Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


VII 37-44

Moonsun will enter your bodies

and show you free and unlimited workings in all things.

As God the Parent continues to enter ever deeper into the depths of the human self-centered imagination to settle and cleanse, Book VII once again introduces a fresh approach for us to use to quickly settle our misunderstanding of God the Parent's intention. We are promised that Moonsun "Moonsun" will enter our body and show us free and unlimited workings in all things.

Not only is this verse promising, it is wonderful that God has entered into my body and is showing me free and unlimited workings in all things, it also provides me with the opportunity to compare the actual state of my mind with what God has promised. I can ponder this verse and ask myself whether or not I am actually aware, day to day, moment to moment, that God has entered into my body. In my own case the answer is no. I am not continuously aware of God's presence in my body. That is to say that I can understand the words of the promise and when I ponder its truth I find it to be so but yet it is not understood. Most of the time, day by day and moment to moment I am aware of my self-centered imagination only. The same is true of seeing God's free and unlimited workings. When the self-centered imagination is settled and quiet indeed God's free and unlimited workings are seen in all things. Yet when the self-centered imagination resurfaces, the world once again takes on the limitations of that point of view.

This is the first time that I tell you of the truth

of such free and unlimited workings.

We have encountered this kind of verse before. Either it is addressed to someone long dead who lived in a particular time and place in years gone by or it is addressed to each of us, right now as we read this verse. Recall that "now is the beginning" and the opportunity opens for us to awaken to the wonderful intimacy of single-heartedness with God even now at this moment, no matter what kind of mind we might have had until now.

Hereafter, it shall be like this for all time. I shall teach you

quickly about the free and unlimited workings.

Once again we can see the contrast between God's time frame and priority and the time frame of the self-centered imagination. It is God's intention that we all be taught about God's free and unlimited workings "quickly". The self-centered imagination has all sorts of strategies to avoid the sincere internal confrontation that such a priority sets up. Yet God the Parent remains firm on this point. God teaches God's free and unlimited working quickly and that fact will remain so for all time. Once again we are given the opportunity to compare our mind with God's mind on this point.

A word about the meaning of "free and unlimited workings" is also in order. We are taught in these poems that God has entered into our bodies with the intention of quickly showing us God's free and unlimited workings in all things. So each of us then has the opportunity to stop for a moment and reflect. Either we see God's free and unlimited workings in all things, which is the point of view of single-heartedness with God, or we don't. If we don't see God's free and unlimited workings in all things then we have successfully identified the fact that our point of view is the point of view of the self-centered imagination. In my experience the point of view of the self-centered imagination seeks to see free and unlimited workings self-centeredly and ends up with rumors of wonders instead of seeing unlimited workings in everything, as is the case with the point of view of single-heartedness with God.

Though even until now I have passed through every kind of path,

this is the beginning of the test for the salvation of safe childbirth.

Thirty-eight years before this was written, Moonsun "Moonsun" entered into Miki Nakayama and took her as a shrine of God. Over those thirty-eight years, Miki, God the Parent, Moonsun, modeled a human life for us that showed an understanding of God's free and unlimited workings in all things. Beginning with this verse God the Parent chose the human condition of childbirth as an object lesson for us to see those free and unlimited workings modeled. After reading this verse we can then look at Miki's experience of childbirth ponder deeply and see the working of the point of view that we are hastened to awaken to. God has entered into our bodies also to show us free and unlimited workings in all things. Are we aware of it?

This time, though Moonsun is hastening to save you

by the truth of the salvation of safe childbirth,

The point is made that though, through her pregnancy, Miki is modeling the grant of safe childbirth, it is not intended to help her, she is already the Shrine of Moonsun and knows very well God's free and unlimited workings. The model that is shown is intended to help us. We can look at the model life, "Hinagata", ponder the circumstances and the model that is shown and quickly awaken to single-hearted salvation and God's free and unlimited workings.

Since you have never known of such a thing,

all of you remain hesitant, depressed.

From God's point of view, the point of view of single-heartedness with God, our ordinary worldly common self-centered musings and actions appear to be hesitant and depressed. Once again we can compare the state of our mind with God's mind and act accordingly.

If you truly resolve your mind and pray to Me,

I shall grant you My free and unlimited workings at once.

This verse is crucial to this fresh attempt to have us start again from one and understand God's intention. Our self-centered imaginations are no strangers to praying for what they want. It is as old and as worldly common as human civilization. However, to move from the worldly common point of view to the single-hearted point of view we need to resolve our mind so that it returns to its original free and unlimited condition. When that is done God's free and unlimited workings are granted at once and in all things.

No one knows of this matter. Therefore, no one

understands My heart. Oh, the regret of Moonsun...

Our worldly common human minds have a natural tendency to establish priorities that seek to satisfy the desires of our own self-centered imaginations. Because of that tendency we find it difficult to calm and resolve our mind so that it can return to its origin. An unintended consequence of that natural tendency is our inability to find joy in life because of the limitations that are natural to the self-centered imagination. To overcome those limitations and restore the joy to the creation, God the Parent constantly and tirelessly strives to quickly help us to awaken to single-heartedness with God so that we can live the joy that comes from seeing God's free and unlimited workings in all things.

 

It is important for the thoughts and actions of followers to begin, and remain thoroughly consistent, with the principle of making ourselves accord with Oyasama's teachings rather than making Oyasama's teachings accord with ourselves.

January 26, 1992 - The 3rd Shinbashira