Secret of North Star

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Though I’ve been writing about North Star many times since I began to write this blog in May 2007, I have avoided referring to its color as a big secret. However, I think it’s time to write about it.

  • avoid 避ける
  • refer to A Aに言及する

Every time I visit Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), I perceive it to be the sacred place where North Star and North Dipper Seven Stars have been worshipped. At Geku can you see Ameno-minaka-nushi-no-kami (天之御中主神), or Ohkuni-tokotachi-oh-kami(大国常立常太神)in the form of North Star of the present century. Geku is where the spiritual vibration that produces life and keeps them alive is pouring down.

  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • perceive 知覚する
  • sacred 神聖な
  • worship  崇拝する
  • pour down 降り注ぐ

So when I visit Geku, I get visions of North Star and North Dipper Seven Stars in my mind. The color of the star corresponding to North Star is different from those of the other stars, which are shining white. North Star is light greenish blue or Paris green.

  • therefore それゆえ
  • correspond 相当する
  • greeninsh 緑がかった

The companion star of North Star, or Alcor, is also light greenish blue.  I feel it’s related to the world after death. That is, North Star produces life, while Alcor controls death. There is a mechanism in the universe that pairs of yin and yang produce and develop everything.

  • companion star 伴星
  • related 関係している
  • yin  陰
  • yan 陽

It takes a long time for stars to become North Star by turns. I feel that a star coming in the center of the universe changes its color from white to light greenish blue. When North Star changes, the land of the earth that receives the energy from North Star is also changed. In Japan, as of present, it’s the region situated between Ise and Mt.Hakusan(白山). With the change of North Star, the region where the light of creation pours down changes. Nara, Kyoto, Izumo used to be a place like that.

  • by turns 代わる代わる
  • as of present 現在では
  • region 地方

Ancient civilizations in foreign countries also developed on the lands that received the energy of North Star. As North Star changes, nations and regions where civilizations rise change. The movement and replacement of North Star means the change of the universe that the Fundamental Being expresses.

  • civilization 文明
  • rise 興隆する
  • movement 動き
  • replacement 置き換え

The color of North Star is not visible with an astronomical telescope.It’s the image in my mind. It’s interesting that a lot of buried properties in ancient times have the same color. Ancient people must’ve thought of North Star as the center of the universe, too. I feel that they regarded the color, which they saw spiritually, as the one showing nobleness and tried to expresse it on articles.

  • astronomical telescope 天体望遠鏡
  • buried property 埋葬品
  • nobleness 高貴さ
  • article 品物

The idea of worshipping North Star and its color traces back to Taoism in ancient China. I can feel even now that Taoism had a strong influence on Ise Grand Shrine in the age of Emperor Temmu(天武天皇). The soul of Lao-tzu(老子), who is the founder of Taoism and has been worshipped as God in China, came from North Star at that time.

  • trace back to A Aに遡る
  • Taioism 道教
  • worship 崇拝する

I want to name the nine stars “North Dipper Nine Stars” :North Star, North Dipper Seven Stars and Alcor. These nine stars represents the whole universe and the universe in microcosm. They have practical effects on the earth and societies.

  • name A B AをBと名付ける
  • represent 表す
  • microcosm 縮図
  • practical 実際的な

And it is Hakusan-Kukuri-hime-oh-kami(白山ククリヒメ大神) who controls North Dipper Nine Stars. The name is not just a name for one goddess. It also shows both a state of other gods being controlled by her and children of the future, for all human beings have gods inside. There are a lot of gods on this planet, aren’t there?

  • goddess 女神
  • state 状態
  • inside 内側に

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.

 

-This is the end of the UNIVERSE Vol.7-

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Total Amount of Feel-Good Chemicals in the Brain is Fixed

Reportedly, drug problems have begun to spread even among high school students. Some assert on the Internet that marijuana is harmless, but it’s not true. I feel that, though smoking marijuana for a short period of time appears to be harmless to your body at first, it does affect you a lot when you are in your forties and over.  You will suffer from psychotic disorder such as depression. The longer you smoke, the more miserable your life will be in old age. Many drug users will commit suicide.

