Kenzoku-shin of Oh-miwa shrine to be Feared

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A reader of this blog told me that recently self-proclaimed “healing masters” have been visiting a lot of shrines across the country together with their believers in the name of injecting energy into the shrines for purification. In one of the groups,  a lot of problems are happening to the members such as falling ill, getting injured or their relatives dying suddenly. Even a doctor who examined a member of the group died suddenly. Though the group asked a psychic for help, the psychic himself was defeated by something like an ogre and was at a complete loss.

  • recently 最近
  • self-proclaimed 自称の
  • inject 注入する
  • purification 浄化
  • relative 親戚
  • suddenly 突然に
  • examine 診察する
  • defeat 打ち負かす
  • ogre 鬼

I’m not sure if this story is true or not because the reader was anonymous. But now that we are in the age of the spiritual sunlight, they are surely doing a very dangerous thing if it’s true because they are contaminating shrines spiritually. The reader may be thinking that the leader of the group is to blame. Yes, but in my spiritual vision, it seems that the leader, ignorant of spiritual truth, is not aware that the problems were caused by what they did. Doing such a silly thing as injecting energy into shrines is nothing but blasphemy against deities. Ignorance brings about dire consequences.

  • anonymous 匿名の
  • contaminate 穢す
  • be to blame 責められるべき
  • ignorannt 無知の
  • aware 気づいて
  • nothing but A Aに他ならない
  • blasphemy 冒涜
  • deity 祭神
  • dire 恐ろしい
  • consequence 結果

What I saw in my spiritual vision on hearing this story was Kenzoku-shin(眷属神) of Oh-miwa-shrine(大神神社)in Nara prefecture. Those related to the group seem to have performed a silly ritual at Mt.Miwa(三輪山), a divine mountain which people should be prohibited from entering into. The Kenzoku-shin is furious and has set in motion.

  • prefecture 県
  • related 関係した
  • ritual 儀式
  • divine 神聖な
  • prohibit 禁止する
  • get furious 激怒する
  • set in motion 動き出す

The deity of Oh-miwa shrine is a spiritual body like a huge snake winding around the mountain seven and a half fold. The snake-like spiritual body is so huge that it covers the whole mountain. The Kenzoku-shin is mad saying the group tried to tamper with its master’s spiritual magnetism or color, contaminating it. What they did was like intentionally provoking a fight against the sanctuary rather than attaching spiritual dirt. Once Kenzoku-shin moves, it tries to destroy all of those related indiscriminately like a machine.

  • wind 巻きつく
  • whole 全体の
  • tamper 干渉する
  • magnetism 磁気
  • provoke 引き起こす
  • sanctuary 聖域
  • destroy 破壊する
  • indiscrimately 無差別に

The name of the deity of this shrine is Oh-mono-nushi-no-oh-kami(大物主大神). The true identity of this spiritual being has long been unknown. According to my spiritual reading, this holy spirit is not Kuni-tsu-kami(国津神) nor Ama-tsu-kami (天津神)belonging to Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神). It is the great loan holy spirit without any spiritual minions at other shrines that has existed alone in the center of Japan since super-ancient times.

  • true identity 正体
  • loan 孤高の
  • minion 子分
  • super-ancient times 超古代

According to Kojiki(古事記) and Nihonshoki(日本書紀), the emperor at that time was attacked by fever and couldn’t get rid of it, so he tried gods’s fortune telling. The answer was “This is because of the lack of awe and respect towards the deity of Miwa.”  The emperor and his senior vassals trembled for fear and performed polite rituals for the deity, so that the emperor was said in a dream”Then I forgive you.” The deity is very fearful being in a way.

  • emperor 天皇
  • fever 熱
  • get rid of A Aを取り除く
  • fortune telling 占い
  • lack 欠如
  • awe 畏怖
  • senior vassal 重臣
  • tremble 震える
  • polite きちんとした
  • forgive 許す

Looking at this holy spirit spiritually, I feel that it has something to do with the ancient Aztec empire and Mayan civilization. It is an ancient energy body related to sun worship but not a pure spiritual body like Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami. I feel like it has controlled this material civilization, symbolized by immolation and blood, and has something to do with the secret of the creation of human beings and civilizations on the earth. In archaic words, the Japanese “mono” means “ogre.” That is,  Oh-mono-nushi can be said to be the king of ogres and it has relation to Susanoo(スサノオ).

  • Aztec アステカ
  • Mayan civilization マヤ文明
  • material  物質の
  • immolation 生贄
  • archaic 古い
  • relation 関連

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Original Function of Shinto Shrines will Revive

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In early August, I bought young Hon-Sakaki plants, planted them in my garden and, selecting four from them, offered them to my household shinto altar. Before offering them, I washed each of the big leaves carefully and put two plants at each side of the altar. Sakaki plants of your own planting breed worms easily. Non-Sakaki plants I bought at a flower shop before were bunched up beautifully. Though I thought the amount of the leaves of the two Hon-Sakaki plants was small, I put them with some leaves sticking out in a natural way.

