Those who can Have Consideration for What is Invisible are Spiritually Virtuous

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If you’ve been able to hold memorial services for your ancestors for more than one year, even with a few breaks, I recommend you to set a household shinto altar at your house to enshrine Kamifuda(神札), a kind of amulet provided by a shinto shrine, in. That you can continue doing it means you have consideration for invisible beings, which is rare and valuable.

  • break 休止
  • recommend 勧める
  • enshrine 祭る
  • consideration 思いやり
  • invisible 見えない

For example, when you share something with someone in neighborhood, you’re expecting at heart that the person will give you something in return in the future. But when you hold a memorial service or pray to God, you can’t see the object.  Therefore,

● You can’t be sure if you could make yourself understood.

● You can’t be sure if your deed is effective or not.

● You may think what you’re doing is selfish or uselss.

  • share 分かち合う
  • in return お返しに
  • object 対象
  • effective 効果的な

Sometimes you may worry about these. But this is the very reason why your deed is very valuable and admirable. In fact, it’s easy to do something for visible reactions. Anyone can do it. This is nothing but an expedient action for you to receive something in return. You may be able to hold memorial services for a short period of time as an experiment, even with concern about the possibility of their being meaningless, but you couldn’t keep on doing it long without your mercy or kindness. Many of you aren’t aware of your virtue. Some might think you’re able to continue holding memorial services because of your greed. But this is not true. Being able to hold memorial services for your ancestors shows that you’re a righteous person. The continuation is the proof. No one can deny the fact that you hold memorial services continuously.

  • admirable 立派な
  • expedient 功利的な
  • mercy 慈悲心
  • virtue 美徳
  • greed 欲
  • righteous 正しい

Those who only believe in something recognizable or perceivable may think that memorial services for ancestors are nothing but superstition and worthless. Such people are likely to take only expedient actions for themselves in everyday lives. They try to avoid worthless things .

  • recognizable 認識できる
  • perveivable 知覚できる
  • superstition 迷信

More often than not, however, you are not aware that you’re taken care of by someone without knowing it nor that you’re annoying someone. Those who can’t care about what they’re not aware of will miss the chance to be happy or, even if their dreams come true, they will lose something important in exchange. This is a law of the universe.

  • more often than not しばしば
  • annoy 悩ませる
  • in exchange 交換に

Those who can take care of what is invisible and hiding are spiritually virtuous. They can’t see nor understand God. They can’t be sure of how effective their memorial services for ancestral spirits are, but still they hold memorial services and express their gratitude to God just because they are grateful for having been kept alive. What matters is this kind of attitude. Those who can practice holding memorial services for their ancestors are those who can be considerate of others in the real world, too. They are kind at heart.

  • virtuous 徳のある
  • graitude 感謝の気持ち
  • grateful  感謝して
  • attitude 考え方
  • considerate 思いやりのある

Many self-claimed professionals assert that since ancestral spirits have no power, worshipping gods is the most important. The true God would avoid such people who abandon the weak, their ancestral spirits, and try to make approaches to God, saying “God, please,” for they believe in the logic of the strong like animals. Their attitude is the proof that they’re not connected with the true God. God will approach on its own those who try to help the weak.

  • assert 主張する
  • the logic of the strong 強者の論理
  • connect 繋げる

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.