Smoke of Incense Sticks has the Power to Cut off Negative Magnetism

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In my opinion, bad dreams are phenomena that happen instead of the realization of them. I think that bad dreams are not to be realized in the World of Reality and their negative energy is sublimated in the dreams. For example, if you have a bad dream of a car crash, you will drive more carefully or stop driving for a while. As the result, you can avoid a car accident. If you have a good dream, on the other hand, you might make more effort so as to realize the dream, which may make it happen.

  • opinion 意見
  • phenomena 現象
  • sublimate 昇華させる
  • car crash 衝突事故
  • on the other hand 一方
  • effort 努力

There is a good way to prevent bad dreams from happening intentionallyーholding thankful memorial services for your ancestral spirits with the use of three incense sticks. Holding such a memorial service every day, even for a couple of minutes, generates magnetism of gratitude, and this magnetism counteracts accumulated negative energy. The simple action of a few minutes in the morning like this can offset what otherwise would happen later that day. Magnetism of gratitude does neutralize accumulated negative magnetism.

  • prevent 妨げる
  • intentionally  意図的に
  • thankful 感謝の
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • incense stick 線香
  • generate 発生する
  • magnetism 磁気
  • counteract 相殺する
  • otherwise さもなければ

Smoke of incense sticks is very effective not only for appeasing ancestral spirits but also for cutting off negative magnetism. It’s more effective than salt. My impression is that “cutting ” or “cutting off”  is more suitable expression than “purifying.” Spiritual magnetism, or ectoplasm, looks like smoke. It differs in color and subtlety according to its dimensional level and content. I perceive that the spiritual magnetism of holy spirits, for example, has a certain color and consists of fine particles, while that of low-level evil spirits feels damp and sticky.

  • effective 効果がある
  • appease 慰める
  • cut off A  Aを切断する
  • impression 印象
  • subtlety 精妙さ
  • dimension 次元
  • consist 成る
  • particle 粒子

Spiritual magnetism and smoke of incense sticks are so similar in complexion and physical matter that the smoke can have a strong influence on spiritual magnetism. The smoke can give comfort or solace to your ancestral spirits or other spirits related to you and counteracts negative spiritual magnetism.

  • similar 似ている
  • complexion 様相
  • influence 影響
  • solace 慰め

I know various kinds of methods to corp with evil spirits, whose spiritual magnetism is negative,  but the use of incense sticks is one of the most effective methods for repelling them. This is derived from a secret ceremony of Taoism and very effective in cutting off a target. Incantations or prayers can’t match the power of smoke of incense sticks. One of the reasons that the successive Imperial Families have adopted Taoism in performing rites is that an Emperor who first adopted it was very surprised at the effectiveness of smoke of incense sticks.

  • varous 様々な
  • corp with A Aに対処する
  • repel 撃退する
  • be derived 由来する
  • Taoism 道教
  • target 対象
  • match 敵う
  • the Imperial Family 皇室
  • successive 歴代の

The secret ritual with the use of incense sticks is not performed in modern shintoism. But incense sticks used to be used at rituals in the past when Taoism was introduced in shintoism.  I feel the secret ritual was passed down to the Imperial House and became the origin of Kodo(香道), the cult of incense-burning. In Taoism, long incense sticks are still used in performing rituals.

  • modern  現代の
  • used to~ 〜したものだった
  • pass down A Aを伝える
  • origin 起源

The essence of my personal method of holding the memorial service with the use of incense sticks lies in spiritual phrases and the timing of saying them. While you’re holding a memorial service, great things are happening in the other world you cannot see. The smoke of the third incense stick for other spirits related to you keeps you away from negative spiritual magnetism of evil spirits and erases your own negative magnetism.

  • personal 個人的な
  • lie 在る
  • the other world あの世
  • keep A away from B AをBから遠ざける

However hard you try to cover up your own bad things, you can’t bring good fortune as long as you keep it inside. The World of Reality is where you get something with a struggle. Running away from reality gets you nowhere. I don’t recommend my personal method to anyone, especially those who lack the will to practice it on their own, because it can have adverse effect on such people. The holy spirit helps those spiritually who try to help themselves and others gratuitously.

  • however~ どれくらい〜でも
  • cover up A Aを隠す
  • fortune 運
  • struggle 苦闘
  • get A nowhere どうにもならない
  • lack 欠く
  • adverse effect 逆効果
  • gratuitously 無償で

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Slow but Steady Wins the Race

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You can personalize the way you hold a memorial service for your ancestral spirits as long as you do it for the purpose of offering your gratitude to them. I myself can change it slightly. If there’s any useless part in the way, it will be gone naturally.

