Only Your Ancestral Spirits can Lead You in a Good Direction for Free

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The other day, on a holiday, I was asked to buy a small laptop computer by one of my family members. So I checked an advertisement from a local, big electronics retail store and found out that a PC with a 9 inch monitor and 1 gigabyte of memory made in an Asian country was only 50,000 yen level. I was surprised at the price because the PC’s performance was more than four times better than mine. I proposed my paying half of the cost and we went to the store to buy it.

  • the other day 先日
  • ask A to~ Aに〜するよう頼む
  • advertisement 広告
  • retail store 量販店
  • performance 性能
  • propose 提案する

The PC came in two types of color, white and blue. My families insisted on buying a white one, so I asked a sales person of the store if they had the product in stock. But he said that the PC was just released recently and so poplar that both of the types were out of stock. He said that I had to wait for the PC to arrive for about two weeks and I said OK. One of my family members received a purchase card put in front of the sample and took the card to the checkout counter. During the pay, I walked around other shopping corners by myself and waited for them at the entrance. Looking at the subscription form, my wife said that she hoped she could get the phone call from them much earlier.

  • insist 主張する
  • in stock 在庫で
  • release 発売する
  • out of stock 在庫切れ
  • purchase 購入
  • sample 展示品
  • checkout counter 会計場所
  • subscription 予約

Seeing my wife saying that, I got a negative vibe suddenly. I got the feeling that the sales person placed an order for a blue one. Though we were walking in the parking lot, I said we should go back because I felt the sales person got our order wrong. The other family members said “No!,” but I insisted on my feeling being right and we went back to the checkout counter. It was just as I thought. The purchase cards on the showcase were put in the wrong place. Other purchasers waiting for the PC will find the mistake after they receive the PC  in two weeks and have to make a reservation again.

  • negative 嫌な
  • vibe 雰囲気
  • suddenly 突然
  • parking lot 駐車場
  • make a reservation 予約をする

As you hold thankful memorial services for your ancestors and live your life with gratitude, you’ll come to be led in a good direction somehow. When you feel a guidance by your ancestors, it’s important that you show your gratitude to them in your heart. If you think it’s just a lucky thing, you might not get their guidance any more. It is only your ancestral spirits who can give support t0  your personal things for free. Holy spirits would never give detailed advice when you’re shopping.

  • direction 方向
  • guidance 導き
  • grattude 感謝の気持ち
  • support 支援
  • for free 無料で
  • detailed   細かい

So, when a good thing happens to you, please put your energy of gratitude in the space. Since you don’t know whether the good thing is due to your ancestors’ guidance or just coincidence, you should be thankful for everything. By doing so, more and more happy things will happen to you. Well, had they checked the color at the checkout counter, nothing would have happened. Be careful of a purchase card in front of a sample.

  • space 空間
  • more and more  ますます多くの
  • be careful 注意する

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 me/us alive.

Cleansed Spiritual Line Makes Your Talents Blossom

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To hold memorial services for your ancestors is for you to cleanse the spiritual line of your family line, from which you’ve borrowed your physical body this time. This is not what others can do. It is not until you hold a memorial service by yourself that you can cleanse the spiritual line. In this real world, however, many people are apt to have another person hold the memorial service in exchange for money to feel secured. Since the spiritual line remains uncleaned, their offspring are likely to suffer from mental problems.

  • cleanse 綺麗にする
  • by oneself 自分で
  • in exchange for A Aと引き換えに
  • feel secured 安心して
  • offspring 子孫
  • suffer 苦しむ

It’s important to hold a memorial service according to your local tradition and customs because if you don’t follow them, you can receive unnecessary negative magnetism of reproof and anxiety from other family members or strangers. Also, you may be thinking that you want to cherish your family tradition. It’s advisable to avoid such an unnecessary conflict or concerns.

  • according to A  Aに従って
  • tradition 伝統
  • custom 習慣
  • magnetism 磁気
  • reproof 非難
  • anxiety 心配
  • cherish 大事にする
  • conflict 争い
  • concern 懸念

Only by the memorial services held by you can you show your gratitude to your ancestors in the spirit world and cleanse the spiritual line, through which life energy flows into you. With this understanding, you can take part in a memorial service held by another in a traditional way, for you can be properly serious at the ceremony because of the recognition that you’re supposed to do it originally.

