Questions and answers (9)-(11)

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Question 9:

Now I’m living in a country next to Japan. Since incense sticks are available here, I hold a memorial service for my ancestors. But if I do it in a foreign country other than Japan, does my gratitude really reach them ?

  • next to A Aの隣の
  • since S+V SはVするので
  • incense stick 線香
  • available 手に入る
  • a memorial service for one’s ancestors 先祖供養
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • foreign country 外国
  • other than A A以外の
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Answer:

It’ OK. Because you are always connected with your ancestors through a spiritual line of your ancestry. Everyone receives energy from the Original God through the invisible spiritual line like a umbilical cord as long as he lives. The spiritual line is a current of ancestral history and linear. This spiritual line connecting you to the Original God is also a line which has connected with offsprings generation to generation to this day through a history of your ancestry. When you die, the line is broken. That you are alive means that you are connected with your ancestors no matter where you are.

  • be connected with A Aと繋がっている
  • spiritual line 霊線
  • ancestry 先祖
  • receive 受け取る
  • the Original God 根源神
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • umbilical cord へその緒
  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • current 流れ
  • linear 線形
  • connect A to B AとBを結びつける
  • generation to generation 世代から世代へと
  • to this day 今日まで
  • alive 生きている
  • mean 意味する
  • no matter where S+V どこにSがVしようとも

Question 10:

Do my ancestors staying in a spiritual world help their associates who are relatives and have not rested in peace, or do they lead them to? If a spirit who cannot rest in peace are relieved only by a memorial service conducted by the living, why is it so?

  • associate 仲間
  • relative 親戚
  • rest in peace 成仏する
  • lead A to~ Aに〜するよう仕向ける
  • relieve 安心させる
  • conduct 行う
  • the living 生きている者

Answer:

Relieved spirits of your ancestors worry about the other restless spirits who belonged to the family from which they borrowed their own bodies and make efforts trying to redress the afflicted until their next spiritual journey begins.  The energy for doing this is received from memorial services held by their offsprings with gratitude. Without the energy, they run short of that needed to help other spirits and a kind of food given to those who suffer from hunger.

  • worry 心配する
  • restless 迷える
  • belong to A Aに属する
  • make efforts 努力する
  • try to~ 〜しようとする
  • redress 救う
  • the afflicts 悩める者
  • journey 旅
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • run short of A Aが不足する
  • suffer from A Aに苦しむ
  • hunger 飢餓 

Question 11:

I cannot afford to build my own grave any more. I’m losing even my shelter. If someone’s ashes are thrown away into a river, does the deceased feel sad ? Do any misfortunes happen to his future offsprings ?

  • cannot afford A Aを買う余裕がない
  • grave 墓
  • not …any more もはや…ない
  • shelter 居場所
  • ashes 遺灰
  • throw A away 捨てる
  • the deceased 亡くなった人
  • feel sad 悲しむ
  • misfortune 災い
  • happen to A Aに起こる

Answer:

Even if you have your own grave, only part of ashes can be put in it. Most of the ashes are burned with other people’s. So if you don’t have one, it is no problem to have all the ashes disposed of. It is a memorial service held at home every day that does good to the deceased, not the ashes. Even if you have a grave, the deceased will feel sad if you don’t hold any memorial service for him at home. If you make it a rule to offer gratitude to the whole ancestry by memorial services, your surroundings will change easily into those you feel like appreciating. There is always a good chance as long as you live, so let’s both try our best.

  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • most 大部分
  • burn 燃やす
  • have A pp Aを〜してもらう
  • dispose of A Aを処分する
  • do good to A Aのためになる
  • make it a rule to~ 〜することにしている
  • offer 捧げる
  • the whole A A全体
  • surroundings 環境
  • feel like ~ing 〜したいと思う
  • appreciate 有り難く思う
  • try one’s best 最善を尽くす

on guardian spirits

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Most of the guardian spirits are our ancestors after all. Just as parents are anxious about where their children are going, so it is our relieved ancestors who take good care of us.

  • guardian spirit 守護霊
  • ancestor 先祖
  • after all やはり
  • just as S+V ちょうどSがVするように
  • parent 親
  • be anxious about A Aについて心配する
  • relieved 安心した
  • take good care of A Aを十分に世話する

Though there is sometimes a case where other ancestors whose bloodline is other than yours become your guardian spirits, of course, they don’t take as good care of you as your ancestors.

