Start with what you can do before trying to heal wandering spirits around a cenotaph.


Walking in my neighborhood, I sometimes find that there are cenotaphs beside the road, in a park, and the precincts of a shinto-shrine or a Buddhist temple. But if you’re an ordinary person, you had better not pray to or hold a memorial service at the cenotaph. This is what has to be done at the risk of life by a professional religious man, like a chief priest of a nearby temple.

  • cenotaph 慰霊碑
  • precinct 境内
  • ordinary 普通の
  • had better not~ 〜しない方がよい
  • pray 祈る
  • religious man 宗教家
  • at the risk of A Aを賭して
  • chief priest 住職

When you hold a memorial service for your ancestors with incense sticks, you say “For other spirits who have something to do with me,” offering the third incense stick. Just keep in mind that the object spirits are the ones related to the practitioner.

  • have something to do with A Aと何らかの関係がある
  • object 対象の
  • related 関係した
  • keep A in mind Aを心に留めておく
  • practioner 実践者

Ordinary people are not capable of healing wandering spirits gathering around a cenotaph. Once you’re called by a wandering spirit at a cenotaph, you’re likely to care a lot about the cenotaph without reason. Also, it often happens that you see or hear words or name related to the spirit who called you whenever you read a newspaper or watch TV. Since spirits can perceive the kindness of a living human, spirits in agony will call a kind person hoping for a memorial service. Should you have any cenotaph you care a lot about, it’s dangerous for you to hold a memorial service there. So you had better stop visiting there.

  • be capable of~ing 〜することができる
  • heal 癒やす
  • wandering 迷う
  • gather 集まる
  • once S+V いったんSがVしたら
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • without reason 訳もなく
  • whenever S+V SがVする時はいつでも
  • perceive 知覚する
  • kindness 優しさ
  • in agony 苦悶する
  • hope for A Aを期待する
  • stop ~ing 〜するのをやめる

As you continue to hold memorial services for your ancestors with both Yorishiro, a kind of strip of paper where spirits can stay temporarily, and three incense sticks, you come to heal more spirits more effectively. And finally you will be healing the whole human beings beyond your ancestral spirits. Your memorial service reaches God ultimately.

  • temporarily 一時的に
  • effectively 効果的に
  • the whole 全体の
  • ultimately 究極的には

So you don’t have to hurry. Your deeds to heal your ancestral spirits will result in healing wandering spirits sooner or later. Just as it’s important to go forward step by step in life, it is important to carry on a memorial service for ancestors step by step.

  • deed 行為
  • result in A Aという結果になる
  • just as S+V ちょうどSがVするように
  • step by step 一歩一歩
  • carry on A Aを続ける

Today too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.