  • altar 祭壇
  • worm 虫
  • bunch 束ねる
  • stick out 飛び出る

When I got Shinsatsu(神札), a kind of talisman available at shinto shrines, at Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮)and enshrined it in my shinto altar on August 15, I cut off two branches of the Hon-sakaki plants in my garden and added one to the Sakaki plants at each side of the altar. This three Sakaki plants looked different from the two ones, when I clearly perceived the difference in the degree to which holy energy approaches them. I had a new understanding of how important the number of leaves of Sakaki plants beside the shinto altar, because the leaves function as Yorishiro, a kind of medium for spirits to stay at temporarily.

  • available 入手できる
  • enshrine 祀る
  • perceive 知覚する
  • function 機能する
  • medium 媒介

It has been more than a month since I offered the Hon-Sakaki plants, but their conditions have not changed at all. I found drops of water around Sakaki stands recently. Looking at it closely, I found that the leaves had absorbed water and got wet. They are living creatures, aren’t they?

  • condition 状態
  • drop of water 水滴
  • recently 最近
  • closely 近くに
  • absorb 吸収する

By 2007, I had often found a phenomenon that Sakaki plants at the right side of the shinto alter wither first. This is because a local deity attaches negative energy of defilement of a house it patrols to the leaves of the Sakaki plants at the right side. In the future ahead, however, this phenomenon will cease to happen. I think the leaves of Sakaki plants at both sides will wither at the same time.

  • phenomenon 現象
  • wither 枯れる
  • local 地域の
  • deity 神
  • attach つける
  • defilement 汚れ
  • cease やめる

This has something to do with the fact that as the spiritual light of the sun becomes more and more intense, spiritual beings who work for God will be absorbed in their superior spiritual beings and the latter will also be absorbed in spiritual beings higher in rank. All spiritual beings belonging to the World of Gods will either return to Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami (天照太御神)or work for God as Inner God of living human beings.

  • have something to do with A Aと何らかの関係がある
  • spiritual light 霊光
  • intense 強烈な
  • belong 属する

In the era to come, “outer” gods will leave shrines and by visiting a shrine, you can have your Inner God manifest itself more easily. As a result, the original function of ancient shinto will revive, meaning that shinto shrines are where living gods(=humans =divine pillars) stand. I’m really looking forward to the advent of the new era.

  • era 時代
  • manifest oneself 現れる
  • function 機能
  • ancient 古代の
  • revive 復活する
  • advent 到来

By the way, I paid a visit to Shirayama-Hime shrine(白山比咩神社)in Ishikawa prefecture in the evening in the evening last month. The shrine office had already been closed and no purification ceremony was not performed in the shrine building. So luckliy I was able to stand right in front of Haiden, a place for pray, with no one standing between me and Haiden for the first time in a while. Just then, I perceived the same energy body of the holy spirit I see spiritually every time I visit Ise Grand Shrine. I felt its high purity.

  • ritual 儀式
  • purification ceremony お祓い
  • for the first time in a while 久しぶりに
  • every time S+V SがVする度に

Trying to go back, I found a young couple in their twenties worshipping toward the big sacred rock, whose form is that of three mountains of Mt. Hakusan,  located at Hakusan-okunomiya-yohai-sho(白山奥宮遥拝所). The young man had long, bleached hair and wore glittering pierced earrings with a big hole. He was dressed like a rapper. I, looking at him with my wife, thought his attitude was really great. He was worshipping very politely and naturally without pretentiousness. There was something clean and pure about the way he worshipped, which holy spirits would love. I felt no spiritual dirt of any new religion about him.

  • worship 礼拝する
  • sacred 神聖な
  • bleached hair 茶髪
  • attitude 態度
  • polite 礼儀正し
  • pretensiousness 気負い
  • dirt 垢

When I, walking back to the parking lot with my wife, said to her “A young man like him is rare. How did he build such a graceful attitude? Is he a reader of my blog?” She suggested that we go back to talk to him, so we went back to the precinct only to find that he had already gone. The fact that there is a young generation who can worship naturally like him makes me sure that the new era is about to come.

  • rare 珍しい
  • graceful 優雅な
  • precinct 境内
  • gone いない

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Things to be Careful of When Changing a Grave and a Secret Ritual of Worshipping Ancestral Spirits

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Some people change their family’s gravestone to a new one in another graveyard for some reason and others in a new type of cemetery like a locker room, which has been increasing in number in cities. These are what can’t be avoided in the modern age. But what you have to be careful of is that, when you do that, it often happens that your ancestral spirits have failed to move.

