The Risk of Chinkonkishin and Saniwa ー The First Part


It was about 20 years ago, when Mr.A, who often visited me for advice, told Mr.B about me, Mr.B belonged to a religious sect, which was an offshoot of Shinto and had seceded from another sect away from Oomoto kyo(大本教). Mr.B wanted me to meet its leader Mr.O, though I didn’t know Mr.B at that time. And when Mr.B told Mr.O about it, Mr.O said that he wanted to see me.

  • belong to A Aに属している
  • religious sect 教派
  • offshoot 派生物
  • secede 独立する

I was in my early twenties then and was possessed with more than 100 Kenzoku-shins(眷属神), an envoy sent from God, and I had just begun to enshrine a god in earnest. Though I was determined to to do it, I thought it’s a good idea to get some suggestion from another about what would become of me if I would keep on practicing shinto rituals.

  • be possessed with A Aに憑依されている
  • envoy 遣い
  • enshrine 祭る
  • in earnest 熱心に
  • be determined to~ 〜する決意をしている
  • suggestion 示唆
  • what would become of A Aはどうなるのか
  • keep on ~ing 〜し続ける
  • ritual 儀式

Told by Kenzoku-shins to meet Mr.O, I made up my mind to do so. But I was a little bit worried, because Kenzoku-shin rarely told me to meet someone, and in my cases of the past, most of the psychics I met ended up disappearing from the world of spirits.

  • make up one’s mind 決心する
  • w0rried 心配している
  • rarely めったに〜ない
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる
  • disappear 消える

According to Mr.O, he was writing a self-professed compilation of revelations of God called “Ryugukai-shinji(龍宮海神示) with automatic wtiting and was good at Chinkonkisin-method(鎮魂帰心法), a kind of spiritism. This is not the secret rituals of Chinkon(鎮魂)and Tamafuri(魂振)  practiced at the Imerial Court on Repose of souls ceremony(鎮魂祭)but a new dramatic presentation of enshrinement of a god, systemarized about 100 years ago. In Chinkonkishin-method a spirit related to a person is made to possess the person and talk with a Saniwa-sha(審神者), one who has the ability to examine if the possessing status is done by a high-ranking spirit and a good deity, and the Saniwa identifies the spirit or judges the intention of the spirit.

  • according to A Aによると
  • self-professed 自称の
  • revelation 神示
  • automatic wtiting 自動書記
  • spiritism 霊術
  • the Imperial Court 宮中
  • systemarize 体系化する
  • related 関係した
  • examine 精査する
  • identify 見分ける
  • intention 意図

I despise this kind of Saniwa judgement made through conversation or the catechistic method most, because most of the spiritual beings appearing on the surface in such a situation are not the spirit possessing the person. More often than not, the spiritual dirt of Saniwa himself has influence on the person and causes the person to speak. Or the spiritual being behind the religious group has only possess the person. The spiritual level is as low as prophecy by planchette played by elementary school children.

  • despise 軽蔑する
  • conversation 会話
  • catechistic method 問答
  • appear on the surface 表面に現れる
  • more often than not たいていは
  • cause A t0~ Aに〜させる
  • prophecy by planchette こっくりさん

I feel Chinkonkishin-method practiced at a new religious group to be covered with spiritual dirt. Fox spirits escaping from being recalled by God are involved in it. In fact, this method was developed by Mr. Chikaatsu Honda(本田親徳), who met a girl possessed by a fox spirt and the meeting of her inspired him to develop it.

  • feel A to be~ Aは〜であると感じる
  • recall 呼び戻される
  • fox spirit 狐霊
  • be involved in A Aに関与している
  • inspire A to~ Aに〜するよう霊感を与える

Seeing him spiritually, I , unexpectedly, can see a spirit in charge of offering food to Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), that is, that high-rank Kenzoku of Inari god(稲荷神)in the World of Righteous Gods, who protects rice. The figure of the spirit is that of a golden fox, whose color is like fully ripe rice plants. The right kind of Inari god is a holy spirit that protects rice, as the word of “稲” shows. Among many Inari gods, the one that serves Geku of Ise Grand Shrine is of the highest rank.

  • unexpectedly 意外にも
  • in charge of A Aに責任がある
  • that is  つまり
  • figure 姿
  • rice plant 稲

The Chinkonkishin-method practiced by Mr. Chikaatsu Honda must have worked rightly. But if someone who doesn’t have any spiritual character like his practice Chinkonkishin-method, he must be played with by a wicked fox spirit that has escaped into the World of Reality. In short, I feel it is a very subtle and dangerous act.

  • work 機能する
  • spiritual character 霊格
  • play with A Aをもて遊ぶ
  • wicked 邪悪な
  • in short 要するに
  • subtle 精妙な
  • act 行為

By the way, I wrote in a past article that:

“There was a man named Mr. Yoshinobu-Deguchi(出口延佳),who was Gonnegi(権禰宜)of Geku of Ise Grand Shrine and the representative shintoist of Ise Shinto(伊勢神道). According to my spiritual reading, one of his descendant is the aunt of Ms.Nao Deguchi(出口ナオ),the founder of Oomoto Kyo(大本教)so he is relatated to the Deguchi family at Ayabe(綾部), Kyoto prefecture. It seems that the reason for Ms.Nao Deguchi to have been possessed by a god was because of the karma the surname of Deguchi had.”

  • article 記事
  • representative 代表的な
  • descendant 子孫
  • aunt 叔母
  • It seems that… …であるように思われる

I feel that there was some relation with Geku of Ise Grand Shrine at the bottom of the spiritual backgrounds of both Mr. Chikaatsu and Ms.Nao Deguchi, who both made a basic spiritualism of the new-age Japanese shinto sects. However, a great God’s will exists in the present situation that the holy energy of Geku has been working so that those religions will perish.

  • exist 存在する
  • perish 消滅する

Going back, I went out to see Mr.O , who lived near Amano Hashidate(天の橋立), together with Mr.A and Mr.B. Mr.O was also a shrine parishioner of Konojinja(籠神社), the supreme shrine of Tango Province(丹後).

…To be continued.

  • shrine parishioner 氏子
  • the supreme shrine 一宮
  • to be continued 続く

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.


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