Why do we offer gratitude?

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Some people might think it strange to thank wandering spirits who don’t rest in peace. But in spiritual worlds, it is regarded as the most valuable to receive energy of gratitude from living persons.

  • think A B AをBと思う
  • wander 彷徨う
  • rest in peace 穏やかに眠る
  • valuable 価値がある
  • receive 受け取る
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • living 生きている
  • person 人

Suppose you are dead. Are there any people who remember and thank you after you die? In a weak parent-child relationship, even such a thing might be doubtful. To be thanked after death is valuable and virtuous. So please do it for them.

  • suppose 考える
  • be dead 死んでいる
  • remember  思い出す
  • thank 感謝する
  • weak 弱い
  • relationship 関係
  • doubtful 疑わしい
  • virtuous 美徳の

When you devote gratitude to the whole ancestral spirits, you don’t only make your ancestor in trouble pleased. When your energy of gratitude reaches ancestors who have already been relieved, they get stronger and can move more freely and then try to protect you holding memorial services for them, and help other spirits who cannot rest in peace.

  • devote 捧げる
  • whole 全体の
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • ancestor 先祖
  • in trouble 困っている
  • please 喜ばす
  • reach 届く
  • already すでに
  • be relieved 安心している
  • get strong 強くなる
  • try to~ 〜しようとする
  • protect 守る

We humans are surely related to other spirits who have something to do with you, as well as your ancestors. There must be a deceased person who took care of you when you were a child, or a work-related person, or a person you owed a lot but you just forgot about.

  • human 人間
  • be related to A Aに関係している
  • surely 確実に
  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • there must be A Aがあるに違いない
  • deceased 亡くなった
  • take care of A Aの世話をする
  • work-related 仕事関係の
  • owe 借りがある

There are some cases the spirits of such deceased persons come close to you, depending on you,  if they don’t have any offsprings who hold the service for them. By having them relieved by the energy of gratitude, you can accumulate virtuous deeds, and when you’re in trouble they will support you secretly.

  • depend on A Aに頼る
  • offspring 子孫
  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • deed 行ない
  • support 支援する
  • secretly 密かに

To hold a memorial service with gratitude to your ancestors and other related spirits, offering smoke of incense sticks, which is a reward in spiritual worlds, would bring about practical power. Your gratitude leads to the World of Gods as well.

  • incense stick 線香
  • reward 褒美
  • bring about A Aをもたらす
  • practical 実践的な
  • lead to A Aに通じる
  • as well 〜もまた

To thank gods is to give the best offering to it. Gods are never pleased but feels sad if you give some small coins to them. Some people throw some money at gods and ask and request them to make their desires come true. Others just offer their gratitude to God for being kept alive. Well, which people do gods would work for?

  • offering 供物
  • feel sad 悲しみを感じる
  • small coin 小銭
  • throw A at B AをBめがけて投げつける
  • ask A to~ Aに〜するよう頼む
  • request A to~ Aに〜するよう要請する
  • desire 願望
  • come true 実現する
  • be kept alive 生かされている

The words “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su” is those I was blessed when I visited Geku(外宮)of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮). I received a sign that the words would be the key to all of our problems.

  • bless 授ける
  • sign 啓示
  • problem 問題

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.

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