True religious faith is what each one of us should have.

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Now that you have been born, it is important that you have “faith of your own color.” That is, religious faiths of others are those of their color. You have to have your faith of your own color. Ise-Hakusan Dou is the way to aim for Inner God and be awake to your own god, which leads you to true happiness. What others worship is not yours.

  • now that S+V SがVする今
  • religious faith 信仰
  • that is つまり
  • aim for A Aを目指す
  • awake 目覚めた

The faith should not be had in groups. Human beings are all different from each other in face, character, and so on. Every one of us is like a star. Stars travel in the universe with the current of galaxies and move in the same direction. Just as each star travels with the big current of a galaxy, the direction of your faith is important.

  • each other 互い
  • character 性格
  • and so on など
  • universe 宇宙
  • galaxy 銀河
  • direction 方向

The direction of Ise-Hakusan Dou is;

1. To pay attention to what you have taken for granted in the present situations and to have gratitude for it.

2. To offer only gratitude to ancestral spirits and deities.

3. To foster and develop God in our hearts.

That’s all.

  • pay attention to A Aに注意を払う
  • take A for granted Aを当たり前と思う
  • the present situations 現状
  • offer 捧げる
  • gratittude 感謝の気持ち
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • foster 育てる
  • develop 発達させる

Unless you make a mistake in this basic direction, you don’t have to worry about details of manners or differences of words. Those who cling to the ways incantations and congratulatory addresses are said and say “This has to be done like this” or “You must do this like that” are actually not connected to God or don’t know anything about God. Because they don’t know God, they try to depend of formalities.

  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • detail 細かい点
  • cling to A Aに執着する
  • incantation 呪文
  • congratulatory adderess 祝詞
  • formality 形式

Low-level spiritual beings in the World of the Dead or Devildom love teachings which bind down human minds. By making humans chant meaningless incantations, they try to make them expect something good. Religious faiths which promote dependence like this will make you separate from your Inner God and you will never feel the sense of security forever.

  • the World of the Dead 幽界
  • Divildom 魔界
  • bind down A Aを縛り付ける
  • expect 期待する
  • sense of security 安心感
  • forever 永遠に

There are some people in society who hate religious groups and believe in their own efforts. They don’t have any household Shinto altar and rarely visit their ancestors’ graves during Obon festival. On the face of it, they appear to be the ones who lack faith, but as long as they can do what is mentioned at No.1 above, I think they are socially great.

  • society 社会
  • hate 嫌う
  • rarely めったに〜ない
  • grave 墓
  • on the face of it 一見すると
  • lack 欠く
  • mention 言及する

However, various kinds of obstacles you have to get over are in store in life so that you can improve yourself. In the course of life, you have to experience difficulties and sad things you can never avoid. In such situations, even people who look strong, as people are weak sometimes, may think they’re unlucky and lose their ways.

  • obstacle 障害
  • be in store  待ち構えている
  • improve 改善する
  • avoid 避ける
  • weak 弱い

I wish they had the faith like No1, 2 and 3 in such a difficult situations. Unfortunately the right kind of religious faith is little, if any. Because most religions become corrupt gradually and their main purposes turn into collecting money before believers know it. If you happen to join a religious organization which thinks much of collecting money, you will end up thinking that you shouldn’t have believed in God after spending a lot of money and time. This is miserable. The right faith has nothing to do with money.

  • unfortunaltely 残念ながら
  • corrupt 腐敗した
  • purpose 目的
  • collect 集める
  • happen to~  たまたま〜する
  • think much of A Aを重要視する
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜するはめになる

No 2 and 3 are important. We may have repeated reincarnations for the purpose of realizing them. In terms of souls, it is halfway done for human beings to just work, enjoy their lives and die. Now that you have been given a life in this world thanks to a series of miracles, such a way of life is really a waste. It’s important that you should realize God in your heart deeply while you’re alive.

  • reincarnation 生まれ変わり
  • for the purpose of ~ing 〜するために
  • in terms of A Aの観点から
  • halfway done 中途半端な
  • thanks to A Aのお陰で
  • a series of A 一連のA
  • alive 生きている

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 us alive.

Questions and Answers (12)-(13)

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Question 12:

I wanna ask you about Hannya Shingyo,Heart Sutra. One of my friends, told by someone that it is good to chant the Heart Sutra for his ancestors, chants it about 200 times a day, day and night, before his family Buddhist altar. What do you think of this? I am recommending to him that he offer words of gratitude like you said.

  • Heart Sutra 般若心経
  • chat 唱える
  • ancestor 先祖
  • day and night 朝に晩に
  • family Buddhist altar 仏壇
  • recommend 勧める
  • offer 捧げる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Answer:

It is no good to chant Heart Sutra for ancestors. On the contrary, I feel Heart Sutra bind up and torture them. Many people who keep on chanting a sutra get unstable mentally. The Heart Sutra was made up a couple of hundred years after Buddha died. It is nothing more than a miscellany of parts. I feel Heart Sutra contain some trap by the writer.

  • no good 少しも良くない
  • on the contrary それどころか
  • bind up A Aを縛る
  • torture 痛めつける
  • keep on ~ing 〜し続ける
  • unstable 不安定な
  • mentally 精神的に
  • make up A Aを作り上げる
  • nothing more than A Aに過ぎない
  • miscellany 寄せ集め
  • part 部品
  • contain 含んでいる
  • trap 罠

Question 13:

If a baby’s spirituality level is not close to that of his mother, is there something wrong? I had bad morning sickness, so I think my son and I have different level of spirituality.

  • spirituality 霊性
  • be close to A Aに近い
  • morning sichness 悪阻
  • son 息子

Answer:

It is true that when a baby’s spirituality level and mother’s are different, his/her mother tends to have bad morning sickness. When the frequency of vibration of the baby’s spiritual body doesn’t correspond with that of his/her mother, the phenomenon arises. To put it better, it is possible that the baby has much higher spirituality than that of his/her mother. There is no problem if there is a difference in spirituality between a parent and a child. It’s just like they have different personalities.

  • tend to~ 〜する傾向がある
  • frequency of vibration 振動数
  • correspond   一致する
  • phenomenon 現象
  • arise 生じる
  • to put it better 良く言えば
  • possible あり得る
  • parent 親
  • personality 個性