Memorial services for ancestors with gratitude are necessary for you to reach the true Christ.

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A soul of a man who has realized the Self by becoming one with his Inner God breaks into parts infinitely, transgressing the law of cause and effect of the earth, and dwells in all of the spirits of human beings who are born from then on.

  • Inner God 内在神
  • break into A Aに分岐する
  • infinitely 無限に
  • transgress 越える
  • cause and effect 因果
  • dwell 宿る

The same thing can be said about the soul of Christ. A part of his consciousness has dwelled in all of the souls of human beings born on the earth. It dwells in them as the consciousness of “forgiveness” and “tolerance.” Also, Buddha’s consciousness dwells in the souls of the Western people too who have no relationship with Buddhism as that of “mercy.” That is, the more people realize the Self, the higher the level of consciousness of the whole human beings.

  • consciousness 意識
  • forgiveness 赦し
  • tolerance 寛容
  • relationship 関係
  • mercy 慈悲
  • in short 要するに

Even if you were a Christian, you would find it difficult sometimes to bring out the consciousness of “forgiveness.” Why? In the World of Reality, conflicts never seem to end between people or states, whether or not their state religion is Christianity. To feel the consciousness of Christ within yourself, there is a thing you have to do first of all.

  • conflict 争い
  • state 国家
  • religion 宗教
  • first of all 何よりもまず

Where are human beings born from? – mothers. Where are they born from? That is, you are the result of your ancestors having relayed a baton of life without a break since the genesis of the human race. Genetically speaking, all of your ancestors dwell in you. Not having any gratitude or respect to them is denying yourself. As long as you deny yourself, you can never get happiness for ever.

  • genesis 発生
  • genetically 遺伝的に
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • respect 尊敬心
  • deny 否定する
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

Even if you don’t like your parents and ancestors, it was your soul who chose them when you borrowed your physical body from a family line, which you will understand after you die, but it’s too late. It’s not sure if you can have another journey of life, which depends on the way you live in this life.

  • depend on A Aしだいである
  • the way you live 生き方

To offer gratitude to ancestral spirits is the most powerful way to influence the spirit world. If your ancestral spirits are restless in suffer, you can console and save them by so doing. Ancestral spirits who have already rested in peace would go up to a higher dimension and help you descendants.

  • offer 捧げる
  • influence 影響する
  • restless 落ち着かない
  • in suffer 苦しみの中で
  • console 慰める
  • dimension 次元
  • descendant 子孫

As the number of restless ancestral spirits related to you gets smaller, you will come to be able to tune in to the vibration of Christ. To feel the true consciousness of Christ, it is necessary before everything that you console restless ancestral spirits in suffer and send them to heaven.

  • tune in to A Aに同調する
  • vibration 波動

People in the world seek for God neglecting their restless ancestral spirits. As things are, they couldn’t reach God. If you felt something like God with your ancestral spirits emitting negative energy of restlessness, it wouldn’t be true God. A spiritual being in the World of the Dead, which is a world for restless spirits, must be deceiving you.

  • seek for A Aを探し求める
  • neglect 放ったらかしにする
  • as things are これでは
  • emit 放つ
  • being 存在
  • deceive 騙す

This is true of all of the religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc. To feel righty and believe in God of your religion too, it’s important to hold memorial services for ancestors.

  • be true of A Aに当てはまる
  • Chritianity キリスト教
  • Judaism ユダヤ教
  • Islam イスラム教

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

Christians and the Memorial Service for Ancestors

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In Christianity, to the best of my knowledge, the concept of memorial services for ancestors is not emphasized very much. But I feel that the states of ancestors do have influences on their descendants all the time in life. This is because human beings are connected to their ancestors through spiritual lines, or genes,  all the time.

