Memorial Services for Ancestors can be the Practice of Being Considerate to Others

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In offering the third incense stick to ancestral spirits during a memorial service,  some people worry about how they should call to their ancestors. But, in fact, on remembering your ancestors during the service, you can console them immediately. It doesn’t matter how you call to them. In the spirit world, no sooner do you remember the face of your ancestor than you can get your consideration across to him/her.

  • call to A  Aに呼びかける
  • console 慰める
  • consideration 思いやり

I myself sometimes remember a face of the deceased whose name I’ve forgotten. But just remembering his face or figure will make him rest in peace for sure. Around the anniversary of his death, I sometimes remember him with a smile on his face. Names in this world are no longer important for spiritual beings in the other dimensions. Posthumous Buddhist names don’t have any meaning, either. To adhere to forms could cause your memorial services to be superficial and ineffective like the ones held by conventional religions that have already lost their practical spiritual power.

  • the deceased 故人
  • anniversary of one’s death 命日
  • posthumous 死後の
  • ineffective 効果のない
  • conventional 従来の

Even if you tried to say all of the names of spirits related to you when you offer the third incense stick, the names you can remember would be very few in number. Can you recognize all the spirits affecting you? Someone may have grudge against you and his/her living spirit may be coming near you without knowing it. Or some relatives you don’t know may be trying to depend on you.

  • related 関係した
  • recognize わかる
  • grudge 恨み

If you call out to particular dead people, your memorial services will tell on a part of them and you cannot console the other important spirits. As a result, you won’t be freed from negative spiritual magnetism affecting you in this world. As long as you hold such memorial services that don’t cover the whole spirits, you won’t get peace of mind. They are lacking in practical power like the ones held by conventional religions.

  • particular 特定の
  • magnetism 磁気
  • practical 実践的な

In holding memorial services, it’s important to do it with compassion and mercy for others, whether they are alive or dead. What matters is your merciful heart and consideration for others. Though how far you can be merciful varies from person to person, by holding memorial services for your ancestors, you can practice showing mercy to others and develop your merciful heart.

  • compassion 憐れみ
  • mercy 慈悲
  • alive 生きている
  • vary 異なる
  • from person to person 人によって

As you keep on doing this, you’ll be more and more merciful and come to understand what the selfless, great mercy and love of God are like. Understanding part of God means that you’ve come one step closer to God. And you’ll have your Inner God appear on the surface and come to lead your life like God, which is called Kannagara(カンナガラ), being with God.

  • selfless 無償の
  • come close to A Aに近く
  • on the surface 表面に

If you’re afraid to offer the third incense stick during a memorial service, thinking you might conjure up unnecessary spirits, you can stop doing it because this failure shows the level of your present spirituality. Don’t push yourself too hard.

  • conjure up A  Aを呼び出す
  • spirituality 霊性
  • push oneself too hard 無理をする

I’ve been receiving various thought energy every day from a huge number of readers of this blog since I started writing this blog about two years ago. Most of the energy is the energy of gratitude but some is that of aggression. But I’m totally fine, for I console other various spirits as well as my ancestors by offering the third incense stick.

  • a huge number of A 莫大な数の
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • aggression 攻撃
  • as well as A  Aだけでなく

When I give healing to spirits out of mercy without the object being specified, aggressive thought energy coming to me is sent back to the sender. It can also be said that Yorishiro, a short strip of paper where spirits can stay at temporarily, receives the negative energy for me.

  • object 対象
  • specify 特定する
  • sender 送り手

Aggressive thought energy is especially weak against healing energy. Even in the case that the aggressive thought energy is so strong that it takes on a concrete figure, it, touching my mercy, would make an apology and go back to the sender. When the grudge against others is returned to the sender, the impact would be huge beyond the sender’s cognitive capacity.

  • concrete 具体的な
  • apology 謝罪
  • cognitive 認知の

So, if you hold memorial services with gratitude for your ancestors and other spirits related to you as a whole every day, someone who has grudge against you might go arse over tit somewhere before you knew it, haha. Anger can never defeat mercy and gratitude.

