Villains are Saved who can be Aware of their being Villains

Shinran(親鸞), the founder of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, once said “Good men can become Buddha, much more bad men.” He affirmed that even bad men could be Buddha absolutely. Hearing this, it is said, some people in those days did wrong things intentionally, claiming  that they did it to become Buddha. Since his saying became a social problem, Shinran said “You don’t need to take in poison because there is good medicine.”

  • affirm 断言する
  • social problem 社会問題
  • medicine 薬

What I feel he wanted to say is the importance of recognition and awareness. Those are great who can be aware of their being bad persons, for they have already regretted and repented of his sins. As is common more or less in this world, some people think of their evil deeds as nothing and others something bad. Some neighbors take out their garbage on the days other than fixed ones without feeling guilty, for example. They are not even aware that they are doing wrong things.

  • recognition 認識
  • awareness 気づき
  • regret 後悔する
  • repend 懺悔する
  • common よくある
  • fixed 決められた

Bad men Shinran referred to are villains who are aware that they are villains, not villains others cast stones at. There is a big difference between those who regard themselves as bad and those whom others regard as bad. This World of Reality is a dimension where it’s difficult to distinguish good from bad. Shakuson also told about the difficulty of recognizing things rightly and its importance. He suggested that if people failed to recognize things rightly, they would commit a sin without knowing it and make bad karma, which would affect their afterlives, too.

  • refer 言及する
  • villain 悪党
  • regard 見なす
  • dimension 次元
  • sin 罪
  • afterlife 来世

Then, what should you do? All you have to do is to live according to your conscience while you decrease your negative magnetism around your body by holding memorial services for your ancestral spirits with gratitude to them and being grateful to God. If you admit having done something wrong, you have only to do something good that surpasses the wrong thing. It’s best if you can do something good for others, including your family. If you can also console invisible beings such as your ancestral spirits on this journey called a life, your life is a better one.

  • conscience 良心
  • decrease 減らす
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • grateful 感謝して
  • admit 認める
  • surpass 上回る
  • console 慰める

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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.

Continued Hypocrisy Turns Into True Virtue

We experience various kinds of emotions every day such as vexation, anxiety, anger,uneasiness, depravity, joy, hope and mercy. Our minds are always changing. Emitted spiritual magnetism of each emotion makes up your aura. It’s OK for you to get angry , feel anxiety or indulge in fantasies, but the point is it’s important that you overwrite the negative emotions by emitting more positive ones.

  • vexation 悔しさ
  • depravity 堕落
  • indulge 耽る
  • overwrite 上書きする

Negative emotions and positive emotions offset each other. And the more magnetism of the two makes up the color of your aura. Therefore, after you felt distressed, got angry, or had a grudge against someone during the day, you should overwrite the negative emotions by having positive emotions of gratitude at the end of the day. It’s not good to sleep with anger because the negative emotion is recorded in your spiritual body.

  • offset 相殺する
  • distressed 苦しんだ
  • grudge 恨み
  • etch 刻み込む

If you’re told not to have negative emotions, you’ll end up suppressing them, which can cause your mental or physical problems later or trigger some impulsive behavior. In case you have anger, anxiety or sexual thoughts, you should keep at least the mind of observing yourself objectively, thinking “Oh, my!”

  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる
  • suppress 抑圧する
  • cause 引き起こす
  • trigger 引金になる
  • impulsive 衝動的な
  • tempt 魅惑する

Shinran(親鸞), a famous founder of a Buddhist sect, observed and appoved his foolishness, accepting it honestly. He thought that no other man in the world was more foolish, lustful and stupid than himself. And he concluded that he had no choice but live with the belief in Buddha, and seeked for the teachings of Buddha. As a result, he finally reached the absolutely peaceful state of mind, meaning “Leave everything to Buddha after you’ve done all that you can.”

  • lustful 好色な
  • conclude 結論づける
  • belief 信仰
  • absolutely 絶対的に

If I take a look spiritually at great men who made great achievements in the past, I find that many of them were such people as got angry, cried and loved someone passionately. Though they had more negative emotions than anyone else, they could have more positive emotions than the negative ones and sublimate the latter into actual good deeds. In a way, they were big men with both many good and bad aspects.

  • achievement 業績
  • passionately 大いに
  • sublimate 昇華する
  • deed 行い
  • aspect 側面

Good deeds you do in this World of Reality offset your bad thoughts and have a lot of rewards. When you are almost overwhelmed by bad emotions, you should observe yourself and do a good deed even if it is hypocrisy. If you keep on practicing hypocrisy, it will turn into true virtue. Everything you do in this World of Reality is recorded in space as magnetism, which, in turn, is projected onto your magnetism like a wave. This is how your actions make your future and the reason why the future is indefinite and changeable.

  • overwhelm 圧倒する
  • hypocricy 偽善
  • virtue 善
  • indefinite 不確定な

Consoling your ancestral spirits or other ones related to you for any length of time every day is one of the greatest achievements you can make. It’s important what you choose and practice in your limited free time. No matter how many sinful acts you committed in the past, you can be OK.  As long as you live, it is what you do from now on that matters.