  • to the best of one’s knowledge 〜の知る限り
  • concept 概念
  • emphasize 強調する
  • state 状態
  • influence 影響
  • descendant 子孫
  • all the time いつも
  • be connected to A Aにつながっている
  • gene 遺伝子

If you were a Christian and your parents or grandparents had passed away with unsatisfied feelings, worries, or attachment to this world in their minds, they would stay around you now unable to go to the spiritual world for Christians. As long as a soul stays in this world with attachment to this world, the state of mind of the moment of his/her death is fixed and hardened as it is in the World of Reality. Though you cannot see your ancestral spirits, you will be affected by the negative energy of magnetism your ancestral spirits emit who stay around you and try to appeal you to do something for them, when you’ll get irritated or mad easily for no reason. With this state of mind, you’ll make a wrong decision and go into vicious cycle by yourself.

pass away 亡くなる

unsatisfied 満たされない

attachment 執着

as long as S+V SがVする限り

fix 固定する

harden 固める

affect 影響する

magnetism 磁気

emit 放出する

get irritated イライラする

make a decision 決断を下す

vicious cycle 悪循環

Also, if a Christian passed away with regrets over things in this world or strong feelings of anger, his/her thought energy would be likely to linger in the World of Reality and they would try to revenge themselves on their enemies unable to go to the spiritual world for Christians. Unable to affect them directly because of the lack of their physical bodies, they would try to make misfortunes happen to them.

  • regret 後悔
  • anger 怒り
  • linger 滞留する
  • revenge oneself on A Aに復讐する
  • enemy 敵
  • lead A to~ Aに〜するよう仕向ける

The problem is what will happen to them after accomplishing their aims. They couldn’t go to the world for Christians however hard they try. Because their spirits have stayed too long in this world, their thought energy of the moment of their death is frozen. Even if they succeed in their revenge, the feelings of anger not disarmed, they would try to lead another person to death.

  • accomplish 成し遂げる
  • aim 目的
  • disarm 和らげる

If their feelings are as they are, they won’t see any angels coming for you from the spiritual world for Christians. Because the mind of revenge doesn’t match with the wavelength of angels, they cannot meet each other. They will end up in wandering in this world with the hatred and go to their living descendants after all.

  • match 合う
  • wavelength 波長
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる
  • wander 彷徨う
  • hatred 憎しみ
  • after all 結局は

Unfortunate ancestral spirits of this kind are invisible, but their descendants are affected by them because they are always flowing around their descendants and giving off magnetic energy of anger all the time. And the descendants are likely to follow the same fate as their ancestors’ after all because they’re always affected by such ancestors’ magnetic waves. There are many cases that descendants lead the same kind of life as their ancestors.

  • unfortunate 不運な
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • give off A Aを放つ
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • fate 運命

Well, to save this kind of unfortunate ancestral spirits, it’s the most effective for their living descendants to offer gratitude to them. Dare to offer gratitude to such ancestral spirits in anger. As descendants don’t know which ancestral spirit is in suffer, it’s better to offer gratitude to the whole ancestral spirits.

  • effective 効果的な
  • offer 捧げる
  • dare to~ あえて〜する

This is not to worship them just like you worship God. It’s natural for Christians to worship Christ. The memorial service is held to offer gratitude to ancestral spirits with a view to consoling them. In holding it, please offer gratitude of “Thank you so much for keeping us alive” to them, for it is because our ancestors  lived in the past that we descendants can be alive now. This way has very strong effects on the invisible world.

  • worship 崇拝する
  • with a view to A Aの目的で
  • console 慰める
  • effect 影響

You must not make any wish to your ancestral spirits. If you do so, they’ll be bewildered and begin to suffer because they cannot make your wishes come true however hard they try. Then the vibration of suffer they emit will have bad influences on you and bad situations will actually appear before you.

  • must not~ 〜してはならない
  • make a wish 願い事をする
  • bewilder 当惑させる
  • actually 実際に

I feel that in areas where the number of people who have a lot of unsatisfied ancestral spirits is large, there are likely to be a tendency for troubles between inhabitants or accidents to occur. If people can have a large mind full of gratitude each, the society where they live will become peaceful naturally. For each of our minds to be satisfied, it is essential that each of us hold memorial services at home for our ancestors.