  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • take part 参加する
  • properly 適切に
  • be supposed to~   〜するものと考えられている
  • originally 元々は

Three dimensions are correlated of your physical body in this world, the spiritual line of your family line(including relative ancestors) and the Fundamental World from which your soul came. The spiritual line of your present family line connects your physical body to the birthplace of your traveling soul. As long as the spiritual line is clogged up, life energy can’t flow normally into you from the Fundamental World. In this case, it is flowing intermittently.

  • dimension 次元
  • correlated 関係して
  • including A Aを含めて
  • connect 結びつける
  • clogged 詰まって
  • intermittently 断続的に

The fastest way for the spiritual line to be cleansed is for you to hold memorial services where you offer only gratitude to your ancestors. You must not use the magnetism of others then. As the spiritual line gets cleaner and cleaner, the energy of creation will flow into you from the source and as a result you will come to have a feeling of wrongness about filthy spiritual magnetism different from yours. You will be able to feel “something is wrong” about cult groups or people related to the spirits of the World of the Dead.

  • must not~  〜してはいけない
  • creation 創造
  • a feeling of wrongness 違和感
  • filthy 汚れた
  • related 関係した
  • the World of the Dead 幽界

As long as the spiritual line of your family line is clogged up, you’re blindfolded like a charm. Not being able to feel wrong, you’re likely to go in a worse direction. Spirits of the World of the Dead deposit their spiritual dirt in your spiritual line, so therefore the more you get involved with them, the more your spiritual line is clogged up and the more strongly your mind is tied up. You could fall easily for a con man’s story easy to understand to the third person.

  • blindfolded 目隠しされて
  • like a charm 魔法にかかったように
  • direction 方向
  • deposit 産み付ける
  • therefore それゆえ
  • get involved with A Aと関わる
  • the third person 第三者

With the spiritual line being blocked up with the spiritual dirt, your life energy will decrease and lose your health because you can’t receive the protection of your ancestral spirits and the flow of energy from the fundamental source is weak. Also, even if you’re not involved with any religious group related to the World of the Dead, unfortunate things, such as your efforts never being rewarded, will never stop coming as long as the spiritual line is clogged up. You may think of it as just a misfortune, but it’s not. With the spiritual line being such, you won’t be able to accept the right path nor receive good advice. Your quibbles will close off your heart and you are likely to make a choice that makes you away from good fortunes.

  • block up A Aをせき止める
  • protection 保護
  • effort 努力
  • reward 向く汁
  • misfortune 不運
  • quibble 屁理屈

As the spiritual line gets clean, your talents will blossom because of the spiritual energy from the fundamental source. Most eminent artists have their clean spiritual line. When you can feel the energy from the fundamental source naturally, you’ll be impressed somehow and with no reason by the stories or art works by the artists who are also touching the fundamental being. Because of the clogged spiritual line you can’t feel anything if you come across the real thing and you’ll go away from it, sticking to crappy details. The same thing can be said about religions.

  • blossom 開花する
  • eminent 著名な
  • be impressed 感銘を受ける
  • come across A Aに出くわす
  • stick こだわる
  • crappy くだらない
  • detail 細かい部分

Once the problem of blockage of the spiritual line of your family line is solved, you will come to get in touch with holy spirits as the next stage. The right sympathetic resonance with them, not strange phenomena, will begin. I feel that most people who make money using the name of God have their spiritual line clogged up. The “God” such people speak of is crap. It’ll disappear like a melting paper. (note from translator : the Japanese pronunciation of God and paper is the same, kami

  • once S+V いったんSがVすると
  • solve 解決する
  • sympathetic resonance 共鳴
  • crap たわごと

Children whose spiritual line is clean is mostly cheerful and healthy. I feel that they do well in school. Thankful memorial services for your ancestors have much more good effects on your children mentally and physically than making them study against their will only to dehumanize them.

  • mostly 大抵は
  • mentally 精神的に
  • against one’s will 意思に反して
  • only to~ 結局は〜することになる
  • dehumanize 人間性を奪う

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 me/us alive.

The State of Not Being Able to Hold Memorial Services for Ancestors is also Due to Karma

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There may be a person who wants to hold memorial services with burning incense sticks but can’t do it in the face of opposition from other family members. Also there may be a person who can’t practice it because of lack of space for Tanzaku, a strip of Japanese paper, or who is not at liberty to do it because of the family’s religious belief. There must be various family reasons.

  • opposition 反対
  • lack 欠如
  • be at liberty to~ 自由に〜することができる
  • religious belief 信仰
  • various 様々な

Moreover, there may be a person who has been given a talisman or a charm from a parent-in-law and has to keep it thinking that if he/she refuses to receive it or disposes of it without permission, discord may happen between them. In this case, you should give full consideration to the relatives. However, in my opinion, you will be spiritually handicapped if you keep such a charm, with the dimension of the World of the Dead collapsing.

