Tenrikyo - The Reason of Heaven


This universe is the body of God.

Ponder this in all matters.

XII: 103 - 106

This is indeed not human workings. No one will be able to 

turn away from the free and unlimited workings of Moonsun.

We can doubt and even deny the free and unlimited workings of Moonsun but we can never be without them as they are the very basis of our existence. 

When it is shown, however high your place may be,

you will not be able to imitate it. Ponder this.

No matter how sophisticated we become in our manipulation of ideas we can never describe Moonsun's free and unlimited workings. Moonsun's free and unlimited workings exist prior to human thought. No thoughts can capture it. 

Though Moonsun desires to show proof quickly

against illness, death, and weakening, 

I don't know about anyone else but this is a very appealing promise to me. The anticipated timing of it also fits in with my preference for a quick solution and indeed what is promised is instantly delivered to the totally sincere mind. As a youngster I enjoyed playing "got it dropped it" on the small merry-go-round in the playground. I still play it but now with the gift of heaven. It isn't as much fun as it used to be and I'm kind of tired of it.  

All of you everywhere doubt Me

and take My words as being worldly common.

Ah, here is the hitch. A worldly common interpretation of these poems yields a worldly common result. Having been clearly warned of this pitfall it falls to me to ask myself (ponder) how to get beyond the worldly common interpretation and in so doing quickly realize the promise of the gift that is given to the single-hearted interpretation. 

Self-reflection and replacement of the mind, resolve and action- these are indispensable steps to receiving wondrous and splendid blessings. 

The 3rd Shinbashira, January 26, 1990