  • unsatisfied 満足していない
  • tendency 傾向
  • inhabitant 住民
  • essential 必要不可欠な

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

The Way of Holding Memorial Services for Animals Different from That for Humans

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I’m going to tell you about the way of holding memorial services for souls of animals. I know how you feel when your pet dies and you might wonder where your pet’s soul goes, because I have kept a cross-bred collie dog before.

  • wonder かしらと思う
  • cross-bled 雑種の

Seeing souls of animals, I feel that it takes centuries for animals to be reincarnated into humans. Frankly, it seems almost impossible. There is such a huge difference and distinction between human souls and animal ones in the spirit world.

  • century 生気
  • be reincarnated 転生する
  • frankly 正直に言えば
  • impossible 不可能な
  • difference 違い
  • distinction 区別

On the other hand, it is possible for humans to be reincarnated into animals. I have seen some animals who used to be Caucasian in their previous lives. I have never seen any animals who used to be a Japanese or a Jew so far. I’m not sure if I see such animals in the future, though.

  • on the other hand 一方
  • used to be~ 以前は〜であった
  • Caucasian 白人
  • previous 以前の
  • so far 今のところ

I feel that this has something to do with a secret of DNA related to the origin of the human race or their dietary habits. Well, a physical aspect and the reincarnation of a soul who resides in the physical body are related, in fact. Also, there are cases that an errand for the holy spirit possess an animal to express his will. But in this case, once his will is expressed, the energy of the holy spirit leaves the animal soon.

  • have something to do with A Aと何か関係がある
  • secret 秘密
  • related 関係した
  • origin 起源
  • dietary habit 食習慣
  • errand 御使い
  • possess 憑依する
  • will 意志
  • once S+V いったんSがVすると

If you hold a memorial service for your pet animal, please do it like the following;

  1. If you kept the animal outside of your house, put a round bowl to put an incense stick in where your animal would often be and then stand one or two half-broken incense sticks there. If the place is soil, you can stick them into it.
  2. If you kept the animal inside of your house, put a round bowl on the floor where your animal would often be and then do the same thing. ※ You don’t need Tanazku(短冊), or a strip of paper, in either case.
  3. If you hold a memorial service for animals that were used for some research or eaten or killed in car accidents for example, stand a half-broken incense stick in the center of the bowl and offer gratitude to them after you hold a memorial service for your ancestors with the use of Yorishiro and three incense sticks and then the smoke is gone.
  • round 丸い
  • soil 土
  • research 研究
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • ancestor 先祖
  • gone 無くなる

When you hold a memorial service for your pet animal, it’s important not to empathize with it too much. Please do it formally and calmly. Because animals are born into another world in fast cycle, your sad feelings to try to prevent them from leaving will do them no good. Just see them off positively.

  • empathize 同情する
  • formally 形式的に
  • calmly 穏やかに
  • in fast cycle 早いサイクルで
  • prevent A from ~ing Aが〜するのを妨げる
  • do A good Aのためになる
  • see A off Aを見送る
  • positively 明るく

The reason why you use an incense stick for animal spirits which is different in length from the one for human spirits is that they go to a different spirit world from the ones human souls go. It is not that the longer, the better. If the smoke of an incense stick doesn’t reach the animals, it means nothing.

  • length 長さ
  • the longer, the better 長ければ長いほどいい
  • mean nothing 意味が無い

Laws of nature work like magnet in the spirit world much more than we think. They act on souls according to their levels like human feelings don’t matter at all in a way. You can make the smoke of the incense stick reach your pet animal by showing a different “form” of holding a memorial service from that for human souls.

  • law 法則
  • act on A Aに作用する
  • according to A Aに応じて
  • matter 重要でない
  • in a way ある意味で
  • form 型

The World of Reality where feelings or compassion is valid is a precious dimension. That’s why it’s sometimes hard to live there, though.