  • go arse over tit こける
  • defeat 打ち負かす

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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When You are Getting Controlled by Anger, Say “Ei!”

As I foretold in an article of this blog before, spiritual beings from other worlds have begun to possess people who have the same kind of spiritual vibrations as the spiritual beings. According to a TV news report the other day, a 19-year-old boy ran over a bank clerk and killed him. The boy said “I just wanted to kill somebody.” A passer-by who witnessed the scene replied in an interview “There was something weird about him. The mere sight of him made me scared.” The boy’s colleagues testified that he was normal until just before he caused the incident. Since the spiritual frequency of vibration of the earth has been heightening, spiritual beings can easily move, which phenomenon has never happened before.

  • foretell 予告する
  • article 記事
  • possess 憑依する
  • run over A Aを轢く
  • passer-by 通りがかりの人
  • witness 目撃する
  • incident 事件
  • frequency 振動数
  • heighten 高まる

Your past reincarnations result in your present state of mind. Spiritual beings come close to all human beings who are of the same mind as the spirits like a pair of magnets. Some people attract spirits from the World of Hell and others the World of Gods. Just as iron sand is attracted by magnets, spiritual beings are attracted naturally by human beings of the same kind.

  • reincarnation 生まれ変わり
  • magnet 磁石
  • attract 引き付ける
  • iron sand 砂鉄

Such people as attract spirits from the World of Hell have to repent of their sinful lives. In a way, they themselves are responsible for their possession. There are some people who tend to attract evil spirits because of their past lives, but the binding power of their tendency is not so strong. Because the way you live in this World of Reality causes such possession after all, you should not blame it on your past lives or karma you really don’t know. Conversely, you can attract good spirits, including your ancestral spirits, according to your good intentions and efforts. And with the stable state of mind, you could make efforts rightly and improve your present situations.

  • repent 悔い改める
  • possession 憑依
  • binding power 拘束力
  • blame A on B AをBのせいにする
  • improve 改善する

By the way, I’ve got a comment from a housewife like the following:

I’ve post a comment about my child. Every time I get mad at my son, a precious, lovable small boy, I scold him so violently. As I get more and more angry, my character changes like a devil. Filled with anger and hatred, I get into such a state as to kill somebody or cause an irremediable harm. I’ve hurt my son many times. At such times, I forget gratitude to God completely. Am I possessed by something then? My fear of other people might cause anger. I think we all don’t want to be hated or isolated, but I don’t want to too much.

  • lovable 愛すべき
  • iiremediable 取り返しのつかない
  • completely 完全に
  • fear 恐怖
  • isolate 孤立させる

This housewife is so conscious of others that she makes herself, or Inner God, cower. In a sense, she has too much pride and is very afraid of being humiliated as if she were a warrior. She doesn’t seem to hold memorial services for her ancestors every day, which makes the protection of her by her ancestral spirits weak. And as a result, she has been affected by wicked wandering spirits. She has to continue holding memorial services firmly for her husband’s ancestors. It would be effective for her to offer the third incense stick to the spirits related to her and those of her aborted children related to her family line.

  • conscious 意識して
  • cower 萎縮する
  • humiliate 恥をかかせる
  • warrior 戦士
  • protection   保護
  • wicked 邪な
  • effective 効果のある
  • aborted 中絶した

Child abuse is largely caused by the possession of spirits who have grudge against the family line. Therefore, it’s important that she hold the memorial services positively and calmly. It seems that she often has a vacant expression suddenly. This is one of the characteristics of the people who are overwhelmed by uncontrollable emotions.  She has a constitution to be possessed easily. I’m sure she can feel signs of her anger swelling inside. She knows it, bus she can’t control herself somehow.

  • abuse 虐待
  • grudge 恨み
  • vacant 虚ろな
  • charcteristic 特徴
  • overwhelm 圧倒する
  • constitution 体質

When you begin to feel anger, say “Ei !” shaking your head vertically. Saying it aloud will enhance its effectiveness. When others are around, say it to yourself shaking your head a little. In Shugendo(修験道), Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts, there are many ways of psyching yourself up, but especially saying “Ei! ” deep down from your gut is good. You can purify yourself in a moment.

