The Story of Creation according to the Ofudesaki

I have been studying the Ofudesaki in recent months as a result of uploading the entire Scripture online on the Tenrikyo Resource Wiki (TRW). I have decided to be bold here and pieced together a narrative of the Story of Creation strictly based on verses from the Ofudesaki.

I have paraphrased the Ofudesaki verses below in my own words. Links will be provided to the TRW pages that include the current official and alternative English translations of these verses.

If there is enough demand for this kind of “research,” I may start a Blogging the Ofudesaki series in the coming months. Continue reading The Story of Creation according to the Ofudesaki

2014 autumn grand service sanctuary speech by Rev. Nobuhiro Kashihara

I have decided to upload a translation of Rev. Nobuhiro Kashihara’s autumn grand service sermon sanctuary speech delivered at Myodo Grand Church on October 22, 2014. It offers Tenrikyo’s very basic teachings in a unique way that I feel deserves attention outside of Myodo circles.

Note: If you are a member of Myodo and wish to read more translations of sanctuary speeches, please contact me for a link to these files. This translation is based on the transcript version appearing in the November issue of Kuroshio.  (Beginning of translation)

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Twelve Songs Commentary: Table of Contents

Song Eleven, verses 1–4

The main theme of this is Song is hinokishin toward the construction of the Kami’s “abode” (yakata). An example of such hinokishin is presented in the tangible form of carrying earth.

It may be noted it is quite appropriate that a Song with such a theme happens to be the “busiest” of the Twelve Songs. That is, there is a lot of arm swinging and hauling dirt that’s going on.1

Verse 1

一ツ      ひのもとしよやしきの かみのやかたのぢばさだめ

一つ 日の本(火の元)庄屋敷の 神の館の地場定め

Hitotsu / Hinomoto / Shoyashiki no / Kami no yakata no / Jiba sadame

One / origin of the Sun / in Shoyashiki / Kami’s abode

Continue reading Song Eleven, verses 1–4

  1. Song Eleven contains more dynamic motions (11x) than any other Song in the Teodori. The Song that comes closest is Song Seven (7x). To be specific, these dynamic motions include:

    1. “Activity” motion: 5x (Hinokishin verses 2, 3 (*preceded by ninōte), 4, washi mo yuko 5, kishin to naru naraba 7, similar to 3)
    2. “Carry basket” motion, which only appears in this Song: 2x (Tsuchimochi verses 5, 7)
    3. Ichiretsu type spin (“Turn around”) motion: 3x (Yashiki no (on heel) bakariya de (back step turn) verse 8, ichiretsuni verse 9.) Only Song Seven has more spins (4x) than Song Eleven. As of comparison, in Song Eleven, these three spins take place within two verses (8 & 9) whereas they occur in verses 4, 5, 8 & 10 of Song Seven
    4. Dancing while back toward altar: 3x (verses 3, 5, 7. Motions of hands and feet happen to be opposite from one another for 3 & 7)
    5. Motions for tsuchi o hori torite in verse 8.