  • gravestone 墓跡
  • graveyard 墓地
  • cemetery 共同墓地
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • fail to~  〜しない

People in general will think that they have no choice but to ask a Buddhist priest for help about this kind of thing. But there is one thing you can do easily to have your ancestral spirits move to the other place. This is what only descendants can do.

  • in general 一般の
  • have no choice but to~  〜するしかない
  • Buddhist priest 僧侶
  • descendant 子孫

Take some soil, or pebbles, from the ground around the previous gravestone and put it in the urn in a new gravestone or scatter it around the new one. If the ground surface is made of concrete or stone, scatter the small amount of the soil on it so as not to stand out. When you take the soil from the previous graveyard, say to yourself or aloud “My ancestral spirits, please move to this soil.” The amount of the soil depends on the surroundings and type of a new gravestone.

  • soil 土
  • pebble 小石
  • urn 骨壷
  • scatter 撒く
  • stand out 目立つ

If  you have prepared a new grave already, scatter the soil on the ground around it. If you haven’t build one yet, mix it with the soil of the site for a new gravestone. A bucket of soil will be enough. Or if the new grave is at a place like a locker room, put the small amount of the soil in a container and put it in the grave. A container with a lid is good, too.

  • site 用地
  • a bucket of A バケツ一杯のA
  • container 容器
  • lid 蓋

However, if you hold memorial services for your ancestors at home, no ancestral spirits are at the grave. If you don’t, on the other hand, some of your ancestral spirits will linger in this world being at a loss where to go and wander around the grave. And when you change the grave, they’re left behind where it was.

  • linger いつまでもいる
  • at a loss 途方に暮れて
  • wander うろつく
  • leave A behind Aを置いていく

When a grave is demolished, ancestral spirits are displaced, so that they try to depend on their descendants having negative effects on them. More and more families won’t be able to have their family’s grave. But as long as they hold memorial services for their ancestors at home, there won’t be any spiritual problem.

  • demolish 取り壊す
  • displace 立退かす
  • effect 影響

By the way, there was a long period of time when people in general were not allowed to visit Naiku(内宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮). The Imperial House had been practiced holding memorial services for both Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神)and their ancestral spirits for more than two thousand years, accumulating the holy energy of Ise because they knew this method of worshipping both Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami, who is very close to the Original Being, or the parent of life, and their ancestral spirits causes a strong, practical effect on the World of Reality.

  • allow 許す
  • the Imperial House 皇室
  • cause 引き起こす
  • practical 実践的な

Thanks to the method, the Imperial House has existed for a couple of thousand years. Other families couldn’t imitate the same method or rituals. Though some powerful, unique emperors appeared in the long history of the Imperial House, they soon fell from power in one or a few generations. No one could break the absolute spiritual barrier of the Imperial House.

  • thanks to A Aのお陰で
  • imitate 真似する
  • ritual 儀式
  • emperor 天皇
  • generation 世代
  • absolute 絶対的な

Ise-Hakusan Dou is the way of reviving the secret ritual of worshipping ancestral spirits, which has been hidden consciously by the present Ise Grand Shrine, and leading you to Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami, the origin of life. It can be said that the time has come for the future when the significance of worshipping both the Sun God and ancestral spirits should be made known to the whole world.

  • revive 再生させる
  • consciously 意識的に
  • significance 意義

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Making a Greeting is Important When You Get Involved in a New Land

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The other day, according to TV news, an elevator in a construction site fell down accidentally and two people in the elevator were killed. They said that, in the same construction site, there happened a death accident because of the fall of a machine. No sooner had I heard this news than I felt a furious anger of a spiritual being. Such spiritual beings are intense who hinder construction work like this. The spiritual being is hindering the construction work. There should be no building there.

  • construction 工事
  • machine 機材
  • furious anger 激しい怒り
  • hinder 妨げる
  • intense 強烈な

Some of those related to the construction company and the residents of the building will be harmed by the spiritual being according to their own karma. Those related to the construction who have practiced holding memorial services for their ancestors wouldn’t take the job somehow. Or if they are prospective tenants, they wouldn’t choose such an apartment, feeling that something is wrong with the building.

  • harm 害を与える
  • according to A Aに従って
  • prospective 見込みの
  • slight わずかな

When you need to build a building at the site where there used to be Koshinzuka(庚申塚), a roadside stone post dedicated to a Japanese legendary worrier, or a spiritual being resides , you have to offer a memorial service with Yorishiro(依り代), a place for spirits to stay at temporarily, set up as a mark before starting the construction. Normal shinto ceremony couldn’t cope with such a spiritual being. If you know the information that there used to be a tombstone at the construction site, you can take some appropriate measures, but if it’s been removed, it’s hard for you to do it.

