Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.

XI: 41-44

The chest of the one taken as a shrine by Moonsun is blocked.

What do you think of it?

Usually when the poem asks a question it is genuinely encouraging us to try and honestly produce an answer. In this case as in all of the others this poem is drawing our attention to a misunderstanding. 

Do not think of this blocking as being ordinary.

The mind of Moonsun is truly anxious.

Ordinary interpretations of this circumstance would include any self-centered human thoughts. 

Unaware of this, all of you everywhere 

are doing your own work only with self-centered thoughts. 

Indeed there are many interpretations of this but there is no evidence that anyone was responding to Moonsun's instructions to purify their mind of self-centered thinking. That is what makes the completion of the service so difficult. There are numerous self-centered paths that can honestly be mistaken for the one path. 

Moonsun sees all paths whatever,

but no one in the world thinks about it. 

Moonsun is aware of the problem of the multitude of paths posed by the workings of the self-centered imagination but must still attempt to reason with us and try to get us to ponder Moonsun's intention and return to the origin. It is clear that this theme is modeling a situation where there are attempts being made to understand and to please Moonsun but no one was pondering what Moonsun's actual intention is.  The world of self-centered thinking is very complex. Moonsun's intention is very simple.