Newpath Tenrikyo - Tenrikyo's Dynamic Mission - CHOOSING A MEANS -

Different approaches with a single purpose

 

Whether one is born into a family following a path intended to quickly lead to single heartedness with God or whether one enters such a path at a later time in life a choice must still be made. The choice I am speaking of is concerned with priority, direction and guidance. The Tenrikyo's dynamic mission speaks of a single truth to be found at the end of a path that is intended to reveal the one truth that exists at the core of every human mind and is the true original cause of all things in detail. It is intended that the path of single heartedness with the truth of origin, the mind of God be followed in such a manner that the one truth existing at the core of the mind be quickly revealed. Revealing that one original truth is a proof as opposed to being one of the elements of a common system of beliefs.

Is there not a way that the minds of all of you
can be truly purified?

If only your minds quickly become open to reason,
I shall show your the proof at once.

The path of single heartedness with God is the way of turning one's attention inward, identifying our imagination and settling it so that the our purified mind awakens from the dreams of our self images and becomes one with the original truth of its origin. The entire process takes place within an individuals own mind. One then either chooses to quickly walk that path as one's first priority or one chooses not to, clinging instead to one's self centered dreams and the worldly common truths of the world. To the outturned mind the truths of the world are numerous and are not so easy to let go of, even for a moment. It is an unfortunate fact that the worldly common truths of the world that we are so fond of cannot pass through the path that quickly leads to single-heartedness with the truth of origin. It is a cold fact that all such worldly common truths must be either quickly or gradually settled or swept away in order to reveal their origin. That one true original consciousness is the place from which and within all thoughts ideas and concepts rise up. It is because that one original truth exists at the core of our mind that everything is known and because of which everything exists. No one has ever known or experienced anything without that original consciousness.

 Recall the process that one passes through when receiving the truth of the "Sazuke" (the power of the origin). We prepare our mind for the "Sazuke" by calming and settling it and then in that most vital moment we let go and clear all of the common worldly thoughts and expectations from our mind. If however we are not careful and fail to ponder the truth that was revealed to that totally settled mind like clear water we are still free to put it all back in and be back where we started from. This I think is the significance of the "Kakesage", the final "Besseki" lecture and is the reason why we are encouraged to read it over daily and ponder the ramifications of what remained of the self-centered imagination in that moment of original truth.  

The Tenrikyo path that is spoken of is the path that provides a number of means (services, ways to work at purifying our mind) for purifying our mind and awakening to single-heartedness with the truth of origin. The quick and direct path is characterized as the single-hearted interpretation of the teaching. The inability to make that path one's first priority and remain attached to the truths of the world is called the interpretation of a child. The willingness to engage with the child's interpretation and gradually mature it to the single-hearted interpretation is called the interpretation of a parent. The entire effort can be captured by the metaphor of water to show the condition of a human mind. The truth of a human mind is to be understood by the metaphors "clear" or "muddy".

The really tricky part, I think, involves the efforts of the parent of origin to enter into the muddy water to make it clear. As a follower of this path I imagine that it is essential that I make the effort to distinguish between the mind like clear water and the efforts of the Parent of origin working within the muddy water to try and make it clear. The Tenrikyo teaching shows a model of reasoning from the point of view of the mind like clear water and also the point of view of the conversation and efforts within the muddy water.

I've included the above photo of three Timbers, "Yoboku" who are also Tenrikyo Ministers so that I can bring up some points concerning Tenrikyo's Dynamic Mission that I think can be illustrated by it. That is me in the middle by the way. Obviously I have chosen to accept the guidance of the Tenrikyo Religious Corporation which, functioning with the guidance of the "Shinbashira" at its core, makes available the collective experience, resources and means to guide and support the efforts of "Timbers" in the task of refining each other's minds and in so doing hastening the spread of single-heartedness with God by exposing the core of the human mind to all of the minds of the world who would like to hear and learn of it.

If my attire looks out of place it is because I am dressed for engaging in the performance of a model means of calming and settling the mind that has been determined to be appropriate for a particular time, place and level of maturity. From my point of view that works for me just fine however I leave those clothes in Japan and make no effort to act or appear to be a Japanese villager while I am at home in my own village where that kind of appearance would perhaps be inappropriate. That means however that I have to sincerely work to find the means appropriate to the time, place and the level of maturity of the people around me that would like to hear of the original cause of all things in detail and to develop means that can be used to help people to calm their mind and expose its core even in this place, here and now.

Though in the span of three or more generations or even in a single generation there is a single intended goal shared by all "Yoboku"( timbers to be used in recreating the world as the world of joyous life for all equally). Each of the three people pictured above have their own way of working toward realizing that single intended goal. I for instance know what my approach is but I don't know what approach the people on either side of me use. That we appear together in this picture is a reflection of our intention to realize the goal of melting back into the original parental heart and of working together to find ways to help anyone else in the world who wishes to do so also realize the goal of single heartedness with the truth of origin as the foundation for a new way of thinking and reasoning. Or at least that is what I imagine and would like to be true. Though in reality we all share the same Heart (consciousness) there is no way of knowing exactly what is going on in another person's mind as no two human minds are exactly the same. It is for that reason, I imagine, that communication between "Yoboku" can be said to be from within the Heart.

FROM THE BEGINNING

On October 24rd. 1838 Miki Nakayama's mind settled back into its origin and from that point of view She began a tireless effort to open just a narrow path that was intended to quickly teach the original cause of all things to anyone who wanted know it and was willing to follow Her instructions and in so doing provide a foundation for a new state of mind that could be used by all human beings equally in the recreation of a new world of joyous life.