  • case 場合
  • bloodline 血脈

Those who make efforts to hold memorial services for their ancestors, who were born into your family line and your precursors , can receive protection commensurate with your acts of holding the memorial services, in your lifetime.

  • make efforts 努力する
  • precursor 先輩
  • protection 保護
  • commensurate 見合った
  • lifetime  生涯

The more ancestors are in anguish, the more painful phenomena happen to their offsprings. But when you can make them rest in peace in the shortest and practically by holding memorial services based on gratitude, they turn your guardian spirits and repay you for your kindness.

  • be in anguish 苦悶している
  • painful 苦しい
  • phenomena 現象
  • offspring 子孫
  • rest in peace 成仏する
  • in the shortest 最短で
  • practically 実践的に
  • turn  変わる
  • repay 恩返しする
  • kindness 優しさ

The more ancestors you relieve , the more guardian spirits you have. It is only your ancestors who watch over you giving every possible help. There are no such cool, convenient guardian spirits as self-appointed psychics say in the world. God never cooperates on personal trifle things. It acts for the sake of many people, nations, and the earth. If it were to do it, it would be an unfair being, complicit in some personal profit. It is not God but a devil.

  • watch over A Aを見守る
  • giving every possible help 手取り足取り
  • such A as B BのようなA
  • convenient 都合のよい
  • self-appointed 自称の
  • psychic  霊能者
  • in the world 世間で
  • cooperate 協力する
  • personal 個人的な
  • trifle things 細事
  • for the sake of A Aのために
  • nation 国家
  • unfair 不公平な
  • being 存在
  • complicit in A Aに加担する
  • profit 利益

It has been said among ascetics that  “Gankake”(願掛け)means “to pray for something in exchange for eyes” or “to lack eyes.” Tradition has it that if you are always praying to God for your profit, you go blind.

  • ascetic 行者
  • in exchange for A Aを交換に
  • lack 欠く
  • Tradition has it that …  …という伝えが昔からある
  • be always ~ing いつも〜してばかりいる
  • go blind 視力を無くす

As long as you devote gratitude to everything, gods and humans, there is no problem. Only good things return to you.

  • as long as S+V SがVする限り
  • return  戻ってくる

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.

turn negative energy into positive by holding memorial services

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I myself felt very painful about 25 years ago when I started memorial services for my ancestors with gratitude to them and incense sticks. Traditional Buddhism only for funerals didn’t have any effect on spiritual worlds.

  • painful 辛い
  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • incense stick 線香
  • traditional 伝統的な
  • funeral 葬式
  • have effect on A Aに影響を与える

If you make gratitude a key to the successful ritual, communication with the World of the Dead and the World of Spirits begins practically and restless ancestral spirits come close to you. When a group of ancestral spirits feel relieved, you become stronger physically and more stable mentally, and in turn another group which has something to do with you comes. And then when I feel a little bit painful… again, I repeat the same thing.

  • ritual 儀式
  • practically 実践的に
  • restless 迷える
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • physically 肉体的に
  • stable 安定した
  • mentally 精神的に
  • in turn 次に
  • have something to do with A Aと何か関係がある
  • repeat 繰り返す

The relieved ancestral spirits turn guardian spirits and protect the person who hold memorial services for them in many ways. The more ancestors you make relieved, the more guardian spirits you have. In this universe, all you do makes up karma and it returns to you.

  • turn 変わる
  • guardian spirit 守護霊
  • protect 守る
  • in many ways 色々な方法で
  • universe 宇宙

Although I have most of my ancestors relieved at the moment, sometimes a spirits who has little to do with me comes to me, asking for help. In fall in the 18 year of the Heisei Era, a spirit came to me. The moment such spirit comes close, I notice it because I feel depressed. From the next morning on, I started to devote incense sticks and gratitude to him for a couple of days, saying ” 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. As a result of it, he felt relieved and rested in peace.

  • most of A Aの大部分
  • at the moment 現在は
  • have little to do with A Aとほとんど関係がない
  • ask for A Aを求める
  • notice 気がつく
  • feel depressed 暗い気持ちがする
  • devote 捧げる
  • for a couple of days 数日間

Ideally speaking, each offspring should hold memorial services for his/her ancestors with gratitude. If at least one representative of a family practices it, the whole family will benefit by it, for spiritual stains coming from their ancestors decrease. But it is only you who can clean your own spiritual line connected with your ancestors by holding services. Since we were born, every one of us should do it.

