In large shrines existing over centuries, you can see a big twin tree whose two trunks are separated from the base of the tree. I’m not sure whether a nursery tree separated and became like that or two young plants grew up and became one tree due to the closeness to each other. Strange enough, it often happens that there is only one such a tree in a shrine. In addition, such a tree stands at a good, prominent place in the precincts of the shrine.
One tree grows up and become two trees, which shows a fundamental law of the universe, the law that one becomes two and branches out infinitely. A revolutionary and strange change is taking place in this phenomenon of the original one becoming two.
In Japanese myths, the Original god gave birth to Izanagi and Izanami, and they in turn a myriad of gods. Therefore, twin or couple big trees stand for Izanagi and Izanami.
Since the beginning of Heisei era, these couple big trees have begun to disappear. In Hakusan Hime shrine, for example, a couple big tree standing on the front left of the main building fell down because of a typhoon and hit and broke down the building as if a sword had cut it down.
This means that though all and every beings was born from the Original God, branched out, developed, and multiplied, distal human beings are now far away from the Original God, too far to recognize it, and that the universe has stopped expanding and begun to return to the starting point. That is, a new, different world has begun in Heisei era, different from any other world in a long history.
I feel intuitively that it took a long, long time for the universe to expand but once it begins to turn back, it takes a very short time. I’m grateful for having been born in this rare era.
Thank you so much for keeping us alive.