Eight Verses of the Yorozuyo

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Mikagura-uta
Mikagura-uta (Japanese).jpg
The Service
Sections One, Two, and Three
Songs for the Kagura
Section Four
Yorozuyo
Section Five
(Twelve Songs)
Song One
Song Two
Song Three
Song Four
Song Five
Song Six
Song Seven
Song Eight
Song Nine
Song Ten
Song Eleven
Song Twelve
Composer
Oyasama
Date Composed
1866–1882

Eight Verses of the Yorozuyo (よろづよ八首 Yorozuyo hasshu), often simply called "Yorozuyo," refers to section four of the Mikagura-uta. It is occasionally referred to as the “prologue” (dashi) of the Teodori/Twelve Songs. The Eight Verses of the Yorozuyo are based on the first eight verses of the Ofudesaki and said to have been added to the Tenrikyo canon in 1870.

The name "Yorozuyo" comes from the first phrase of the text, which means "manifold ages." Although it is a convention in Tenrikyo literature to write "Yorozuyo" in hiragana, it is possible to apply the kanji 萬代.

Yorozuyo: Content

Eight Verses of the Yorozuyo
Yorozuyo
よろづよ八首
Looking all over the world and through all ages, yorozuyo no sekai ichiretsu miharasedo よろづよのせかい一れつみはらせど
I find no one who has understood My heart. mune no wakarita mono wa nai むねのわかりたものはない
So should it be, for I have never taught it before, sono hazu ya toite kikashita koto wa nai そのはずやといてきかしたことハない
It is natural that you know nothing. shiranu ga muri dewa nai wai na しらぬがむりでハないわいな
This time I, God, revealing Myself to the fore, kono tabi wa Kami ga omote e arawarete このたびはかみがおもてへあらハれて
Teach you all the truth in detail. nanika isai o toki kisasu なにかいさいをときゝかす
You are calling this place the Jiba, the home of God, in Yamato; kono tokoro Yamato no Jiba no Kamigata to このところやまとのぢばのかみがたと
But you do not know of its origin. yūte ire domo Moto shiranu いうていれどももとしらぬ
If you are told of this origin in full, kono moto o kuwashiku kiita koto naraba このもとをくはしくきいたことならバ
Great yearning will come over you, whoever you may be. ikana mono demo koishi naru いかなものでもこいしなる
If you wish to hear and will come to Me, kikitakuba tazune kuru nara yūte kisasu きゝたくバたづねくるならいうてきかす
I will tell you the truth that this place is the origin of any and everything. yorozu isai no moto naru o よろづいさいのもとなるを
When I, God, reveal Myself and teach you everything in detail, Kami ga dete nanika isai o toku naraba かみがでゝなにかいさいをとくならバ
All people in the world will become cheerful. sekai ichiretsu isamu nari せかい一れついさむなり
As I hasten to save all of you equally, ichiretsu ni hayaku tasuke o isogu kara 一れつにはやくたすけをいそぐから
I will set out to cheer up all the minds of the world. sekai no kokoro mo isame kake せかいのこゝろもいさめかけ
(Namu Tenri-Ō-no-Mikoto. Yoshi yoshi)

Notes

The official English translation of the Eight Verses of the Yorozuyo can be found in the following publications: