Ofudesaki Part 4, verses 1–20

Part 4

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.1 Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 4, verses 1–20

  1. OC 4:1, 2: This path at present is a narrow path that may seem unreliable to the human eye. Yet up ahead I see a reliable broad path. Furthermore, it will come before your very eyes before you realize it, when you still think that it is still far ahead.

Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 120–149

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.1

(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

  1. OC 3:120: The people in high positions think that they can freely repress this path. But because this is the path of single-hearted salvation, it will not be at the mercy of human beings. It will go according to what I, Oyagami, intend.

Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 60–91

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.1 Continue reading Ofudesaki Part 3, verses 60–91

  1. OC 3:60: I shall again hasten the Joyous Service. But you do not have the slightest idea why I do so.

Ofudesaki Part 2, verses 25–47

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