  • personalize  アレンジする
  • for the purpose of ~ing 〜する為に
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • slightly 微妙に
  • naturally 自然に

The way I hold memorial services these days when I do it alone is like the following:

A.

  1. I hold three incense sticks in my left hand and light them all.
  2. I take one of them with my right hand and say “My ancestors, please help yourself to the smoke.”
  3. I put it in the incense container in front of my household shinto altar, thinking of the whole male ancestors whose family name is mine and those of a family line related to me.
  4. After this, I repeatedly say  “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su.”
  • Help yourself to A 自由にAを取って下さい。
  • incense stick 線香
  • household shinto altar 神棚
  • related 関係した

B.

  1. I take another incense stick with my right hand and say “My ancestors, please help yourself to the smoke.”
  2. I put it in the incense container, thinking of the whole female ancestors whose family name is mine and those of a family line related to me.
  3. After this, I repeatedly say “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su.”
  • container 容器
  • whole 全体の
  • repeatedly 繰り返し

C.

  1. I take the third incense stick with my right hand and say “Other spirits related to me, please help yourself to the smoke.”
  2. I put it in the incense container, thinking of all spiritual beings related to me, such as aborted babies, ancestral spirits of parents’ family, if you’re married woman, spirits you don’t know directly, living spirits and pet animals. If you want to appease particular dead people, think about them at this timing.
  3. Then, I say repeatedly, until I’m satisfied, “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su,” putting my hands together.
  4. Lastly, I say “A Ma Te Ra Su O Ho Mi Ka Mi, A Ma Te Ra Su O Ho Mi Ka MI” several times until I feel secured.
  • aborted  中絶された
  • recognize 認識する
  • appease 慰める
  • particular 特定の
  • secured  安心した

Part C is important, especially for married women. It’s essential not to limit the object of memorial services. You don’t need to think of each spirits one by one, such as your aborted babies, spirits of your parents’ family line, living spirits, your dead pet animal and so on. All you have to do is think that the third incense stick can take care of them all. If you have a friend or acquaintance who passed away recently, just offer your gratitude to them in offering the third incense stick.

  • especially 特に
  • essential 不可欠な
  • object 対象
  • acquaintance 知人
  • pass away 亡くなる

You hold a memorial service every day, so it’s OK to do it simply with gratitude and incense sticks. It takes one minute for me to do it. Since you are not sure what kind of spirits have influences on you, just hold it every day and leave the rest to the other world. If you choose the object of your memorial service, spirits who need appeasement most can’t be appeased. Even if you don’t choose who to appease, you can appease spirits who need help because of the magnetism of your unconsciousness in the brain.

  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • the rest 残り
  • the other world あの世
  • appeasement 慰め

If you hold memorial services for the purpose of the improvement of your health or  present situations, it’s not true memorial services for your ancestors. Keep in mind such selfish memorial services can’t appease them.

  • improvement 改善
  • present situations 現状
  • keep A in mind Aを心に留めておく

* “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te”(for being kept alive)…  appreciative words toward Kunitokotachi-o-kami(国常立太御神), who controls life and death of all living things on this planet, including the other world.

* “A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su”(I am grateful)… apreciateive words toward Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami(天照太御神), the origin of all life or the Goddess with maternal love who produces and raises life.

  • appreciative 感謝の
  • maternal 母性の
  • produce 生み出す
  • raise 育てる

I hold a memorial service after changing the water of the small water cup in front of my household shinto altar and praying to God. Toward the shinto altar, I bow twice, clap my hands twice, say “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su” several times and “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami, Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami” a couple of times and bow once.

  • pray 祈る
  •  bow 礼をする
  • twice 二回
  • several いくつかの

“Bowing twice, clapping hands twice and bowing once” suggests “having two holy spirits shake hands so that they can be one holy spirit.” Or,

*Connecting your spirit to Inner God so that they can be one spiritual being

*Connecting the holy spirit of the shinto shrine at which you obtaind the Kamifuda, a kind of amulet provided by a shinto shrine, to your Inner God so that the holy spirit can be your own spirit

  • suggest 示唆する
  • that is to say つまり
  • connect 繋ぐ
  • obtain 手に入れる
  • amulet お守り

There are a lot of meanings included in the way you bow and clap your hands toward the shinto altar. By the way, the way visitors to a shrine bow four times, instead of two, toward the main building of a shrine, practiced in Izumo region, is more subdivided way.