  • the World of Rality 現実界
  • compassion 情け
  • valid 有効な
  • precious 貴重な
  • dimension 次元
  • That’s why S+V  そういうわけでSはVす

When your spiritual body leaves your physical one, you are to be attracted to another world according to the magnetism etched into your spiritual body. I hope you etch good magnetism into your physical body as long as you live. If you do so, you are to go on to another world automatically that matches with the amount of the good magnetism.

  • attract 引き付ける
  • magnetism 磁気
  • etch 刻む
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • go on to A Aに進む
  • automatically 自動的に
  • match 見合う
  • amount 量

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

A lesson lies in the disappearance of incense sticks.

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Spirits who need to have a memorial service held for them have lost their physical bodies yet remain in a dimension near this world because of regret or lingering affection for this World of Reality

  • yet にもかかわらず
  • remain 残っている
  • because of A Aのために
  • regret 後悔
  • concern 未練

They have to be gone once they have graduated from this World of Reality. No matter how much they have attachment to this world, they’re not allowed to stay here. Unless they leave for another world to go to with no regret or lingering affection for this world, they will cause their descendants, living in this world, troubles by clogging up their family lines.

  • graduate 卒業する
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • cause もたらす
  • clog up A Aを詰まらせる

As they see the smoke of incense sticks offered to them disappearing, they will awake to the principle that even the precious smoke, which turns into whatever they want in the World of the Dead or the World of Spirits, “has to disappear.”

  • principle    理
  • precious 貴重な
  • turn into A Aに変わる

Provided that you hold memorial services for your ancestors with gratitude everyday while you’re alive, one of your ancestral spirits you is sure to come for you after you die. Also, provided you have had a lot of ancestral spirits of yours rest in peace, they will come for you as a group.This is because you have made karma (= a cause)of being welcomed by holding memorial services while you’re alive. What you give is given to you.

  • alive 生きている
  • cause 原因
  • welcome 歓迎する

On the other hand, if you haven’t practiced holding memorial services and after you die you cannot rest in peace because of the state of your mind, you’ll be at a loss  what to do because there’s no one coming for you.Whatever  you do in this world has a meaning and causes some karma. If you do it at all, leave good karma behind. You can choose freely whether you make good karma or bad karma.

  • on the other hand 一方
  • state 状態
  • be at a loss 途方に暮れる 
  • leave A behind Aを置いていく

Seen through the eyes of the holy spirit, lives of human beings are like short plays of a moment. You can play a good role of your own accord and it’s important. What you played never disappears no matter how short it is. But if you force yourself to play, you won’t be able to keep on playing because you’ll be tired. As you practice holding memorial services for your ancestors with gratitude and reminding yourself of gratitude all the time, you will come to feel like playing a good role naturally.

  • moment 瞬間
  • of one’s own accord 自ら進んで
  •  force A to~ Aに〜するよう強いる
  • remind 思い出させる
  • all the time いつも
  • come to~ 〜するようになる
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

The Meaning of The Third Incense Stick

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As for the words you say in holding a memorial service for your ancestors, you can use your own words or make a change to them as long as they mean gratitude to your ancestors. But I hope that you say “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su” meaning “Thank you so much for keeping us alive” because they have an important spiritual meaning.

  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • make a change to A Aに変更を加える
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • meaning  意味

Well, after offering two incense sticks, you offer the third one. This has a spiritual meaning. In the way of Ise-Hakusan Dou, when you have a memorial service for your ancestral spirits and the spirits who have something to do with you, all you need is a Tanzaku(短冊, a strip of paper)or a memorial tablet for spirits to stay at temporarily like a perch with the words “The Place For Spirits Of So-and-So Family” written on it.

  • incense stick 線香
  • have something to do with A Aと何らかの関係がある
  • memorial tablet 位牌
  • perch 止まり木

No matter how complicated the situations you’re in, you have to write your own surname you’re now using on the Tanzaku. If you change your surname, you have to change the name on it, too. Using Yorishiro(寄り代), or a place for spirts to stay at, you console your ancestral spirits who have the same surname as yours preferentially.This is because you have to increase the number of ancestral spirits who have been relieved by memorial services and then have them help other related spirits.

