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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