  • ideally speaking 理想的に言えば
  • each それぞれの
  • offspring 子孫
  • at least 少なくとも
  • representative 代表
  • whole 全体の
  • benefit 恩恵を受ける
  • stain 汚れ
  • decrease 減る
  • connect  繋げる
  • since S+V SがVしたからには

I believe spirits are a kind of electromagnetic wave in fact. Restless spirits emit negative electromagnetic waves and expose the possessed to negative energy. If you leave the negative energy as it is, you will be affected strongly by intense positive energy from the sun. If you turn the negative energy from restless spirits into negative energy by holding services at all, the intense positive energy from the sun will do you good and make you thrive. On the other hand, those who is always going off negative energy will suffer in this new age.

  • electromagnetic wave 電磁波
  • emit 放出する
  • negative マイナスの
  • the possessed 憑依者
  • as it is そのまま
  • affect 影響する
  • intense 強烈な
  • turn A into B AをBに変える
  • at all 少しでも
  • do A good Aのためになる
  • thrive 力強く成長する
  • on the other hand 一方
  • go off A Aを放つ
  • suffer 苦しむ

Organizational religious groups which collect money from their believers ,teaching them that God exists outside of them, are all covered with negative magnetism 100 %. Those groups give off the negative magnetism which hampers the faith of searching for God inside humans. Exposed to this kind of negative energy, more and more people would get cancer or become depressed because they are affected strongly by the effects of magnetism caused by the sunspot activity.

  • organizatonal 組織的な
  • religious group 宗教組織
  • collect 集める
  • believer 信者
  • outside of A Aの外に
  • hamper 妨げる
  • search for A Aを探求する
  • expose さらす
  • more and more A ますます多くのA
  • cancer 癌
  • magnetism 磁気
  • cause 引き起こす
  • sunspot activity 太陽黒点活動

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.

side effect of holding memorial service for your ancestors

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Even if you haven’t felt anything in holding a memorial service for your ancestors according to some conventional Buddhist method, when you write down on Tanzaku on your own, make up a memorial tablet for them, and start to devote Kotodama(言霊) “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-and incense sticks to them, based on gratitude, you are sure to feel something different at the bottom of your heart. Some people feel delight rising from inside, and others feel physical languor, though the number of the latter is small.

  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • memorial service  供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • according to A Aに従って
  • conventional 従来の
  • method 方法
  • on one’s own 自分自身で
  • memorial tablet 霊位
  • devote 捧げる
  • keep A alive Aを生かしておく
  • incense stick 線香
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • be sure to~ きっと〜するだろう
  • bottom 底
  • delight 喜び
  • languor だるさ

These phenomena are a proof that this way of doing does have practical power and reach the spiritual worlds. If you hold memorial services, don’t you think it better to do it in the effectual way than in an ineffectual way ?

  • phenomena 現象
  • proof 証拠
  • way of doing やり方
  • practical 実践的な
  • reach 届く
  • effectual 効果のある
  • ineffectual  効果のない

If a person who has never held such services for his ancestors before starts to do it, he might feel physical languor. This is because many ancestors have been waiting for offsprings to hold memorial services for many years, and their spiritual waves get in tune with the practitioner’s. You can regard this as a proof that the person and his ancestral spirits begin to communicate with each other. Ideally speaking, such a person should keep on holding the services for them out of pity and “melt” and “digest” the languor, but when he feels painful in doing it, it is no problem to stop.

  • physical 肉体的な
  • wait for A to- Aが〜するのを待つ
  • offspring 子孫
  • wave 波動
  • get in tune with A Aと同調する
  • practioner 実践者
  • regard A as B  AをBとみなす
  • proof 証拠
  • each other お互い
  • ideally speaking 理想を言えば
  • keep on ~ing 〜し続ける
  • out of pity 哀れみから
  • melt 溶かす
  • digest 消化する
  • painful  苦しい

This is a great thing actually. In the case where you hold a memorial service in the form of sealing up spirits by chanting ,say, Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra(般若心経),  if you stop it in the middle of the service, you can’t pacify bad effects by the spirits.

