Bad dreams and incidents often turn out to be the contrary.

新年の伊勢白山道さんの写真

I have often received mails recently saying “I had a nightmare,” “My rosary was broken,” “My favorite cup was broken,”An expensive ornament fell and was broken,”―”What does it mean?” “Is it an omen of a bad thing?”

  • rosary 数珠
  • expensive 高価な
  • ornament 置物
  • mean 意味する
  • omen 予兆

If Priest Ikkyu(一休和尚), a famous Zen priest, had been asked the same questions, he, holding a skull in his hand toward the questioner, might have said, , “Oh, it’s too bad. Be careful. Be careful.” Ryokan(良寛), a famous Buddhist monk, might have said “When you experience a misfortune, it’s best to experience it. When you die, it’s best to die. This a mystic law of avoiding misfortunes.”

  • skull 頭蓋骨
  • might have pp ひょっとしたら〜したかもしれない
  • experience 経験する
  • misfortune 不運
  • It’s best to~ 〜するのが一番よい
  • mystic law 妙法
  • avoid 避ける

If I had had a scary dream, I would think “Oh, I’m lucky. Thanks to it, no harm will come to me.” If I had had my possession been broken, I would think “Oh, thank God. It was made the scapegoat of me. I have to be thankful.” In the case like this, all we have to do is brace ourselves and be careful. These phenomena are common and natural in the course of life and have no deep, special meaning. As it is natural that after you eat, you relieve the bowels the next day, all the matter with a shape are to vanish in the end, which is a matter of course. Sometimes we have loose bowels in life, right? lol  It is the right thing that we experience various accidents in life.

  • scary 恐ろしい
  • thanks to A Aのお陰で
  • harm 悪いこと
  • possession 所有物
  • scapegoat 身代わり
  • thankful 感謝した
  • brace oneself 気を引き締める
  • common よくある
  • relieve the bowels 排便する

Problem is there are some people who ask its spiritual meaning of a third party and feel relieved to hear that it is OK, or feel uneasy to hear that it is dangerous. They lack confidence in themselves. In such a mental condition, they will be troubled all the time as long as they live. They are also the kind of people who realize their bad dreams and attract misfortunes by themselves.

  • third party 第三者
  • feel relieved ほっとする
  • feel uneasy 不安になる
  • lack 欠く
  • confidence 自信
  • be troubled 悩む
  • all the time 絶えず
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • realize 実現させる
  • attract 引きつける

It is a secret of attracting a fortune not to give any meaning to such phenomena and not to worry about it. It is because you’re kept alive that you can experience those things. So it, conversely, would keep misfortunes away to accept all things with gratitude, thinking of them as a sign for you to be thankful for. In order not to worry or be agitated, it is important for you to have a habit of being grateful in your daily lives.

  • secret 秘訣
  • accept 受け入れる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • think of A as B AをBとみなす
  • in order not to~ 〜しないためには
  • be agitated 心が迷う
  • habit 習慣

If you develop your mind to the point that you think you’re happy just to be alive, you’ll see all those things mentioned above don’t matter at all. A person with such a mind won’t have bad things occur in fact, and the condition where he can live with gratitude comes to be realized gradually.

  • matter 重要である
  • occur 起こる
  • condition 状況
  • come to~ 〜するようになる
  • gradually 徐々に

Wicked spirits wouldn’t notify you of bad things in advance. Conversely, they will make you have a good dream to throw you off your guard. If you prayed to a devil without knowing it and were possessed by the devil, your dream would come true at first, like your business prospers or you get a huge amount of money. You, however, would end up experiencing more misfortunes than fortunes in a few years.

  • wicked 邪悪な
  • notify 知らせる
  • in advance 前もって
  • throw A off A’s guard Aを油断させる
  • pray 祈る
  • come true 実現する
  • at first
  • prosper 繁盛する
  • a huge amount of money 大金
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜するはめになる

Spiritual beings who make you dream a bad dream or see a bad phenomenon are the good ones who are so kind as to notify and warn you of a bad thing in advance so that you can be careful. If you are willing to accept misfortunes and live with gratitude, there is nothing to worry about. Keep in mind that a person who tells you a “bad” thing for your own sake often turns out to be your true friend.

  • warn 警告する
  • so … as to~ 〜するくらい…
  • so that S+V SがVするように
  • be willing to~ 進んで〜する
  • keep A in mind Aを心に留めておく
  • for one’s own sake 〜のために
  • turn out to be~ 〜であるとわかる

 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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