  • dedicate 奉納する
  • cope 対処する

It’s very important to make a formal greeting to the spiritual being of a site before touching the ground. If you do this in advance, you’ll be forgiven by the spiritual being, even if the spirit is an intense one. As might be an inappropriate comparison, Yakuza in days of old wouldn’t hinder someone’s business as long as the merchant make a formal greeting to them before starting the business, and would often protect the business. Yakuza get mad when they’re ignored. There seems to be an analogy between Yakuza and intense spiritual beings.

  • greeting 挨拶
  • in advance 前もって
  • forgive 赦す
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • ignore 無視する
  • analogy 類似点

When a person who practices holding memorial services for his/her ancestors always being grateful to holy spirits visits a local shrine to make a greeting, the spirit residing there recognizes the person immediately, for the person’s body is covered with the magnetism of what he/she is doing in everyday life.

  • reside 住む
  • immediately すぐに
  • magnetism 磁気

If you’re engaged in construction or real estate business, pay a visit to a local shrine to make a greeting before entering a new land and say “Please allow me to do my work here from now on. Thank you so much.”

  • engaged 従事して
  • real estate 不動産
  • enter 入る
  • allow 許す

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I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

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Which Surname You Should Write on Tanzaku

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Since I started this blog, I’ve been often asked by female readers which surname to write on Tanzaku, the present one or the previous one? My answer is – use the present one you actually use. Even if you’ve got another surname for some reason, use the one you’re now using. The reason for this is that you’re using your present surname because of your spiritual karma.

  • present 現在の
  • previous 前の
  • karma 因縁

When you change your surname, the spiritual line by which you’re affected is also changed. Your countenance, body shape, health, character and taste are changed, too. So if your surname is changed because of marriage, divorce, bereavement, adoptive marriage etc, you should use the new surname in holding a memorial service.

  • affect 影響する
  • countenance 顔つき
  • taste 嗜好
  • bereavement 死別

Well, what should you do with the family line of the previous surname? Don’t worry. The third incense stick you offer during a memorial service can take care of it. I know you wonder “Is this really OK?” because you just only say “for the other spirits related to me” without saying any particular name when you offer the third incense stick toward Tanzaku with the different surname on it.

  • wonder 〜かなと思う
  • related 関係した
  • particular 特定の

But in terms of the spirit world, it’s important that you don’t mention any particular name. This is because memorial services are to be held for a lot of spirits in the past. Ancestors that you know and whom you can think of are only part of the whole ancestors. While there are some spirits resting in peace who can move about at will, there are a tremendous number of spirits who can’t move at all because of suffering.

  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • mention 言及する
  • past 過去
  • think of A Aを思いつく
  • whole  全体の
  • at will 自在に
  • tremendous ものすごい
  • suffering 苦しみ

Holding memorial services for the whole ancestral spirits without mentioning names helps ancestral spirits in peace to relieve the other ancestral spirits in trouble. Those in peace can relieve other spirits until they, or the souls, leave for another reincarnation. But there’s no problem about it because there are a lot of other sprits who can move freely in the spiritual line of a family line.

  • relieve 助ける
  • reincarnation 転生

In the spirit world, you can leave everything to such spirits in peace. Since living human beings don’t know anything about what’s going on in the spirit world, it’s better to leave everything to them. All descendants have to do is offer energy of gratitude to the whole ancestral spirits so that they can be active. On the other hand, holding memorial services with the use of a memorial tablet or Tanzaku with a particular name on it can alienate the spirit from the other ancestral spirits or cause the spirit to cling to this world.

  • leave A to B  AをBに任せる
  • descendant 子孫
  • alienate 遠ざける
  • cling 執着する

It’s very good to show gratitude to a particular deceased toward the memorial tablet for the whole ancestral spirits. The deceased will be taken care of as priority by ancestral spirits in peace. If you have a memorial tablet for a particular person at your Buddhist altar, you can leave it as it is. Just put it in the corner. The point is you console the whole ancestral spirits using the memorial tablet for them put in front.

  • deceased 故人
  • as priority 優先的に
  • corner 角
  • console 慰める

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The Word “Place” Has to be Written on a Memorial Tablet

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The Memorial Service for the War Dead is held on August 15 every year, where a wooden pillar with the words “Spirits of The War Dead” written on it stands at the center of the altar. I’ve read an article by a scholar saying that, since the pillar works as Yorishiro which the spirits of the war dead who are invited to approach, the word “位” meaning “place” should be attached to the words.

  • the war dead 戦没者
  • pillar 柱
  • altar 祭壇
  • article 記事
  • attach 付け加える

In some traditional Buddhist sects in Japan they don’t write the word “位 ” on a memorial tablet. Though some new religious groups practice holding memorial services for ancestors using Tanzaku, a strip of Japanese paper for spirits to come close to stay at, they don’t write the word, either. Even self-proclaimed professional psychics declare that the word is not necessary.

