157. These Are Good Hands (ē te ya nā)
Whenever Oyasama was tired, granddaughter Hisa Kajimoto would say, “Please let me massage you.”
“Please give me a massage,”
Oyasama would say. So Hisa would massage Her. When she was finished, Oyasama would take Hisa’s hands and say:
“These are good hands,”
and would gently stroke them. Oyasama also used to say as if She were singing:
“You do not need any money to be devoted to your parents. Just give them a massage to make them happy.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 127
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133. Consider the Future Long (saki o nagaku)
Tamezo Yamazawa heard the following from Oyasama around 1883:
“If you think the future is short, you must hurry. However, if you think the future is long, you need not hurry.
“Haste will not result in being early. Slowness will not result in being late.
“Tanno* is true sincerity.”
* Tanno: to rejoice in the perception of God’s love in all life’s experiences.
Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 109
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103. Without Erring
Komakichi Komatsu, who lived in Osaka, returned to Jiba for the first time in July 1882, led by Tokichi Izumita, his spiritual guide, in order to offer his gratitude. This was soon after his recovery from cholera and the beginning of his faith.
When Komakichi was granted an audience with Oyasama, She personally handed him an amulet and spoke these gracious words:
“I appreciate your return from the bustling town of Osaka to the remote countryside. You are eighteen and still young. Go through life without erring. As long as you do not err, in the end, your happiness will exceed all bounds.”
Komakichi kept these words as his lifelong motto and remained constant in them throughout his life.
Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 87
The following is an excerpt from Omichi no joshiki [Tenrikyo Fundamentals] (pp. 52–58) by Koji Sato (佐藤浩司), assistant professor at Tenri University and instructor at Tenri Seminary. Note: This translation is tentative and may require further revision.
Nurturing Our Youth
In the 1950s, a dashing young actor appeared on the Hollywood movie scene and touched a chord with young audiences with his portrayal of an adolescent rebelling against the establishment and its sense of values. This was of course none other than James Dean in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, which have since become classic films. Continue reading Nurturing Our Youth