Questions and answers (9)-(11)

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Question 9:

Now I’m living in a country next to Japan. Since incense sticks are available here, I hold a memorial service for my ancestors. But if I do it in a foreign country other than Japan, does my gratitude really reach them ?

  • next to A Aの隣の
  • since S+V SはVするので
  • incense stick 線香
  • available 手に入る
  • a memorial service for one’s ancestors 先祖供養
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • foreign country 外国
  • other than A A以外の
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Answer:

It’ OK. Because you are always connected with your ancestors through a spiritual line of your ancestry. Everyone receives energy from the Original God through the invisible spiritual line like a umbilical cord as long as he lives. The spiritual line is a current of ancestral history and linear. This spiritual line connecting you to the Original God is also a line which has connected with offsprings generation to generation to this day through a history of your ancestry. When you die, the line is broken. That you are alive means that you are connected with your ancestors no matter where you are.

  • be connected with A Aと繋がっている
  • spiritual line 霊線
  • ancestry 先祖
  • receive 受け取る
  • the Original God 根源神
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • umbilical cord へその緒
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • current 流れ
  • linear 線形
  • connect A to B AとBを結びつける
  • generation to generation 世代から世代へと
  • to this day 今日まで
  • alive 生きている
  • mean 意味する
  • no matter where S+V どこにSがVしようとも

Question 10:

Do my ancestors staying in a spiritual world help their associates who are relatives and have not rested in peace, or do they lead them to? If a spirit who cannot rest in peace are relieved only by a memorial service conducted by the living, why is it so?

  • associate 仲間
  • relative 親戚
  • rest in peace 成仏する
  • lead A to~ Aに〜するよう仕向ける
  • relieve 安心させる
  • conduct 行う
  • the living 生きている者

Answer:

Relieved spirits of your ancestors worry about the other restless spirits who belonged to the family from which they borrowed their own bodies and make efforts trying to redress the afflicted until their next spiritual journey begins.  The energy for doing this is received from memorial services held by their offsprings with gratitude. Without the energy, they run short of that needed to help other spirits and a kind of food given to those who suffer from hunger.

  • worry 心配する
  • restless 迷える
  • belong to A Aに属する
  • make efforts 努力する
  • try to~ 〜しようとする
  • redress 救う
  • the afflicts 悩める者
  • journey 旅
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • run short of A Aが不足する
  • suffer from A Aに苦しむ
  • hunger 飢餓 

Question 11:

I cannot afford to build my own grave any more. I’m losing even my shelter. If someone’s ashes are thrown away into a river, does the deceased feel sad ? Do any misfortunes happen to his future offsprings ?

  • cannot afford A Aを買う余裕がない
  • grave 墓
  • not …any more もはや…ない
  • shelter 居場所
  • ashes 遺灰
  • throw A away 捨てる
  • the deceased 亡くなった人
  • feel sad 悲しむ
  • misfortune 災い
  • happen to A Aに起こる

Answer:

Even if you have your own grave, only part of ashes can be put in it. Most of the ashes are burned with other people’s. So if you don’t have one, it is no problem to have all the ashes disposed of. It is a memorial service held at home every day that does good to the deceased, not the ashes. Even if you have a grave, the deceased will feel sad if you don’t hold any memorial service for him at home. If you make it a rule to offer gratitude to the whole ancestry by memorial services, your surroundings will change easily into those you feel like appreciating. There is always a good chance as long as you live, so let’s both try our best.

  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • most 大部分
  • burn 燃やす
  • have A pp Aを〜してもらう
  • dispose of A Aを処分する
  • do good to A Aのためになる
  • make it a rule to~ 〜することにしている
  • offer 捧げる
  • the whole A A全体
  • surroundings 環境
  • feel like ~ing 〜したいと思う
  • appreciate 有り難く思う
  • try one’s best 最善を尽くす
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