  • complicated 複雑な
  • surname 氏名
  • console 慰める
  • preferentially 優先的に
  • increase 増やす
  • related 関係した

If you expanded the object of a memorial service by writing your family name and all other related family names on the Tanzaku or memorial tablet, the memorial service would be halfway for each of the family lines and as the result you couldn’t accomplish its intended purpose because the object is too broad. Keep in mind that there are a huge number of ancestors in your family line only.

  • expand 広げる
  • object 対象
  • halfway 中途半端
  • accomplish 成し遂げる
  • intended 意図された
  • purpose 目的
  • keep A in mind Aを心に留めておく

To prevent this, it’s better not to write the names of other related family lines on the Tanzaku intentionally and instead to take care of them by offering the third incense stick. By offering it, you can console the spirits who have something to do with you one by one according to the need. I know from my long experience and spiritual sense that holding memorial services for ancestors does have practical effects on the person who holds it eventually.

  • prevent 防ぐ
  • intentionally 意図的に
  • instead 代わりに
  • according to A Aに応じて
  • practical 実際的な
  • effect 影響
  • eventually 最終的には

A lot of spirits who need memorial services are in suffer. They are suffering so much that they afford no ease and reassurance. I learned from a special topic of a TV documentary program I saw before that the biggest factor of fights between prisoners is a little difference of the amount of meals served to them and the order of serving is also important. It’s hard to understand in an affluent, free society, but it could be a conflict of life and death in such a closed space. In the TV program, a prisoner, who was selected from among the prisoners regularly, was checking the amount of each meals with a ruler. This is not a funny thing but a serious matter.

  • suffer 苦しみ
  • afford A Aの余裕がある
  • reassurance 安心
  • factor 要因
  • conflict 喧嘩
  • prisoner 囚人
  • difference 違い
  • serve 出す
  • affluent 豊かな
  • conflict 争い
  • ruler 定規

The same kind of thing exists between ancestral spirits and other related ones. It’s important to offer two incense sticks to your ancestral spirits first, and after that to offer one incense stick to other related ones. This is not discrimination against spirits. This way of offering incense sticks is to make much of the relationship between spirits and the person who offers them. First you console your ancestral spirits who have the same surname as yours and then have them help other spirits related to you.

  • exist 存在する
  • discrimination 差別
  • make much of A Aを重視する
  • relationship 関係

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

You can live free with three incense sticks.

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When you start holding a memorial service for your ancestors, it’s better to do it with the use of three incense sticks from the beginning. I used to explain that you should hold it first with the use of two incense sticks, and after making your ancestral spirits’ protection stronger you should hold it with three incense sticks for other spirits as well as your ancestral ones. But in view of the situations of the World of Reality, I feel that you need to do it with the use of three incense sticks from the beginning.

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • incense stick 線香
  • used to~   〜したものだ
  • explain 説明する
  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • in view of A Aを見ると

But remember that only if you feel like doing it after reading “how to hold a memorial service for your ancestors,” you should practice it. I’m never recommending you to do it forcibly.

  • only if S+V SがVする場合のみ
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする
  • recommend    勧める
  • forcibly    無理に

If you are worried about or afraid of holding a memorial service, you haven’t reached the stage of consoling spirits related to you yet. What you’re caring about the most is you, which is also an important step for you to develop though.

  • console 慰める
  • related 関係した
  • develop 成長する

The way of consoling related spirits with the use of a Tanzaku(短冊), a strip of paper,  or a memorial tablet as Yorishiro(寄り代), a medium for spirits to stay at temporarily, three incense sticks, and words of gratitude is a revelation I received from Kunitokotachi-oh-kami(国常立太神), the ruler of Meikai(冥界), the world after death.

