a hint on enlightenment Taoism teaches

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According to a teaching of Taoism, there are San-shin(三神), or three gods( =Sanshi-shin, 三尸神, and sometimes called Sanchu,三虫, or three warms) in a human body;Joshi-shin (上尸神) causing a disease of a head, Chushi-shin(中尸神)a chest, and Geshi-shin(下 尸神)the lower half of the body. It  is said that they go up to Heaven in the evening on Koshin(庚申),57th of the Oriental Zodiac and let on the Original God, or Polaris about the person.

  • according to A Aによると
  • teaching 教え
  • Taoism 道教
  • cause 引き起こす
  • disease 病気
  • chest 胸
  • the lower half of the body 下半身
  • the Oriental Zodiac 干支
  • let on A about B AにBについて告げ口をする
  • the Original God 根源神
  • Polaris 北極星

There has been an idea in Taoism since the ancient times that there lives an inherent god in the human body and by Sonshi(存思), assuming gods in each parts of the body and meditate upon it, and ensconcing them, a human can live forever. In short, there are three gods in the three parts of the body, namely head, chest, and the lower half of the body, and by growing them well and making bigger, a human can live forever.

  • ancient times 古代
  • inherent god 内在神
  • assume 想定する
  • meditate 瞑想する
  • ensconce 定着させる
  • in short 要するに
  • namely すなわち

But, the purpose of Taoism is not only to live long. Its real intention is to live long in order to increase the likelihood of  attaining enlightenment. I think this is a profound thought. Because it is difficult to attain enlightenment during the limited time of life.

  • purpose 目的
  • intention 意図
  • in order to~ 〜するために
  • increase 増加させる
  • likelihood 可能性
  • attain enlightenment 悟りを得る
  • profound 深遠な

What is the enlightenment saints aspire to attain by living long? I feel the enlightenment is “to realize that we are kept alive and to be able to have gratitude for it.”

  • saint 聖人
  • aspire 強く望む
  • realize 認識する
  • be kept alive 生かされている
  • be able to~ 〜することができる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Hakuin(白隠),a Japanse zen priest in the Edo period, is said to have mistified people in those days by saying he obtained enlightenment countless times or that he did it more than 300 times in his life. His words represent the essence of enlightenment very well.

  • zen priest 禅僧
  • mistify 煙に撒く
  • in those days 当時
  • obtain 得る
  • countless times 何度も
  • more than A A以上
  • represent 表す
  • essence 本質

Enlightenment is like walking down a road. You go forward sometimes gaining the enlightenment and at other times going back to normal, and sometimes attaining the enlightenment and at other times feeling depressed.  Taoism says that it is the process of life of walking on the road, or Ta0,  that is the truth and reality of the universe. To walk on the road, obtaining enlightenment, distressing himself and having gratitude, is the only way to assimilate into the Original God nourishing everything in the universe.

  • walk down a road 道を歩く
  • go forward 前に進む
  • go back to A Aに戻る
  • feel depressed 落ち込む
  • process 過程
  • truth 真実
  • reality 実在
  • universe 宇宙
  • distress oneself 悩む
  • assimilate 同化する
  • nourish 育てる

I perceive that Shintoism was conveyed from Japan to China in the ancient times and turned into the base of Taoism. Taoism equals Shintoism.

  • perceive 感得する
  • convey 伝える
  • turn into A Aに変わる
  • base 基礎
  • equal 等しい

On doing a psychic reading this time with Taoism being a key, the holy energy of Geku of Ise Grand Shrine flew into my body. This seems to be because there was a connection between the two in the ancient times.

  • on~ing 〜するやいなや
  • this time 今回
  • holy energy 神気
  • flow 流れる
  • connection 繋がり

By the way, given that every time we do the wrong things, the inherent god existing in our body all the time tells the Original God on us, we’re in trouble, aren’t we?

  • by the way ところで
  • given that… …ということを考えると
  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • all the time ずっと
  • tell A on B AにBのことについて告げ口をする
  • be in trouble やっかいなことになっている

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 us alive.