Diary on a Trip to Ise – PART 9

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When I was in my early twenties, I would often go to Mt. Miwa(三輪山)in Nara prefecture, Takinohara-miya shrine(瀧原宮), and Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮), riding on my medium-sized motorbike.

  • would often~ よく〜したものだ
  • motorbike バイク

There are two important lines of the solar orbit in Japan in terms of the sun worship. One is the straight line between Ise Grand Shrine and Awaji Island. The holy energy fell on this line about 3000 years ago, when the present Japan civilization rose.

  • orbit 軌道
  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • civilization  文明
  • rise  興隆する

Nara on this line became the center of politics and the Japan civilization started. On this line, along which the sun moves from Ise through Awaji Island to Izumo Taisha Shrine(出雲大社), a lot of dwelling places of deities and sites for the sun worship were built in ancient times.

  • center 中心
  • politics 政治
  • dwelling 住居用の
  • deity 神

Though this Ise-Awaji line functioned well until the end of Showa era, it was replaced with the straight line between Ise and Mt.Hakusan as the line on which holy energy falls at the beginning of Heisei era.

  • function 機能する
  • replace 取って代わる

The sun orbit is “the heavenly line,” while “the earth line” related to the energy of underground  still lies between Ise and Awaji Island. When the earth line moves, a big earthquake will occur at dawn.

  • haevenly 天の
  • related 関係した
  • occur 起きる
  • dawn 夜明け

This important line between Ise and Mt. Hakusan is beginning to wake. However, the truth is, before the Ise-Awaji line began to function, the Ise-Hakusan line had been functioning for a long, long time. The civilization at that time had been gone and is  unknown. The Ise-Awaji line and the Ise-Hakusan line have been playing the main role by turns through civilizations. The content or characteristics of a civilization changes depending on which of the lines plays the main role.

  • wake 目覚める
  • be gone なくなる
  • unknown 未知の
  • by turns 代わる代わる
  • content 中身

While the Ise-Awaji line is related to the material world, the Ise-Hakusan line to the spiritual world. The Sengu ritual(遷宮)of Ise Grand Shrine where all the buildings are replaced with new ones every twenty years symbolizes this change of the heavenly line.

  • material 物質的な
  • relatead 関係した
  • every ~ years 〜年毎に
  • symbolize 象徴する

I visited Takihara-no-miya shrine for the first time in twenty years. The impression I got this time was very different from that I got in Showa era. It looked very slimmed-down. A typhoon might have reduced the number of giant trees around the shrine. The approach to the main building of the shrine used to be dark and there used to be a lot of sprites of trees in the holy place of the shrine.

  • for the first time in ~ years 〜年ぶりに
  • slimmed- down ほっそりした
  • recude 減らす
  • sprite 妖精

Takihara-no-miya shrine was used by Yamato-hime-no-mikoto  (倭姫命)as a transit point when she went to and returned from Mt. Miwa and Ise. The shrine still reminds me of ancient affairs. As the Ise-Hakusan line replaces the Ise-Awaji line, the shrine will cease to be active quietly.

  • transit point 中継地点
  • remind A of B AにBを思い出させる
  • affairs 出来事
  • active 活発な

What impressed me most during this trip to Ise is how important mutual concessions are. Old roadways in Ise and those in the town near the beach are very narrow. I gave way to others on the road again and again. I went on the mountain paths, too, but I could get back safe and sound.

  • impress 感銘を与える
  • mutual 相互の
  • concession 譲歩
  • roadway 街道
  • narrwo 狭い
  • give way 道を譲る
  • safe and soud 無事に

I thought of this experience in Ise as a divine message that although the world would go on a difficult path, mutual concessions between nations could iron out all the world problems after all.  I thought I could go back home and rest, but …

To be continued.

  • divine 神の
  • path 道
  • nation 国家
  • solve 解決する
  • iron out A Aを解決する

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 I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 2

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After eating Ise-udon, I started walking to the Ise Station, when I found a shrine next the one in front of the restaurant. The same Inari-shin(稲荷) as that of Geku was enshrined there. I thought “I knew it.” The faith of Inari-shin had spread all over Ise.

  • enshrine 祀る
  • faith 信仰
  • spread  広がる

I got into my car I had parked at a coin-operated parking and headed for Yamato-hime-miya(倭姫宮). It was near the town and a good, quiet shrine with a long approach surrounded by the deep forest.