  • vertically 縦に
  • enhance 高める
  • psych A up Aに気合いを入れる
  • purify 浄化する
  • in a moment 一瞬で

As you hold memorial services for your ancestors and your Inner God manifests itself, the effectiveness of saying “Ei !” will increase.  Spiritually speaking, it’s like a knife turns into a butcher’s knife, then a sword and finally a divine sword. My sword is like a big ax flying away.  Why don’t you give it a try? In order to enhance the effectiveness, say the following words after saying “Ei!” ;

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.

Gratitude annihilates anger or curses.

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I was driving thinking “Well, what am I supposed to write on the blog today?” as if it were another person’s problem. Contents of my blogs are something like what comes down from above, or wells up from my heart.

  • be supposed to~ 〜することになっている
  • as if S+V あたかもSがVするかのように
  • content 中身
  • well up 湧き上がる

If I could write articles for the next week in advance on my holiday, I could be relaxed at night on weekdays, but I can’t do it for the life of me. I tried to do it many times, but I couldn’t write them in advance at all. If I tried, I would be remain still looking at the keyboard and screen of my PC.

  • in advance 前もって
  • for the life of me どうしても
  • remain still じっとしたままである

I occasionally write an article receiving the readers’ present feelings unconsciously and projecting them on it. And what came to my mind today was “Daimajin.” Daimajin is the title of a Japanese movie made about 40 years ago and the main character’s name as well.

  • occasionally 時折
  • present 現在の
  • unconsciously 無意識に
  • project A on B AをBに反映させる
  • come to one’s mind 心に浮かぶ
  • main character 主人公

I remember seeing the movie rebroadcast on TV many times when I was a school boy. The content is a historical play, where people have been kept down in suffer by dishonest administrators. A stone Buddhist image enshrined on a mountain on the edge of the town is watching over all of these situations silently, whose face is like that of a clay image and who has a gentle expression on the face.

  • historical play 時代劇
  • dishonest  不正直な
  • administrator 大名
  • Buddhist image 仏像
  • enshrine   祭る
  • clay image 埴輪

And one day, it begins to move as if he had reached the limit of his patience. Then the living Buddhist image turns into huge, angry Daimajin and defeats the dishonest administrators. It’s like an extreme version of the drama called Mito-Komon. Looking back on it, I think the contents of this drama were very spiritual in terms of Shinto.

  • patience  我慢
  • turn into A Aに変わる
  • defeat 打ち負かす
  • extreme 極端な
  • in terms of A   Aの観点から

I feel that the director of this film felt the voice of anger and sadness of a deity hidden from the world without knowing it and he was made to make the movie. The true identity of Daimajin is Kunitokotachi-oh-kami as in Jizo-son.

  • director 監督
  • anger   怒り
  • sadness 悲しみ
  • be made to~  ~させられる
  • true identity 正体
  • as in A   Aの場合と同様に

Human beings have dispositions of anger and destruction. So do deities. The dispositions seem to be important elements for development and evolution of the Universe. Shiva of India and Susanoo of Japan are deities who have especially this disposition. Those who were born in the Japanese Archipelago have the divinity of Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami as their Inner God, whose disposition is “softness” and “tolerance.”

  • disposition 性質
  • destruction    破壊
  • element 要素
  • development 成長
  • evolution 進化
  • especially 特に
  • the Japanese Archipelago 日本列島
  • divinity 神性
  • tolerance 寛容

The soft prevails over the hard. The energy of anger is defeated by that of kindness. Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami (= the sun) can calm Kunitokotachi-oh-kami (= the earth), which suggests that the Japanese, who have Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami inside as their Inner God will play a key role for world peace.

  • prevail over A Aを制す
  • key role 重要な役割
  • world peace 世界平和

Especially gratitude can annihilate anger or curses. So it’s better to say “Thank you so much for keeping us alive” silently inside your mind toward an angry person.

  • annihilate 消滅させる
  • silently   黙って

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 us alive.

※ To read past articles of this blog, see the following website, a revised edition of this blog, whose article is supposed to be published almost everyday.

https://isehakusandoutheuniverse.wordpress.com/