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Blogging Anecdotes of Oyasama 91

91. Dance All The Way Home

In 1881, when Shina Okamoto was staying at the ResidenceOyasama said to her:

“Shina, let’s take a bath together, shall we?”

They took a bath together and Shina felt very honored and almost unworthy of it. It was, for her, an unforgettable and moving experience.

Several days later, Shina returned to the Residence. Oyasama said to her:

“Well! Welcome home! Quickly untie your sash and take off your kimono.”

Wondering what would happen, Shina, timid with respect, took the kimono off. Oyasama also disrobed Herself. Oyasama clothed her from behind with the red garment still warm from Her own body.

Shina felt extreme honor and delight which was absolutely inexpressible. When Shina took the kimono-undergarment off, folded it nicely, and put it before Oyasama, Oyasama said:

“Wear it when you go home. On your way home through Tambaichi town, wear it over your kimono and dance all the way.”

Shina was surprised by Her words. Her delight faded away, taken over by anxiety. She thought that by doing so she would only make a laughing stock of herself among the people in the town. She also feared that she would not be able to get home on that day because in those days worshipers at the Jiba were often taken to the police. However, she soon made up her mind and said to herself that she would not care whatever happened nor would she mind it even if she were not able to get home that day. She put on the red kimono-undergarment over her kimono and set out. On her way home through Tambaichi she danced the teodori with all her heart and soul.

Before she was aware of it, she was at the edge of town. At that time she realized that nothing bad had happened, thanks to divine protection. She felt relieved and her joy was doubled by the fact that she had been given the red garment by Oyasama and she had fulfilled her given mission. Deeply moved, Shina thanked Oyasama from the bottom of her heart and hugged the red garment tightly against her bosom.

Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 76–77.

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Blogging Anecdotes of Oyasama 86

86. Great Salvation 

Jyujiro Okamoto’s eldest son, Zenroku, and his wife, Shina, of Nagahara Village in Yamato Province, had had seven pregnancies. Of these, only two children, the eldest son, Eitaro, and the youngest daughter, Kan (who later became Yuki Kami), survived. The other five had either died early deaths or been miscarriages. The eldest son, Eitaro, was saved from fever in 1879, and as a result Zenroku and his wife became very zealous in their faith.

Shina faced a serious problem around August 1881. A messenger came from a farmer named Tarobei Imada, who owned about fifty-four ares of rice fields in Shoji Village, about four kilometers north of Nagahara Village, with the request: “We have just had our first son, but are having difficulty nursing him because of lack of milk. We realize this is an unreasonable request, but will you please take care of the child and nurse him at your home? Please agree to take care of him.”

Unfortunately Shina had no more milk of her own by then, so she could not accept this other child. They declined, saying, “We are very sorry, but we cannot take care of the child.” “But please, couldn’t you somehow take care of him?” was the repeated plea. Being at a loss for an answer, Shina said, “Then let me first ask Oyasama.” She returned to the Residence at once and was received by Oyasama, who said:

“No matter how much money you may have, or how much rice you may have in the storehouse, it cannot be given to an infant. There is no greater salvation than to care for and raise another person’s child.”

“Yes, I understand. But I don’t have any milk anymore. Should I undertake to care for child even then?” Shina inquired. Then, there were these words from Oyasama:

“If you just have a sincere desire to take care of the child, God will give whatever is needed because the gift is in the omnipotent hand of God. You need not worry.”

Hearing these reassuring words, Shina resolved to rely on God completely. So she told the Imadas, “I will take care of the child.”

The child was brought from Shoji Village at once. Shina was astonished when she saw him. He must have been fed only on rice water and sugar water. He had been one month premature, and was now a little more than three months old, skinny, without the strength even to cry, just barely able to whimper.

Shina embraced the child and tried to nurse him, but milk would not flow so soon. The child became peevish and bit her nipple. She was worried for a while because she did not know what to do.

This continued for two or three days, and then, marvelously, her milk began to flow. Thanks to her milk the child grew stronger day by day and became quite healthy. Later Shina took this robust child to the Residence. Oyasama embraced him and rewarded Shina with these words:

“Shina, you have done a good thing.”

Shina personally experienced the truth that one can receive God’s blessings by obediently following Oyasama’s words. Shina was then twenty-six years of age.

Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 71–72.

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The Footsteps of Our Predecessors 42

The following is a translation of Part 42 of the series “Senjin no sokuseki” (Footsteps of Our Predecessors) from the June 2006 (No. 450) issue of Taimo, pp. 34–35. This translation is a provisional one at the moment and may require further revision.

Part 42: “God’s Gifts Are Free and Unlimited”

Zenroku and Shina Okamoto of Nagahara Village, Yamato Province were blessed with seven children. However, only their eldest son Eitaro and their youngest daughter Kan grew to adulthood as five of their children either died in infancy or a result of a miscarriage. Continue reading The Footsteps of Our Predecessors 42

Great Salvation

The following excerpt is from Omichi no joshiki [Tenrikyo Fundamentals] (pp. 97–102) by Koji Sato 佐藤浩司, professor at Tenri University and instructor at Tenri Seminary. Note: This translation is a provisional one at the moment and may require further revision.

Great Salvation

Japan presently prides at being the nation with the longest average lifespan in the world. The increasing survival rate from tuberculosis after World War II and the decrease in infant mortality are considered contributing factors to this statistic.

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