  • medium 媒介
  • gratitude    感謝の気持ち
  • revelation 神示
  • ruler 支配者

This way of holding memorial services will have more and more powerful, practical effects on the World of Reality. If you succeed in purifying your spiritual body with your own efforts before it’s too late, you can get through the baptism of spiritual light of the sun―I got this message from above.

  • practical 実践的な
  • effect 影響
  • succeed in ~ing 〜することに成功する
  • purify 浄化する
  • baptism     洗礼

In holding the service, the first two incense sticks you offer to your ancestral spirits mean that one is for your male ancestors and the other is for your female ancestors, including the spirits of your parents’ family lines.

  • including A Aを含めて

To be exact, the first two incense sticks mean “infinity” expanding endlessly. In the Japanese myths, myriads of deities sprang and branched off from Izanagi(イザナギ) and Izanami(イザナミ), a couple of husband and wife. So the two incense sticks you offer mean that tracing back your family line, you offer gratitude for “being kept alive” to the Original God ultimately.

  • to be exact 厳密に言えば
  • infinity    無限
  • expand 拡大する
  • endlessly 無限に
  • myth 神話
  • myriads of A 無数のA
  • deity 神
  • spring 生じる
  • branch off 分岐する
  • track back A Aをたどる
  • the Original God 根源神
  • ultimately 究極的に

Wandering spirits who belong to your family line would come close to the smoke of the third incense stick. You, now living,  don’t have to worry about the order of their coming or which smoke they will come to. Leave the matter of the spirit world to the spirit world. You yourself would be consoled first and then spirits who need help one by one. Also, there is a big difference in protection among brothers or sisters, depending on whether or not they hold memorial services.

  • wander 彷徨う
  • order 順番
  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • console 慰める
  • one by one 順番に
  • depending on A Aによって

If you are married, you might be afraid that only your husband’s ancestors are made much of, but you don’t have to worry about it because spirits related to you who need consolation are sure to be taken care of whether or not they belong to your family line or your parents’ family lines.

  • married 結婚した
  • make much of A Aを重要視する
  • be sure to~    必ず〜する

Take a look at your hands and feet. They haven’t appeared from nowhere, right? Because you have a physical body, you cannot help being affected by the state of your ancestral spirits during your short life.

  • take a look at A Aを見てみる
  • appear 現れる
  • cannot help ~ing 〜せざるを得ない
  • affect 影響する
  • state 状態

Self-appointed professionals of the spirit world give lectures on God or angels neglecting their own ancestral spirits. A lot of Shintoists also neglect to hold memorial services for their ancestors. It’s impossible to sympathize with a subtle holy spirit if you’re being affected by the wave motions of wandering ancestral spirits. Spirits you can sympathize, with you neglecting your ancestral spirits in suffer,  must be spiritual beings in the World of the Dead where wandering spirits live.

  • self-appointed 自称の
  • lecture 講義
  • neglect 無視する
  • subtle 精妙な
  • wave motion 波動
  • in suffer 苦しむ

Human beings have an aspect of foolishness and complexity. Even if you think it’s important in life to study or train yourself, you will suffer all the same when your present state of mind is bad. You cannot carry on the study nor training. As your tooth is hurting, any food will taste bad no matter how expensive it is.

  • aspect 側面
  • foolishness 愚かさ
  • complexity 複雑さ
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • all the same   やはり
  • carry on A Aを続ける
  • expensive 高価な

If you practice holding practical memorial services in order to make your ancestral spirits rest in peace, your state of mind will come to be stable in this World of Reality. As long as your state of mind is stable, you can do anything you want with efforts and I’m sure your can do it.

  • in order to~   〜するために
  • come to~ 〜するようになる
  • stable 安定した
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

The reason why you need to hold a memorial service in the the way of Ise-Hakusan Dou is that human beings are forgetful creatures. So it’s important to make it a rule to offer your gratitude to your ancestral spirits as a habit. Without it, you couldn’t keep on holding the services. You’ll stop doing it in just three days.