  • dispose of A Aを処分する
  • permission 許可
  • discord 不和
  • consideration 考慮
  • collapse 崩壊する

When ancestral spirits try to protect their offspring, they have to avoid the magnetism of the obstructive thing. When an object is covered with spiritual magnetism of the ancestral spirits, it doesn’t prevent them from helping their offspring, but all the other magnetism of spiritual products is nothing but obstruction.

  • offspring 子孫
  • avoid 避ける
  • obstruction 障害
  • prevent 妨げる
  • nothing but A  Aでしかない

This is why the luck of people who have a lot of charms or spiritual products and often pray here and there for their desires to be fulfilled turns worse and worse. If such people deny my saying, the truth is they just don’t know how many better opportunities they should have had thanks to their ancestral spirits’ protection were lost.

  • turn bad 悪くなる
  • deny 否定する

In this World of Reality, it is only your ancestral spirits that can help you spiritually. True God never interferes in personal profit because its spiritual vibration is too different from that of human beings. It never be partial to people, either. Well, if your dream comes true despite of having a charm or your praying, what’s the cause?

  1. Your ancestral spirits worked to save you out of pity pushing aside the unnecessary magnetism.
  2. Some spiritual being working on exchange conditions worked for you and the spirit is to collect something precious from you.

I feel most of the cases is 1. You should keep in mind that True God never works for personal desires on an errand. Gods like Susanoo(スサノオ神)often lead people to have a hard time for mental training in a short life because experiences will turn into treasure after they die.

  • interfere with A Aに干渉する
  • profit 利益
  • despite A Aにもかかわらず
  • out of pity 哀れみから
  • push A aside Aを跳ね除ける
  • precious 貴重な
  • keep A in mind Aを心に留めて置く
  • lead A to~  Aに〜するよう仕向ける
  • experience 経験
  • treasure 宝物

For example, a real bread makes a hungry child more satisfied than showing the child a picture of a tasty bread. Similarly, in holding a memorial service for your ancestors, you need actual efficacy. The molecules of steam of hot tea you prepared with time and effort well or the smoke of incense sticks, which is much more effective than the former, offered to your ancestral spirits turns into what the spirits want and consoles them. A spiritual body, which is a body of magnetism, looks like smoke. And spiritual bodies and the smoke of incense sticks are very compatible.

  • similarly 同様に
  • efficacy 効力
  • molecule 分子
  • effective 効果的な
  • with time and effort 手間をかけて
  • console 慰める
  • compatible 相性が良い

Being in the state of not being able to hold memorial services for your ancestors is also due to your karma. There is nothing for it. If you can’t do it in the face of strong opposition from other family members, just refrain from doing it because if you do it in spite of the opposition, you’ll end up offering your uneasy feeling to your ancestral spirits.

  • state 状態
  • be due to A Aが原因である
  • refrain 控える
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる

If you want to do it by all means, however, you had better do it when no one is around, if possible. In this case, please stand the Tanzaku for your ancestral spirits firmly with a Tanzaku-stand on a space of the dining table, put a cup of steaming Japanese tea in front of the Tanzaku and offer thankful words to your ancestors. When the tea gets cold, put the Tanzaku away. In this way, you can hold a memorial service without smell.

  • by all means ぜひとも
  • if possible 可能なら
  • thankful   感謝の
  • put A away  Aを片付ける
  • smell 匂い

The spiritually practical power of this method is about half that of the method where you keep Yorishiro such as Tanzaku or a memorial tablet standing at the same place and offer three incense sticks to your ancestral spirits with gratitude. But still, it’s better than doing nothing, for practicing it to the extent that you can do is important. Should you be unable to do even this method with the use of steam, you can remind yourself of gratitude for your ancestors, saying to yourself  “Thank you so much for keeping me alive.”

  • extent 範囲
  • remind oneself of A  Aを想起する
  • say to oneself 心の中で言う

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 me/us alive.

The More Spirits Rest in Peace, The More Merciful You Become

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The Obon Festival Days, corresponding to the Festival for the Dead in the West, are near. Its period is more or less different according to the lunar calendar or the solar one, or the local tradition. I’m not sure about the historical facts about the Obon Festival, but I feel spiritually that the period begins around August 11 and its climax is on August 15, there being time difference each year. Spiritual atmosphere has begun to change since the afternoon of August 10 of last year, .

