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

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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.