FAQ 32

Question:

I love making a bonfire in my garden. When I’ve done with it, I feel refreshed. Is there some meaning of purification in making a bonfire? I don’t know why, but bonfire makes me feel better.

  • bonfire 焚き火
  • feel refreshed すっきりする
  • meaning 意味
  • purification 浄化

Answer:

It has a spiritual purifying effect. Fire is important in esoteric Buddhism, too. Zoroastrianism, which is regarded as the origin of all the Western religions, is called a fire-worshiped religion. As I myself had to do with a religion in which fire was worshiped god in a former life, seeing a bonfire never makes me bored so much that I forget the passage of time. To concentrate on fire would soothe irritation and purify a superficial spiritual stain.

  • purifying effect 浄化作用
  • esoteric Buddhism 密教
  • Zoroastrianism ゾロアスター教
  • regard A as B AをBと見なす
  • origin 起源
  • religion 宗教
  • fire-worshiped religion 拝火教
  • have to do with A Aと関係がある
  • former life 前世
  • get bored 飽きる
  • passage 経過
  • concentrate 集中する
  • soothe なだめる
  • irritation イライラ
  • superficial  表面的な
  • stain 穢れ

FAQ 31

Question:

I have read somewhere before that there is a deity at toilet and the deity is high ranked in spirituality. I have had some trouble having a bowel motion, so after I use toilet I make it a rule to make a bow to the toilet seat three times and say “thank you.” Is this deed meaningless? As I hadn’t known before, my father and grandfather did the same thing.

  • deity 神
  • spirituality 霊性
  • have trouble ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • bowel  motion 排便
  • make it a rule to~ 〜することにしている
  • make a bow お辞儀をする
  • deed 行為
  • meaningless 意味のない

Answer:

It is important to show some respect to a spirit residing at toilet. To excrete what is inside your body is to excrete part of your spiritual body. As the spiritual body is accumulated,  a spiritual magnetic field comes to form there. The same thing is true of flush toilet as well. Toilet is where you part your spiritual body, so it is a sacred place. It is important to keep it clean because its state affects the spiritual bodies of the inhabitants. It is often said that toilet cleaning has to do with luck with money, and I feel it’s likely.

  • respect 尊敬心
  • reside 住む
  • excrete 排出する
  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • magnetic field 磁場
  • form 形成する
  • hold true of A  Aに当てはまる
  • sacred 神聖な
  • state 状態
  • affect 影響を与える
  • inhabitant 住人
  • have to do with A Aと関係がある
  • luck with money 金運
  • likely ありそうな