  • correspond 相当する
  • the lunar calendar 旧暦
  • fact 事実

I feel that some spirits who are distantly related to me and need help but cant’t come close to me usually, have approached me. It’s no good to try to keep them away or avoid them. It’s important to welcome them with gratitude, saying to yourself “Thank you for coming!”

  • distantly 遠く
  • welcome 歓迎する
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

I’m sure they will go away fulfilling their unsatisfied feelings after receiving the smoke of an incense stick I offer in holding memorial services for my ancestors during the Obon Festival Days. The more spirits rest in peace, the more merciful you will be become.

  • fulfill 満たす
  • incense stick 先行
  • merciful  慈悲深い

Those spiritual methods have been the mainstream so far that are based on the spiritual principle of eliminating spirits such as exorcism. But, as long as you have the mind to avoid what you don’t like or you want to be happy avoiding such related spirits coming close to you for help, you will never be mentally stable. It’s important for you to think that you want to console the spirits with a big heart and have them rest in peace.  This merciful heart will save yourself after all. A human life is short. What is the point of leading your life with such a merciless heart to eliminate the spirits in trouble? It’s important to enlarge your merciful heart inside.

  • mainstream 主流
  • be based on A Aに基づいている
  • principle 原理
  • eliminate 取り除く
  • exorcism 除霊
  • mentally 精神的に
  • stable 安定した
  • merciful 慈悲深い
  • What is the point of ~ing?  ~してどうなるのか?
  • enlarge 大きくする

Also, the more you have a great fear of illness everyday wanting to avoid or escaping from them, the more likely you are to fall ill somehow. This world is really strange. The more you want something, the more it goes away. The more you try to avoid something, the closer it comes to you. So, all you have to do is stop where you are and be grateful for the present situation. Accept those who come to you and do not pursue those who leave you.

  • fear 恐怖
  • fall ill 病気になる
  • somehow どういうわけか
  • grateful 感謝に満ちた
  • the present situation 現状
  • accept 受け入れる
  • pursue 追いかける

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 me/us alive.

Only Understandable Words can Reach Ancestral Spirits

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With a lot of people never having practiced holding any memorial service for their ancestors, those who do it, even if in their own way, are praiseworthy. Directing your mind to ancestors itself is important no matter how you do it. But, if you do it at all, I suggest that you do it effectively enough for the energy of your consolation to reach your ancestral spirits. This is why I don’t recommend that you do it with a memorial tablet only for a particular dead person.

  • praiseworthy 賞賛に値する
  • direct 向ける
  • effective 効果的な
  • consolation 慰め 
  • memorial tablet 位牌
  • particular 特定の

In case you hold memorial services for a particular dead person, the period until the first anniversary of his/her death is important. Spirits resting in peace go to another world in 49 days at the shortest or one year at the longest, while spirits with unsatisfied mind, whose spiritual magnetism is heavy, will still have remained in this world even in a year. That is, they can’t rest in peace.

  • period 期間
  • at the shortest 最短で
  • unsatisfied 満たされない
  • remain 残る

In this case, they need help from another ancestral spirit who has been stable mentally and able to move around freely before going on to another world. With such a considerate help, spirits in pain could go to another world feeling secured thanks to the memorial services held by his/her offspring.

  • relieved 安心した
  • considerate 思いやりのある
  • pain 苦しみ
  • offspring 子孫

In short, as long as you hold memorial services only for a particular dead person who can’t move on his/her own, you can never get good results. Therefore, it is effective for offspring to hold ones for the whole ancestral spirits so that other ancestral spirits can also help one another with the use of the energy of your gratitude.

  • in short 要するに
  • result 結果
  • therefore それゆえ
  • effective 効果的な
  • whole 全体の

In Ise-Hakusan Dou way, you use a memorial tablet or Tanzaku, a strip of Japanese paper, with the words “The Place for Spirits of So and So Family” on it. You can put a notebook beside the memorial tablet in which the deceased’s name or information, such as a short history of life, is written. If the notebook is made of Japanese paper, it becomes more easy for ancestral spirits’ magnetism to get on the notebook.

  • so and so 何々の
  • the deceased 故人

Should you and the other family members disagree on the way of holding memorial services, it’s better for you to obey them because negative magnetism would arise and affect your ancestral spirits. It’s OK to put the Tanzaku in front of the Buddhist altar when you hold a memorial service alone, but doing it sneakily can also cause negative magnetism. So you don’t have to it.