  • actually 実際には
  • seal up A Aを封じる
  • chant 唱える
  • say 例えば
  • in the middle of A Aの途中で
  • pacify 納める
  • effect 影響

Why would there be no harm even if you stopped  holding services based on gratitude? Because you are just trying to thank them. Your gratitude to some wandering spirits give awareness to them. Even if you stop it, it just stops there. That’s all.

  • harm 害
  • try to~ 〜しようとする
  • thank  感謝する
  • awareness 気づき

Also, by setting up the Tanzaku functioning as Yorishiro(寄り代), where spirits come temporally and rest, you can avoid bad effects on your physical body. This way of doing means a lot compared with the conventional ways of holding memorial services. The Tanzaku, which is a substitute for the physical body of a doer, receives and is obsessed by not only spirits of the dead but also some energy of those grudges from others towards you which you receive in your social life or the energy of distress you have.

  • function 機能する
  • temporally 一時的に
  • rest 休む
  • avoid 避ける
  • mean a lot 大きな意味がある
  • compared with A Aと比べて
  • substitute 代用物
  • doer 行う人
  • accept 受け入れる
  • not only A but also B AだけでなくBも
  • the dead 死者
  • grudge 恨み
  • others 他人
  • social life 社会生活
  • distress  苦悩

There has been a secret ritual called “Hitogata Barai”(人型祓い)in ancient Shinto, in which by giving out your breath toward a paper cut out in the form of a man, you transfer your misfortune to the paper and purify it. Your Tanzaku functions like this. A memorial service using Tanzaku can be said to be a superior method to Hitogata Barai which acts on spirits temporally in that instead of purifying the spirits, the former makes spirits relieved and sublimates them, in other words, sends them up to heaven.

  • secret 秘密の
  • ritual  儀式
  • ancient Shinto 古神道
  • breath 息
  • transfer 移す
  • misfortune 不運
  • purify 祓う
  • superior 優れた
  • act on A Aに作用する
  • in that S+V SがVするという点で
  • the former 前者
  • relieved 安心した
  • sublimate 昇華させる
  • in other words  言い換えると

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.

solicitudes about memorial service for ancestors

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In the future ahead, more and more spiritual beings in other worlds will come into this World of Reality and possess people whose spiritual waves conform to those of the spirits, as has already begun. Problems will increase such as sudden change of character, depression, refusal to go to school and so on. If you should feel pain in holding a memorial service for your ancestors, it is not because you started to do it, but  because some spirit who has already possessed  you comes to the surface.

  • in the future ahead これから
  • the World of Reality 現実階
  • possess 憑く
  • conform  一致する
  • increase  増える
  • such as A Aのような
  • sudden change 豹変
  • character 人格
  • depression 鬱
  • refusal 拒否
  • and so on など
  • feel pain 苦しく感じる
  • come to the surface 表面に浮き出る

In addition, a new age has already begun toward the human race when because of electromagnetic waves of the sun, spiritual magnetism of wandering spirits lurking in our spiritual bodies comes to the surface. Unless we cleanse our spiritual stains by holding memorial services with gratitude for our ancestors, and make our spiritual bodies original ones,  various kinds of diseases will spread because of lowering of immunity.

  • in addition 更に
  • the human race 人類
  • because of A Aのために
  • electromagnetic wave 電磁波
  • magnetism 磁気
  • wander 迷う
  • lurk 潜む
  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • cleanse きれいにする
  • stain 汚れ
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • various  様々な
  • disease 病気
  • spread
  • immunity 免疫

Religious groups which collect believers’ money, making them search for God outside themselves and dependant on the groups, will make the believers bring about dirty magnetism, which turns spiritual stains and later attach themselves to their physical bodies.

  • collect 集める
  • believer 信者
  • search for A Aを探し求める
  • outside A Aの外側に
  • dependant 依存している
  • bring about A Aを引き起こす
  • attach oneself to A Aに付着する
  • physical body 肉体

But I know humans are vulnerable. If you experience something you don’t like beginning to hold memorial services, you might get antsy and stop practicing it attributing the anxiety to the services. This is a sad thing. Because of the experience, you might end up stopping acts of devoting you gratitude to your ancestors.

