Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven

     

This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


VIII, 10

Whatever disorder may come to you,

never think that it is from the human mind.

In Book I, verse 24 we are taught:

I pity you when My warnings become manifest.

Know that any illness is from the mind.

Clearly these two verses seem to be contradictory but they are not. In sorting out the reason why they are not contradictory we can see yet another nice example of the way that Moonsun appeals to different approaches to the same goal.

Verse III, 41 addresses both approaches in a single verse.

All human bodies are things lent by God,

With what thought are you using them?

Though any and everything is the body of Moonsun, one of the aspects of Moonsun is the human self-centered imagination, which is of course free to and as I think we all know, imagines otherwise. When the fundamental idea that is the self centered imagination is settled and made quiet, then the truth of origin, the truth that any and everything is Moonsun is known. Though it is surely beneficial to ponder the words of these poems I think that it is always a good idea to remember that the words and ideas are showing the way to the truth that is known when the words and ideas have settled. The settled mind is the mind like clear water. It is the one truth of mind that guarantees freedom from illness, suffering and death and is the foundation of the joyous life. Let's take a moment and be aware of the mind like clear water. Even if there is debris clouding it, take the point of view of the clear water and watch the debris settle. For those of us that perform the Service the distinction between the clear water and the debris that clouds it is, with sincere attentiveness, easily made.