God in Truth

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God in Truth is a common gloss of either:

  1. Jitsu no Kami (kanji: 実の神・實の神 hiragana: じつのかみ); often preceded by the phrase "God of Origin" (Moto no Kami)
  2. shinjitsu no Kami (kanji: 真実の神 hiragana: しんじつのかみ)

Cultural context

The meaning of the phrase "Jitsu no Kami" may only be fully appreciated in the cultural-historical context of pre-modern Japan. Kami was a generic description of supernatural beings, spirits of deceased persons, or any awe-inspiring phenomenon in general.

It is suspected that with the expression "Jitsu no Kami," Oyasama was asserting that the object of the faith she expounded—Tenri-O-no-Mikoto—to be an "actual Kami" that was not carved from wood or stone. Consider:

"There is no way for God to be able to speak by entering a Buddhist image made of wood, metal, or stone placed at this Residence. God took the soul of the Parent at creation, caused Her to be born in a human body, and discerned Her mind from heaven."[1]

The expression is said to be a description of God's attribute as "Protector" (shugosha 守護者), or the Source of the so-called "ten aspects of the complete providence" that sustain human bodies and the world at large.[2]

Appearance of "(shin)jitsu no Kami/God in Truth" in Scripture

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  1. Oral tradition, as documented by 諸井正一 Moroi Masaichi. 『正文遺韻抄』 Seibun iin shō, pp. ??. Quoted in 矢持辰三 Yamochi Tatsuzo. 『稿本天理教教祖伝入門十講』 Kohon Tenrikyo Oyasama-den nyumon jikko, p. 24 and p. 39.
  2. 「親神・天理王命」 "Oyagami/Tenri-Ō-no-Mikoto," 『改訂天理教辞典』 Kaitei Tenrikyo jiten, pp. 141–142. For English equivalent, see A Glossary of Tenrikyo Terms, pp. 109–111.