  • reportedly 報道によると
  • spread 広がる
  • harmless 無害の
  • affect 影響する
  • psychotic disorder 精神障害
  • miserable 悲惨は

I think that many of the people who have been to India for the purpose of practicing meditation have smoked marijuana. Based on the mysterious experience there, such as oneness with the universe, many of them have become teachers of meditation in Japan. Meditation under the instruction of such teachers must lead to an unbalanced mental condition of ego-swelling. Since many of such teachers are possessed with evil spirits, their students will also suffer from mental illness in later years.

  • for the purpose of A Aの目的で
  • meidation 瞑想
  • instruction 指導
  • nothing but A  A以外の何物でもない
  • possess 憑依する

Stimuli of the ingredients of drugs like marijuana promote the temporal secretion of feel-good chemicals in the brain, which cause an uplifting feeling or mysterious experiences. I think the total amount of feel-good chemicals the brain secretes is fixed, or in other words limited. If the chemicals, which should be secreted when people experiences many things in life, are consumed in large amount in a short period of time by using drugs, they will run out in and after middle years. Therefore, drug users won’t be able to enjoy themselves in later years whatever they do. They’ll have lost a sense of joy.

  • stimuli 刺激
  • ingredient 成分
  • secretion 分泌
  • uplifting 高揚の
  • consume 消費する
  • run out なくなる

Delectation caused by drugs is nothing more than physical pleasure. On the other hand, the sense of security caused by the manifestation of your Inner God is pleasure of soul. This is infinite and inexhaustible. You can feel the pleasure for ever. Marijuana should be for God. Hemp is a sacred plant whose counterpart exists in the World of Gods. In ancient shinto, it was indispensable as Yorishiro(寄り代), a kind of medium where the holy spirit stays temporarily. Kami-fuda(神札), a kind of talisman, of Ise Grand Shrine is called Jingu-taima(神宮大麻), or Jingu marijuana. The name shows exactly “Kami-fuda of marijuana” including the idea of  “Yorishiro for God.”

  • delectation 快楽
  • security 安心
  • menifestation 顕現
  • infinite 無限の
  • hemp 麻
  • sacred 神聖な
  • indispensable 不可欠な

Also, hemp that has been cultivated in Japan since ancient times has little narcotic effect substance causing illusion and it has been used not for pleasure but as medicine. Clothes, bed sheets and towels made of hemp are very good. They can keep away spiritual dirt and get rid of static electricity and spiritual magnetism of your body. I feel, however, that hemp fiber that has been distributed these days has no longer good effects that hemp should have.

  • cultivate 栽培する
  • narcotic 麻酔性の
  • medicine 薬
  • static electricity 静電気

It’s important to enjoy the eternal sense of security and uplifting feeling within yourself by both decreasing your negative spiritual magnetism related to you through grateful memorial services for your ancestral spirits and expressing gratitude to the holy spirit. You must not depend on drugs.

  • eternal 永遠の
  • decrease 減らす
  • grateful   感謝に満ちた

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.

Correct Memorial Services for Ancestors are to Return them Where they Belonged

I’m going to explain more about how to hold a memorial service for ancestors. At the end of the service, you say “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami” twice with your hands together. You can do it several times until you get peace of mind. It’s better to do it with the image of all the spirits going back to the primordial mother’s love. After this, you can also say “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma SU,” several times. If it doesn’t feel right to say “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami,” it’s no problem, for the most important is offering your gratitude to your ancestral spirits in your own way.

  • primordial 根源の
  • feel right しっくりくる
  • ancestral 先祖の

You might think it wrong or strange to say “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami”, the Sun God in Shintoism, when you hold a memorial service for your ancestors. The truth is Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami is not a deity of a religion but the parent of all creatures, the origin of our lives. The figure of Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami is really that of the sun. In upper dimensions, it is the sun with no individuality. As the dimension where it appears becomes a lower level, it takes on a variety of  human figures.