To accomplish the task of effecting fundamental change on a global level She set about teaching the members of Her immediate family with the intention of gradually spreading the path of quickly awakening to the knowledge and understanding of the original cause of all things to all people of the world who would like to hear and test the truth of it. It is intended that the way to quickly awaken be passed from person to person or through the formation of various mutual interest and mutual aid organizations based on the task of helping each other to quickly reveal the truth of origin the original parental heart that exists equally at the core of every human mind. This equal affinity is very important when considering reaching out to all of the minds of the world. No one is a stranger to the the truth of origin. The mind of our Parent of origin is the most intimate reality existing at the core of every human mind. Guided in such a way people can help each other to refine their minds by simply talking and reasoning with one another until eventually everyone in the world who wants to hear and test the truth of the teaching has had the opportunity to expose their original consciousness at the core of their mind and awaken to the one truth of their origin.

Lots of heavy baggageThe task at hand immediately becomes complicated. It would be relatively easy to teach the way to the tested proof of the truth of origin to minds that were a blank slate, this is particularly important to keep in mind when educating our children. For most minds in the world that is not however the case as over time our minds become occupied with all sorts of baggage, that is truths which in many cases are competing with each other for dominance both within our own mind and in the world.  Common metaphors for this condition of mind are those of an accumulation of dust, or mud at the bottom of a river, or debris mixed in with the pure water as it rises up in spring in the high mountains. Since no two human minds are exactly the same anyone who has ever been involved in trying to implement a major change of view be it in a club, a culture, a family, a business, a religion or a nation, knows that resistance to change is inevitable. In fact many of us have a difficult time in even effecting a change in ourselves, even when we want it, let alone imagining how fundamental change on a global scale can be realized simply by passing the truth of origin person to person. Not surprisingly, resistance to a new path of quickly awakening to a new foundation for our thinking was swift and it began at home, gradually spreading to Her extended family, the village and ultimately to religious and civil authorities. That a housewife living in a small village was perceived as threatening the established consensus reality tells us something about the difficulty of opening even just a narrow path. It can be said as a generality that resistance came in two forms, outright rejection and doubtful acceptance.

Of the two forms of resistance to the opening of just a narrow path, outright rejection falls into the category of not wishing to know and thus the model path has little to say of this form of resistance unless it is actively aimed at disrupting the opening or maintenance of the path or is linked to large scale suffering as in the wars among the "upper people". The great bulk of the model story deals with people who say that they sincerely want to know the truth of origin but find it rather difficult to follow the path of quick awakening as it was given. Preferring instead to make changes to the path so that it conforms to a more comfortable and familiar path that does not involve such a radical and fundamental change as the model path of quick awakening that is intended to be equally and easily accessible to all who want it.

Mediating between the two poles of the intended quick and easily accessible path of awakening for all who want to know the original cause of any and everything and the modified path of wanting to know but clinging to remaining the same for the sake of the familiar convenience of a consensus reality sits the Tenrikyo Dynamic Mission. It is a push pull dynamic with each of the two points of view competing for the mind's sincerity. On the one hand the fundamental power of the original cause of all things hastens our return quickly, while on the other hand that same power is used by the human self centered imagination to fundamentally resist and stay the same. The Tenrikyo Dynamic Mission then attempts to stay focused on the point of view of the fundamental truth of origin while hastening and cultivating the gradual maturity of the point of view of doubt and misunderstanding as it is currently preferred by our self centered imaginations.

The goal of the Tenrikyo Dynamic Mission is simple and can be characterized as an instruction for anyone who wishes to utilize it, to hasten the completion of a two part service or work. The first part of the work or service is the instruction to calm the mind to the point that it returns to its original pristine condition, thus opening our mind to an entirely new way of reasoning that is based on the recollection of what remains in the totally settled mind like clear water. The second part of the instruction is to ponder deeply and reason in all matters from the point of view of the mind that by virtue of its clarity knows and understands its own original consciousness as it exists at the core of every human mind.

Desiring to teach this origin to the world by all means,
Moonsun has become revealed.

To complete the first part of the instruction aspirants are encouraged to utilize all means. The Model Story that is maintained as a guide shows a number of different means of calming the mind that were employed as being appropriate of a particular time and place and aspirants can use them as models for crafting current new efforts or if appropriate they can utilize them just as they were shown.

To complete the second part of the instruction aspirants are hastened recall the state of totally purified mind and to ponder from that point of view the one truth that this universe is the body of God and that all human beings are things borrowed from God. It is from that point of view that we are saved from illness, death and weakening. It is also from that point of view that the truth that we are all children of the same parent is understood. That settled understanding is as vivid and intimate as it gets and is in fact quite different from the same sounding common worldly declarations that hasten in one way or another (often by intimidation or force) for everyone to embrace the same worldly common consensus reality.

Through these pages I intend to make a sincere attempt to make clear my personal reflections on the path of single-heartedness with the truth of origin as I have awakened to it through my recollection of the mind like clear water and the free and unlimited reasoning that flows from that recollection. There is of course nothing special about my reflections, everyone is encouraged to find the truth through their own mind, however as we are instructed to realize the truth through our own mind it is through my own mind that I have the most familiarity with the course of the path and that is what I am writing about. I share my reflections with the hope that someone my find something in them that will help them to settle the truth of origin by exposing the core of their mind in the same way that I have exposed the core of my mind.

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