It’s very Dangerous to Take away Small Stones Put in the Precincts of Shrines

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There are some people who take away small stones put in the precincts of shrines. If shrines are eminent ones, there must be more who do such a thing. Why do they so? They must be thinking that small stones in shrines are special ones and hoping that keeping them causes something lucky to happen to them.

  • precinct 境内
  • eminent 高名な
  • lucky 幸運な

If a holy spirit were present, it would feel sad about such people’s mean mind. The fact itself of a small stone being taken away doesn’t matter. For example, if you happen to have a small stone gotten between grooves of your shoe sole and take it home accidentally, you don’t deserve any divine punishment. It is the mean mind to try to steal something good even from gods that is sinful. If the stone is a really good thing, you should be such a person who feel like leaving it as it is.

  • present その場にいる
  • mean 卑しい
  • groove 溝
  • deserve 値する
  • punishment 罰
  • as it is そのままに

In contrast, there are others who take away trash from shrines. This is because they want to keep holy precincts clean for the deities. This deed is to remove bad things from the precincts and present a good space for the deity.

  • in contrast 対照的に
  • trash ゴミ
  • remove 取り除く

There are various old tales all over the world that suggest the beautiful small stones you’ve taken from the holy precincts turn into dirt, while the trash you’ve taken from it turn into treasure. This is spiritually true. But you need not take the trouble to visit a shrine to collect trash for the purpose of getting treasure, which is also forbidden in many old tales.

  • old tale 昔話
  • suggest 示唆する
  • treasure 宝
  • take the trouble to~ わざわざ〜する
  • forbid 禁止する

Given bad consequences Kenzokushin(眷属神) guarding the precincts gives you,  it is very dangerous to take away small stones put in the precincts of shrines. If you were a child, you could develop high fever so that you can notice the seriousness of your sin like an advance warning. Adults covered with the dirt of greed, lacking in sensitivity, would be likely to keep such small stones at hand and end up receiving some divine punishment. If you should possess such stones, you should return them to where they were, if possible. If it’s not easy for you to go back there, you should put them in a nearby mountain or river.

  • consequence 結果
  • advance 事前の
  • greed 強欲
  • sensitivity 感受性
  • possess 所有する

In Shintoism, the holy spirit is thought of as ubiquitous in all natural things. Just as I feel the short approach to the main building of Izougu(伊雑宮) to be several hundred meters long when my spiritual body visits there, small stones in the precincts of shrines could be huge stones in the dimension of gods. You had better not think lightly of small stones in the holy precincts.

  • ubiquitous 偏在した
  • natural 自然の
  • approach 参道
  • huge   巨大な
  • dimension 次元

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.

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