Ancestral Spirits can only Support You from Behind

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

I’ve received a question from a reader of this blog, saying “I’m getting more and more short-tempered in daily life. Can a person like me continue holding memorial services for ancestors?” I’m going to answer this question from two points of view.

  • short-tempered 怒りっぽい
  • a point of view 視点

One: the case where there is a problem with the way of holding a memorial service

It is possible, very rare though, that if your ancestral spirits can’t come close to Yorishiro (Tanzaku or a memorial tablet), some other ancestral spirits full of anger or sadness come close to you and as a result you get irritated, angry or sad without reason.

  • rare まれな
  • memorial tablet 位牌
  • anger 怒り
  • irritated イライラした

In this case, you might as well stop offering your gratitude to your ancestral spirits. But if you stop it, you’ll have the lost spirits who are wandering with an unstable mind lingering in the spiritual line of your family line. And this could be a spiritual handicap during your life. As the spiritual line or pipe gets clogged up, you will lose the will to live and be likely to lament over your misfortunes all the time because life energy coming from the Fundamental Being decreases.

  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • unstable 落ち着かない
  • wander 彷徨う
  • linger ぐずぐずする
  • clogged 詰まる
  • will 意志
  • lament 嘆く
  • misfortune 不運
  • decrease 減る

In order for your ancestral spirits to come close to Yorishiro:

◯ You can leave that place right after offering incense sticks and gratitude to them.

◯ Remove spiritual products covered with unnecessary spiritual dirt put near Yorishiro because your ancestral spirits can’t come close because of these things.

◯ Make sure that you don’t hold a memorial service for the sake of you. You need to hold one with gratitude to your ancestors so that you can keep any other unrelated spirits away from you.

◯ Fix Tanzaku or a memorial tablet with a Tanzaku stand and put it on a low table 30 to 50 centimeters tall. By doing so, you’ll have no spiritual problem and the stability of Tanzaku will make you mentally stable.

  • remove 取り除く
  • product 製品
  • dirt 垢
  • make sure… …であるようにする
  • for the sake of A  Aのために
  • keep A away from B AをBに近づけないでおく

The feeling itself of having held a memorial service for the sake of your ancestors does console your ancestors even if you’re not sure whether the memorial service is effective. If you can continue practicing it, it follows that the memorial services do have actual effects on your ancestors.  If they’re not effective, you’re sure to stop doing it with a feeling of wrongness.

  • console 慰める
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • effective 効果のある
  • be sure to~ きっと〜するだろう

The other: the case where spiritual dirt is attached to you

If a person holding a memorial service is possessed with a spiritual being of the World of the Dead because of deeds, faith and rituals that attract such spirits, the spirit will abhor the memorial service. The spiritual vibration of the spirit’s agony and abhorrence will make the person irritated or angry.

  • attach くっつける
  • possess 憑依する
  • deed 行為
  • faith 信念
  • ritual 儀式
  • abhor ひどく嫌う

One’s true character will appear on the surface more and more easily because of the spiritual light from the sun whether or not you hold the memorial services. People with spiritual dirt will have a weakened immune system caused by the magnetism of the sun.

  • character 人格
  • suface 表面
  • immune system 免疫
  • magnetism 磁気

In terms of the law of spiritual magnetism, when you hold a memorial service with a feeling of anger, you’re offering the anger to your ancestral spirits, which makes your situations worse It’s not good to do it from a sense of duty either because it is done for the sake of you. Should you feel something is wrong with your memorial service, stop doing it in Ise-Hakusan Dou method, which is spiritually practical, and start to remind yourself of gratitude for your ancestors, saying to yourself “Thank you so much for keeping me alive.”

  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • sense of duty 義務感
  • remind oneself of A Aを想起する
  • keep A alive Aを生かしておく

Fortunately, most of the people who practice holding memorial services in Ise-Hakusan Dou method have no sense of wrongness from the beginning and feel themselves filled with life energy. This is because the spiritual line of their family line is clean thanks to their ancestors who practiced holding memorial services for earlier ancestors. They have to be grateful to earlier ancestors.

  • fortunately 幸いに
  • fill 満たす
  • this is because S+V これはSがVするためである

It depends on your karma caused by your way of life whether or not you’re in the situation that you can practice holding memorial services. It is not good to do it by forcing yourself. It’s your choice whether you do it or not. What you have to remember is that your life in this world depends on your own efforts. Your ancestral spirits can only give support to you from behind the scene. The spiritual truth is it is your compassion (=Inner God) for others that saves yourself.

  • depend on A  A次第である
  • way of life 生き方
  • force 無理強いする
  • effort 努力
  • from behind the scene 陰から
  • compassion 情け心

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.