Memorial services for ancestors don’t necessarily lead to your wish being realized.


I recommend that those who I think are ready hold a memorial service for ancestors. As for whether to enshrine an Ofuda, a kind of talisman issued by a shinto shrine, I leave it to their autonomy.

  • recommend 勧める
  • as for A Aに関していえば
  • whether to~ 〜するべきかどうか
  • enshrine 安置する
  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • autonomy 自主性

But, I’d like to know the reason why they want to enshrine a Ofuda. Because if they don’t exchange Sakaki, species of evergreen, and water for a household shinto altar regularly, they profane God, and if they do it for the purpose of fulfilling their personal desires, their fortune gets worse conversely. A household shinto altar is just for devoting gratitude.

  • profane 不敬をする
  • for the purpose of ~ing 〜する目的で
  • fulfill 満たす
  • desire 欲望
  • get worse 悪化する
  • conversely 逆に
  • devote 捧げる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Human beings prefer something fun to something painful. No matter how they pretend to be strong, pain is pain. It is natural for people to try to avoid pain as much as possible. Every one of us wants some results deserving our efforts. Now, let’s think about why things won’t proceed in such a way as you expected.

  • prefer 好む
  • painful 苦しい
  • pretend to~ 〜するふりをする
  • natural 当然な
  • deserve 値する
  • effort 努力
  • proceed 進む

All of the human beings were born because they were able to have God in their heart. You were born because the holy energy of Ubusuna-kami(産土神), a gurdian deity of one’s birthplace, and your soul became one. The true nature of the human beings is benevolent, bright and divine. To be born in this word, every human chose a family line according to his own karma and borrowed a physical body from the family line.

  • nature 本性
  • benevolent 大らかな
  • brigh 明るい
  • divine 神聖な
  • borrow 借りる
  • physical body 肉体

While you live, you have been affected all the time by the spiritual current through the spiritual line of your family line, whether or not you live far away from your parents or you don’t know your parents at all. As long as there are some ancestral spirits suffering or in anguish in your family line, things often go wrong however hard you make efforts in this world. Also you are likely to be depressed without reason.

  • affect 影響する
  • all the time ずっと
  • current 流れ
  • whether or not S+V SがVしようがしまいが
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • go wrong おかしくなる
  • make efforts 努力する
  • depressed 鬱の
  • without reason 理由もなく

So, if you start to hold a memorial service for your ancestors rightly and become free from spiritual handicap, all you have to do is make efforts in your own way. It is only then that you can stand on the fair starting point of life. Memorial services are not for realizing your wish. Its purpose is just to stand on the right starting point without any handicap.

  • free from A Aがない
  • all you have to do is ~ あなたは〜しさえすればよい
  • fair 公平な
  • starting point スタート位置
  • purpose 目的

This World of Reality is a tough world. Things happen naturally so that you can realize the importance of putting the development of your soul before anything else. If you’re lacking in benevolence, mercy, consideration for others or grateful mind, your surroundings will go in such a way that you are made to awaken and reflect on yourself by losing something important.

  • tough 厳しい
  • so that S+V SがVするように
  • development 成長
  • lack 欠く
  • mercy 慈悲
  • consideration 思いやり
  • be made to~ 〜させられる
  • awaken 気づく
  • reflect on A Aを反省する

It is too late to have lost something. But to make matters worse, many people don’t awaken nor reflect on themselves even after they have lost something important. Rather than reflect on themselves and they wonder why they alone are unhappy, and visit a shrine to pray to God for something or a pay psychic, and as a result their lives go into a vicious cycle more and more.

  • to make matters worse 更に悪いことには
  • rather than~ 〜よりもむしろ
  • wonder 〜かしらと思う
  • pray 祈る
  • pay 有料の
  • vicious cycle 悪循環

It is advisable to have benevolent, merciful, considerate, and grateful mind in your daily lives. If you continue to practice holding memorial services for your ancestors with these minds in your everyday life, fortunate things will increase naturally. And even if a severe trial happens to you, you are sure to accept it happily.The human beings must be strong.

  • advisable 望ましい
  • fortunate 幸運な
  • increase 増える
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • trial 試練
  • be sure to~ 必ず〜する

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