90. Deeper in the Second Generation than in the First
When Tamezo Yamazawa began to serve Oyasama in 1881, Oyasama instructed him in the following manner:
“God says, ‘Showing innen to parents, God waits for children to appear.’ Do you understand? Therefore, virtue is more deeply planted in the second generation than in the first one, and deeper still in the third than in the second. By becoming ever deeper, it will become virtue which lasts forever. It depends on the mind of a man whether it lasts for one generation only, or for two or three generations, or forever. By the continuation of this virtue even a bad innen becomes a good one.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 76.
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63. Merit That Is Not to Be Seen
Once Oyasama asked Koiso Yamanaka:
“Do you wish to have merit that is to be seen by the eye? Or do you wish to have merit that is not to be seen by the eye? Which do you wish to have?”
Koiso replied, “Anything with physical form can be lost or stolen. So I would prefer to have merit that cannot be seen by the eye.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, pp. 55–56
The following is a translation of “Jibun no naimen o sodateyo” by Shigeharu Komai from Ohanashi goju hassen, published in 2004 in Japanese by the Tenrikyo Young Men’s Association. Translation originally posted at Tenrikyo Forum on March 12, 2007.
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The following is an excerpt from Omichi no joshiki [Tenrikyo Fundamentals] (pp. 121–122) by Koji Sato, professor at Tenri University and instructor at Tenri Seminary. Note: This translation is a provisional one at the moment and may require further revision.
Merit That Cannot Be Seen By the Eye
Once, Oyasama asked Koiso Yamanaka:
“Do you wish to have merit that can be seen by the eye? Or do you wish to have merit that cannot be seen by the eye? Which do you wish to have?”
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38. Frugal Use of an Oil Lamp
There are countless stories about how the Honseki lived frugally and never used things in a wasteful manner.
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34. A Sudden Stop
One time, the Honseki was on a steam train when someone attempted to commit suicide by jumping onto the tracks. But because the train made a sudden stop, the person’s life was spared. The conductor and the occupants of the train were greatly surprised. One of the passengers said, “There must be someone with great merit riding on this train for this to happen.”
(From Shinpan Izo Iburi den p. 134)
*Note: This post has been revised since its original publication.