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April in the 7th year of Meiji
An old woman of 77 years
Part 4: The three standpoints affecting the Salvation Service and their relationship with one another: (i) Oyasama’s standpoint as revealed by the intention of [Oyagami]; (ii) The standpoint of “those within,” “those who are close to Me,” and “all of you”; (iii) The standpoint referred to as the “high places,” “the high mountains,” “learning,” among others
Construction toward a Service filled with brightness (a prediction concerning the 5th of the 5th month, an announcement of the forthcoming Proof Amulet, and the construction of the Gatehouse)
(1) The present path: what kind of path do you think it is? Though it seems to you to be unclear,
(2) I already see a broad path ahead. You are saying that it is over there, but it is already before you. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 4, verses 1–20
High mountains and low valleys (equally the children of [Oyagami])
(120) You are thinking that the present path is at the mercy of the high places, but you are mistaken. It will be as [Kami] pleases.
(121) Those in high places are doing as they please with all the world. Do you not know the regret of [Kami]? Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 120–149
Illness and dust; the natural term of life
(92) In this world, people are living merrily, but there is no one who knows the origin. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 92–119
Hastening the gathering of the Service performers and sweeping the heart for this purpose (the high mountains, useful timber, the central pillar, [Kami] and the high places, Nihon and Kara), continued
(60) From now on, I shall resume my hastening for the Joyous Service. This might not be easy to understand. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 60–91
A thing lent, a thing borrowed, and single-hearted salvation
(40) This universe is the body of [Kami]. Ponder this in all matters. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 40–59
Purify the mind and have faith in Oyasama
(20) There is nothing that I cannot teach, but there is no one who listens with a purified mind.
(21) If you quickly purify your mind and listen, I shall give you all of My teachings on everything. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 20–39
From January in the 7th year of Meiji, the year of the Dog
An old woman of 77 years
Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 1–19
Settling troubles within and without by means of the Service
(a) Purifying the pond in the high mountains
(25) Though it is springwater that fills the pond in the high mountains, yet at its spout, it is mixed with mud.[1. OC 2:25: The water that springs forth in the ponds deep in the mountains ought not to be cloudy but clear and pure. Yet at its spout this water is mixed with dirt (chiri), making it cloudy and turbid. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 2, verses 25–47
The 3rd month in the 2nd year of Meiji, the year of the Serpent
An old woman of 72 years
Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 2, verses 1–24
The process of seeking the path (using “path” as a metaphor)
(45) Looking all over the world and through all ages, I see various paths of life. Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 1, verses 45–74