  • sect 宗派
  • self-claimed 自称の
  • declare 公言する

However, if you had the ability to perceive spiritual reality, the spiritual difference of the existence or non- existence of the word “位” would be obvious. Without the word, spirits couldn’t recognize the tablet or pillar as Yorishiro, so that they would be at a loss where to stay though invited. They would float and drift around the place and try to possess those present. That is, it’s vague where they should stay. In this situation, it is difficult for the spirits to be consoled. If the word is written on the memorial tablet or Tanzaku, spirits will recognize it as a resting place and gather around it. And then if you hold a memorial service for them, you can console them effectively.

  • ability 能力
  • perceive 知覚する
  • obvious 明らかな
  • be at a loss 途方にくれる
  • possess 憑依する
  • those present 出席者
  • vague 曖昧な
  • console 慰める

When I was given by a holy spirit the method of Ise-Hakusan Dou, I was told to write the word “位” using a little bit larger character than the other words because the last word is essential and important. Just as the base of a tombstone is massive, I feel that the word “位” supports one’s family line from the bottom.It is meaningful that the scholar suggests the same thing as what I feel about the spiritual reality. It can be said that the scholastic knowledge coincides with the spiritual reality.

  • character 文字
  • essential 不可欠な
  • tombstone 墓跡
  • massive がっしりとした
  • bottom 下
  • meaningful 意義深い
  • coincide 一致する

Why does such a Chinese character affect the spirit world?  This is because the history and cultural customs, such as characters, of where people have lived long are accumulated in the form of spiritual magnetism. I feel that, though human genes or spirits cannot be perceived on the surface, a magnetic field of a place or space brings about such a phenomenon.

  • affect 影響する
  • gene 遺伝子
  • magnetic field 磁場
  • bring about A Aを引き起こす
  • phenomenon 現象

In this sense, it is important that in foreign countries, a word corresponding to “place” should be written at the last of the sentence on Yorishiro. In terms of shamanism too, where a shaman conjure up spirits to console them, it’s important for the spirits, as well as the human, to have an image of a place or location for them to stay at.

  • correspond 相当する
  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • conjure  呼び出す

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I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

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How Foreigners Hold a Memorial Service for Ancestors

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In terms of the spirit world, I’ve considered how a person with a foreign surname hold memorial services for ancestors, such as a Japanese woman who’s changed her surname to that of her foreign husband, a foreign family who’s become naturalized as a Japanese one or a Japanese woman who’s got married to a foreign man but still has her surname different from his.

  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • surname 氏名
  • naturalize 帰化させる

Firstly, if you’re a Japanese woman who has a foreign surname, you can write her foreign name in the foreign language or in katakana characters on Tanzaku, a kind of cardboard for spirits to stay at temporarily. Because a memorial service is held through the doer’s brain in a way, an understandable language is good.

  • firstly まず第一に
  • brain 脳
  • understandable 理解できる

Secondly, if you’re a Japanese woman who has a different surname from that of your foreign husband, you should use her husband’ surname in holding a memorial service. When a couple uses their own surname separately, they can’t become one spiritually. They couldn’t feel like a family and troubles between them would never stop happening. Using husband’s surname produces harmony between married couples. The third incense stick you offer in a memorial service can take care of your own ancestors of the previous family line and other spirits related to you.

  • secondly 二つ目に
  • separately 別々に
  • produce 生み出す
  • harmony 調和
  • previous 前の
  • related 関係した

The word “Place” you write on Tanzaku is important, so write it in the language you feel best. “Place” means the location where spirits stay, so translate it into your language meaning “location” or “place” and write the word. When you hold a memorial service, you make use of your brain wave, and therefore the language of your own choosing is the best. When you show gratitude to your ancestors, use the words of your country meaning “gratitude for being kept alive.” The words do act on the spirits.

  • translate 翻訳
  • make use of A Aを利用する
  • brain wave 脳波
  • therefore それゆえ
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • keep A alive Aを生かしておく
  • act on A   Aに作用する

The reason why the language you feel the best is important is that by holding the spiritual ritual the doer’s thought and mental energy turns into magnetism that practically consoles spirits and the magnetism is etched into space. In this respect, if the doer wonders if the language is OK, the amount of the magnetism reaching spirits decreases.

  • ritual 儀式
  • turn into A Aに変わる
  • console 慰める
  • etch 刻み込む
  • respect 点
  • amount 量
  • decrease 減る
  • refer

If you’re not a Japanese, use the following illustrations as reference. The size of Tanzaku is about 30 centimeters tall. You can choose the language and the way you write it.


  1. Cross-type: you write the words meaning “The Place for My Ancestors’ Spirits” from left to right.
  2. Vertically-long type: you use Tanzaku made in Japan if possible. If you understand Japanese, write “The Place for The So and So s’ Ancestral Spirits” in katanaka characters or Chinese characters.

