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.