  • religion 宗教
  • creature 生物
  • figure 姿
  • dimension 次元
  • individuality 個性

Some say Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami has the figure of a male, not a female. They’re just seeing a figure by tuning in to a lower dimension. In lower dimensions, it can take the figure of both a male and a female. The truth is you can only see a figure of God according to the dimension you can tune in to. The true identity of God in the highest dimension looks as if it were the sun. When people die, they go back to the sun, the origin of their lives, which makes them truly rest in peace and the right thing to do. In terms of Buddhism, the sun equals Amida-nyorai(阿弥陀如来).

  • tune in to A Aに同調する
  • as if S+V あたかもSがVするかのように
  • rest 休む

Saying “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami” twice means Futo-norito, the secret of the oharae-no-kotoba(大祓詞) of Shintoism.

“fu” means “two.”

“to” means “ten”, or the ten words of A-ma-te-ra-su-o-ho-mi-ka-mi.

That is, Futo-norito is to repeat the ten words twice. You can do it many times as you like. Even numbers are divisible, meaning “multiply and thrive.”

  • that is つまり
  • as you like 好きなように
  • even number 偶数
  • divisible 割り切れいる
  • multiply 増殖する
  • thrive 栄える

In religions and religious sects all over the world, there are a lot of names representing the origin of life or the Sun God. But the pronunciation of “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami” is the best sound for creatures that breathe. That is, the pronunciation is beyond languages and religions and it’s the sound of breath of living things, too. I perceive that the sound resounds around the universe. If you live in a foreign country, it’s better to say slowly “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami” in the morning sun with the image of your ancestral spirits getting peace of mind.

  • religious sect 宗派
  • represent 象徴する
  • pronunciation 発音
  • breathe 呼吸する
  • resound 鳴り響く

The correct memorial service is to return your ancestral spirits where they belonged. Only if a descendant hold a memorial service can it be effective. In Ise Grand Shrine, there is a secret ritual to return the ancestral spirits of the Imperial Family to the Sun God. Similarly, you can practice it so that your ancestral spirits and the Sun can become one. In the past history, people in general were prohibited from seeing the secret ritual because of its strong effectiveness and the ritual was sealed up. It’s also a shinto ritual concerning Shin-no-mi-hashira(心の御柱), the Center Pillar. In this way, there was a period when general people couldn’t visit Ise Grand Shrine. With the passage of time, Shinto shrines and ancestor worship have been divided.

  • descendant 子孫
  • effective 効果がある
  • ritual 市議き
  • the Imperial Family 皇室
  • seal up A Aを封印する
  • concern 関係する
  • ancestor worship 先祖崇拝

False psychics may say “I can do it for you if you pay me,” but memorial services held by others don’t have any effect on your ancestors. Memorial services can only be effective if held with gratitude by the same family members or people related to them. The spiritual truth is that memorial services don’t have meaning until you’re connected to your ancestral spirits by the spiritual line between you and them. Therefore, it’s important that you practice it with a pure heart and the consideration for your ancestors. You don’t need to be particular about small things. Memorial services are also to thank your physical body you’ve borrowed from your ancestors. They rejuvenate you both mentally and physically and enable you to enjoy the present.

  • false 偽の
  • related 関係した
  • consideration 思いやり
  • particular 細かい
  • rejuvenate 若返らせる
  • the present 今

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.

Deep Taste of Soup Stock Made from Shinsen

After I had Dai-dai-kagura(大々神楽)performed at Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), I was presented with Shinsen(神饌), dried kelp, dried cuttlefish, dried bonito shavings, dried abalone etc. , which are all made at the beach belonging to Ise Grand Shrine.

