Great Necessary Lie

An author, Mr. Hiroyuki Itsuki(五木寛之)once wrote:

While Shinran(親鸞)emphasized that people should devote themselves to Amitabha, Rennyo(蓮如)came to preach that people should express gratitude to Amitabha. Asked by a farmer what Nanmandabu(なんまんだぶ)meant, Rennyo replied that it meant “Thank you very much. I am obliged to you,” and told the farmer to say “Nanmandabu” at any time day and night.

  • emphasize 強調する
  • preach 説教する
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • reply 答える

In time, people came to say “Nanmandabu, Nanmandabu” from morning to night.  When given something, they said “Nanmandabu, Nanmandabu.” When they finished eating, they said “Nanmandabu, Nanmandabu.” Such people were called Myoukoujin(妙好人). The teachings of Rennyo were popular among people in those days. I don’t utter the word smelling of incense, but I always says in my mind “Namuamidabutsu,” and “Thank you very much. I am obliged.”

  • teaching 教え
  • utter 発する
  • incense 線香

What Mr. Itsuki, studying and believing in Shinran and Rennyo, is saying contains a deep religious truth. Shinran’s teachings are the faith conscious of life and death because people in the early days of Kamakura Period were suffering from poverty and disease and also Shinran was desperate to propagate his new teachings.

  • contain 含む
  • religious 宗教の
  • conscious 意識した
  • poverty 貧困
  • desperate 必死な
  • propagate 広める

In the late period of Muromachi Period, people were a little bit better off than before. Shinran’s Nenbutsu Sect had already declined at that time though it was still known among people. Rennyo appeared in such days and became the restorer of the sect. He had a broad mind and he’s a very interesting person.

  • be better off 暮らし向きが良い
  • decline 衰退する
  • broad mind 広い心
  • restorer 中興の祖

Led by the spirit of Prince Shotoku(聖徳太子), Shinran started Nenbutsu Sect. Prince Shotoku believed in Baekje Buddhism, whose spiritual line, I feel, was different from Shakuson’s Buddhism. There is something different about Buddha statues of Baekje Buddhism, compared to those of Shakuson’s Buddhism. They are all long-faced and their haloes and the shapes of the pedestals make me imagine parts of space vehicles.

  • long-faced 長い顔をした
  • halo 光背
  • pedestal 台座
  • space vehicle 宇宙船

When I took a look at spiritual beings that supported Baekje Buddhism from the behind, using my psychic power, I had a vision of Sirius shining in the universe. This means the soul of Prince Shotoku came from Sirius. Sirius caused Asuka culture, Egyptian Civilization and Maya Civilization to rise and human civilizations to introduce “the miniature of the celestial map.”  It is expressed in the accurate azimuth angles of huge structures or arrangements of cities in Egypt and Maya, which is amazing from a scientific point of view.

  • being 存在
  • Sirius シリウス
  • cause A to~ Aを〜させる
  • introduce 持ち込む
  • azimuth angle 方位
  • arrangement 配置

It was Rennyo who spread the teachings of Nenbutsu Sect, which was supported by the extra-terrestrial beings from behind the scene. His teachings are simple and clear: Bear in mind the absolute being Amidabutsu(阿弥陀仏)and be grateful for everything all the time. By keeping Amidabutsu in mind, people can hope to receive good fortune from the invisible and feel secured.

  • spread 広げる
  • bear in mind A  Aを心に留める
  • feel secured 安心する

As people come to be grateful for everything in everyday life with Amidabutsu in mind, Amidabutsu, which they have longed for and been dependent on, fades from their awareness and they realize that they and Amidabutsu are one and the same. And at last, they stop asking Amidabutsu for help, which was their first purpose of faith, and find happiness in their ordinary lives, however hard they are. If they finish the rest of their lives with their minds being such, they can truly go to Heaven. This is true.

  • fade 消える
  • awareness 意識
  • purpose 目的
  • ordinary 普通の

At first, people begin to believe in Amidabutsu as if they asked for delicious-looking sweet bun. But as they practice their faith, the bun fades away before they know and they can get something much better. A proverb says “The end justifies the means.” What spiritual beings with wisdom do for people is very profound.

  • sweet bun 饅頭
  • proverb 諺
  • wisdom 知恵
  • profound 深い

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

I Am Grateful for Being Kept Alive.

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Mr. Barack Obama’s Soul had a Deep Connection with Japan

The inauguration of the United States President Barack Obama was held on a grand scale the other day. I was paying attention to him during the election campaign. In a blog article I wrote a year ago, I expressed my concern about him.

  • inauguration 就任式
  • on a grand scale 盛大に
  • election 選挙
  • concern 懸念

A certain secret society, seeing him keep the edge during the campaign, seems to have changed their tactics, deciding to let him win the election first and then Hillary Clinton, who has a close relationship with the group.

  • keep the edge 有利に進める
  • secret society 秘密結社
  • tactics 戦略
  • relationship 関係

Seeing his administration members, I wonder how much he can have the freedom to do what he wants. Since he put Hillary Clinton in an important position, the group can exercise a preponderant influence.

  • administration member 閣僚
  • preponderant 圧倒的な
  • influence 影響

She’s thinking that she cannot have the freedom to do what she wants as long as the secret group has power and influence. She dreams that, though she had better obey the order of the group while the old members of the group are powerful, she wants to form the nation according to her conscience, the Virgin Mary.

  • obey 従う
  • form 形成する
  • conscience 良心
  • the Virgin Mary マリア様

Taking advantage of the Inauguration Day, the crafty boss of the secret society led asset value in dollar terms to drop greatly to give retirement money for the previous president. The former presidents of the United States were all henchmen of the group. As soon as Mr. Obama finished his presidential address, it was not reported very much, stock prices in New York crashed, which was a sign of the boss being serious.

  • crafty ずる賢い
  • lead A to~ Aが〜するよう導く
  • asset value 資産価値
  • henchmen 身内
  • presidential address 就任演説
  • crash 暴落する

The former president distributed the national budget like water to support subsidiary companies of the group, such as financial, military, automobile, airline or housing companies. Mr.Obama is to receive the invoice for all the cost during eight years of the former president’s term of office.

  • distribute 配分する
  • subsidiary company 子会社
  • invoice 請求書
  • term of office 任期

I feel that the former president has owned his home as big as Tokyo for about three years near a U.S. military base in a certain country of Central and South America. It appears to be a large ranch and farm, but under the ground lies a huge structure. The U.S military base has functioned as his private soldiers. The time the former president heads for the country is when he abandons the U.S.

  • base 基地
  • Central and South America 中南米
  • ranch 牧場
  • head for A  Aに向かう
  • abandon 見捨てる

Taking a spiritual view of Mr.Obama’s previous life, I’ve got a vision of a large sailing ship in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. I think the ship is Kanrinmaru(咸臨丸). He was a nameless sailor of the ship. That is, he was Japanese in his previous life. He may have met Katsu Kaishu(勝海舟).

  • previous life 前世
  • sailing ship 航海船
  • nameless 無名の

Also, every time I watch him on TV  I think that his appearance is similar to that of Minakata Kumagusu(南方熊楠)in his young days. I hope Mr.Obama, whose soul has a deep connection with Japan, will do his best. I want him to lead the world in a positive direction. I’ll support him secretly.

The above was an account of my dream.

  • appearance 容姿
  • similar 似ている
  • connection 繋がり
  • direction 方向
  • secretly 密かに

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

I Am Grateful for Being Kept Alive.