Fortune changes


Talking of divination or fortune telling, Takashima Ekidan(高島易断) is famous in Japan. Mr. Kaemon Takashima(高島嘉右衛門), the founder of Takashima Ekidan, is very interesting person.

  • talking of A Aと言えば
  • divination 易
  • fortune telling 占い
  • famous 有名な
  • founder 創設者
  • interesting 興味深い

He was also a great businessman and supported the Meiji Restoration financially from behind the scenes and contributed to bringing back Japan to the country that centered around the Emperor. He communicated with most of the leading spirits of the Restoration. Also, he made the first red-light district in Yokohama and controlled the disorder of the underworld. He was a great figure who was broad-minded enough to deal with all sorts of good and evil.

  • support 支える
  • the Meiji Restoration 明治維新
  • financially 財政的に
  • from behind the scene 陰から
  • contribute to A Aに貢献する
  • bring back A to B AをBに戻す
  • center around A Aを中心とする
  • the Emperor 天皇
  • communicate 交流する
  • leading spirit 志士
  • red-light district 遊郭町
  • control 統制する
  • disorder 無秩序
  • underworld 裏世界
  • figure 人物
  • broad-minded 心の広い
  • …enough to~ 〜することができるくらい十分…
  • deal with A Aに対処する
  • all sorts of A あらゆる種類のA
  • good and evil 善と悪

His soul was sent from the World of Gods of Japan. Many outstanding figures were born around the Meiji Restoration, in a variety of fields such as politics, economy and religion. The Meiji restoration was so important a turning point to Japan that the World of Gods influenced it strongly through the World of the Dead. Souls who can have practical influences on the World of Reality, dealing with all sorts of good and evil, like Mr. Takashima, belong to the line of Susanoo(スサノオ). 

  • soul 魂
  • the World of Gods 神界
  • outstanding figure 傑物
  • a variety of A 様々なA
  • field 分野
  • such as A 例えばAのような
  • politics 政治
  • economy 経済
  • religion 宗教
  • turning point 節目
  • influence 影響する
  • the World of the Dead 幽界
  • practical 実践的な
  • line 系統

In the spiritual world of Susanoo’s line, hierarchical worlds composed of 9 classes are made up in each of the World of Gods, the World of Spirits, the World of Reality and the World of Hell. Numerous number of souls belong to each class. A soul highest in rank in the World of Fierce Gods in the spiritual world of Susanoo’s line transmigrated into Mr. Takashima. Now his soul has gone up to Heaven after he played an important role in the World of Reality.

  • hierarchical 階級的な
  • composed of A Aから構成される
  • numerous number of A 無数のA
  • highest in rank 最高位の
  • fierce god 鬼神
  • transmigrate  転生する
  • play a ~role 〜な役割を果たす

With his soul being such, his divination must have never failed in the World of Reality because the World of Hell was large in those days. The World of Fierce Gods is in charge of and rules destinies of humans. His soul belongs to the line of the World of Gods so it is said that he prohibited strictly making divination a tool of business, saying “I’ll never trade in divination.” He was really able to see through the future. He knew the horrible destination of people who made money by using another world.

  • must have pp 〜したに違いない
  • fail 失敗する
  • in those days 当時は
  • be in charge of A Aを担当している
  • rule 支配する
  • destiny 運命
  • prohibit 禁じる
  • strictly 厳しく
  • trade in A Aを売り物にする
  • destination 行き先
  • another world 異世界

Nowadays many gurus who are connected to Deivildom have pretend to be a holy man, making money hand over fist by using invisible worlds. Thier acts are nothing but the doing of Devildom because they exploit those in trouble. There are many people who call themselves a spiritual healer and do business activities around the country. Such people are selling their conscience (=inner god) to the Devil. I wish they could realize the deadly sin of using God’s name while they’re alive.

  • nowadays 近頃は
  • guru 教組
  • be connected to A Aに繋がっている
  • Devildom 魔界
  • pretend to be~ 〜であるふりをする
  • holy man 聖人
  • make money hand over fist 荒稼ぎをする
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • be nothing but A Aに他ならない
  • doing 所業
  • exploit 搾取する
  • those in trouble 困った人々
  • call oneself A Aを自称する
  • around the country 全国で
  • conscience 良心
  • inner god 内在神
  • the Devil 悪魔
  • wish  〜であればよいなと思う
  • realize 気がつく
  • deadly sin 大罪
  • alive 生きている

Mr. Takashima would often say, ” I’m confident in telling a fortune exactly, but I can never tell a fortune of the person who has right faith.” His saying points out a deep meaning—that the future of the person who has right faith will change in a good directionIf you hold a memorial service for your ancestors with gratitude and always be thankful to God, you don’t have to worry about good or bad luck based on your birth date. You are not affected at all by your star determined by the time of your birth.

  • would often~ よく〜したものだ
  • confident 自信がある
  • exactly 正確に
  • right 正しい
  • faith 信仰
  • saying 言っていること
  • point out A Aを指摘する
  • meaning 意味
  • in a good direction よい方向に
  • hold a memorial service  供養を行う
  • ancestor 先祖
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • thankful 感謝に満ちて
  • don’t have to~ 〜する必要はない
  • worry 心配する
  • birthdate 生年月日
  • affect 影響する
  • not … at all まったく…ない
  • determine 決定する
  • birth 誕生

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