FAQ 10

Question:

Why are the rules of holding a memorial service for ancestors so rigid? Some karma must have made us get married to each other. Why can’t we hold a memorial service for the ancestors of a husband and a wife equally at the same at the Buddhist altar? Both my parents’ family line and my husband’s one are important to me.

  • rigid 厳格な
  • get married to A Aと結婚する
  • at the same time 同時に
  • Buddhist altar 仏壇

Answer:

Many of the spirits who need to be relieved by a memorial service for them are in anguish and in trouble. If you held a memorial service for ancestors of two family lines at the same time, the spirits of your parents’ family line would try, above all things, to protect their offspring, or  you. As a result, conjugal relations between you and your husband would go wrong. And, strange to say, you would come to worry about your parents more and more and in fact the  troubles about your parents’ home would increase.

  • relieved 安心した
  • in anguish 苦悩している
  • in trouble 困っている
  • try to~ ~しようとする
  • protect 守る
  • above all things 何にもまして
  • offspring 子孫
  • as a result 結果的に
  • conjugal relations 夫婦関係
  • go wrong おかしくなる
  • strange to say 奇妙なことに
  • come to~ ~するようになる
  • worry 心配する
  • in fact 実際
  • increase 増加する

The offsprings who hold memorial services for their ancestors are precious for them, so they try to secure them. One of the causes of divorce can be the wrong kind way of holding a memorial service. Once a woman get married, her spiritual line is also changed to the one of her husband’s family. To hold the service by using her husband’s family name and to direct your compassion to your parents’ ancestors in offering the third incense stick would lead you to your happiness. If you held a memorial service for the spirits of the two family lines at the same time, the spiritual lines would mix up and the effect would be lost.

  • precious 貴重な
  • secure 確保する
  • cause 原因
  • divorce  離婚
  • once S+V いったんSがVしたら
  • direct 向ける
  • compassion 憐れみ
  • incense stick 線香
  • lead A to B AをBに導く
  • be lost なくなる
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