The State of Not Being Able to Hold Memorial Services for Ancestors is also Due to Karma

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There may be a person who wants to hold memorial services with burning incense sticks but can’t do it in the face of opposition from other family members. Also there may be a person who can’t practice it because of lack of space for Tanzaku, a strip of Japanese paper, or who is not at liberty to do it because of the family’s religious belief. There must be various family reasons.

  • opposition 反対
  • lack 欠如
  • be at liberty to~ 自由に〜することができる
  • religious belief 信仰
  • various 様々な

Moreover, there may be a person who has been given a talisman or a charm from a parent-in-law and has to keep it thinking that if he/she refuses to receive it or disposes of it without permission, discord may happen between them. In this case, you should give full consideration to the relatives. However, in my opinion, you will be spiritually handicapped if you keep such a charm, with the dimension of the World of the Dead collapsing.

  • dispose of A Aを処分する
  • permission 許可
  • discord 不和
  • consideration 考慮
  • collapse 崩壊する

When ancestral spirits try to protect their offspring, they have to avoid the magnetism of the obstructive thing. When an object is covered with spiritual magnetism of the ancestral spirits, it doesn’t prevent them from helping their offspring, but all the other magnetism of spiritual products is nothing but obstruction.

  • offspring 子孫
  • avoid 避ける
  • obstruction 障害
  • prevent 妨げる
  • nothing but A  Aでしかない

This is why the luck of people who have a lot of charms or spiritual products and often pray here and there for their desires to be fulfilled turns worse and worse. If such people deny my saying, the truth is they just don’t know how many better opportunities they should have had thanks to their ancestral spirits’ protection were lost.

  • turn bad 悪くなる
  • deny 否定する

In this World of Reality, it is only your ancestral spirits that can help you spiritually. True God never interferes in personal profit because its spiritual vibration is too different from that of human beings. It never be partial to people, either. Well, if your dream comes true despite of having a charm or your praying, what’s the cause?

  1. Your ancestral spirits worked to save you out of pity pushing aside the unnecessary magnetism.
  2. Some spiritual being working on exchange conditions worked for you and the spirit is to collect something precious from you.

I feel most of the cases is 1. You should keep in mind that True God never works for personal desires on an errand. Gods like Susanoo(スサノオ神)often lead people to have a hard time for mental training in a short life because experiences will turn into treasure after they die.

  • interfere with A Aに干渉する
  • profit 利益
  • despite A Aにもかかわらず
  • out of pity 哀れみから
  • push A aside Aを跳ね除ける
  • precious 貴重な
  • keep A in mind Aを心に留めて置く
  • lead A to~  Aに〜するよう仕向ける
  • experience 経験
  • treasure 宝物

For example, a real bread makes a hungry child more satisfied than showing the child a picture of a tasty bread. Similarly, in holding a memorial service for your ancestors, you need actual efficacy. The molecules of steam of hot tea you prepared with time and effort well or the smoke of incense sticks, which is much more effective than the former, offered to your ancestral spirits turns into what the spirits want and consoles them. A spiritual body, which is a body of magnetism, looks like smoke. And spiritual bodies and the smoke of incense sticks are very compatible.

  • similarly 同様に
  • efficacy 効力
  • molecule 分子
  • effective 効果的な
  • with time and effort 手間をかけて
  • console 慰める
  • compatible 相性が良い

Being in the state of not being able to hold memorial services for your ancestors is also due to your karma. There is nothing for it. If you can’t do it in the face of strong opposition from other family members, just refrain from doing it because if you do it in spite of the opposition, you’ll end up offering your uneasy feeling to your ancestral spirits.

  • state 状態
  • be due to A Aが原因である
  • refrain 控える
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる

If you want to do it by all means, however, you had better do it when no one is around, if possible. In this case, please stand the Tanzaku for your ancestral spirits firmly with a Tanzaku-stand on a space of the dining table, put a cup of steaming Japanese tea in front of the Tanzaku and offer thankful words to your ancestors. When the tea gets cold, put the Tanzaku away. In this way, you can hold a memorial service without smell.

  • by all means ぜひとも
  • if possible 可能なら
  • thankful   感謝の
  • put A away  Aを片付ける
  • smell 匂い

The spiritually practical power of this method is about half that of the method where you keep Yorishiro such as Tanzaku or a memorial tablet standing at the same place and offer three incense sticks to your ancestral spirits with gratitude. But still, it’s better than doing nothing, for practicing it to the extent that you can do is important. Should you be unable to do even this method with the use of steam, you can remind yourself of gratitude for your ancestors, saying to yourself  “Thank you so much for keeping me alive.”

  • extent 範囲
  • remind oneself of A  Aを想起する
  • say to oneself 心の中で言う

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.