Jozo-son appearing to be weak is the incarnation of the strongest being.

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In Japan, you can often see stone Buddha statues or stone images of Jizo along busy streets or at spots which stand out. Looking at a Jizo Bosatsu statue along the road, I can see that trying to escape from agony, spirits who were killed in car accidents or died near there are coming close to people praying to Jizo, because their families don’t hold enough memorial services for them or the dead still don’t know they’re already dead.

  • stone image 石像
  • stand out 目立つ
  • agony 苦しみ
  • pray 祈る
  • memorial service 供養

Roughly speaking, there are two types of people who visit Jizo.

1. those who visit Jizo for the purpose of having their wishes come true

2. those who don’t know exactly what Jizo is but visit Jizo to clean the place it stands feeling that if rubbish were thrown away there, Jizo, whose face is like a child’s, would feel sad.

  • roughly speaking 大まかに言うと
  • for the purpose of ~ing 〜する目的で
  • come true 実現する
  • exactly 正確に
  • rubbish ゴミ
  • throw away A Aを捨てる
  • sad 悲しい

As for people of 1, spiritual beings who have the same feelings as the visitors’ will come close in synchrony. Spirits who desire to be saved or want someone to do something for them will come close and possess them. The visitor will go home together with the spirit. That is, those who depend on others are possessed with the same kind of spirits in suffer who cry for help like the visitor. Such people would be more and more unstable mentally.

  • as for A Aに関していえば
  • the same A as B BとおなじA 
  • in synchrony 同調して
  • save 救う
  • possess 憑依する
  • that is つまり
  • depend on A Aに頼る
  • in suffer 苦しむ
  • unstabel 不安定な
  • mentally 精神的に

In regard to 2, such people will attract the same kind of spiritual beings who have mercy for others. Spirits who are willing to do something helpful for others will come close without asking. As a result, such people come to be in satisfactory situations naturally. In short, what matters is the attitude of the visitors.

  • attract 引き付ける
  • mercy 慈悲心
  • be willing to~ 進んで〜する
  • without asking 頼まないでも
  • as a result 結果的に
  • satisfactory 満足の行く
  • in short 要するに
  • matter 重要である
  • attitude 態度

Jizo-son(地蔵尊)… a noble(尊) of the warehouse(蔵) of the ground(地) … a noble man of the ground…the noble of the earth. Jizo is the deity who wants to save even spiritual beings in the World of the Hell, spirits who went to hell because of their ignorance and innocent spirits who died as child or baby.

  • deity 神
  • ignorance 無知
  • innocent 無垢な

Jizo is described as a clean-shaven boy in this World of Reality, but its true identity is very strong in my spiritual sight. It seems that the strongest deity appears in the outskirts of this world pretending to be weak. In a way, spiritual beings who choose to have a vulnerable figure are much more fearful than those who look strong like Fudo Myoo(不動明王), for they do have very strong power. If you bully a weak person, there will be the deuce to pay. The bullied will have grudge against you everlastingly.

  • describe A as B AをBと描写する
  • clean-shaven 坊主頭の
  • true identiy 正体
  • sight 視力
  • outskirt 場末
  • pretend to~ 〜するふりをする
  • choose 選ぶ
  • vulnerable か弱い
  • bully いじめる
  • grudge 恨み
  • everlastingly 末永く

The true identity of Jizo is a Buddhistic embodiment of Kunitokotachi-oh-kami(国常立太神), the king of the World of Gods and the World of the Hell of the earth. This is also the deity of the ground of the earth, who is accompanied with even Susanoo(スサノオ)and Shiva.

  • embodiment 化身
  • be accompanied with A Aを従える

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I KA SHI TE I TA DA I TE    A RI GA TO U GO ZA I MA SU

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