Why we need to have gratitude to our ancestors


In the course of life, people say “I’m lucky” or ” I have no luck.” There happens many things you couldn’t understand in this point of view. One of the factors which affect our fortune is a relationship between our ancestors and us.

  • in the course of life 人生の途上で
  • point of view 観点
  • factor 要因
  • affect 影響を与える
  • fortune 運勢
  • relationship 関係
  • ancestor 先祖

When a karma which allows  us to be born in this world comes around, our souls look for a country and a family to appear  in physical bodies after our soul and indwelling god merge into one by the agency of Ubusunakami(産土神), a local deity. Our body composed of our soul and dwelling god is born into a family in accordance with our past karma.

  • allow A to~ Aが〜するのを可能にする
  • come around 巡ってくる
  • physical body 肉体
  • indwelling 内在する
  • merge  融合する
  • agency 取り次ぎ
  • be composed of A Aから構成されている
  • in accordance with A Aに応じて
  • past 過去の

First of all, we need to have respect and gratitude to our family line from which we have borrowed a place to appear in physical bodies. Even if your family line looks bad, it has lasted for a long, long time since the birth of the human race. Thanks to the family line, you were able to have a chance to have your own body.

  • first of all まず第一に
  • respect 尊敬
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • borrow 借りる
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • family line 家系
  • last  続く
  • the human race 人類
  • thanks to A Aのお陰で

Without gratitude to your ancestors who trained themselves in the same family line, a factor of self-denial would arise. Your fortune would die down. Once you were born, you must not forget  to have gratitude to and hold memorial services for your ancestors as long as you live. It is not until you practice these that you can toe on the starting line of life. There are many people who cannot so much as toe on the scratch, and remain unstable like a leaf in the strong wind.

  • train oneself 修行する
  • self-denial 自己否定
  • arise 生じる
  • die down 弱まる
  • once S+V いったんSがVしたならば
  • must not~ 〜してはいけない
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • It is not until S’+V’ that S+V S’がV’して初めてSはVする
  • toe on the starting line スタートラインに立つ
  • cannot so much as~ 〜することさえできない
  • the scratch スタートライン
  • unstable 不安定な
  • leaf 葉

Before you grieve over the present circumstances, you have to be thankful to your ancestors for a miracle of your having been born in this world so as to taste your life. When you come to be grateful to your ancestors, your problems begin to solve themselves fundamentally. To forget the gratitude, with your consciousness fixed on the immediate problems, is one of the causes which make your spiritual body weak. A decline in your spiritual body appears as some disease of your physical body and deteriorates your life energy.

  • grieve 嘆く
  • the present circumstances 現状
  • thankful 感謝している
  • miracle 奇跡
  • so as to~ 〜するように
  • taste 味わう
  • come to~ 〜するようになる
  • solve oneself   解決する
  • fundamentally 根本的に
  • consciousness 意識
  • fix 固定する
  • immediate 目下の
  • cause 原因
  • decline 低下
  • disease 病気
  • deteriorate 弱める

If you devote gratitude to your ancestors, you can change your life and make it much better. The future of your life is not fixed. Memorial services with gratitude to them are really important.

  • devote 捧げる
  • future 未来
  • memorial service 供養
  • important 重要な



Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

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