In life, it is unavoidable to be bereaved of loved ones. Every time someone you know well passes away, you’ll think about his/her life. It’s a good thing for you to remember the deceased.
However, as time goes by, you’ll cease to remember the deceased, which is unavoidable because you’re too busy living your life to remember dead friends.
Deathdays, Equinoctial week and Lantern Festival are when you remember the deceased. You have to be careful not to be too busy taking care of guests who get together to forget the deceased. It’s important to remember good things about the deceased.
A holy spirit tells me that a man is like a flower on the edge of a branch. Flowers wither at the right time. As it is natural that flowers are out, it’s good for human beings just to stay alive. Strong rain sometimes falls on flowers, but flowers just being in blossom until they perish is important.
The point is flowers (= living persons) can bloom thanks to the branch (=their ancestors). Yes, flowers are supported by the branch. Water from the ground is sucked up and sent to the flowers through the branches. Supported by branches and trunks, flowers are out as representatives of the whole. You, or a flower, have to live your life with might and main for the sake of your ancestors supporting you from behind as well as yourself.
Every time I die, I think of one thingー any trouble or tragedy happening in life was nothing, so was any crucial accident. I’m sure you will feel the same thing after you die.
Even if you are in trouble now, thinking about death, you’re sure to remember it after death and laugh. You’ll regret that you could have been tougher and improved yourself much more. And you’ll say “I’m frustrated. God, just give me one more chance!” It depends on the way you live whether you’ll be able to find a branch on which you’ll come out.
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