Villains are Saved who can be Aware of their being Villains

Shinran(親鸞), the founder of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, once said “Good men can become Buddha, much more bad men.” He affirmed that even bad men could be Buddha absolutely. Hearing this, it is said, some people in those days did wrong things intentionally, claiming  that they did it to become Buddha. Since his saying became a social problem, Shinran said “You don’t need to take in poison because there is good medicine.”

  • affirm 断言する
  • social problem 社会問題
  • medicine 薬

What I feel he wanted to say is the importance of recognition and awareness. Those are great who can be aware of their being bad persons, for they have already regretted and repented of his sins. As is common more or less in this world, some people think of their evil deeds as nothing and others something bad. Some neighbors take out their garbage on the days other than fixed ones without feeling guilty, for example. They are not even aware that they are doing wrong things.

  • recognition 認識
  • awareness 気づき
  • regret 後悔する
  • repend 懺悔する
  • common よくある
  • fixed 決められた

Bad men Shinran referred to are villains who are aware that they are villains, not villains others cast stones at. There is a big difference between those who regard themselves as bad and those whom others regard as bad. This World of Reality is a dimension where it’s difficult to distinguish good from bad. Shakuson also told about the difficulty of recognizing things rightly and its importance. He suggested that if people failed to recognize things rightly, they would commit a sin without knowing it and make bad karma, which would affect their afterlives, too.

  • refer 言及する
  • villain 悪党
  • regard 見なす
  • dimension 次元
  • sin 罪
  • afterlife 来世

Then, what should you do? All you have to do is to live according to your conscience while you decrease your negative magnetism around your body by holding memorial services for your ancestral spirits with gratitude to them and being grateful to God. If you admit having done something wrong, you have only to do something good that surpasses the wrong thing. It’s best if you can do something good for others, including your family. If you can also console invisible beings such as your ancestral spirits on this journey called a life, your life is a better one.

  • conscience 良心
  • decrease 減らす
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • grateful 感謝して
  • admit 認める
  • surpass 上回る
  • console 慰める

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.

Continued Hypocrisy Turns Into True Virtue

We experience various kinds of emotions every day such as vexation, anxiety, anger,uneasiness, depravity, joy, hope and mercy. Our minds are always changing. Emitted spiritual magnetism of each emotion makes up your aura. It’s OK for you to get angry , feel anxiety or indulge in fantasies, but the point is it’s important that you overwrite the negative emotions by emitting more positive ones.

  • vexation 悔しさ
  • depravity 堕落
  • indulge 耽る
  • overwrite 上書きする

Negative emotions and positive emotions offset each other. And the more magnetism of the two makes up the color of your aura. Therefore, after you felt distressed, got angry, or had a grudge against someone during the day, you should overwrite the negative emotions by having positive emotions of gratitude at the end of the day. It’s not good to sleep with anger because the negative emotion is recorded in your spiritual body.

  • offset 相殺する
  • distressed 苦しんだ
  • grudge 恨み
  • etch 刻み込む

If you’re told not to have negative emotions, you’ll end up suppressing them, which can cause your mental or physical problems later or trigger some impulsive behavior. In case you have anger, anxiety or sexual thoughts, you should keep at least the mind of observing yourself objectively, thinking “Oh, my!”

  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる
  • suppress 抑圧する
  • cause 引き起こす
  • trigger 引金になる
  • impulsive 衝動的な
  • tempt 魅惑する

Shinran(親鸞), a famous founder of a Buddhist sect, observed and appoved his foolishness, accepting it honestly. He thought that no other man in the world was more foolish, lustful and stupid than himself. And he concluded that he had no choice but live with the belief in Buddha, and seeked for the teachings of Buddha. As a result, he finally reached the absolutely peaceful state of mind, meaning “Leave everything to Buddha after you’ve done all that you can.”

  • lustful 好色な
  • conclude 結論づける
  • belief 信仰
  • absolutely 絶対的に

If I take a look spiritually at great men who made great achievements in the past, I find that many of them were such people as got angry, cried and loved someone passionately. Though they had more negative emotions than anyone else, they could have more positive emotions than the negative ones and sublimate the latter into actual good deeds. In a way, they were big men with both many good and bad aspects.

  • achievement 業績
  • passionately 大いに
  • sublimate 昇華する
  • deed 行い
  • aspect 側面

Good deeds you do in this World of Reality offset your bad thoughts and have a lot of rewards. When you are almost overwhelmed by bad emotions, you should observe yourself and do a good deed even if it is hypocrisy. If you keep on practicing hypocrisy, it will turn into true virtue. Everything you do in this World of Reality is recorded in space as magnetism, which, in turn, is projected onto your magnetism like a wave. This is how your actions make your future and the reason why the future is indefinite and changeable.

  • overwhelm 圧倒する
  • hypocricy 偽善
  • virtue 善
  • indefinite 不確定な

Consoling your ancestral spirits or other ones related to you for any length of time every day is one of the greatest achievements you can make. It’s important what you choose and practice in your limited free time. No matter how many sinful acts you committed in the past, you can be OK.  As long as you live, it is what you do from now on that matters.

  • console 慰める
  • sinful 罪深い
  • matter 重要である

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.