The Need for Ima Shinto

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In the latest issue of the quarterly magazine “Star People”, whose publishing company published my first book “The Road to Inner God”, Ima Shinto, or the present shinto, was featured. I also have felt the need to restructure Ancient Shinto so that it can adapt to the present age.

  • the latest 最新の
  • issue 号
  • publish 出版する
  • feature 特集する
  • adapt to A  Aに適合する
  • present age 現代

For example, in Ancient Shinto, there is a theory called One Spirit and Four Souls explaining the structure of human minds. It is said that this theory is attributed to Chikamitu Honda(本田親徳, 1822-1889). But this is wrong according to my spiritual reading. It is based on the idea of Masumi Ohishigori(大石凝真素美).

  • theory 説
  • attribute A to B  AはBの作だとする
  • based 基づいて

This theory says that human minds are made of one spiritual body and four kinds of souls. In my opinion, this is inaccurate and unnecessary. I would say that they are composed of a traveling soul and Inner God. If I describe it in more detail, the five elements, that is, one spirit and four souls, are not enough. In the Chinese character “霊”, or “spirit”, there are seven strokes under the character of “雨”, meaning “physical body.” I feel that the counterpart of “one spirit and four souls” is actually seven elements. This might be accidental but I think there is often a deep meaning in Chinese characters.

  • in one’s opinion 私の考えでは
  • inaccurate 不正確な
  • unnecessary 不必要な
  • describe 描写する
  • in more detail もっと詳しく
  • Chinese character 漢字
  • stroke 画
  • counterpart 相当するもの

The problem is that fee-charging psychics who call themselves as such and sell strange things still quote this classical theory. Most of them justify themselves by quoting this obsolete theory. They cling to the pronunciation of shinto terms or trifle things too much. They have no practical spiritual ability and nothing more than bogus scholars using the authority of classics and engaged in trifle things. Such people are mostly social failures doing their business by making their clients expect for something good.

  • fee-charging 有料の
  • would-be 自称の
  • quote 引用する
  • obsolete 廃れた
  • cling to A Aに固執する
  • pronunciation 発音
  • term 用語
  • trifle 些細な
  • nothing more than A Aにすぎない

The shinto fitted to the present age is not that which splits hairs but that which leads people to offer gratitude to the nature and their ancestral spirits, which is the essence of the true shinto. Since the arrival of Buddhism, memorial services for ancestors have been separated from shinto. But because human beings are a part of nature, born and raised in it, ancestors, having graduated from this world, should be worshipped as natural spirits. I feel what Ima Shinto has to do is to make separated things merge into one great being, or God.

  • fitted 合った
  • split hairs 些細なことにこだわる
  • lead A to~ Aに〜するよう仕向ける
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • Buddhism 仏教
  • graduate 卒業する
  • worship 崇拝する

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

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.

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