You can live free with three incense sticks.

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When you start holding a memorial service for your ancestors, it’s better to do it with the use of three incense sticks from the beginning. I used to explain that you should hold it first with the use of two incense sticks, and after making your ancestral spirits’ protection stronger you should hold it with three incense sticks for other spirits as well as your ancestral ones. But in view of the situations of the World of Reality, I feel that you need to do it with the use of three incense sticks from the beginning.

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • incense stick 線香
  • used to~   〜したものだ
  • explain 説明する
  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • in view of A Aを見ると

But remember that only if you feel like doing it after reading “how to hold a memorial service for your ancestors,” you should practice it. I’m never recommending you to do it forcibly.

  • only if S+V SがVする場合のみ
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする
  • recommend    勧める
  • forcibly    無理に

If you are worried about or afraid of holding a memorial service, you haven’t reached the stage of consoling spirits related to you yet. What you’re caring about the most is you, which is also an important step for you to develop though.

  • console 慰める
  • related 関係した
  • develop 成長する

The way of consoling related spirits with the use of a Tanzaku(短冊), a strip of paper,  or a memorial tablet as Yorishiro(寄り代), a medium for spirits to stay at temporarily, three incense sticks, and words of gratitude is a revelation I received from Kunitokotachi-oh-kami(国常立太神), the ruler of Meikai(冥界), the world after death.

  • medium 媒介
  • gratitude    感謝の気持ち
  • revelation 神示
  • ruler 支配者

This way of holding memorial services will have more and more powerful, practical effects on the World of Reality. If you succeed in purifying your spiritual body with your own efforts before it’s too late, you can get through the baptism of spiritual light of the sun―I got this message from above.

  • practical 実践的な
  • effect 影響
  • succeed in ~ing 〜することに成功する
  • purify 浄化する
  • baptism     洗礼

In holding the service, the first two incense sticks you offer to your ancestral spirits mean that one is for your male ancestors and the other is for your female ancestors, including the spirits of your parents’ family lines.

  • including A Aを含めて

To be exact, the first two incense sticks mean “infinity” expanding endlessly. In the Japanese myths, myriads of deities sprang and branched off from Izanagi(イザナギ) and Izanami(イザナミ), a couple of husband and wife. So the two incense sticks you offer mean that tracing back your family line, you offer gratitude for “being kept alive” to the Original God ultimately.

  • to be exact 厳密に言えば
  • infinity    無限
  • expand 拡大する
  • endlessly 無限に
  • myth 神話
  • myriads of A 無数のA
  • deity 神
  • spring 生じる
  • branch off 分岐する
  • track back A Aをたどる
  • the Original God 根源神
  • ultimately 究極的に

Wandering spirits who belong to your family line would come close to the smoke of the third incense stick. You, now living,  don’t have to worry about the order of their coming or which smoke they will come to. Leave the matter of the spirit world to the spirit world. You yourself would be consoled first and then spirits who need help one by one. Also, there is a big difference in protection among brothers or sisters, depending on whether or not they hold memorial services.

  • wander 彷徨う
  • order 順番
  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • console 慰める
  • one by one 順番に
  • depending on A Aによって

If you are married, you might be afraid that only your husband’s ancestors are made much of, but you don’t have to worry about it because spirits related to you who need consolation are sure to be taken care of whether or not they belong to your family line or your parents’ family lines.

  • married 結婚した
  • make much of A Aを重要視する
  • be sure to~    必ず〜する

Take a look at your hands and feet. They haven’t appeared from nowhere, right? Because you have a physical body, you cannot help being affected by the state of your ancestral spirits during your short life.

  • take a look at A Aを見てみる
  • appear 現れる
  • cannot help ~ing 〜せざるを得ない
  • affect 影響する
  • state 状態

Self-appointed professionals of the spirit world give lectures on God or angels neglecting their own ancestral spirits. A lot of Shintoists also neglect to hold memorial services for their ancestors. It’s impossible to sympathize with a subtle holy spirit if you’re being affected by the wave motions of wandering ancestral spirits. Spirits you can sympathize, with you neglecting your ancestral spirits in suffer,  must be spiritual beings in the World of the Dead where wandering spirits live.

  • self-appointed 自称の
  • lecture 講義
  • neglect 無視する
  • subtle 精妙な
  • wave motion 波動
  • in suffer 苦しむ

Human beings have an aspect of foolishness and complexity. Even if you think it’s important in life to study or train yourself, you will suffer all the same when your present state of mind is bad. You cannot carry on the study nor training. As your tooth is hurting, any food will taste bad no matter how expensive it is.

  • aspect 側面
  • foolishness 愚かさ
  • complexity 複雑さ
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • all the same   やはり
  • carry on A Aを続ける
  • expensive 高価な

If you practice holding practical memorial services in order to make your ancestral spirits rest in peace, your state of mind will come to be stable in this World of Reality. As long as your state of mind is stable, you can do anything you want with efforts and I’m sure your can do it.

  • in order to~   〜するために
  • come to~ 〜するようになる
  • stable 安定した
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

The reason why you need to hold a memorial service in the the way of Ise-Hakusan Dou is that human beings are forgetful creatures. So it’s important to make it a rule to offer your gratitude to your ancestral spirits as a habit. Without it, you couldn’t keep on holding the services. You’ll stop doing it in just three days.

  • forgetful    忘れやすい
  • creature 生物
  • make it a rule to~   〜するようにする
  • habit    習慣

While you’re alive, you can move freely on your own accord. You can do whatever you want, good things or bad. It’s your choice to be grateful to your invisible ancestors, who have passed the baton of a physical body to you.

  • on one’s own accrord 意のままに
  • invisible   見えない

What you did in the World of Reality is much more valuable than thinking. Therefore, what you do is very important. A result caused by your action of offering three incense sticks is far beyond an ideal you think of with twisted logic.

  • valuable 価値がある
  • therefore   従って
  • ideal 理想
  • twisted logic 屁理屈

If you hold a memorial service at all, you should do it in the truly effective way. Once you do it, you’ll know whether or not this way of holding it is genuine. You’ll have a new experience anyone else never knows.

  • genuine 本物の
  • experience 経験

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

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

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