A Secret of Arrangements of the Buildings of Ise Grand Shrine

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While the Shikinen-sengu ritual of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮) takes place, ornaments and treasures offered to Kami, or God in shinto, are renewed. The locations of the storage places for these are a little bit strange. Normally, such treasures are kept in inconspicuous places, but these are kept in treasure houses called Touhou-den(東方殿)and Saihou-den(西方殿)standing both sides of the main building where Kami is enshrined.

  • take place 行われる
  • ornament 装飾物
  • inconspicuous 目立たない
  • enshrine 祀る

When you visit Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine and stand at the place where visitors are permitted to pray, you can see the main building behind the treasure houses. At Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine, on the other hand, the opposite arrangement is used. You see the main building in front and the treasure houses in back.

  • permit 許可する
  • opposite 逆の
  • arrengement 配置

Historians say:

☆ the main building symbolizes North Star

☆ the treasure houses symbolize the South Dipper Six Stars and the North Dipper Seven Stars each

The two types of arrangements symbolize celestial maps of the summer solstice and the winter solstice. In Taoism, the North Dipper Seven Stars are regarded as responsible for “death” while the South Dipper Six Stars “life.” Though I have no objection to it, I feel the arrangements have a more important spiritual meaning.

  • symbolize 象徴する
  • North Star 北極星
  • celestial 天体の
  • Taoism 道教
  • objection 異論

Why is the arrangement of the buildings different between Geku and Naiku? Seen from the above, the arrangement of the buildings of Geku is △, while that of Naiku is ▽. Overlap the two arrangements, and you’ll see a hexagram(✡️).

  • overlap 重ね合わせる
  • hexagram 六芒星

Every time I stand and pray in front of the main building of Geku, I feel intense holy energy, while, at Naiku, I feel more intense energy when I look at the main building at a distance from the back than from the front. At first, I wondered why it was so. I guessed that if I could stand right behind the main building of Naiku, which is prohibited though, I could feel much more intense holy energy.

  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • intense 強烈な
  • guess  推測する

My psychic reading has reveal that the secret lies in the treasure houses. Treasures offered to Kami are great artcraft works carefully made with the best technique. So artcraft works can be said to be magnetic masses of craftsmen’s thought energy.

  • reveal 明らかにする
  • artcraft work 工芸品
  • magnetic  磁気の

Lacquer wares, for example, are made from trees and Japanese lacquer carefully selected on the premise that they are delivered to Ise Grand Shrine. Time and effort it takes to make an artwork are unimaginable. I hear that craftsmen of treasures dedicated to Ise Grand Shrine have to obey a lot of rules, such as looping the workplace with straw ropes, restricting the entrance to the workplace and so on.

  • lacquer ware 漆器
  • premise 前提
  • unimaginable 想像できない
  • obey 従う
  • restrict 制限する

Artcraft works made with the best craftsmanship like this are positive magnetic masses. So treasure houses containing such artcraft works are like big storage batteries. And I feel these batteries begin to run down in twenty years. This is why the treasure houses, together with other buildings, have to be renewed every twenty years.

  • contain 中に含む
  • storage battery 蓄電器
  • this is why S+V こういうわけでSはVする

The reason why I feel a strong holy energy at Geku is that the treasure houses between visitors and the main building amplify the spiritual energy emitted from the main building. Ise Grand Shine can be said to be a rare religious facility that has been built with practical, spiritual secret arts. My theory is the effective period of the spiritual magnetism is one of the reasons why Shikinen-sengu ritual has to be held every two decades.

  • amplify 増幅させる
  • emit  放出する
  • practical 実践的な
  • ficility 施設
  • theory 説

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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

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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-