  • kelp 昆布
  • cuttlefish イカ
  • bonito 鰹
  • abalone アワビ

These days I’ve been looking forward to boiling dried Udon noodle and eating it with ready-made soup for lunch. And I use the Shinsen as its ingredients. Since Shinsen is vacuum-packed, it is delicious on its own. I put concentrated noodle soup into a large bowl, chop dried kelp, dried cuttlefish and dried abalone and put them in it. Then I pour boiling water there. When the Udon noodle is boiled, I put some more hot water and the Udon noodle in the bowl. By the time I eat it, the ingredients have become soft and their extracts have been blended into the soup.

  • boil 茹でる
  • ingredient 具材
  • by the time S+V SがVする時までには
  • extract エキス
  • blend 溶け込ませる

Normally, ingredients are removed from the soup once they have been used as soup stock, but I eat them because I love their firmness and the delicious soup. I soon finished all the Shinsen I had been presented with at Ise Grand Shrine. Not forgetting the taste, I often buy dried bonito and dried cuttlefish at a supermarket, put them into soup with a lot of stocked dried kelp and eat them without dried abalone, of course.

  • remove 取り除く
  • once S+V 一旦SがVしたら
  • soup stock 出汁
  • firmness 歯ごたえ

My wife has been cooking white rice with thirty-percent refined brown rice or with the five main cereals recently. Thirty-percent refined brown rice seems as good for the action of my bowels as normal brown rice. As soon as I eat white rice even for a day, I get constipated. I haven’t felt a major change in my body since I began to eat brown rice, but I think my body has become a little bit slimmer. I’ve got an image of the ingredients of brown rice scratching extra fat on the wall of my blood vessels.

  • refined 精製された
  • bowel 腸
  • constipated 便秘の
  • extra 余分な
  • fat 脂肪

It’s important that you take care of your health physically and mentally. On top of it, a new development in consciousness begins. As long as I live, I’ll do all I can physically and mentally, yes in everything I do.

  • consciousness 意識
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

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.

Good Balance of Happiness You’ll never Know

When I visit a client company I’m in charge of, I sometimes see a mentally-handicapped young man walking on the company’s premise or in the neighborhood. Everytime I see him, I find him walking happily with a canned coffee in his hand. He walks around aimlessly, muttering to himself. He seems unable to speak clearly.

  • mentally-handicapped 知的障害のある
  • premise 敷地
  • mutter ブツブツ言う

One day, I went to the president’s house near the company on business. On pushing the buzzer, the door was opened. I wondered if it was an automatic door, when the familiar young man came out of the door screaming. The president came out and said “Our family’s treasure has left the building.” He looked at my face smiling.

  • automatic 自動の
  • familiar 馴染みのある
  • treasure 宝物

On the way back, I was thinking that the president was really great. He was dignified accepting and understanding his son as he was, and never trying to hide him from the eyes of others. Many of the families I know that have mentally-handicapped persons have them stay at institutions. They seem to want to take care of their handicapped children in their houses if possible, but there must be some reason for it. I thought the president taking care of his son at home was a very kind parent though I knew there are various cases according to the family’s condition or the disability level.

  • on the way back 帰る途中で
  • accpet 受け入れる
  • institution 施設
  • condition 状況

On one occasion, I happened to find the son walking down the street far from the company. I was surprised that he was walking that far. Then, unexpectedly enough, I found out that he was keeping a cigarette in his mouth. He was walking fast with a roll of his hips as if he were in a  walking race, clicking a cigarette lighter in his hand.

  • on one occasion ある時
  • that far そんなに遠くまで
  • walking race 競歩

I thought he would be old enough to smoke a cigarette but that his father didn’t know this, so I pulled over my car to think about whether I should give him a warning. With the time for a business talk drawing near, however, I left the place throwing the magnetism of care at him.

  • pull over A Aを止める
  • warning 警告
  • draw near 近づく

On the way back from the business talk in the evening, I went to the company worrying about him, when I found that the president, with tears in his eyes, was slapping his son’s face in the parking lot. The moment  I got out of my car and the president turned around to look at me, the son ran away crying.