  • disagree 意見が合わない
  • obey 従う
  • arise 生じる
  • Buddhist altar 仏壇
  • sneakily こそこそと

The next important thing is not to offer a cryptic sutra or incantation to ancestral spirits. The negative magnetism arising from the sutra prevents them from being consoled. Imagine the scenes of the past where those sutras have been used. They have been used not in a pleasant situation but in a negative one such as human death, sadness, confining ghosts, anxiety for something curious out of fear and so on. As soon as you chant such a sutra, the switch is turned on of generating the negative magnetism the sutra has been accumulating for a long time.

  • cryptic 意味のわからない
  • sutra お経
  • incantation 呪文
  • prevent 妨げる
  • confine 封じ込める
  • chant 唱える
  • as soon as S+V SがVするやいなや

Sakyamuni’s true will doesn’t lie in Buddhist sutras that were made up about 1000 years after he died. Foreseeing the present world where people are dependent on cryptic sutras, Sakyamuni predicted clearly that the age of decadence would come when his true teachings have lost their validity.

  • foresee 予見する
  • dependent 依存している
  • predict 予言する
  • the age of decadence 末法
  • validity 有効性

It is absurd that people are chanting a sutra the meaning of which they don’t understand, pronouncing a series of cryptic words. This is like a mischievous Japanese is playing a hoax on his foreign friend by teaching a bad Japanese language. Kumaraju, the ancient translator of  Buddhism, (see also “Horrible Spiritual Trap Hidden in Heart Sutra” ) would laugh to see the people doing it with a serious face.

  • absurd 馬鹿げている
  • meaning 意味
  • pronounce 発音する
  • hoax いたずら

It is the heart of living people that is conveyed to spirits. What you think about spirits in understandable words gets on your consciousness and it reaches the spirits. If you’re not Japanese, use your own language in offering gratitude to your ancestors, and you can strengthen the power of energy of gratitude and it reaches them for sure.

  • convey 伝える
  • consciousness 意識
  • for sure 確実に

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 me/us alive.

The Energy of Compassion on Spirits is the Best Offering to Them

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There will be as many as two anniversaries of the atomic-bomb day this week. Really sad anniversaries. I think anniversaries are for keeping an incident in mind. Never forgetting about the victims is important for the spirits as well as for the future of Japan. Being forgotten is most heartbreaking for the spirits who have’t rest in peace. Since they haven’t left the World of Reality completely, they are anxious for drinks and foods because of the magnetism of habits formed while they were alive. Also, they can’t forget their physical pain or thought they had while they were alive even after they died.

  • anniversary 記念日
  • incident 出来事
  • victim 犠牲者
  • heartbreaking 堪える
  • completely 完全に
  • be anxious for A  Aを欲しがる
  • magnetism 磁気
  • habit 習慣

If spirits are forgotten, they try to inform someone of their existence because of pain. Such spirits will make troubles because they want to be noticed. Therefore, it’s good for you to direct your mind toward them before they try to make you notice them. If you do so, no trouble will happen. Ordinary people cannot sense such a thing before it happens. That’s why it’s important to hold a thankful memorial service every day for the whole spirits related to you. By doing this, you can console all of the spirits coming close to you.

  • inform 知らせる
  • existence 存在
  • pain 痛み
  • therefore それゆえ
  • direct 向ける
  • ordinary 普通の
  • thankful 感謝の
  • whole 全体の
  • related 関係した
  • console    慰める

When lost spirits get attention from living human beings, illusionary desires the spirits have are satisfied according to the amount of the attention. In this sense, it is really meaningful and practical for a lot of people to offer their compassion to the spirits at the same time on the fixed date at least once a year. The compassion of people on the lost spirits will send them over to the other side.

  • compassion 憐れみ
  • meaningful 意義深い
  • the other side あの世

Paying a visit to ancestors’ grave is also important during Obon Festival. In Japan, people move to visit their ancestor’s grave once a year during the same period of time, which is so big an event that the Shinkansen and highways are congested. Without such an event, people, lazy by nature, would put off visiting their ancestors’ grave and cease to do it after all. The most important purpose of this event is to make people pay attention to their ancestors at least once a year..

