The Sound of Holy Spirits

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When you visit a shrine where holy spirits exist, you may hear a sound of buzzing. I have heard this sound before while I was praying at the sanctuary building of Geku(外宮)of Ise Grand Shrine. This sound resembles that of big bees very much.

  • shrine 神社
  • exist 存在する
  • sanctuary building 御正殿
  • resemble 似ている

Kenzoku-shins(眷属神)protect shrines connected to holy spirits. When ordinary psychics who call themselves “professionals” response to some spirit at a shrine, they are usually responding to this Kenzoku-shin. Most of them think mistakenly that they responded to the main deity of the shrine. To be sure, Kenzoku-shins belonging to a shrine are related to the main deity because Kenzoku-shins are part of the deity, but most ordinary psychics are mistaken.

  • connect 繋ぐ
  • self-appointed 自称の
  • response 感応する
  • mistakenly 間違って
  • to be sure 確かに
  • related 関係している

It can be said that spiritual beings are a body of vibrating magnetism. Wandering spirits can emit an unpleasant, noisy sound like a broken TV. Low-frequency buzzing sound of a high-voltage line or a large transformer resembles the sound spiritual bodies emit. You cannot hear the sound of high-ranked spirits because the sound is too subtle to hear.

  • vibrate 振動する
  • magnetism 磁気
  • wander 迷う
  • emit 出す
  • unpleasant 不快な
  • low-frequency 低周波の
  • transformer 変圧器
  • high-ranked 高位の
  • subtle 精妙

Spiritual beings going off the sound of buzzing are dangerous in a sense. Because they have strong, practical power that affects the World of Reality, they can bring both retribution and happiness. They will divine protection to those who offer gratitude to the main deity.

  • go off A Aを出す
  • in a sense ある意味で
  • practical 実際的な
  • affect 影響する
  • retribution 罰
  • divine protection 加護
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

As an interesting episode, I had an opportunity a long time ago to talk to a man engaged in mission work of Ohmoto-kyo(大本教), a Japanese new religon, when the religious group was at the highest of its prosperity. Disciples of Deguchi Onisaburo (出口王仁三郎)were travelling the country at that time who were entitled to do its mission work by him and also had enough spiritual knowledge and power.

  • opportunity 機会
  • engaged 従事して
  • at the highest of one’s prosperity 全盛期の
  • disciple 弟子
  • be entitled to~  〜する資格を与えられる

The man was very old when I met him. He had already left the group, so I could hear a lot of secret stories from him. According to him, having been able to gain new believers at a local place, he invited Mr. Deguchi to come to a large hall to preach. Then if there was a bee coming into the hall, Mr. Deguchi would often stop taking and leave the hall with indecent haste, which happened many times. He looked so afraid of the bee.

  • secret story 秘話
  • invite A to~  Aに〜するよう招く
  • preach 説教する
  • would 〜したものだった
  • with indecent haste そそくさと
  • afraid 恐れて

There is a deep meaning in this incident which is related to the spiritual being behind him and the local deity. That is, Mr.Deguchi was expelled by the local holy spirit.

  • meaning 意味
  • incident 出来事
  • expel   追い払う

Anyway, it’s interesting that there exist creatures in nature giving off the same sound as that of holy spirits. Bees make honey combs composed of hexagonal cells. Crests of shrines are often hexagonal. Bees are messengers of God.

  • creature 生物
  • honey comb 蜂の巣
  • compose 構成する
  • hexagonal 八角形の
  • crest 神紋
  • messenger 御使い

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