parent, fire and water are fifty and fifty, in perfect harmony, that is how fire and water work the best.
Let us imagine a situation where fire and water mixes. A fire scene. A fire breaks out and we try to extinguish it with water. It is a chaotic situation, lots of ashes and dirt are created. Things get muddy and dirty.
Let us imagine a situation when fire and water are properly distinguished. Cooking. Water is contained in a pot and separated with fire that warms it up from the bottom. Fire and water works the best when separated well, making the best of each. That is part of the heavenly system devised by God the Parent. To make distinction in high places means to make people in the high places realize the heavenly system, to make them aware that this world is indeed governed by God the Parent. When such realization prevails, the world begins to settle in its own accord.
In the real world, fire could be the real sun, warmth, and body temperature, but at the same time it could be the fire that burns tree down or bombs that destroy houses. Water is moon, eyes and bodily fluid, but at the same time it could become disastrous tsunami, or blood shedding. Fire and water need to be distinguished well so that they could be kept in good balance. People, high and low, need to understand that fire and water are God the Parent, and are really what put the world together, what put a life of human together. When the understanding comes, the world will settle in harmony. John states that fire and water, moon and sun, are metaphors of self-centered imagination and the origin. I think fire and water, moon and sun are simply another ways of saying God the Parent, each pair signifying an aspect of God the Parent.
The Service is formed in such a way to show the heavenly system that created this world and human. It is the formation of Creation. And this time, through the Service we experience reborn or recreation of human mind.
End of my comment
Wishing Joyous Life for all