  • vulnerable 弱い
  • experience 経験する
  • get antsy 不安になる
  • stop ~ing 〜するのをやめる
  • attribute A to B AをBのせいにする
  • anxiety 不安
  • sad 悲しい
  • end up ~ing 結局は〜する
  • devote  捧げる

Why do I practice it? It’s just because I want to make my ancestors who anguish relieved by devoting gratitude to them. Whatever happens to me because of it, I’m ready to accept it. Because the purpose of holding services for my ancestors is not to get my own benefit. If you are told that your ancestral spirits come to you and as a result of it you might suffer, and you get ill at ease, you shouldn’t do that.

  • anguish 苦しむ
  • relieved 楽になる
  • whatever 何が〜でも
  • be ready to~ 喜んで〜する
  • accept 受け入れる
  • purpose 目的
  • benefit 利益
  • ancestral  先祖の
  • as a result 結果として
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • ill at ease 不安になって

The way of relieving ancestors in accordance with the Ise Hakusandou’s method does have effects on the spiritual worlds, so if you do it, you can see big improvements in your life  or phenomena of clearing you of something evil which you cannot see in other conventional ways. In my opinion, if you don’t fortify your group of guardian spirits through the memorial services, you will experience difficult times. Just as parents protect their children,so ancestors protect their offsprings.

  • in accordance with A Aに従って
  • method 方法
  • have effects on A Aに影響する
  • improvement 改善
  • phenomena 現象
  • clear A of B AからBを取り除く
  • conventional 従来の
  • fortify 強化する
  • guardian spirit 守護霊
  • difficult time 大変な時代
  • Just as S’+V’, so S+V ちょうどS’がV’するように、SはVする
  • offspring 子孫

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.

How to treat memorial tablet by tanzaku

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You can throw away a Tanzaku on which you wrote wrong. I have used my Tanzaku for more than 25 years, so it has turned a little bit brown being smoked. I’m thinking it’s about time I exchanged it for a new one since my handwriting must also have changed.

  • throw away A Aを捨てる
  • turn~ 〜に変わる
  • smoke 燻す
  • handwriting 筆跡

If I’ve replace it, I’m going to burn the old one or wrap it in a paper and return it to a shrine or just throw it away on a rubbish collection day.

  • replace 取り替える
  • burn 燃やす
  • wrap 包む
  • return 返す
  • rubbish collection day ゴミの日

Your ancestral spirits come to the Tanzaku only when you offer Senko toward the Tanzaku, so don’t worry about it thinking your ancestors might stay there all the time.

  • ancestral  先祖の
  • offer 捧げる
  • worry 心配する
  • all the time ずっと

It is important that a Tanzaku is made from paper. Paper is made by tree fibers being melted. It has long been said that sacred spirits come to barks of a tree. They come over to a bark and dwell in it temporarily. I have Himorogi, an object where spirits come and stay, made from a bark of a hemp plant on my household Shinto shrine. When I recite Norito(祝詞), a Shinto prayer, in front of the altar, the Himorogi often vibrates.

  • be made from A  Aから出来ている
  • fiber 繊維
  • melt 溶かす
  • sacred 聖なる
  • bark 皮
  • dwell 宿る
  • temporarily 一時的に
  • object 物
  • hemp plant 麻
  • recite 捧げる
  • prayer 祈りの言葉
  • altar 祭壇
  • vibrate 揺れる

Therefore, in order for spirits to come and stay at Tanzaku temporarily, you must not wrap it in cellophane.

  • therefore 従って
  • in order for A to~  Aが〜するために
  • must not~ 〜してはいけない
  • cellophane ラップ

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.

How to hold a memorial service for your ancestors effectively

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In the first place, go to a stationer and buy a Tanzaku(短冊), a Japanese white strip of paper, 30 to 40cm long.

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Not a thin strip of paper but a thick one is preferable. Write down” The So-and-So s’ ancestral spirits’ place” on the paper. Write your family name you now use into the So-and-S0. The last word “place” is important, so make it a little bit larger. You might have some trouble with divorce, but write your family name you’re now using in any case. The color of the words is black and you can use a calligraphy pen as well. Please write it on your own. It doesn’t matter if the words is good or bad in appearance. Tanzaku costs less than 100 yen, I think. Though you stand it on its end, it is OK to lean it against the wall if you don’t have anything to make it stand. You can make it up for yourself, too.