  • include 含める
  • by the way ちなみに
  • region 地方
  • subdivided 細分化された

The point is you keep on holding memorial services for your ancestral spirits, which accumulates your magnetism of gratitude. And this magnetism protects you in many ways. You may wonder if your memorial services do good to your ancestral spirits. Whether you can keep on doing it or not is the answer. The fact that you hold a memorial service for your ancestral spirits every day shows it really works, for if it’s not effective, you are sure to get bored and stop doing it.

  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • protect 守る
  • wonder かしらと思う
  • work 効果がある
  • get bored 飽きる

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How to Repair the Damage of Your Soul

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Why are memorial services for ancestral spirits necessary? I have had a spiritual reading about this question when I was deep in concentration. What I saw and felt then was a vision of the profound process through which a soul takes on a physical body to come into being in this World of Reality.

  • ancestral  先祖の
  • necessary 必要な
  • concentration 集中
  • profound 深い

When a soul in the other world, led by Inner God, tries to tune in to a mother’s body the soul chose, the soul goes inside of her family’s spiritual line back and forth many times. While this innocent soul goes through it, the bumps of the inside damages the soul and makes a mark on it. The soul cannot get through the spiritual line without being damaged  by the bumps. That is , all souls that pass through the spiritual line of the same family line are damaged on the same spot.

  • the other world あの世
  • tune in to A Aに同調する
  • innocent 無垢な
  • bump 凸凹
  • damage 傷をつける

The marks of damage are etched into the soul and form physical characteristics, genetic disease, personality or preference, which are to be handed down from generation to generation of the family line. The wave motion of the spiritual magnetism the damaged soul produces affects the DNA of its physical body. Holding grateful memorial services for your ancestral spirits repairs the ragged surface of your spiritual line and makes it smooth.

  • form 形成する
  • genetic 遺伝の
  • preference 好み
  • hand down 伝える
  • wave motion 波動
  • affect 影響する

The ragged surface of the inside of your spiritual line affects not only the prototype of your physical body but also your life even after birth. Because you receive life energy flowing through your spiritual line from the Primordial God, your physical body cannot help being influenced by it. The life energy is changed by the ragged surface of your spiritual line and flows into you.

  • prototype 原型
  • receive 受け取る
  • primordial 根源の
  • influence 影響する

If you succeed in making the ragged surface smooth, spiritual problems caused by the clogging of your spiritual line will disappear because all cells that constitute a human body are renewed every three months, each cell being renewed every day.

  • succeed in ~ing 〜するのに成功する
  • clogging 詰まり
  • constitute 構成する
  • renew 再生させる

What I mentioned above is just an aspect of effects the spiritual line of your family line has on your physical body. What’s more important is that by holding memorial services for your ancestral spirits can you trace back your spiritual line and realize the connection between you and the holy spirit and, beyond it, the Primordial Being.

  • mention 言及する
  • aspect 側面
  • trace back 遡る
  • connection 繋がり

You can never go back to the Primordial Being by the help of evil spiritual beings or self-appointed psychics or spiritual gurus. To receive any help from them could be a fatal obstacle to your life. Now that you live in this world, it is the safest and reasonable way  for you to take advantage of your spiritual line that connects you to your ancestral spirits, like it or not.

  • self-appointed 自称の
  • fatal 致命的な
  • obstacle 障害
  • like it or not 好むと好まざるとに関わらず

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As Long As Your Spiritual Line is Clogged, Your Sense of Isolation and Insecurity Never Disappears

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Every time I see people, I’m deeply moved by the fact that every person has his/her parents. The parents have their own parents, and the grandparents have their own. I can see a spiritual line every person has. The spiritual line leads to one great motherly love.

  • every time S+V  SがVする度に
  • parent 親
  • motherly  母親のような

The motherly love never stops producing life and looks exactly like the sun. Spiritual lines of all humans lead to the same motherly love and so do those of animals. That is, spiritual lines of all living things lead to the one and only motherly love.

  • produce 産む
  • exactly 正に
  • one and only 唯一無二の

You, living in this World of Reality, are at the edge of your spiritual line. And if you trace back to your spiritual line, you’ll reach the great motherly love. As you return to where your soul came from, your individuality disappears and becomes the same as others. The spiritual sun, as it were, has seven billion coronas. The fact is, though each of you at the edge of your spiritual line appears different from each other, the origin is one and the same.