  • console 慰める
  • sinful 罪深い
  • matter 重要である

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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.

 

Miserable Life Turns into Blessing When You Die Cocooned in Love

Mother Teresa took care of a lot of dying people on the street and were present at their final moments. When they were carried to Mother Teresa, they were almost dead. It is said that when she took care of them, she did it with a certain thought.

  • take care of A Aの世話をする
  • present その場にいる
  • certain ある

Her thought and wish resonate in my heart like “They haven’t been loved by anyone since they were born, treated like trash and their lives are coming to an end. At least at their final moments, I want them to be loved a lot and leave this world with the thought that they are human beings, not trash.” It seems to have made her happy for those in a desperate situation to become selfish. “Be more selfish, please,” she must’ve thought.

  • resonate 鳴り響く
  • trash ゴミ
  • at least せめて
  • desperate 絶望的な

What she did was spiritually good, too. What you think at the last moment of your life is important. At the last moment, neither prosperity nor predicaments in your life matters at all. If you can die in the bosom of others, your miserable life turns into blessing like homer that turns the tables. Also, even if you’re alone when your end is approaching, it would be best if you could satisfy yourself by thinking from the bottom of your heart “I’ve lived well. That’s enough.”

  • prosperity 栄華
  • predicament 苦境
  • matter 重要である
  • bosom 愛情
  • blessing 祝福
  • satisfy 満足させる

This, however, is difficult to do, for the way you lived your life  is projected onto your state of mind at the last moment of your life. You can’t lie to yourself. If you feel guilty about something, even if others don’t know about it, you are sure to regret it with penitential tears as you come close to death.

  • project 投影する
  • lie 嘘をつく
  • peniteniel 懺悔の

In case you’ve got some regrettable incidents, you should give off the magnetic energy of apology whenever you remember them and that of gratitude with the thought that you owe what you are to having got through them. And it is important that you should do as many good deeds as you can that make up for the past regrettable things while you’re alive.

  • regrettable 後悔すべき
  • give off A  Aを放つ
  • apology 謝罪
  • make up for A Aの埋め合わせをする

As you undergo such a process, you come to feel the satisfaction that you did what you could do and you can have peace of mind. I think those who have experienced too many difficulties tend to have dementia, which may be the grace of God. By having dementia, they can leave the magnetism of the past painful memories.

  • process 過程
  • peace 平安
  • dementia 痴呆症
  • grace 恩寵
  • memory 思い出

The eyes of the dying people who held  Mother Teresa’s hand looking into her eyes silently were full of gratitude to her. They left this world emitting the magnetic energy of gratitude. They must’ve been attracted to another world full of gratitude.

  • look into A Aを見つめる
  • silently 無言で
  • attract 引き付ける

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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.

You Don’t Need Any Drugs to Feel Happy

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Every time I drive in the evening on weekend recently, I find that spaces have been increasing in parking lots of restaurants. I think closed restaurants have begun to appreciable, too. On the days when all prices of sushi become 88 yen at a certain restaurant, a lot of cars would often wait in a queue for vacant parking spaces of the restaurant, but there were a lot of parking spaces there the other day. People seem to have begun to save money spent on dining out.

  • every time S+V SがVするたびに
  • parking lot 駐車場
  • appreciable 目につく
  • in a queue 列になって
  • dining out 外食

The burst of the bubble of investment started from the U.S. has been involving the whole world. Even jobs or dietary lives of people who have nothing to do with investment have also been affected in Japan. The other day, to help American mega banks, all Japanese mega banks were practically forced to buy stocks of American banks worth hundreds of millions of yen.

  • burst 破裂
  • investment 投資
  • involve 巻き込む
  • stock 債権

If American banks should collapse, Japanese mega banks would be affected severely. What banks do first to avoid such a disaster would be to collect loans from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. They would do it more and more mercilessly and as a result such enterprises would be forced to close stores, reduce workforce or go bankrupt. Various problems will surface next year or the year after.

  • collapse 崩壊する
  • collect 回収する
  • reduce 減らす
  • various 様々な
  • surface 表面化する

It is sad to see human beings with God inside themselves ground down by invisible money, which is nothing more than figures. Do not prostitute your soul to what you cannot take with you after death. A feeling of happiness changes all the time. Once what you thought would make you happy comes true, you will come to feel dissatisfaction with the same thing in time.

  • grind down A  Aを虐げる
  • nothing more than A Aに過ぎない
  • fogure 数字
  • prostitute 安く売る
  • once S+V 一旦SがVしたら
  • dissatifaction 不満
  • in time やがて

The level of happiness you seek for goes up higher and higher, which is not due to aspiration in the true sense of the word. No matter how much your surroundings change, you cannot have a peaceful state of mind as long as your mind stays the same. Trying to make the level of happiness higher would make you poor in spirit. True aspiration should be for you to be broad-minded and kind, regardless of your present situations.

