Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.


VIII : 18-21

Listen! Though I have already told you

the truth of My beginning of this world,

There is no one in the world who knows.

Whatever I say is difficult for you to understand.

At this point, I think we might well ask how our present understanding compares with the understanding of those early followers who were repeatedly taught the truth of the beginning of this world but were, according to Moonsun, unable to understand it. After all, the poems at hand were written in the idioms and language of their time, place and level of spiritual maturity, one would expect a better fit in terms of understanding. What then was and perhaps still is the problem?

So should it be, for it is solely about things unknown since

this world began, told repeatedly step by step.

The verse above, I think, delineates the problem. We human beings have a difficult time understanding the truth of Moonsun's beginning of this world, the truth of origin, because it is "solely about things unknown since this world began". We human beings generally arrive at understanding through the accumulation of knowledge about things, objects, ideas and concepts that already exit. The knowledge that we accumulate is primarily concerned with understanding the way that those existent things stand in relationship and interact causally with our self. We are indeed the measure of the universe. Things are big or small, good or bad in causal relation to us. That is to say how they causally relate to our body. And here is the problem. We would like to understand the truth of origin in the same way that we understand everything else. We would like the truth of origin to be an object, concept or idea that stands in causal relationship to our self, with our self as the center and subject of the relationship. Unfortunately, according to Moonsun, these bodies are not ours, they are Moonsun! As long as we continue to imagine that these bodies are ours we will only be able to see truths that relate to the self-centered imagination and not the truth of the original cause, the truth of origin.

Fortunately for us, Moonsun is quite aware of our difficulties in understanding "things unknown since this world began". Moonsun has provided us with ideas, concepts and objects, which represent the deeper truth of origin, the original cause of all things and which "told repeatedly step by step" and combined with true sincerity show the way to calm the self-centered imagination so that the truth of our body as a thing borrowed and the truth of origin is revealed.

I must have you know the truth

about the beginning of this world.

It seems clear that without knowing the truth of origin, the truth about the beginning of this world it will be difficult to understand Moonsun's teaching.