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Blogging Anecdotes of Oyasama 132

132. To Be Eaten Deliciously (oishii to iute)

Nakata, Yamamoto, Takai and other people who worked at the Residence went to catch small fish in a nearby brook from time to time. There they often caught loaches, chub, shrimps, and other brook fishes. When they cooked them in soy sauce with vegetables and showed them to Oyasama, She picked up the biggest one and said, as if She were talking to a child:

“Allow yourself to be eaten deliciously by everyone, and come back the next time, advanced.”

Then She told the people present there:

“Thus, when you persuade the largest one to consent in this way, it is natural that afterward all will consent.”

She further taught:

“Everyone, when you eat them, please say, ‘delicious, delicious,’ to them. If you eat them with delight, due to the principle of giving joy, the next time they will be advanced. Each time they are reborn, they will progress closer to man.”

Oyasama gave these same instructions whenever there were rabbits, pheasants, mountain fowls and other game given as offerings by various fraternities.

Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 108-109

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Blogging Anecdotes of Oyasama 112

112. Amiability First of All (Japanese title: Ichi ni aisō) 

One day, Oyasama told Yoshie Iburi: 

“Dear Yoshie, amiability is required of women first of all. Cheerfully to answer, ‘Yes’, to whatever one is told, is of prime importance.” 

She added: 

“Do not do anything that would waste another person’s life. 

“Do not waste even a single vegetable leaf. 

“Leftovers will nourish you. It is not gluttony.” 

Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 94

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Post-26 Report (Apr 2008)

I’ve decided to write a “post-26 report” this month. We’ll see if it becomes a monthly feature here on Tenrikyology.com. But I don’t see it becoming very popular, being that this report will probably only be read by Tenrikyo nerds of the first degree. I humbly apologize in advance to everyone who I end up confusing with this report here.

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The following is an excerpt from Omichi no joshiki [Tenrikyo Fundamentals] (pp. 61–65) by Koji Sato 佐藤浩司, assistant professor at Tenri University and instructor at Tenri Seminary. Note: This is a tentative translation at the moment and may require further revision.

Saying “Grace” (Itadakimasu)

I ask you, my readers, what do you do before you eat a meal? Do you say grace or say “itadakimasu” (I shall partake)?

Appetite is the most fundamentally important human desire, for it is essential for the sustenance of our life. Nevertheless, this does not automatically mean that all we need to do is to put food in our stomachs.

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Anecdotes of the Honseki Izo Iburi 5

5. Frog in the Rice Gruel

Since Izo lived most of his life during a time without electricity, it was not rare for him to eat dinner while on the job in the dark or under dim lantern light.

Once when he had a construction job in Koriyama, a small tree frog fell into the rice gruel. Izo quietly took out the frog without anyone seeing it and continued to eat as if nothing had happened.
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Anecdotes of the Honseki Izo Iburi 2

2. “It’s Delicious, It’s Delicious”

From a young age Izo proved to be different from others. When he was at work and saw that the people of the household who had hired him were very busy, he would stop to help draw water from the well or watch the fire at the stove. He never once complained about the meals he was served.
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