  • slap 叩く
  • turn around 振り向く
  • run away 逃げる
  • the moment S+V SがVするや否や

The president told me that he caught his son smoking and was telling him off. According to him, he had warned him not to play with fire many times because it could cause others trouble. I could do nothing but nod, saying “It’s an important thing.” Seeing his eyes filled with tears, I felt his love toward his son.

  • catch A ~ing Aが〜している現場を抑える
  • tell A off Aを叱る
  • warn A not to~ Aに〜しないよう警告する
  • nod 頷く
  • tears 涙

It seems that his company can secure jobs and get a constant stream of requests without sales efforts while many other companies in the same field have a hard time because of the recession. I feel this is thanks to the president’s character and his treasure, his son, whose walk on the company’s premise functions as the purification of the company.

  • secure 確保する
  • recession 不景気
  • character 人格
  • purification 浄化

In this world, there seems to be a good balance of happiness. We just cannot be sure which is connected to which because of its complexity. But it is certain that the works of art by God operate unerringly.

  • complexity 複雑さ
  • certain 確かな
  • unerringly 狂わず

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.

The Fundamental Problem will never be Solved as Long as You only Set Immediate Goals

A crazy man in Sangai(三界), the three worlds, doesn’t know him to be crazy.

A blind man in Sishou(四生), the four creature worlds,  doesn’t know him to be blind.

Born again, again, again and again, man is born ignorant from the start of his life.

Dying again, again, again and again, man dies ignorant at the end of his life.

This poem is attributed to Kukai(空海), a famous Japanese Buddhist monk. I feel that he is saying “People living in this world don’t realize their wrong deeds. All living things don’t even know that they are ignorant of the truth. Human souls are born as they are over and over again but still they remain the same. They die again and again, but still they die ignorant. It’s about time they realized they are the Buddha, or the universe itself.”

  • ignorant 無知の
  • attribute A to B AはBの作であるとする
  • realize 認識する
  • deed 行い

People are troubled by various things in this world. Why are they? Because they are afraid to make mistakes and become losers. Lives are short and only several decades, though. For example, a woman may wonder if there might be a better marriage partner, hoping to choose a man who makes her happier. Wanting to win in this gambling, she may distress herself and go so far as to ask a psychic for advice who charge money in the name of God, making her life subject to what the psychic says.

  • trouble 悩ます
  • decade 10年
  • go so far as to~ 〜しさえする
  • subject 従属した

Before you get married, you need to observe your marriage partner thinking that social status, riches or good looks are to vanish sooner or later. You should choose the one according to your conscience, asking yourself if you still want to get married to him/her even without such things. If you get married after distressing yourself, wanting to make a better choice, your marriage life is likely to fail because your criterion of judging a person is wrong.

  • observe 観察する
  • status 地位
  • conscience 良心
  • citerion 基準

If you want a good marriage, you should:

● hold memorial services for your ancestors with gratitude, be grateful to God and live your life in such a way that you can develop your conscience

● observe the other’s attitude toward his/her parents and old people. It’s important to see his/her attitude toward others, not toward you. By doing so, you can learn his/her true nature

● ask your parents or friends for opinions if you’re not sure about the other’s true nature

and so on.

  • attitude 態度
  • true nature  本性

However, the point is that marriage is never a goal of your life, just like Kukai said. If you live your life setting marriage as a goal, the eternal loop of life and death will never stop. Everything in life is nothing more than play through which you see God in yourself and others. All you have to do is do what you want according to your conscience, never afraid of making mistakes.

  • eternal 永遠の
  • nothing more than A Aに過ぎない
  • afraid 怖がって

So, if you want to get married, you have only to choose a partner in view of your conscience, never afraid of making a mistake. Once you’ve got married, you may be distressed by various things you never imagined when you were single or may experience many good things conversely.

