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

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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