Illusions Make You Forget Your Happiness

The other day, I saw a TV commercial where a master pays his apprentice a salary for the first time.

Master: “Save 20% of it.”

Apprentice: “Ha! I think I can’t.”

Master: “Well, then try to live with 80% of the salary.”

Apprentice: “Maybe I can. I’ll do it.”

The master is saying the same thing, but how he says it gave the apprentice a new hope. The same thing is true of life.

  • master 師匠
  • apprentice 見習い
  • save 取っておく
  • be true of A Aに当てはまる

People are apt to take for granted that they’re kept alive and be troubled by a slight difference, comparing themselves to others. According to the latest science, most planets in the universe are barren. In this sense, it’s really a miracle that the earth exists in the universe and that you are living there now. You should know you’re very lucky to be alive.

  • be apt to~ 〜しがちである
  • alive 生きている
  • troubled 悩む
  • slight わずかな
  • compare 比較する
  • barren 不毛の

You might be poor, sick, out of job, or disappointed in love. But these situations never fail to change. They’re like illusions because they change all the time. Such illusions, which account for, say, 20% of your life, make you forget your happiness, which accounts for 80% of your life. All you have to do is live. Even if you are sick in bed unable to move, you are a universe as long as you’re alive.

  • never fail to~ 必ず〜する
  • all the time いつも
  • account for A Aを占める
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても

People are easily overwhelmed by this kind of illusion. This is why it’s important for you to say to yourself “I’m grateful for being kept alive” in your daily lives. By doing this, you’ll realize that everything happening to you is possible because you are alive, come to see things from a broader perspective, and be reminded of a big happiness you’ve already have.

  • overwhelm 圧倒する
  • this is why S+V こういうわけでSはVする
  • possible 可能な
  • perspective 物の見方
  • be reminded of A Aを思い出す

A life full of happenings can be said to be a fulfilling one. If you experience and accept both joys and sorrows with gratitude, you’re sure to be surprised to see how huge your fortune is after you go back to the other world. I’m very sure about this. Everything in this world comes down to:

  • fulfilling 充実した
  • gratitude 感謝
  • fortune 財産
  • come down to A 結局はAになる

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


Christians and the Memorial Service for Ancestors


In Christianity, to the best of my knowledge, the concept of memorial services for ancestors is not emphasized very much. But I feel that the states of ancestors do have influences on their descendants all the time in life. This is because human beings are connected to their ancestors through spiritual lines, or genes,  all the time.

  • to the best of one’s knowledge 〜の知る限り
  • concept 概念
  • emphasize 強調する
  • state 状態
  • influence 影響
  • descendant 子孫
  • all the time いつも
  • be connected to A Aにつながっている
  • gene 遺伝子

If you were a Christian and your parents or grandparents had passed away with unsatisfied feelings, worries, or attachment to this world in their minds, they would stay around you now unable to go to the spiritual world for Christians. As long as a soul stays in this world with attachment to this world, the state of mind of the moment of his/her death is fixed and hardened as it is in the World of Reality. Though you cannot see your ancestral spirits, you will be affected by the negative energy of magnetism your ancestral spirits emit who stay around you and try to appeal you to do something for them, when you’ll get irritated or mad easily for no reason. With this state of mind, you’ll make a wrong decision and go into vicious cycle by yourself.

pass away 亡くなる

unsatisfied 満たされない

attachment 執着

as long as S+V SがVする限り

fix 固定する

harden 固める

affect 影響する

magnetism 磁気

emit 放出する

get irritated イライラする

make a decision 決断を下す

vicious cycle 悪循環

Also, if a Christian passed away with regrets over things in this world or strong feelings of anger, his/her thought energy would be likely to linger in the World of Reality and they would try to revenge themselves on their enemies unable to go to the spiritual world for Christians. Unable to affect them directly because of the lack of their physical bodies, they would try to make misfortunes happen to them.

  • regret 後悔
  • anger 怒り
  • linger 滞留する
  • revenge oneself on A Aに復讐する
  • enemy 敵
  • lead A to~ Aに〜するよう仕向ける

The problem is what will happen to them after accomplishing their aims. They couldn’t go to the world for Christians however hard they try. Because their spirits have stayed too long in this world, their thought energy of the moment of their death is frozen. Even if they succeed in their revenge, the feelings of anger not disarmed, they would try to lead another person to death.

  • accomplish 成し遂げる
  • aim 目的
  • disarm 和らげる

If their feelings are as they are, they won’t see any angels coming for you from the spiritual world for Christians. Because the mind of revenge doesn’t match with the wavelength of angels, they cannot meet each other. They will end up in wandering in this world with the hatred and go to their living descendants after all.

  • match 合う
  • wavelength 波長
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜することになる
  • wander 彷徨う
  • hatred 憎しみ
  • after all 結局は

Unfortunate ancestral spirits of this kind are invisible, but their descendants are affected by them because they are always flowing around their descendants and giving off magnetic energy of anger all the time. And the descendants are likely to follow the same fate as their ancestors’ after all because they’re always affected by such ancestors’ magnetic waves. There are many cases that descendants lead the same kind of life as their ancestors.

  • unfortunate 不運な
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • give off A Aを放つ
  • be likely to~ 〜しそうである
  • fate 運命

Well, to save this kind of unfortunate ancestral spirits, it’s the most effective for their living descendants to offer gratitude to them. Dare to offer gratitude to such ancestral spirits in anger. As descendants don’t know which ancestral spirit is in suffer, it’s better to offer gratitude to the whole ancestral spirits.

  • effective 効果的な
  • offer 捧げる
  • dare to~ あえて〜する

This is not to worship them just like you worship God. It’s natural for Christians to worship Christ. The memorial service is held to offer gratitude to ancestral spirits with a view to consoling them. In holding it, please offer gratitude of “Thank you so much for keeping us alive” to them, for it is because our ancestors  lived in the past that we descendants can be alive now. This way has very strong effects on the invisible world.

  • worship 崇拝する
  • with a view to A Aの目的で
  • console 慰める
  • effect 影響

You must not make any wish to your ancestral spirits. If you do so, they’ll be bewildered and begin to suffer because they cannot make your wishes come true however hard they try. Then the vibration of suffer they emit will have bad influences on you and bad situations will actually appear before you.

  • must not~ 〜してはならない
  • make a wish 願い事をする
  • bewilder 当惑させる
  • actually 実際に

I feel that in areas where the number of people who have a lot of unsatisfied ancestral spirits is large, there are likely to be a tendency for troubles between inhabitants or accidents to occur. If people can have a large mind full of gratitude each, the society where they live will become peaceful naturally. For each of our minds to be satisfied, it is essential that each of us hold memorial services at home for our ancestors.

  • unsatisfied 満足していない
  • tendency 傾向
  • inhabitant 住民
  • essential 必要不可欠な

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます


Thank you so much for keeping us alive.