Questions and Answers (44)-(46)


Question 44:

I was driven to mental anguish because of a feud between my parents and me. And I set a boundary between us in my mind recently.  Am I in the wrong?

  • drive 追いつめる
  • mental 精神的な
  • anguish 苦悶
  • because of A Aのために
  • feud 確執
  • set a boundary 境界線を引く
  • in between 間に
  • be in the wrong 間違っている


Well, it’s OK. No problem.It is important to treasure your inherent god you take charge of in your heart before your heart is broken due to the stress. Being a good son is sometimes hard for everyone while parents are alive. But if you regard it as a training for improving your spirituality and take it positively, you won’t get angry with them any more.

  • important 重要な
  • treasure 大切にする
  • inherent god 内在神
  • take charge of A Aを預かる
  • break 壊す
  • due to A Aのために
  • alive 生きている
  • regard A as B  AをBとみなす
  • improve 改善する
  • positively 積極的に

There are so many useless ascetic practices in this world, but being nice to parents is a very useful one in terms of a law of Karma as well. And you can make all the bigger, good Karma because you do it. Not everyone can practice filial piety, so it is important for you to be mindful of it if there is a chance.

  • useless 無駄な
  • ascetic practice 修行
  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • as well 〜も
  • all the ~ because S+V SがVするためにますます〜
  • not everyone~ すべての人が〜するわけではない
  • filial piety 親孝行
  • mindful 心がける
  • chance 機会

Question 45:

Can I interpret gratitude like this? Even if it comes from a superficial mind at first, it will be a gratitude from the bottom of my heart if I repeat it over and over in my mind.

  • interpret 解釈する
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • superficial mind 表面的な思い
  • at first 最初は
  • from the bottom of one’s heart 心の底からの
  • repeat 繰り返す
  • over and over 何度も何度も


Yes, that’s right. Once you have formed a habit of having gratitude consciously, you learn to notice something to be grateful for in your daily lives. Unless you are conscious of gratitude, you are likely to miss it. By having gratitude you can accumulate magnetism of gratitude and  this magnetism, in turn, makes things you want to be grateful for happen, and then you come to be grateful for them from your heart.

  • That’s right. その通りです。
  • once S+V いったんSがVしたら
  • form a habit 習慣をつける
  • consciously 意識的に
  • learn to~ 〜することができるようになる
  • notice 気がつく
  • daily lives 日常生活
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • be conscious of A Aを意識する
  • be likely to~ 〜しがちである
  • miss 見逃す
  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • magnetism 磁気
  • in turn  今度は
  • happen 起こる
  • come to~ 〜するようになる

Question 46

How should I make a decision about what to do in the face of unbearable human relationships or a change of career?

  • make a decision 決断を下す
  • in the face of A Aに直面して
  • unbearble 耐えられない
  • human relationships 人間関係
  • change of career 転職


If you make it a rule to hold memorial services for your ancestors and remind yourself of gratitude, you’ll have no hesitation in choosing the direction in which you really want to go. You can judge brightly, thinking “It’s gonna be alright.” You can terminate relationships with someone without hesitation, too.

  • make it a rule to~ 〜することにしている
  • remind oneself of A Aを思い出す
  • hesitation ためらい
  • choose 選ぶ
  • direction 方向
  • brightly 明るく
  • It’s gonna be alright. 何とかなるさ。
  • terminate 終わらせる

Fear of the result makes you hesitate to make up your mind. If you make a decision for yourself, you’ll never regret for what you’ve done. But, if you leave the decision to a fortuneteller or others, you’re sure to feel regret and ill at ease about it even if many years have passed. This is because you abandon your own tasks you have to accomplish and leave them uncompleted.

  • fear 恐怖
  • make up one’s mind 決心する
  • for oneself 自分で
  • regret  後悔する
  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • fortuneteller 占い師
  • others 他人
  • be sure to~ きっと〜するだろう
  • ill at ease 不安になって
  • abandon 放棄する
  • task 課題
  • accomplish 成し遂げる
  • leave A B AをBのままにしておく
  • uncompleted 未完了の

But if you still hesitate to make a decision while you practice holding the service and recalling gratitude, there can be a case that not to make any decision is the best answer, for there are still some tasks you should experience and some efforts you should make before you decide.

  • still それでもなお
  • while S+V SがVする一方で
  • case 場合
  • ,for S+V というのもSはVするからです
  • experience 経験する
  • make efforts 努力する
  • decide 決める



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