December National Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amatsu-norito

The Lord's Prayer

Prayer for Paradise on Earth

Poems

North American Sacred Grounds prayer

Group Johrei

Teaching

Message

 

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Teaching

A PLEASANT PERSON

 

I think there is hardly any word that sounds more agreeable than the word "pleasant."  As we think of it, we realize that in getting along in the world, to be pleasant toward others is more important than we may suppose, for it has a very great influence.  From the individual to society at large, the words in the title have an enormous connection.

For example, if a person comes in contact with another individual who has a pleasing personality, that person begins to feel pleasant, and this can happen in continuing sequence until a very agreeable society  can be brought about.  The result can be that all the deplorable problems, especially those such as conflicts and crimes, steadily decrease.  Naturally, this means that a spiritual paradise can then be realized.  And, in order to achieve this, we do not need to spend a penny; there is no trouble to go through; we can put it into practice right now.  What could be better?

This may sound very simple, but the fact is that it is not easy, as I think everybody realizes. In order for society to become full of pleasant, agreeable, gracious individuals, mere superficial, decorative measures are useless. Love and sincerity must naturally overflow from the heart, so the whole process depends upon the individual’s emotional and mental state. Fundamental is the spirit of love for others.

Concerning this, allow me to write a little about myself. Since my youth, and it does seem strange to say so myself, there have not been many instances where I was hated or envied by others. More often, others have warmed to me and have sought to keep in contact.

 When I thought about the reasons this may be so, the following came to mind. I usually place my own benefit and satisfaction in second place and concentrate on satisfying and making others happy. This attitude does not come from any moral sense or faith: it just occurs naturally. It is my character. You could call it one form of enjoyment. I am often told that such a disposition is quite an advantageous characteristic, which may be true.

This disposition has grown more predominant since I became a spiritual leader, of course.  Whenever I see someone suffering from illness the desire to help and heal the person is so strong I cannot refrain from doing something.  When I channel Johrei and see how happy the person is upon being healed, that happiness reflects back to me, and I become happy because of such a disposition.

At the same time, because of this disposition I have been involved in quite a number of cases which have been hard on me.  When I have realized that there is no hope for the recipient's recovery, I have known that I should stop giving Johrei immediately, especially if the family members have been only been expecting physical healing, without understanding the deeper spiritual significance of Johrei.  

However, I have often continued to channel, being unable to withdraw when I was being entreated by the afflicted person or his family.  I have forgotten my own interests and responsibilities, making many trips back and forth by investing time and resources, only to see the person eventually pass over.  This has often caused family members to be disappointed, and sometimes bear feelings of resentment toward me, even though I have never claimed the ability to bring about physical healing. 

In the end, there was no recovery and some families have endlessly dwelt on the sorrow of losing a loved one. I have felt that I disappointed everyone, and I was despised and ridiculed, and every time this kind of situation occurred, I told myself that I should become more dispassionate.  At the same time, it is this same disposition that has helped me in advancing the construction work of prototypes of paradise on earth and especially of art museums.  So, I believe God has given me this kind of nature for a specific purpose.

Whenever I find a wonderful art object or come across a place of superb scenic beauty, I cannot enjoy it by myself.  The desire begins to well up within me to share the experience of the joy with as many people as possible so they too can become happy.

In this way it gives me the greatest joy and satisfaction when I am appreciating nice things with others and not just for myself.  I receive great joy watching them also enjoying and feeling happy.

April 21, 1954

 

Poems

TRUTH, VIRTUE AND BEAUTY

 

Heaven’s true pathway

Is found by doing good deeds,

Guiding others to God,

Teaching Truth and giving others

A chance to enjoy beauty.

 

Truth is the way,

Virtue the deed,

Beauty is the heart.

I am trying to help others

Live these ideals.

 

Truth gives birth to goodness,

Creates a virtuous heart.

And goodness manifests

As beauty.

Let all seekers know this.

 

Amatsu Norito (Prayer of Heaven)

 

Taka-amahara ni kamzumari masu

Kamurogi Kamuromi no Mikoto mochite

Sume-mioya kamu Izanagi no mikoto

Tsukushi no Himuka no Tachihana no

Odo no Ahagi-hara ni

Misogi harai tamou toki ni nari maseru

 Haraido no okami-tachi

Moro-moro no magagoto tsumi kegare o

Harai tama-e kiyome tama-e to

  maosu koto no yoshi o

Amatsu-kami kunitsu-kami

  ya-o yorozu no kami-tachi tomo ni

Ame no fuchi-koma no mimi furitate-te

  kikoshi-mese to

Kashikomi kashikomi mo maosu

Miroku Omikami

  mamori tama-e sakiha-e tama-e

Miroku Omikami

  mamori tama-e sakiha-e tama-e

Oshi-e-mioya nushino-kami

  mamori tama-e sakiha-e tama-e

Oshi-e-mioya nushino-kami

  mamori tama-e sakiha-e tama-e

 (pause for silent prayer)

 Kan-nagara tamachi ha-e mase

   Kan-nagara tamachi ha-e mase


         The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed by Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth,

  as it is in heaven.

 

Give us this day our daily bread.

 

And forgive us our debts,

  as we forgive our debtors.

 

And lead us not into temptation,

  but deliver us from evil:

 

For Thine is the kingdom,

  and the power, and the glory, forever.

 

(Amen)

 

 

Prayer for Paradise on Earth

 

Great God of Light,

We behold Your plan unfolding

Whereby all spiritual clouds are dispelled,

Impurity and error cleansed

From the realms of spirit and matter.

 

The age of light and joy is being born;

Through Your infinite compassion

Misguided forces waken unto truth,

And negative practices cease,

While forces of light unhindered

Restore the world to peace.

 

All of nature receives

Your loving influence

And finds its rightful place.

Peaceful clouds move across

Brilliant skies,

And the fragrance of countless flowers

Floats upon the air.

 

Abundant harvests glorify the earth,

Every corner filled with happy voices.

 

Boundaries between countries vanish

And ancient conflicts disappear as if dreams.

 

All people are united,

Encircled by Your Light

And guided by Your Wisdom.

Through service to humanity,

All are blessed

With health, peace and prosperity.

 

Great God of Light,

Strengthen us with courage and wisdom

To follow Your will

And realize Paradise on Earth.

 

Prayer for North American Sacred Grounds

 

Great God of Light,

We who are privileged to serve this Path seek Your blessing, guidance and protection in the creation of our North American Sacred Grounds.

Please guide us all to a deep understanding of the significance of this prototype of paradise in the spreading of Your Light throughout the world.

Enlighten us all with a true and clear vision of its perfect location, design and construction, and of the steps to be taken in its smooth realization.

We ask that our Ancestors, past ministers and members in the spiritual realm continue to help us in fulfilling this vision.

May the needed monetary and other support continue to be readily forthcoming through the joyous appreciation and service of our members and friends.

May the process of this creation bring ever-greater health, prosperity and peace into our own lives and the lives of others.  

May our Centers overflow with Light, members and miracles, and our Fellowship expand in radiance and power to transform the world.

Great God of Light, bless our efforts, and Meishu-sama guide our hearts, as we seek to serve Your will through this joyous construction. 

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