  • in the first place まず第一に
  • stationer 文房具店
  • thin 薄い
  • thick 厚い
  • preferable 望ましい
  • So-and-So 何々
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • divorce 離婚
  • in any case いずれにしても
  • calligraphy pen 筆ペン
  • as well ~も
  • on one’s own 自分自身で
  • matter 重要である
  • in appearance 見た目で
  • less than A A以下
  • stand 立たせる
  • lean 立てかける
  • for oneself 自分で

Toward the Tanzaku, you hold a memorial service for your ancestors during the day. In case you have to go out and cannot make sure the fire you made has gone out, you can do it at night. You offer two Senko(線香), an incense stick,  toward the Tanazaku. One is for your father’s family line, and the other for your mother’s. Then, say several times, silently or aloud , “My ancestors, thank you so much for keeping me alive.”

  • memorial service  供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • during the day 日中に
  • in case S+V SがVする場合には
  • make sure S+V SがVするということを確かめる
  • offer 捧げる
  • family line 家系
  • several times 数回
  • silently 黙って
  • aloud 声に出して

If you begin to do this, there can be a case where you feel painful somehow. This is because some spirits of your ancestors who don’t rest in peace come close to you. This phenomenon is not unusual. I myself  have experienced it many times, too. It is no wonder, for if you trace back your family line a little, there are many, many ancestors. There are many different ancestors you don’t know.

  • painful 苦しい
  • somehow どういうわけか
  • rest in peace 安らかに眠る
  • phenomenon 現象
  • unusual 珍しい
  • no wonder 不思議ではない
  • for… というのも…だからです
  • trace back A Aをたどる
  • different 様々な

And then, offer another Senko after offering the two, and say in your heart or aloud several times ” Other spirits who have something to do with me, thank you so much for keeping me alive.” Through this service with gratitude, you can make those who have any connection with you relieved. It takes five minutes or so.

  • gratitude  感謝の気持ち
  • relieved  安心した
  • ~or so ~かそこら

If you have a Buddhist altar in your house, you can do the same thing as above toward it. If you don’t have an Ihai(位牌),a mortuary tablet, on which the words “The So-and-So s’ ancestral spirits’ place” are wrriten, then you can put the Tanzaku in front of the Buddhist altar and hold the service. This Tanzaku is Yorishiro(寄り代),a kind of medium on which spirits of your ancestors can alight.

  • Buddhist altar 仏壇
  • medium 媒体
  • alight on A Aに降りて止まる

As for a thing for you to put the Senko in,  a container like a bowl  is preferable. If the remnants of Senko are accumulated too much, the bowl can be hot, so you have to be careful. You should put a plate under the bowl.

  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • container 入れ物
  • remnant 残り
  • accumulate 蓄積させる
  • plate 皿

Also, you must not break the Senko. If you want to hold a memorial service for your pet animal, it is no problem to break it in two. But to break the Senko for your ancestors intentionally causes an implication that you break up your family line or cut you off from it, to arise at the place, so don’t do that. If you should break it unintentionally, you could use it when you offer Senko for “Other spirits who have something to do with me” or hold a momorial service with gratitude to your pet animal, after doing it for your ancestors.

  • must not ~  ~してはいけない
  • intentinally 意図的に
  • cause A to~  Aが~する原因となる
  • implication 暗示
  • arise 生じる

The third Senko is as long as the first two. If you have a short one, which you broke accidentally, you can use it as the third Senko. Don’t use broken Senko or shorter ones as the first two. Though when you offer the third Senko, the first two Senko have already  become shorter as a matter of course, you don’t have to worry about the length. See to it that the third Senko is as long as the first two or shorter. You don’t have to stay in front of the Tanzaku as long as the Senko are on fire. Please make sure later the fire is dead.  Throw away the remnants of Senko regularly because they can hold heat.

See also:

http://cgi.shinkyaku.com/B/yokomoji.htm

http://www.geocities.jp/poriporry/worship.htm

  • accidendally うっかり
  • as a matter of course   当然のことながら
  • don’t have to~ ~する必要はない
  • worry 心配する
  • length 長さ
  • see to it that… …であるようにする
  • as long as S+V  SがVする間
  • be on fire 火がついている
  • make sure  確かめる
  • throw away A Aを捨てる
  • regularly 定期的に

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.