Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.

XI: 21-24

On hearing it, be convinced, whoever you may be: the free and 

unlimited workings of Moonsun always works in this way.

 It is not possible, I think, to define free and unlimited workings as they would then be limited to the definition. We can however say what they are not. Human beings have two very general limitations which can cause us trouble. The first is our inability to control the deep workings of our bodies. The second is the difficulty we have with the tendency of our self-centered imaginations to become conditioned and bound to pathways that ultimately may not be to our liking. These two then are obstacles to our enjoyment of free and unlimited workings. It is Moonsun's intention that we escape from that bondage and enjoy life through Moonsun's free and unlimited workings that is not restricted by the limitation of the body or the self-centered imagination. 

Moonsun enters this body and speaks freely and unrestrictedly, 

but perhaps you are not convinced of it.

Since we are only aware of a reality mediated by the self-centered imagination we assume that everyone else is experiencing the world in the same way. In worldly common terms it is not unreasonable to think that Miki had a human mind just like everybody else. It was and is Moonsun's task to show and convince us otherwise so that we can prove the existence of a completely different way of experiencing the world to ourselves. 

Henceforth, after giving you

as much notice step by step as I am able, I shall begin.

Our ordinary experience of the world could be described as that of one who is lost in the darkness of the self-centered imagination without any sure guide. To counter that condition the parent of origin is intervening, opening a path for us and going ahead to lead the way. We should take note of the words "as I am able" lest our imaginations lead us astray with unreasonable expectations. The parent of origin is trying to find a way to get each of us back to the origin but there are limits to what can be done. The causality ( the path and the order to the path) has to be correctly lined up.

Though I say Moonsun makes things manifest, 

it is only after giving notice of it step by step. 

For many of us life seems to be a series of rather arbitrary happenings and circumstances. Some of them good and some bad. For some of us there are unseen forces that determine our fate and influence our luck. The model of parental love intends to show each of us the way to return to the natural joy that is our birthright. There are no surprises in the path. Every step is laid out for us in the proper order. We are invited to consciously choose to return to the origin and are shown the way through a dialog with Moonsun's instruments that is carefully crafted to be appropriate for our individual mind. Such a path is laid out as appropriate for the time, place and spiritual maturity of the children.    

The Parent never tells us to follow a path that is impossible to follow. I sincerely hope that you will continue to follow the path, looking forward to what lies ahead of you. After passing through knots, you will be amazed how you made it through each knot and you will not be able to help but be impressed by the marvelous blessings of God the Parent and Oyasama even more deeply than before. Unless you yourself follow the path as instructed in the Divine Model, however, you will never be able to savor the true joy of being shown the proof, even if you wish to receive the marvelous blessings of God the Parent and Oyasama. A path is a path for the very reason that people follow it, if they do not, it loses the qualities of a path.

 The 3rd Shinbashira - October 28, 1987