Anecdotes of Oyasama 18

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Anecdotes of Oyasama
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Author: Various authors
Date Published: 1976
Pages: 159 (English ed.)

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Anecdotes of Oyasama 18 presents the contents of "The Songs of Truth," a selection from Anecdotes of Oyasama, published by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters in 1976. The content below appears between page 13 and 14 of the print edition.

Text: English translation and original Japanese

18. The Songs of Truth

When the sacred songs of twelve chapters were completed, Oyasama told Her attendants:

"These are the songs for the Service. Try singing them to the best tune you can find."

Each of them sang to his own tune. After listening to it, Oyasama said:

"Thank you for your singing, but none of them will do. You should sing them this way."

She sang loudly Herself. Then She told the attendants:

"These are the songs of truth. So you must dance to the truth. Try dancing the best way you can."

Each of them arranged the dance and showed it to Oyasama. Afterward, She said:

"Thank you for your dancing, but no one danced to the truth. You should dance in this way. You should not just dance. You should dance the truth."

So saying, She stood up and performed the dance movements Herself in order to teach the attendants.

In this way, Oyasama Herself taught the singing and dancing after having all the attendants try on their own.

This is the story told by Haru, wife of Ichibei Matsuo.

Note: Haru Matsuo was born on September 15, 1835, and entered the faith in 1866. She passed away on May 1, 1923, when she was eighty-nine years old.

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註 松尾ハルは、天保六年九月十五日生まれ。入信は慶応二年。慶応三年から明治二年には三十三才から三十五才。大正十二年五月一日、八十九才で出直した。

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