  • grave 墓
  • congest 混雑させる
  • by nature 生まれつき
  • put off A Aを先延ばしにする
  • cease   やめる

You don’t need to be so sensitive about the way or rules of visiting a grave, for the compassionate action for your ancestral spirits, like taking the trouble to visit the grave with a lot of time and money, is the best offering. It’s not easy to visit the grave during a hot summer. It’s so hard to take old people and young children to the front of the grave, with your body getting bit by bugs and sweating a lot. I myself have taken my parents having difficulty in moving about to my ancestor’s grave, holding them in my arms sometimes, which still remains in my mind as a good memory

  • take the trouble to~   わざわざ〜する
  • offering 捧げもの
  • bite 噛む
  • remain 残る
  • memory 思い出

It is especially delightful for ancestral spirits that their relatives connecting to them with a spiritual line visit their grave because they’ve been connected automatically to each other through spiritual genes.  As for consoling spirits, however, holding a thankful memorial service for ancestors at home everyday is more important than the events held several times in a year.

  • delightful 嬉しい
  • automatically 自動的に
  • gene 遺伝子

It is not others acting for you in exchange for money who can actually console ancestral spirits but living people related to them. This world is a really complicated and interesting wonderland. Let’s live with compassion for your ancestral spirits and faith in your Inner God, or conscience.

  • act for A Aの代理をする
  • in exchange for A Aと交換に
  • complicated 複雑な
  • conscience 良心

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 me/us alive.

Memorial Services are not just for One Generation

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A question a lot of married women reading this blog ask me is whether they can hold memorial services for ancestors by use of both their maiden name and their present family name while using the former at work. Now I’m going to answer the question from the following two points of view.

  1. Should memorial services for ancestors be held by use of only one family name?
  2. If memorial services are held by use of two family names, what kind of harmful effects are brought about?
  • ancestor 先祖
  • by use of A Aを用いて
  • maiden name 旧姓
  • harmful 有害な
  • effect 結果
  • bring about A Aを引き起こす

Regarding the question 1, if you’re married, you should hold memorial services by use of your present family name and the Tanzaku (a strip of Japanese paper) with the words “The Place For Ancestral Spirits of So and So Family” written on it should be put under your household shinto altar. By offering the third incense stick, you can console the ancestors of your previous family name as the spirits related to you, the practitioner of the service.

  • regarding A Aに関して
  • ancestral  先祖の
  • console 慰める
  • related 関係した
  • practitioner 実践者

The major reason for doing this is that for the future of your children, the next generation of your family line, it is better to clean and thicken the spiritual line of your husband’s family whose name they use from birth. If you do so, you won’t be worried over your children.

  • thicken 厚くする
  • generation 世代
  • from birth 生まれた時から

Should there be no successor of your previous family because of some karma, it can be said to be a fate in the current of the family. Though there is a counter-plan to prevent the family line from failing of having your child become a successor of your previous family as an adopted child, if you do this forcibly, various problems will happen to the child because of the karma that caused your previous family to head in such a direction. However, if the adoption of the child is smooth and successful, there’s no problem. It is not good to hold a memorial service for the sake of your generation alone. You have to take into consideration your descendants and those related to you as well.

  • fate 運命
  • current 流れ
  • adopted child 養子
  • forcibly 強制的に
  • head 向かう
  • direction 方向
  • take A into consideration Aを考慮に入れる
  • descendant 子孫

Regarding the question 2, as a husband and a wife come to stand as equals, they will have difficulty making mutual concessions even over trifle things and are likely to fight each other over and over again. Also, because they have their own spiritual lines each, the protection of spirits are separated. You will end up taking over bad karma from both families. Spiritually speaking, they look like men representing their own family line though they’re a couple.

  • mutual 相互の
  • concession 譲歩
  • trifle 些細な
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • represent 代表する

Under such circumstances, even if you start to hold memorial services for your ancestors, the effects will be down by half and bad effects of the karma will double and as the result you will cease to do it somehow. I feel that countries that the system of husband and wife retaining separate family names is adopted will have a high divorce rate. You can use your maiden name at work, but you should use your husband’s family name in holding memorial services if you want family happiness.

  • circumstance 状況
  • cease to~ 〜しなくなる
  • somehow どういうわけか
  • adopt 採用する
  • retain 保持する
  • divorce  離婚

There can be a case where a husband lives with his wife’s previous family, using his own family name. This is a little bit complicated. Unless he changes his family name to his wife’s, he will be apt to get a divorce from his wife sooner or later. But if he is patient and calm as a husband, there is an exception to it, of course. In this case, he should hold a memorial service offering three incense sticks after he did it in front of the family Buddhist altar at his wife’s house offering one incense stick.

  • complicated 複雑な
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • get a divorce 離婚する
  • sooner or later 遅かれ早かれ
  • exception 例外
  • Buddhist altar 仏壇

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