  • coin-operated parking コインパーキング
  • head for A Aに向かう
  • approach 参道
  • surround 囲む

I feel that Yamato-hime, an Imperial princess and the originator of a shinto priest, was a lady whose face was round with the forehead bulging a little bit. Her face shows that she was a strong-willed and hot-tempered woman. Such a  woman is most suitable for divine possession. Though she may not have been happy as a woman, she was loved by Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神).

  • Imperial 皇室の
  • originator 始祖
  • round 丸い
  • forehead 額
  • divine 神の

Then I visited Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月讀宮). I didn’t expect for anything special there, but it was a good shrine, too. There were four buildings side by side in the precinct. Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto(月讀尊) was enshrined in the two buildings each, and Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto were enshrined in the other two buildings.

  • expect 期待する
  • side by side 並んで
  • precinct 境内
  • each それぞれ

As soon as I prayed in front the building of Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto, I unexpectedly felt the energy of Susanoo, which is an important hint as to the mystery of the true identity of Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto. If the four buildings represented that Susanoo, who strayed from his parents according to Kojiki, Japan’s oldest historical record, and his parents, the meaning of three deities being enshrined together would be more clear.

  • as soon as S+V SがVするとすぐに
  • unexpectedly 意外なことに
  • as to A Aに関する
  • true identity 正体
  • represent 表す

Tsukiyomi-no-miya is near Naiku(内宮), so it looks like Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami is watching over by her brother and parents. Though the description about Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto disappears abruptly in Japanese myths, I believe the name Tsukuyomi-no-mikoto is an alternate name of Susanoo in Yomi-no-kuni, the nether world.

  • watch over A  Aを見守る
  • abruptly 唐突に
  • myth 神話
  • alternate 別の
  • nether world 黄泉の国

Lastly, I drove to Mt. Asama on the highway Ise-Shima Skyline, reaching it just in time for its opening hours. I climbed to the top of the mountain because it was an important point for sun worship. It being evening then, there was something mysterious, or an aura of the nether world, about the temple at the top.

  • in time  間に合って
  • sun worship 太陽崇拝
  • aura オーラ

Then I left there for the observation platform. There was a footbath there and around it I found some debris of Iwakura, a rock where divine energy falls down. I was immersed in my feelings for a while, thinking about Mt.Hakusan.

  • observation platform 展望台
  • debri 残骸
  • be immerced in A Aに耽る

I drove down to the town for a business meeting and the first night of my business trip to Ise was over. I was to go out with the local man in quest of Ise the next day. It was something of an adventure.

To be continued.

  • stray off 
  • quest 探索
  • something of a A ちょっとしたA
  • adventure 冒険

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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

You can Improve Yourself Dramatically on the Day of the Winter Solstice

The day of the winter solstice, December 22, is when daytime is the shortest and  nighttime is the longest in a year.  It’s been a very important day since ancient times in terms of sun worship. From a spiritual point of view, winter solstice is like New Year’s Eve and December 23 New Year’s Day.

  • the winter solstice 冬至
  • ancient times 古代
  • the sun worship 太陽信仰

After birth, people grow up to be adults and after the critical point of development, they decline and die. Likewise, the sun lives over a year and dies on the day of the winter solstice. Then, on December 23, it is to be reborn like a baby.

  • critical point 臨界点
  • decline 衰える
  • likewise 同様に
  • be reborn 生まれ変わる

Speaking of December 23, it’s Emperor’s Birthday. He was born on such a meaningful day, the very same day as the sun is born. When the present Emperor was the prince, his face was not the one of a man of divine possession. His face now looks like the one of a venerable sage. When God appears in a personal god, the face looks like it.

  • speaking of A Aと言えば
  • meaningful 意味深い
  • present 現在の
  • divine possession 神懸かり
  • venerable sage 翁
  • personal god 人格神

Thanks to important shinto rituals he holds every day, Japan has been taken special care of by the Sun God. Japan will be protected by all means. As a result, Japan will be able to, and have to, contribute a lot to the whole world. I hope the tradition of these important ancient shinto rituals will be taken over.

  • ritual 儀式
  • by all means 絶対に
  • contribute 貢献する
  • tradition  伝統

On the day of the winter solstice, you can have the sun carry away your misfortunes such as diseases or bad things that happened this year. When things are at their worst, they will mend. If you’ve been unlucky to this day, you can improve your situations dramatically from December 23 on.

  • carry away A  Aを運び去る
  • misfortune 不運
  • mend 好転する
  • dramatically 劇的に

The day could be your big chance. Taking advantage of the spiritual current of death and rebirth of the sun and overlapping your small universe with it, you should swear to yourself to separate yourself from your old self and be reborn.

