55. Kokyu, Kokyu*
In 1877, Naraito Ueda, then fifteen years old, happened to be back at her parents’ home in Sonowara Village when her body began to sway for no apparent reason and would not stop. Her father and elder brother tried hard to hold her still but their efforts were in vain. Instead, their bodies also began to sway as they tried to stop her. So Naraito’s father took her to the Residence and inquired of Oyasama about it. Oyasama said:
The moment Naraito answered, “Yes,” her swaying stopped.
In this way, Naraito started to take lessons on the kokyu from Oyasama and subsequently took part in the Service.
* Kokyu: a three-stringed instrument played with a bow in a vertical position.
Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 47–48
48. Waiting, Waiting
Around two o’clock in the afternoon of November 9, 1876, Kajiro Ueda was leaving for the Tenjin Festival at Kayo. Suddenly his daughter Naraito, who was weaving, began to cry, “Iwagami-san of Furu with his great mass of hair is descending on me. I’m frightened.” Later, she was administered all possible medical treatment without success. Through the devoted efforts of Yahei Nishiura, a neighbor, the Ueda family entered the faith and Naraito gradually recovered. She returned to Jiba the following month and was received by Oyasama who graciously said to her:
“I have been waiting, waiting. You were My aunt who saved Me five generations ago.”
She was completely cured in three days. Naraito was then fourteen years old.
Anecdotes of Oyasama, p. 42
The Final Osashizu
The history of the path until 1907
Once Tenrikyo obtained legal status in 1888, followers who burned with the conviction they were being protected by God the Parent and the everliving Oyasama began to spread Her message of universal salvation as far and wide as they could. By the 10th Anniversary of Oyasama in 1896, there were over 1,200 churches spread throughout every prefecture of Japan with the exception of Okinawa.
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