Use a stiff white cardboard and write the words boldly with a black or golden felt-tip pen so that your ancestral spirits can come close easily. Tanzaku must be thick (2mm is the best). Corrugated paper is not suitable due to its hollowness. If you can get only a colored cardboard, attach a white paper to the surface. Or if you make Tazanku out of some pieces of paper, you can use glue made of rice. Natural materials are easy for spirits to approach. Tanzaku must be stood up. Fix it with the a Tanzaku stand (you can make it out of two small notched wooden blocks).

  • stiff 硬い
  • boldly はっきり
  • felt-tip pen マジック
  • corrugated  paper 段ボール紙
  • hollowness 中空
  • surface 表面
  • approach 近づく
  • notched 刻みの入った

As for the cross-type Tanzaku, I’m not conscious of Christianity. The reason I suggest the form is that, when I visited Izawa-no-miya(伊雑宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), I  saw the holy energy spiritually and clearly and received the revelation saying “I’ll change the vertical flows to the horizontal ones.” The Sun God that gave it to me is the super-ancient God that had much to do with the creation of human beings and has spiritual effects on people in foreign countries as well as Japan. Also, you can write the words on Tanzaku from top to bottom in katakana characters of Chinese characters. Or you can do it in a foreign language from left to right using two lines and then stand up the Tanzaku.

  • as for A  Aに関して言えば
  • conscious 意識して
  • Christianity キリスト教
  • revelation 啓示
  • vertical 縦の
  • horizontal 横の
  • creation 創造

Lastly, in the case you’re a foreigner who has naturalized as a Japanese and changed your surname, use the new name in holding memorial services if you has just become naturalized and no relative has died recently.  There is no problem in it because the third incense stick can take care of your ancestors with a foreign name. In this case, however, if you feel no effectiveness of the memorial services and feel concerned about your ancestors, you can get another Tanzaku and hold a memorial service using your previous name and then the present name.

  • lastly 最後に
  • relative 親戚
  • effectiveness 効果

You can also prepare two bowls for incense sticks and put them side by side with a little space between them. Or you can hold memorial services using the previous foreign surname at first and later can change the name to the present one. Try some ways according to circumstances. You can decide which way to choose according to your level of understanding of Ise-Hakusan Dou. There’ll be no spiritual problem as long as the Tanzaku is put stably.

  • side by side 並べて
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • stably しっかり

We humans are all connected to our ancestral spirits and live together with them. All spirits, no matter where they are, will be pleased to be shown compassion and gratitude by their descendants. Memorial services held by the method of Ise-Hakusan Dou do have practical effects on ancestral spirits across countries, peoples, religions and cultures.

  • connect 繋ぐ
  • be pleased 嬉しい
  • compassion  憐れみ
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • descendant 子孫

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.

Conventional Memorial Services for Ancestors are Nothing but a Means

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

I often hear about domestic violence recently, but I think it’s an old same story. I think, in the days when the economy was poor, children or old people in a weak position of a family used to suffer from domestic violence. If the economy declines in the future, more and more fathers, full of stress, will take it out on his family.

  • domestic violence 家庭内暴力
  • old same story 昔からよくある話
  • economy 経済
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • decline 衰退する
  • take it out on A Aにストレスを発散する

Many years ago, I watched a TV drama based on the biographical story of Beat Takeshi, a Japanese famous comedian. Fathers often got violent in those days, which could be a criminal offense in the present age. Beat Takeshi’s father was a painter living in downtown. According to the drama, he would often be abused by his boss and customers during the day, drank alcohol on the way home, and get home with a lot of stress. On seeing his children’s face, he beat them on the basis of a trumped‐up pretext. When he saw his children studying without paying attention to him, he beat his eldest son saying “Don’t study!” and threw a cardboard box for oranges he used as a studying desk on to the street on a rainy day. His brother kept on studying, standing in the room without saying a word and shaking his body with anger.

  • biographical 伝記的な
  • violent 暴力的な
  • criminal offense 犯罪
  • abuse 罵倒する
  • trump up A  Aをでっちあげる
  • pretext 口実
  • eldest son 長男
  • cardboard box 段ボール箱
  • throw A on to B AをBに放り出す
  • anger 怒り

The children studied hard, thinking that they didn’t want to be like their father, and all went to prestigious universities. If their father had been a nice, gentle father, would they have studied so hard? In the economically poor period, there must’ve been a lot of such fathers. Children today would run away from home. To be sure, it is difficult to associate this kind of experience, or ascetic training, with some fate or spiritual being, but when the spiritual line of your family line is thick by virtue of your holding memorial services for ancestors, your reaction to the same kind of stress will be different. You could do your best positively in the face of difficulties. You wouldn’t take it out on your family members.

  • prestigious 一流の
  • period 時代
  • run away from home 家出する
  • associate A with B AをBと結びつけて考える
  • thick 厚い
  • by virtue of A Aのお陰で
  • positively 積極的に
  • in the face of A Aにも関わらす

Your ancestral spirits not resting in peace causes you to receive a negative vibe from them, such as feeling of sadness, anger or anguish, through your spiritual line. Because of this, your mind is likely to be unstable even when there’s no actual problem and you won’t be able to enjoy fun things somehow.