  • edge 先端
  • trace 遡る
  • individuality 個性
  • billion  10億

Once a spiritual line is clogged, its inside becomes constricted just like a balloon is twisted and the end part of the balloon appears to be different from the other part. In this way, when you’re cut off from the motherly love, you’ll feel lonely and your sense of insecurity will never disappear. It seems that a lot of people in this material world are going to the opposite direction, trying to relieve their anxiety.

  • clogged 詰まる
  • constrict 狭窄する
  • lonely 孤独な
  • insecrutiry 不安
  • direction 方向

Trace back to your spiritual line, and you can go back to where you belonged, or God. No matter how hard you go after others’ magnetism, you can’t go back there. Most people will know this truth just before or after they die. However hard you try to convince yourself that the origin is one and the same, your sense of loneliness and insecurity will never disappear as long as your spiritual line is clogged, which is a kind of karma for people living in the World of Reality.

  • convince 納得させる
  • loneliness 孤独
  • the World of Reality 現実界

It’s no use meditating and pretending to be spiritually awakened. Unless you turn back your twisted balloon, you can’t have an absolute sense of security. Only by holding memorial services for your ancestral spirits and reminding yourself of gratitude in your daily lives can you clear the clog.

  • It is no use ~ing 〜してみても無駄だ
  • meditate 瞑想する
  • pretend ふりをする
  • awakened 悟った
  • turn back A Aを元に戻す

Keep away from those whose spiritual pipes are clogged up, or you’ll get in trouble. Look at yourself.

  • keep away from A Aに近づかないで奥
  • get in trouble 厄介なことになる

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I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE

What is the Spiritual Line?

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Seen through my psychic eyes, a spiritual line looks extending from under the bone of each shoulder. And the two spiritual lines become one over head and extends more toward the sky. The spiritual line extending to another dimension can be said to be a mark on the world that ancestors have made. It’s like a pipe through which ancestors’ spiritual DNAs have been flowing since the beginning of the human race.

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  • extend  伸びる
  • dimension 次元
  • mark 跡
  • ancestor 先祖
  • the human race 人類

Humans were like God at the very beginning they were born from God. As time went by, they increased in number just like a tree grows up branching out in a number of directions. Ancient humans at the early stage were like the trunk of the tree, while the modern humans are like the edge of a leaf. Ancestors are like the branch between the leaf and the trunk. Some ancestors’ spiritual lines are ten centimeters long and others are one meter long.

  • increase 増加する
  • branch 枝分かれする
  • direction 方向
  • trunk 幹

The spiritual line extending from your right shoulder and that extending from your left shoulder twine around each other and extends as one spiritual line beyond time and space.  As your spiritual line is purified and becomes thick and as the result your soul has developed, you appear to have two wings extending from your shoulders and a ring over your head. To be exact, the ring is the spiritual line like a pipe. The way it looks depends on the spiritual ability of a perceiver.

  • twine 絡む
  • purify 浄化する
  • thick 厚い
  • to be exact 正確に言うと
  • depend 次第である
  • perceiver 知覚する者

In the Western world, such a person is described as an angel with two wings on the back and a halo over the head, while in Buddhism the halo is expressed as one behind or above the head of a Buddhist statue.

  • describe 描く
  • halo 光の輪
  • Buddhist statue 仏像

The right-sided spiritual line is the spiritual line of your family line. The left-sided spiritual line is the one of your Inner God. The former is replaced with another when your family name is changed because of marriage or adoption. When your family name is changed, your look and preference are also changed.

  • family line 家系
  • replace 取り替える
  • adoption 養子縁組

If a married woman refuses to change her family name, for example, she is likely to get a divorce because her own family’s spiritual line doesn’t tune in to her husband’s. So, if you hope for your daughter’s happiness, you should make her focus on her new family. Married women can fit into their husbands’ families fast by holding memorial services for their husbands’ ancestral spirits.

  • refuse 拒む
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • divorce 離婚
  • tune in to A Aに同調する
  • ancestral 先祖の

When an evil spirit possess a person, the spirit tries to bite off the person’s right-sided spiritual line because once the person is cut off from his family’s spiritual line, the evil spirit can control the person both mentally and physically. It is because the protection by ancestral spirits is very strong in the World of Reality that evil spirits try to destroy the right-sided spiritual line first.