  • forgetful    忘れやすい
  • creature 生物
  • make it a rule to~   〜するようにする
  • habit    習慣

While you’re alive, you can move freely on your own accord. You can do whatever you want, good things or bad. It’s your choice to be grateful to your invisible ancestors, who have passed the baton of a physical body to you.

  • on one’s own accrord 意のままに
  • invisible   見えない

What you did in the World of Reality is much more valuable than thinking. Therefore, what you do is very important. A result caused by your action of offering three incense sticks is far beyond an ideal you think of with twisted logic.

  • valuable 価値がある
  • therefore   従って
  • ideal 理想
  • twisted logic 屁理屈

If you hold a memorial service at all, you should do it in the truly effective way. Once you do it, you’ll know whether or not this way of holding it is genuine. You’ll have a new experience anyone else never knows.

  • genuine 本物の
  • experience 経験

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

A memorial service held every day is more important than visiting your family’s grave once a year.

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Bones put in an urn after cremation are only a part of the whole due to the size of the urn when the cremation is done in city. The rest of it are thrown away together with other’s bones. Remains don’t include the soul of the deceased and are nothing more than wreck like the lyric of the song “Don’t Stand At My Grave And Weep”.

  • urn 骨壷
  • cremation 火葬
  • due to A   Aのために
  • the rest 残り
  • throw A away   Aを捨てる
  • remain 遺骨
  • include 含む
  • the deceased    故人
  • nothing more than  A A以上のものではない
  • wreck 残骸

Are graves unnecessary? No. They’re important all the same. They are important as monuments not to forget ancestors. Human beings are forgetful of holding memorial services for ancestors when they’re busy with their work or everyday lives. But if people have their graves, when the equinoctial week or Obon festival comes around, they will visit them with their family.

  • grave 墓
  • all the same    やはり
  • ancestor 先祖
  • forgetful 忘れやすい
  • equinoctial week お彼岸

Without graves, there is no chance to hold memorial services for ancestors with family members. It is a great consolation to ancestral spirits for their descendants to think about them even a few times in a year.

  • consolation 慰め
  • descendant 子孫

If all of your ancestral spirits were in rest in peace, it would be enough for you to visit the grave a few times a year and after that, work hard in the World of Reality forgetting about them. But actually there are wandering ancestral spirits in any family line. Wandering ancestral spirits try to depend on their descendants for help. Then there will happen a lot of troubles in your life because they try to draw your attention to their existence.

  • wander 迷う
  • depend 頼る
  • draw attention 注意を引く
  • existence 存在

It is really agony for spirits to stay in this word with attachment to it because the situation of the moment of their death is fixed. If they want to go back to the spirit world on their own, it’s not easy because they have missed the chance to leave. They need help from their descendants in the form of memorial services with gratitude.

  • agony 苦悶
  • attachment 執着
  • fix 固定する
  • on one’s own 自分で
  • in the form of A   Aの形で
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

It’s more important for you to hold a memorial service for your ancestral spirits everyday with gratitude with the use of three incense sticks than to visit the grave a few times in a year. It makes your ancestors happy for you to think about them even a few times a year, much more to think about them everyday at home.

  • ancestral    先祖の
  • incense stick    線香
  • much more A     ましてやAはなおさらだ

If you hold a memorial service for your ancestors everyday, you can make your wandering ancestral spirits rest in peace one by one. And they, in turn, become your guardian spirits and will protect you. What you did for your ancestors will return to you without fail.

  • in turn 今度は
  • guardian spirit 守護霊
  • protect 守る
  • without fail    必ず

There may be a case you have separated graves for some reason. In many cases, it is due to the will of the deceased, who doesn’t want to stay together with his wife or her husband after death, for example. This is also due to some karma. Just leave it as it is. Above all, it’s important for you to hold a memorial service everyday for your ancestors whose surname is the same as yours.

  • will 遺言
  • leave A as A is Aをそのままにしておく
  • above all 何よりも
  • surname    苗字

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.