  • rest in peace 安らかに眠る
  • vibe 波動
  • anguish 苦悩
  • unstable 不安定な
  • somehow どういうわけか

Memorial services for ancestors have been practiced in various religious ways to this day. But they have had no effect rightly on the people who do them because of the wrong idea that chanting meaningless sutras or incantation does good to their ancestral spirits. Thinking “This way of memorial services has been practiced since a long time ago” or ” A lot of people have done this for a long time”, they have based their idea on the social habit formed in the past. There is no spiritual meaning there. It’s an absurd superstition. People won’t ascertain its effectiveness. Those who raise objections will be labeled as a heretic.

  • to this day 今日まで
  • rightly 正しく
  • chant 唱える
  • sutra お経
  • incantation 呪文
  • base 基づける
  • habit 習慣
  • absurd 馬鹿げた
  • superstition 迷信
  • ascertain 確かめる
  • objection 反対
  • heretic 異端者

Whether what I’m saying is right or wrong must be judged not by self-satisfaction of self-proclaimed professionals but by solid sense of those who do practice holding the memorial service. Who that chants meaningless incantation has reached enlightenment? Can ordinary people feel secured by chanting it? Do self-proclaimed psychics who think the conventional ways are the right thing to do actually know the spiritual reality?  Children with a pure heart would wonder at the sight of adults chanting meaningless words enthusiastically. If Shakuson saw the modern Buddhism, he would be sure to ask “Whose teaching is this? “and exclaim “What a religion this is!”

  • judge 判断する
  • self-proclaimed 自称の
  • solid sense 実感
  • feel secured 安心する
  • at the sight of A  Aを見て
  • be sure to~   きっと〜する
  • exclaim 叫ぶ

All ways of memorial services for ancestors are just a means. They are just a means or custom to direct your heart to your ancestors. Most important thing is for you to offer your gratitude to them. What you must not forget is the fact that, in the World of Reality, living human being affects you much more directly than spirits. You’re under the influence of others’ spiritual magnetism in everyday life without knowing it. It is possible that you cannot notice the effectiveness of your memorial services because of the magnetism.

  • means 手段
  • custom 慣習
  • direct 向ける
  • affect 影響する
  • magnetism 磁気

The third incense stick you offer in the memorial service can take care of this, that is, it can console living spirits related to you. Those who have another person hold a memorial service in place of them to get good results will end up in vain. It’s best for you to do it with all your heart. Memorial services you hold yourself do have effects on your ancestors through your spiritual genes. There’s no point in paying another person whose genes are different from yours to do it for you. Everything in this world never stops changing. There’s no fixed thing. It’s your present actions that determine your future.

  • console 慰める
  • end up in vain 徒労に終わる
  • gene 遺伝子
  • There’s no point in~ing 〜してみても無駄である
  • determine 決定する

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.

Hold a Memorial Service for Your Ancestors Simply yet Passionately

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

Some beginners who began to hold memorial services for ancestors can have an increased appetite. More often than not, this is not because of spiritual problems. In the case that Yorishiro, a memorial tablet or a strip of Japanese paper for spirits to stay at temporarily, is not put stably or memorial services are held to depend on ancestral spirits, those who do it will come to worry about a lot of things. If you are so too, you may as well stop doing it. But if you can imagine that there must be some spirits suffering from hunger among your lost ancestral spirits, just keep on doing it by self-determination. The essence of memorial services for ancestors is that your consideration or compassion for others will save yourself after all.

  • appetite 食欲
  • memorial tablet 位牌
  • stably しっかり
  • may as well~ 〜した方がよい
  • imagine 想像する
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • self-determination 自己判断
  • consideration 思いやり
  • compassion 同情
  • after all 結局は

Lack of gratitude to your ancestors causes the spiritual line of your family line to get thin. With offspring living under the influence of the same spiritual line, they are also likely to get weak spiritually because the spiritual line is clogged up through which life-energy comes from the Fundamental Being. Life is short. As long as you’re always thinking about yourself, a social reality that is suitable for your lack of mercy will appear before your eyes in the World of Reality. This world is where such a law exists. If you should feel scared of holding the memorial service, you shouldn’t do it. As long as your soul is immature, you’ll have difficulty doing it. While you’re immature, you’ll only experience an immature world.