  • evil spirit 悪霊
  • possess 憑依する
  • bite off A  Aを噛み切る
  • mentally 精神的に
  • protection 保護

Evil psychics or spiritual healers have their right-sided spiritual lines broken and have a hole in their spiritual body beneath the right shoulder. They, evil spirits going in and out of their holes, are unwilling to appease ancestral spirits and even deny them. The hole grows bigger and bigger, until the evil spirit tries to bite off the left-sided spiritual line connecting to Inner God. When the left-sided spiritual line is cut, the person dies.

  • unwilling   〜する気がない
  • appease 慰める
  • deny 否定する
  • connect 繋がる

You might wonder “Is my spiritual line all right? ” or “Is there a hole in my spiritual body?” But don’t worry. If you can notice it while you’re alive, it’s OK.  Just think about now and the future without being stuck in the past. If you keep away from any spiritual deed that attach spiritual dirt to your spiritual body and practice holding memorial services for your ancestral spirits and reminding yourself of gratitude, the hole will regenerate and close up. Don’t worry.

  • notice 気がつく
  • be stuck 囚われる
  • the past 過去
  • attach くっつける
  • dirt 垢
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • regenerate 再生する

The left-sided spiritual line is connected to the spiritual center beneath the right side of your chest that controls your soul and Inner God, while the right-sided spiritual line is connected to the spiritual center beneath the left side of your chest that controls your physical body.

  • beneath 〜の真下の
  • chest 胸
  • control 司る

Appeasing your ancestral spirits with gratitude for them cleanses your right-sided spiritual line. Reminding yourself of gratitude for your daily lives and gods cleanses your left-sided spiritual line. The cleased spiritual lines become one thick spiritual line over your head, through which the life energy from the Primordial God flows into you. With the life energy, you could live a very happy life in this world.

  • cleanse 綺麗にする
  • daily lives 日常生活
  • life energy 生命力
  • primordial 根源の

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Beautiful Flowers Need Healthy Roots

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Human beings like to avoid looking at reality and try to escape from it, thinking ” What I am now is not what I should be,” ” There must be my true mission somewhere else,” or “My life is miserable because of something other than me.” There are some young people who ascribe their dissatisfaction of life to their parents and ancestors and search the invisible, spiritual world for their escapes.

  • avoid 避ける
  • mission 使命
  • miserable 惨めな
  • ascribe A to B AをBのせいにする
  • invisble 見えない

You have to realize the very miracle that you exist now. You can’t put up any building without its foundation. If you want to put up a great building on the ground, you have to construct a foundation corresponding the structure under the ground. The taller a building is, the longer its underground support poles are. The same thing can be said about appeasing ancestral spirits, too.

  • miracle 奇跡
  • exist 存在する
  • foundation 基礎
  • correspond 対応する
  • appease  慰める

If you want to flourish physically and mentally in this world, you need to sink deep roots into the other world by appeasing your ancestral spirits and these roots, so to speak a spiritual line of your family line and through which you were born into this world, need to be healthy. Flowers don’t come out with their roots rotten. As long as you keep your roots healthy, you can flourish over and over again if you fail once. You don’t need any expensive chemical fertilizer or strange artificial beam to keep them healthy. It’s no use sticking to your flowers (=result) without taking care of the roots (=cause).

  • flourish 栄える
  • sink 沈める
  • so to speak 言わば
  • rotten 腐った
  • fail 失敗する
  • expensive 高価な

Everything happens between the parental gods called the sun and the ground. God is all around. Those are strong who deeply realize how lucky they are in their present situations. They can achieve any success free from care between heaven and earth. Everything changes in this World of Reality. Just as good things never last, bad things never last long. Some people may say that they’ve been unlucky all the time. But, in fact, they just don’t know how lucky they are in their present situations. They cannot enjoy the happiness they’ve already have.

  • parental 親の
  • realize 人しくする
  • present situation 現状
  • success 成功
  • last  続く

Ramakrishna, a holy man in India, would often go out, saying to his family “I’ll come back soon,” and not come back home for half a day. It often happened that his family, searching for him, caught watching in fascination flowers blooming along a road, sometimes a chained cow and at other times a rooster in a cage. Asked by a member of his family, he said “I’ve been fascinated by the beauty of God.”