  • take advantage of A Aを利用する
  • overlap 重ねる
  • swear 誓う
  • separate 引き離す

If you are a smoker and have failed to quit smoking many times, for example, you can quit smoking easily by swearing on the day of the winter solstice due to the spiritual power of the change of the sun. The day is the best timing to change your bad habits. It’s a kind of ablution and rebirth caused by the movement of the sun, one of the arcanums of ancient shinto.

  • fail to~ 〜することができない
  • due to A Aの為に
  • habit 習慣
  • ablution 禊
  • rebirth 再生
  • arcanum 奥義
  • ancient shinto 古神道

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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.

If You Want to Meet Your Loved One Who Has Passed Away, Keep on Sending the Magnetism of Gratitude

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Human beings can’t avoid birth, aging, illness and death. Therefore, you cannot avoid parting from a loved one. You know it’s unavoidable, but once you are bereaved of your loved one, you’ll be very upset. You would be anxious to meet your loved one again. But you are not allowed to do it in this World of Reality.

  • therefore それゆえ
  • part 別れる
  • loved one 愛しい人
  • unavoidable    避けることができない
  • bereave 奪う
  • allow 許す

Well, does the deceased want to meet you? I’m going to explain about this in terms of sun worship. Ancient people thought that human lives were like the movement of the sun. The sun is born in the morning and dies in the evening. The dead sun is born again as the morning sun in the other world, they thought. That is, they felt that, as soon as people die in this world, they would be born as babies in another world. Souls never die. This is spiritually true.

  • sun worship 太陽信仰
  • ancient 古代の
  • movement 動き

Once you die, your soul goes to another dimension according to the level of your soul. It can be said that you are reborn in another world. In the new dimension, you’re not free for some time until you get used to it as if you were a baby. At first you will have difficulty adapting yourself to the new circumstances. You still cannot afford to think about your loved one you left in the World of Reality.

  • dimension 次元
  • adapt 適応させる
  • afford 〜する余裕がある

As you settles down, you’ll come to want to meet the deceased you wanted to while you were alive, such as your parents and relatives. But, unfortunately, the souls who can meet you are only the ones belonging to higher spiritual dimensions than the dimension where you are. The deceased belonging to lower dimensions can’t come to meet you. It is rare but possible that you go down to meet such souls in lower dimensions after you’ve settled down and become free.

  • relative 親戚
  • belong 属している
  • rate めったにない

The reason why souls of the deceased don’t contact you soon after they die is that they are newborn babies who are confused in another world not knowing what to do. It takes time for souls to settle down in the spirit world. The length of the time differs from soul to soul. Enlightened souls can move freely the instant they lose their physical bodies. But in general, souls will be able to appear in people’s dreams about three years after they died. This length of the time is also different depending on how much their souls can keep calm.

  • contact 連絡をとる
  • newborn 新生の
  • length 長さ
  • differ 異なる
  • enlightened 悟った
  • the instant S+V SがVするやいなや

The more you continue sending magnetism of sadness to the deceased, wanting to meet him/her again, the more the deceased can’t settle down. That is, the baby’s development stops. This is because the magnetism prevents them to grow up in the spirit world. Also, when the souls of the deceased have attachment to their children or spouses, they are likely to be reluctant to leave the Word of Reality. It’s like they have their hair pulled from behind.

  • sadness 悲しみ
  • development 発達
  • attachment 執着
  • reluctant  したがらない

By throwing away even your name and everything in the World of Reality without hesitation, you can develop faster in the spirit world to become free and realize the meaning and result of your journey to the World of Reality. The appearance your soul takes on then, by the way, is that of your age that you liked the best while you were alive.

  • throw away A Aを捨てる
  • hesitation ためらい
  • meaning 意味

If you really meet the deceased at least in your dream, send him/her only gratitude, or the magnetism of gratitude. You must not send the magnetism of sadness or distress because it delays the reunion. Should you commit suicide trying to meet the deceased, it is possible you can never meet him/her forever. Also, if your way of life is such that the deceased would worry about, the deceased will be concerned about you because of love for you, and as a result the development of his/her soul will stop.

  • at least せめて
  • distress 苦悩
  • delay 遅らせる
  • suicide 自殺
  • concerned 心配して

If you want to meet your loved one who has passed away, please live to the end of your days doing your best so that you can go to a higher dimension than the one where your loved one is. And it’s important that you keep on sending the magnetism of gratitude to the deceased as long as you live, for it is the best gift for your loved one.

  • pass away 亡くなる
  • do one’s best 最善を尽くす
  • 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.