  • be due to A Aが原因である
  • aspiration 向上心
  • broad-minded 広い心

There are many people in the world who want to have a full meal even just for once in their lives. In contrast, some people are keen on dieting and others kill themselves because of love problems. Though they are all human beings, they are seeking for different kinds of happiness seriously.

  • have a full meal お腹いっぱい食べる
  • in contrast 対照的に
  • be keen on A Aに熱心である

In this World of Reality, you can never satisfy yourself by gaining a lot of money, possessing things or trying to depend on others. It’s like drug. The more you take drugs, the less you’re satisfied, which leads to fearful consequences. The ends of drug users and those seeking for God outside themselves may the same. Both of them will end up killing their conscience, or Inner God.

  • satisfy 満足させる
  • atrophy 萎縮させる

As you come to feel happiness without drugs, you won’t need them any more. To terminate drug taking, what should you do? It you realize good points of the present situations or things you should be grateful for you can stop using drugs. Then you would have the true aspiration of making the best of your present situations. You would try your best because your present situations are extremely unusual and too good to miss. Aren’t you missing the chance?

  • terminate 終わらせる
  • make the best of A Aを最大限に利用する
  • unusual 稀有な

We humans are all destined to leave this world sooner or later. The time is to come when you leave your physical body and surroundings behind. No matter how much you’re suffering, the end will come.  No matter how happy you are, the time for you to leave will come. So, why don’t you savor the rest of your short life?  For you can never experience your present life again ever. Don’t hurry. Assume an immovable attitude.

  • destined 運命付けられて
  • leave A behind Aを置いていく
  • savor 味わう
  • rest 残り
  • hurry 急ぐ
  • immovable 不動の

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.

Good Balance of Happiness You’ll never Know

When I visit a client company I’m in charge of, I sometimes see a mentally-handicapped young man walking on the company’s premise or in the neighborhood. Everytime I see him, I find him walking happily with a canned coffee in his hand. He walks around aimlessly, muttering to himself. He seems unable to speak clearly.

  • mentally-handicapped 知的障害のある
  • premise 敷地
  • mutter ブツブツ言う

One day, I went to the president’s house near the company on business. On pushing the buzzer, the door was opened. I wondered if it was an automatic door, when the familiar young man came out of the door screaming. The president came out and said “Our family’s treasure has left the building.” He looked at my face smiling.

  • automatic 自動の
  • familiar 馴染みのある
  • treasure 宝物

On the way back, I was thinking that the president was really great. He was dignified accepting and understanding his son as he was, and never trying to hide him from the eyes of others. Many of the families I know that have mentally-handicapped persons have them stay at institutions. They seem to want to take care of their handicapped children in their houses if possible, but there must be some reason for it. I thought the president taking care of his son at home was a very kind parent though I knew there are various cases according to the family’s condition or the disability level.

  • on the way back 帰る途中で
  • accpet 受け入れる
  • institution 施設
  • condition 状況

On one occasion, I happened to find the son walking down the street far from the company. I was surprised that he was walking that far. Then, unexpectedly enough, I found out that he was keeping a cigarette in his mouth. He was walking fast with a roll of his hips as if he were in a  walking race, clicking a cigarette lighter in his hand.

  • on one occasion ある時
  • that far そんなに遠くまで
  • walking race 競歩

I thought he would be old enough to smoke a cigarette but that his father didn’t know this, so I pulled over my car to think about whether I should give him a warning. With the time for a business talk drawing near, however, I left the place throwing the magnetism of care at him.

  • pull over A Aを止める
  • warning 警告
  • draw near 近づく

On the way back from the business talk in the evening, I went to the company worrying about him, when I found that the president, with tears in his eyes, was slapping his son’s face in the parking lot. The moment  I got out of my car and the president turned around to look at me, the son ran away crying.

  • slap 叩く
  • turn around 振り向く
  • run away 逃げる
  • the moment S+V SがVするや否や

The president told me that he caught his son smoking and was telling him off. According to him, he had warned him not to play with fire many times because it could cause others trouble. I could do nothing but nod, saying “It’s an important thing.” Seeing his eyes filled with tears, I felt his love toward his son.

  • catch A ~ing Aが〜している現場を抑える
  • tell A off Aを叱る
  • warn A not to~ Aに〜しないよう警告する
  • nod 頷く
  • tears 涙

It seems that his company can secure jobs and get a constant stream of requests without sales efforts while many other companies in the same field have a hard time because of the recession. I feel this is thanks to the president’s character and his treasure, his son, whose walk on the company’s premise functions as the purification of the company.

  • secure 確保する
  • recession 不景気
  • character 人格
  • purification 浄化

In this world, there seems to be a good balance of happiness. We just cannot be sure which is connected to which because of its complexity. But it is certain that the works of art by God operate unerringly.

  • complexity 複雑さ
  • certain 確かな
  • unerringly 狂わず

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.