  • would 〜したものだ
  • catch A ~ing Aが〜しているところを捕まえる
  • bloom 咲く
  • chained 繋がれた
  • rooster 鶏
  • fascinate  魅了する

Finding out the divinity in everything you see enables you to become the happiest person on this planet. Look at the angry person in front of you. Can you God inside of him? Inside a naughty, disobedient child is a joyful God. How can you need to hurt your heart?

  • divinity 神性
  • disobedient 言うことを聞かない
  • naughty わんぱくな
  • joyful 喜びいっぱいの

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Enthusiastic Faith for Mt. Hakusan

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It was Taicho(泰澄)who first practiced Buddhism around the top of the Holy mountain, Mt. Hakusan(白山). It was about 1300 years ago. According to a legend handed down in Shiramine at the foot of Mt. Hakusan, Taicho spent 1000 days in total on the top of the mountain. You cannot stay there for a long time because it snows there for half a year during winter and it’s like an ice world. Since he went on a pilgrimage to other places as well as Mt. Hakusan, it is said that he practiced Buddhism at the top of the mountain for 1000 days during about two decades.

  • legend 伝説
  • spend 過ごす
  • in total 延べ
  • pilgrimage 巡礼の旅
  • decade 10年

Also, according to an old book of about 800 years ago, about 20000 Buddhist monks climbed the mountain a year in those days. Seeing that about 20000 to 30000 ordinary people climb the mountain a year at present, when transportation has developed and there’s no restriction on the number of climbers, you’ll see how enthusiastically people believed in Hakusan faith in those days. In light of the fact that the population of Japan was less than seven million 800 years ago, this is really surprising.

  • monk 僧
  • at present 現在では
  • transportation 交通
  • restriction  制限
  • enthusiastically 熱狂的に
  • faith 信仰
  • in light of A Aに照らして

Taicho is said to have been very good at carving Buddhist statues since he was a child. He could do it very well in great detail though he mustn’t have seen many other Buddhist statues. While he secluded himself at the top of the mountain, he made a lot of stone Buddhist statues. Most of them, unfortunately, were dispersed because of Haibutsu-kishaku(廃仏毀釈), anti-Buddhist movement at the beginning of the Meiji era.

  • carve 彫る
  • statue 像
  • in detail 詳細に
  • seclude 隠遁させる
  • disperse 散乱させる

A veteran climber told me that, at the top of the mountain, he sometimes witnessed a big seated statue of Buddha made from clouds and light in the sky at the time of dawn, and that some pictures of it other climbers took appeared in newspapers. He also told me that when he looked back in the morning sunlight, he saw his own shadow whose shape was like that of Buddha with golden halo shining from behind.

  • witness 目撃する
  • seated 座った
  • dawn 夜明け
  • halo 後光

It’s dangerous for beginners to climb Mt. Hakusan because of its snowy gorges, which remain even in July. It’s better to climb it from August to October. Mt. Hakusan is a high mountain with steep, long mountain slopes, so if you try to climb it, you need sufficient equipment and physical strength.

  • gorge 峡谷
  • steep 険しい
  • equipment 装備
  • physical 肉体的な
  • strength 強さ

While you’re climbing the mountain for faith, you’ll realize that your legs and loins are all you can depend on, which is easy to forget when you live in city. To reach the top of the mountain, you have to climb up step by step at your own pace. In climbing the mountain, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the views are or how many veteran climbers you make friends with.

  • realize 悟る
  • loins 腰
  • depend 頼る
  • view 眺め
  • make friends 仲良くなる

It’s meaningless to climb the mountain just with difficulty unless you do it with the consciousness of gods. Evil spiritual gurus might say “If you climb the mountain with me, you will receive good luck,” or “Let’s climb the mountain to perform a ritual together.” For them, the holy mountain is nothing more than a means of making a living. You had better not listen to them, or it leaves a blemish on your spiritual body.

  • meaningless 意味がない
  • unless S+V  SがVしない限り
  • nothing more than A Aにすぎない
  • means 手段
  • blemish 汚点

Getting ready to climb the holy mountain means that you’ve already started climbing it. It is not until you climb the mountain on your own and by yourself that the act of climbing the mountain has a spiritual value. I love looking at Mt. Hakusan from a distance to worship it because I can see the whole mountain. I’d like to live among ordinary people, sometimes taking a look at and revering the holy mountain.

  • on one’s own 自力で
  • value 価値
  • from a distance 遠くから
  • revere 崇める

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