June National Service

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.

 

 

TIME

A great turning point in the world -
Is near at hand.
Open up your eyes
And see -
the actual state of the world.

 

The first cry of paradise
Is yet to be raised.
The world is still
Undergoing -
The agonies of birth.

 

Disasters, as well as good fortune
Will occur simultaneously.
For now is the time
When the world
Is going through a transition.

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. 

The Current Situation of the World and the Spiritual Realm

(Adapted)

The world situation today presents a critical condition on scale that we have never seen before in our history.  Fear of the outbreak of a third world war must be something that occupies the mind of almost everyone on earth. 

However, this is only the state of the material world as it is seen by the physical eyes of most people.  Since the true cause of all things in the physical world lies in the spiritual realm, unless you become aware of the real state of things, you can never grasp the true root of any problem here.  Only when you come to realize this can you have a preview of the future so that you can attain true peace of mind. 

God’s Plan is to establish a paradise on earth, but in order to achieve this goal, material civilization must be developed to a certain degree.  For this reason, the creation of good and evil were necessary.  It is because of the friction between good and evil that the material civilization we see today has been accomplished.  The world is now on the eve of the birth of an ideal condition - paradise on earth.

Conflict among human beings started in the spiritual realm at the very beginning of humanity’s creation.  The strong and powerful began to desire sole possession of everything and to dominate over all.  They resorted to violence without distinction between good and evil.  This is the same picture we see now.  As populations increased, the scale of conflict has expanded accordingly, until it has become the size that we see today.

Many individuals who have been considered heroes and great men of power throughout history have been victims of, and possessed by, negative spirits.  They have been outstanding men in their times, and nothing seemed impossible for them, but so many of them ultimately failed and experienced sad and miserable endings.  I have referred to such heroes of the past as leaders of the destroyers of the world. 

 

Up to the present time, our world was not a truly civilized one, for man still retained half of his barbaric nature and, spiritually speaking, committed sins and accumulated lots of spiritual clouds.  Because of this, every once in a while, widespread purification has been necessary.  Therefore, you must seek to understand the reason for such negative situations in the world and not give way to indignation and desperation.

February 25, 1951

 

A Half-Civilized, Half-Barbaric World

(Excerpt)

People in general probably think that the present-day world is a most civilized one.  However, as we study its true substance we find it is full of defects, as we can easily see from the daily newspapers, which are filled with reports of crimes and of other unhappy events involving the human race.

Taking an impartial view, we find that there are far more bad things than good things occurring.  Considering this matter deeply, we come upon something which is quite surprising.  We would naturally think that the better education people receive, the more knowledge they acquire and the more civilized they become, crime should decrease in frequency.  But when we see what has actually happened, we become speechless with astonishment.  This is indeed incomprehensible. 

What should be done, then, to correct this state of affairs?  It is not a particularly difficult undertaking; it is, in fact, quite easy.  That is, it can be done by awakening people to the importance of spiritual education over materially-based education — the importance of the need to make spiritual education preeminent.  To put it more plainly, we can correct this condition by dispelling false belief in only the visible and bring awareness of the invisible.  The way to accomplish this is to awaken people to the reality of God by the power of spiritual teachings.

When this truth is realized by the leading classes and when this way of thinking spreads among the general public, it will become impractical for people to do wrong deeds.  The world will then become a place of goodness and happiness.

But, this simple truth is yet to be realized by the authorities, as they continue to maintain control by way of strict laws that can well be compared to nets or cages.  This is no different than treating human beings like wild beasts and therefore, such methods are ineffective.  In fact, social order cannot be maintained with the cages known as “laws.”  The authorities should be awakened to the fact that the cause must lie somewhere else.

Thus, our society remains a collection of half-human, half-beastly beings.  In this sense, it is only too clear that man's animalistic nature cannot be eliminated by materialistic education.  Judging from the results, the old method of education can be said to be only a technique to conceal man's animalistic nature.  Therefore, we cannot even predict when a world of true civilization can be realized.  The only solution is to eliminate the animalistic nature from man's spiritual being; there is no other thoroughly effective method.

The time has come for this state of existence to be eliminated.  I say this because a new path of Light has appeared – one which can awaken people to the reality of God.  It can be done as soon as people are able to grasp the spiritual power of the miracles that they experience.  I believe this is nothing other than a proof of God's Plan for correcting the unbalanced condition of the half-civilized, half-barbaric world, and creating a world of true civilization in which the material and spiritual sides advance hand in hand, in perfect balance.

April 14, 1954