  • in view of A Aに照らして
  • once S+V 一旦SがVしたら
  • conversely 逆に

Remaining single is also good, of course. It can be said that such people’s souls have already got through with tasks marriage life gives. I feel such souls have been increasing in number since the latter half of Showa era(昭和). They have chosen different kinds of tasks from married people’s.

  • single 独身の
  • get through with A Aを終える
  • increase 増加する
  • on one’s own 自分で

In any case, all you have to do is live in society to your heart’s content. Things can only get better as long as you do your best and live to the full.

  • in any case 何れにしても
  • to one’s heart’s content 思う存分
  • to the full  思い切り
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り

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

Only After You Get a Bad Result can You Understand the Significance of Your Practicing

No matter how much you tell others about the spiritual world, it may be meaningless. What you say may be interpreted as just your own worldview. But if you meet someone who has the same kind of spiritual experiences, both of you can understand each other very well. That is, to have an experience on your own is the best way to prove it’s true.

  • interpret A as B  AをBと解釈する
  • worldview 世界観
  • prove 証明する

Even if you don’t have any spiritual experience, however, it is possible that when you hear a story about the unknown world, you understand it well, accept it as valid or feel like being attracted. Without such experiences, you will understand it well somehow. This is because what the story can be what your instinct, or Inner God, has wanted or what you understood or went through in the previous life. You’ve forgotten about it, though. Also, if the level of your spirituality is high enough to understand it, you will honestly accept the story as true.

  • accpet 受け入れる
  • valid 妥当な
  • attract 惹きつける
  • somehow どういうわけか
  • honestly 正直に

Problem is, though people are all same humans, their souls have come to this World of Reality from various other worlds. It’s like they are learning in the same classroom. Some students can’t understand what the teacher says even if they listen to the explanations again and again, a few students even rebelling. Others understand it very well by just one explanation.

  • various 様々な
  • explanation 説明
  • rebel 反抗する

Among those who don’t understand the spiritual world, some may try to hire tutors(=spiritual masters who charge money)by paying a lot of money. Though they are trying to study, they are assuming that paying money resolves problems, instead of studying hard for themselves. Trying to study hard and practice is important, but they are wrongly expecting someone else to make them feel as if they were studying.

  • hire 雇う
  • assume 思い込む
  • resolve 解決する
  • instead of A Aの代わりに
  • expect A to~ Aが〜するのを期待する

There are some tutors who have strange characters and teach a student just for money, spending the time lazily. Others lead a student in the utterly wrong direction. Such poor students are likely to get a bad result in an exam and end up wasting their time and money. There may be some students who will stop studying after all. Others may try to study for themselves from the start on second thought.It is not until they get a bad result that they will understand the significance and joy of their studying and practicing. “Tutors” can be put into “spiritual masters.”

  • direction 間違った
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる
  • on second thought  考え直して
  • significance 重要性

By the way, there are a lot of ways of holding memorial services for ancestors like:”Chanting is necessary”, ” Qualified monks can only enter the dead into Nirvana “, ” Spiritual masters are essential to level up your spirituality” and so on.

  • chant 唱える
  • qualified 資格のある
  • monk 僧侶
  • essential 不可欠な

My experiences totally deny these opinions. I’ll make a definitive statement that it would only have harmful effects on you to depend on spiritual masters who charge money, for good changes never happen to you in the long run. This is based on my own practical experiences. Some people might get angry saying that what I’m saying is not true or that any of them must be true.

  • deny 否定する
  • definitive 明白な
  • in the long run 長い目で見ると

I think such criticism should be left alone for now. But I’m interested in whether they will say the same thing ten or twenty years from now. I hope that they won’t have lost their precious time, families and money before they change their thought. Everything will happen to you according to your level. Doing your best at everything you do can make you realize what is good for you sooner than otherwise.

  • criticism 批判
  • accoding to A Aに応じて
  • realize 認識する
  • otherwise さもなければ

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.