Blogging Anecdotes of Oyasama 79

79. Children Who Return

Oyasama once told Jirokichi Kita the following:

“Among the many children who return to Jiba some people pack things and take them in carts; some put things in a wrapping cloth and carry them on their backs; some put as many things as possible in a torn wrapping cloth and carry them in their arms; and some lose everything before they reach home.”

Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 67

My take

The notion that the fortunes of those who embark a pilgrimage to Jiba varies with each individual implicitly touches upon the principle of personal or individual causality (innen). I will refrain from commenting any further on this topic for now because of its complexity. Please refer below for related links.


  • Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. 1976 Anecdotes of Oyasama, the Foundress of Tenrikyo, Manuscript Edition. Tenrikyo Church Headquarters.

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