  • lack 欠如
  • cause A to~  Aが〜する原因となる
  • thin 薄い
  • offspring 子孫
  • influence 影響
  • be clogged up 詰まる
  • mercy 慈悲心
  • suitable 見合った
  • scared 怖い
  • immature 未熟な

Normally, if your lost ancestral spirits crave for food, smoke of the incense sticks you offer will turn into food to satisfy them. But it is possible that some of them can’t receive the smoke because they still have the same consciousness as they had when they were alive, thinking that they can’t eat smoke, just like we think so, too. If you get hungry right after you start holding a memorial service, it’s advisable to put a snack or a small amount of steamed rice in front of the Tanzaku before you start. Spirits feel even a small amount of rice so large. In the spirit world, particles of a mouthful of food are expanded and received by spirits. About 30 minutes after the fire of the incense sticks goes out, put the food away, otherwise spirits who have nothing to do with you would gather around it.

  • crave 渇望する
  • consciousness 意識
  • alive 生きている
  • advisable 賢明な
  • steamed rice ご飯
  • particle 粒子
  • expand 拡大する
  • go out 消える
  • put A away Aを片付ける
  • otherwise さもないと
  • have nothing to do with A Aと関係がない

It is true that your physical body has appeared in this world. Without even one single ancestor of yours, your present physical body couldn’t have come into being. It’s a shame that a lot of people make little of this connection between you and your ancestors and forget the fact that they’re being kept alive. Seeing people living in stable, lucky circumstances, I find that many of them, never involved in any unnecessary spiritual business, hold memorial services for their ancestors simply yet passionately from instinct, which I think is by virtue of their own karma. It is the way you live that creates good karma.

  • appear 出現する
  • come into being 生まれる
  • shame 残念なこと
  • make little of A Aを軽視する
  • connection 繋がり
  • keep A alive  Aを生かしておく
  • stable 安定した
  • be involved 関わっている
  • from instinct 本能から
  • by virtue of A Aのおかげである

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.

Remembering the Deceased is the Best Memorial Service

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

Spirits who had something to do with to you in the past gather around the third incense stick you offer in holding a memorial service. This spring, when I tried to offer the third incense stick during a grateful memorial service for my ancestors, which I hold every morning, a deceased man, who used to be my boss, came into my mind. Feeling that he must’ve come to ask me for consolation, I offered the incense stick remembering his face because I had forgotten his name.

  • have something to do with A Aと関係がある
  • gather 集まる
  • grateful 感謝の
  • deceaced 亡くなった
  • consolation 慰め

Watching TV after the memorial service, I was remembering about him. He died single. He loved such animations as girls like. He was very nice and kind. He was so gentle that he couldn’t say no when he was asked to give someone a helping hand. He himself was busy as a manager of a project, though. I was one of his subordinates and when another manager made a complaint about our task being late, we would often ascribe the delay to him. He was my boss for about six months and after our project was finished, he would often be assigned another project of our company one after another. He seemed to be bullied in the last days of his being in the company. He quitted the company after all.

  • single 独身の
  • subordinate 部下
  • complaint クレーム
  • ascribe A to B AをBのせいにする
  • delay 遅れ
  • complete 完成させる
  • assign  割り当てる
  • one after another 次から次へと
  • bully いじめる
  • quit 辞める

About five years after he left the company, I was having a meal with another manager and was told by the manager about his life after he retired. I was shocked at the story. According to what he told me about, my ex-boss got a job at a small company in a different field and had a hard time there. After a while he got cancer but refused to have a surgery. He didn’t go to the office without notice, so one of his colleagues, feeling something was wrong, visited a caretaker of the apartment house he lived in, had him open the door of his room, and found out his dead body hardly recognizable.

  • meal 食事
  • field 分野
  • hard time 苦労
  • get cancer 癌になる
  • refuse 拒否する
  • surgery 手術
  • notice 知らせ
  • caretaker 管理人
  • recognizable 見分けがつく

The manager I was having the meal with knew this information by a call from the dead manager’s only sister living far. According to her, the president of the company he worked for had gotten a heavy life insurance, eight thousand yen, on him in the company’s name several months before he died. The insurance company called her to ask for her signature stamp so that the company can receive the insurance money. The president, seeing the single, lonely man becoming feeble day by day, must’ve paid such a lot of insurance money like a gamble. The present manager got angry to hear this and advised her to persist in receiving as much insurance money as possible. I felt sorry for him when I heard this story, thinking that if we had taken his part more, he could have avoided quitting his job.

  • president 社長
  • life insurance 生命保険
  • signature stamp 印鑑
  • lonely 孤独な
  • feeble 弱った
  • day by day 日に日に
  • persist 粘る
  • take one’s part 〜を庇う

It’s been more than ten years since I met him last. Every time I remember him, I hope that the smoke of the third incense stick will reach him. I will be remembering him whenever the date of his death comes around. I want to hold a memorial service for him as much as I can without forgetting penitence for him. If you have some deceased friend or acquaintance, please remember him or her and show your gratitude. This is the best memorial service for the deceased.

  • every time S+V SがVするたびに
  • penitence 懺悔
  • acquaintance 知人

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.