How to Enshrine Shin-satsu

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

If you want to know the details of how to enshrine Shin-satsu(神札), or a kind of talisman you buy at a shinto shrine, please refer to the sixth chapter of my book Questions and Answers of Ise-Hakusan Dou. I’m going to explain the basic here. You can make a change to it in your own way. You don’t need to stick to the details, for the main part of a household shinto altar is not the Shin-satsu itself, but the exchange of water in the container and two Sakaki, species of evergreen, offered to the altar.

  • detail 詳細
  • refer 参照する
  • stick 拘る
  • altar 祭壇

Ideal household shinto altars are the ones called Sanja-matsuri(三社祭り), in which three kinds of Shin-satsu are put in parallel.

◯ At the middle of the shinto alter you put Shin-satsu with an orange spiritual line connecting with Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神).

◯ At the left side you put Shin-satsu with a blue spiritual line connecting with Kuni-to-kotachi-o-kami(国常立太神)

◯    At the right side you put Shin-satsu connecting with a local deity patrolling your neighborhood

There is a spiritual meaning in this arrangement. To put these three Shin-satsu separately so that the spiritual lines of holy energy don’t get entangled could bring about the action of Mitsu-domoe(三つ巴), which is also an important symbol of shitoism.

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  • ideal 理想的な
  • in parallel 並列に
  • get entangled  混線する
  • bring about A  Aを引き起こす

Unfortunately, worshiping deities with gratitude alone has not been practiced even at shrines these days. So there are few shrines connecting to righteous deities. If I say like this, you’ll get worried, like “Is that shrine OK?” , ” What should I do about my shinto altar in my house?” and so on. But the spiritual truth is that as soon as you offer gratitude to deities, whether at a shrine or in front of your shinto altar, holy energy approaches you, all depending on your feeling.

  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • these days 近頃では
  • righteous 正しい
  • approach 近く

What is Shin-satsu enshrined for? − to face yourself so that you can be conscious of your Inner God. Human beings are apt to be lazy. Without the tradition or practice of worshipping Shin-satsu put in a shinto alter, it would be difficult for them to be conscious of gratitude to God everyday. Offering gratitude alone to your shinto alter outside of you makes you feel God inside of you. This is beyond the bounds of reason. Unless you practice it for yourself, you won’t understand it.

  • Inner God 内在神
  • be apt to~ 〜しがちである
  • bound 境界
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り

The number of Shin-satsu you put into your household shinto altar has to be minimum necessary. If you should put Shin-satsu emitting an evil magnetism, you’ll ruin the whole magnetism of the altar. Now, I’m going to explain how to enshrine Shin-satsu you buy at Ise Grand Shrine, specifically Naiku(内宮), Geku(外宮) and Izougu(伊雑宮). The most inexpensive Shin-satsu, or Kenbarai-fuda(剣祓札)would be fine. The other kinds are also good, of course.

◯ At the middle of your household shinto altar, you put Shin-satsu of Naiku behind the one of Izougu.

◯ At the left side, you put Shin-satsu of Geku.

◯ At the right side, you put Shin-satsu of the shrine near your house that has been kept clean, or your favorite shrine in your neighborhood. If you cannot find a favorite one, the most important local shrine’s would be fine.

  • minimum necessary 必要最低限
  • evil 悪い
  • whole 全体の
  • specifically 具体的には

A sweeper will be attracted with holy power to shrines where holy spirits do reside, no matter how little they are, whether or not they are the shrine where no shinto priest resides.  This is a really strange thing. At a lot of shrines, there is an old man sweeping the precincts, but the spiritual truth is that a holy spirit sees to it that the man can take care of the place by arranging his surroundings.

  • reside 住む
  • see to it that … …であるよう取り計らう
  • surrounding 環境

It is not until you or one of your family members visit a shrine to receive Shin-satsu that your household shinto altar and the shrine is connected by a spiritual line of holy energy. In this sense, it’s not good to have Shin-satsu sent by a shrine or be given Shin-satsu by another person. If you cannot visit Ise Grand Shrine, it is advisable to buy Shin-satsu called “Jingu-taima”(神宮大麻)at Ichi-no-miya(一宮), the most important shrine in a region, and enshrine it along with the Shin-satsu of a shrine in your neighborhood. In this case, you don’t need the Shin-satsu of your favorite shrine. Just keep the place vacant.

  • It is not until S’+V’ that S+V S’がV’して初めてSはVする
  • connect 結びつける
  • have A pp  Aを〜してもらう
  • advisable 賢明な
  • region 地方

As for the exchange of Shin-satsu, it is better to exchange at least the one of your local shrine with a new one every year. You can do it from New Year’s Day until Bean-throwing day (February 2-4) . Shin-satsu of your local shrine is a kind of medium for a local deity to patrol your house, so you are much obliged to it. I feel that Shin-satsu of Ise Grand Shrine expires in two years. If you haven’t visited Ise for more than one year, you should exchange it for Jingu-taima of the most important local shrine. You can put the old one into a Shin-satsu box in the precincts.

  • as for A Aについて言えば
  • medium 媒介
  • obliged お世話になって
  • expire 期限が切れる

It is ideal to put tanzaku, a kind of strip of Japanese paper, used for memorial services for your ancestors below your household shinto altar. This arrangement is related to a secret ritual where ancestral spirits and the Sun God are worshiped together. Do not level the tanzaku with the shinto altar. In the case you cannot put them above and below, you can put them separately. If your household shinto altar is a one-shrine type, you don’t have to be so sensitive about the order of Shin-satsu put behind the one of Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami as long as it is put at the front.

  • be related 関係している
  • ritual 儀式
  • level 同じ高さに置く
  • above and below 上下に
  • sensitive 神経質な
  • order 順番

From a spiritual point of view, it’s the most important thing to put a pair of sakaki on both sides of your shinto altar and a container with water in it in front of the altar. Since these become media for spiritual magnetism, they are necessary. Regarding other offerings such as rice, salt, sake etc., you can judge yourself whether to put them. It doesn’t matter whether you do it or not.

  • a point of view 視点
  • regarding A Aに関しては
  • matter 重要である

As for Ubusuna-jinja(産土神社), a shrine near your birthplace, you don’t need to care about it as long as you enshrine Shin-satsu of Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami in the middle of your shinto altar. All Ubusuna-kami are connected to Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami. The head office (=the Sun God) is more important than branches, for gods are also beginning to return to Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami.

  • birthplace 出生地
  • head office 本社
  • branch 支店

If you’ve visited a shrine around Mt. Hakusan(白山), specifically Shiroyama-hime jinja(白山比咩神社), Hakusan-chu-kyo jinja(白山中居神社), Heisenji-hakusan jinja(平泉寺白山神社)or Nagataki-hakusan jinja(長滝白山神社), please put the Shin-satsu of these shrines behind the Shin-satsu of Geku put at the left side of your shinto altar. In the same way,  if you want to enshrine the Shin-satsu of your favorite shrine, put it behind the one of Geku.

  • in the same way 同様に

I think Mt. Hakusan itself is a shrine. Hakusan-shin(白山神) is the global-scale God beyond the boundary of Japan, too big to be in Shin-satsu. The spiritual line of the holy energy of Mt.Hakusan is blue white. All mountain ranges with perennial snow patch all around the world are connected to Mt. Hakusan by the network of Hakusan-shin. Among them, Mt.Hakusan of Japan is the center of the earth and it’s also the birthplace of the human race.

  • global-scale 地球規模の
  • mountain range 山脈
  • perennial snow patch 万年雪
  • the human race 人類

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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