FAQ 29

Question:

About purifying the land on which I live, is there some effective way?

  • purify 浄化する
  • land 土地
  • effective 効果的な

Answer:

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on such a thing because the surroundings around the land is the same. In addition, land is the earth. The truth is if you spend money purifying the earth, it ends up in self satisfaction. If you hold memorial services for your ancestor using three incense sticks everyday at home, you don’t need to worry.

  • don’t have to~ 〜する必要はない
  • spend 費やす
  • surrounding 周りの環境
  • in addition 加えて
  • the earth 大地
  • the truth is 実は
  • end up in A Aに終わる
  • self satisfaction 自己満足
  • ancestor 先祖
  • incense stick 線香

Spiritual beings existing at the land are purified by the third incense stick you offer for “the other spirits related to me.” To carry on the service with gratitude to the land where you’re allowed to live makes the bad effects of something harmful neutralized.

  • exist 存在する
  • related to A A に関係している
  • carry on A Aを続ける
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • be allowed to~ 〜するのを許されている
  • harmful 障りのある
  • neutralize 中和する

But it is important to perform a ritual when you build your house such as Ground braking ceremony, which is to give the spirit of the land advance notice. It doesn’t matter whether you have psychic power or not. It is important to show courteous respect to something invisible. And to do something concrete in this world has effects on the other world.

  • ritual 儀式
  • Ground breaking ceremony 地鎮祭
  • advance notice 事前通告
  • matter 重要である
  • whether S+V or not SがVするかどうか
  • psychic power 霊能力
  • courteous 丁重な
  • respect 尊敬心
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • concrete 具体的な
  • the other world あの世

You, though not a priest, can perform such a ceremony with gratitude in your way. To visit a shrine near your house and take part in the festival taking place there is to show gratitude to the local deity and this is very important in your daily lives.

  • priest 聖職者
  • take part in A Aに参加する
  • take place 行なわれる
  • local 地元の
  • deity 神
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