Life of Oyasama Chapter 10-2

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The Life of Oyasama
Chapter One
The Shrine of Tsukihi (1837–1838)
Chapter Two
The Early History of Oyasama (1798–1837)
Chapter Three
On the Way
(1838–1852), (1853–1854), (1862–1864)
Chapter Four
The Place for the Service (1864), (1865–1866)
Chapter Five
The Salvation Service (1866–1882)
Chapter Six
The Identification of the Jiba
(1869–1873), (Jan–Nov 1874), (Dec 1874), (1875), (1876–1877)
Chapter Seven
Buds Sprout from Knots
(1878–1880), (1881)
Chapter Eight
Parental Love
(pp. 121–124), (pp. 124–131), (pp. 132–137), (pp. 137–146), (pp. 146–157), (pp. 157–165), (pp. 165–168)
Chapter Nine
The Hardships of Oyasama
(Jan–Sep 1882),
(Oct–Dec 1882),
(Jan–Jun 1883), (Jul–Dec 1883), (1884), (1885), (Jan–Apr 1886),(May–Dec 1886)
Chapter Ten
The Portals Opened
(Jan 1–11, 1887),
(Jan 12–13, 1887),
(Jan 18–Feb 18, 1887)
Life of Oyasama Chapter 10-2 presents a portion of the contents of Chapter Ten from The Life of Oyasama as published by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The title of the chapter is "Portals Opened."

The content below is equivalent to pages 225–233 of the print edition.

Note: The print edition of has been split into three sections on this wiki due to length of text. The chapter is split as follows:

  1. Life of Oyasama Chapter 10-1 (January 1–11, 1887)
  2. Life of Oyasama Chapter 10-2 (January 12–13, 1887)
  3. Life of Oyasama Chapter 10-3 (January 18–February 18, 1887)


On the following night, the 12th, the followers waited for Shinnosuke's reply as they had done for two days. Then deep in the night, at three o'clock on the morning of the 13th, the reply finally came that an inquiry would be made. Then Shinnosuke, accompanied by Kajimoto and Maegawa, went to Oyasama's bedside and made his inquiry. The following words came directly from Oyasama:

Sah, sah, all things, things about which you ask, if you do not understand I shall tell you. Listen carefully, listen carefully. Everyone must understand well. It will not do, it will not do. I have told you before. I shall tell you something difficult. Ponder over only the one matter. At this time you must understand what I say about whatever matters.

Import: You people do not understand no matter how often I tell you. Listen carefully. I shall not listen to your excuses any longer. I have been teaching you for forty-nine years. If you had discussed thoroughly from that time, nothing would be difficult now. If you had worked on it with your minds put in order, you would be able to perform the Service.

At this, Shinnosuke replied: "You said, 'I have told you before.' Is this about the performance of the Service? There is a problem with the performance of the Service."

Sah, sah, it may be difficult to do at this time. But difficulties will serve to settle things truly. Long, long, long have been these forty-nine years but you have understood nothing. If you had, there would be nothing difficult.

Import: You may think, at first, that it is difficult to perform the Service right now. But the sincerity with which you undergo these difficulties is what is accepted by God the Parent. Think about the things which have occurred from 1838 to this day. There is nothing at all which is difficult.

At this, Shinnosuke replied, "It is difficult to perform the Service because of the civil law." Then:

Sah, sah, such a reply. . . . About the problem with which your reply is concerned, over the past forty-nine years, has not the way of sincerity been shown? Has not the truth been shown? Do you or do you not understand the situation?

Import: Such is your answer, but ever since the beginning, this Path has been nothing but the single and straight path of sincerity. Do you or do you not understand that your path is to replace the mind and to advance toward the world of the Joyous Life with the mind of sincerity? What must be settled first is the mind of joy rather than the problems of civil law. If all of your minds become joyfully spirited and you advance onward, a path will open of itself.

At this Shinnosuke said, "Please give us a directive that will uphold both the directions of God and the laws of the country."

It should be clear. Reflect on how this path was made step by step from the origin. Sah, sah, what you are going through at this time. . . . Your attempt to find a way to separate matters is wrong. It will not do, it will not do this time. Sah, I say at once, at once, carry out what I have been telling you. Now, now!

Import: For forty-nine years, I have been teaching you and showing you in the Divine Model step by step. Now that the time has arrived, you must do exactly as I have said in any case. Perform the Service whatever may come.

At this, Shinnosuke, requesting a postponement, said: "We shall practice for the performance of the Service every night. Please give us an extension until we learn the proper movements for the Service."

Sah, sah, once you have heard what I say, you must set it firmly in your minds. There are many other paths. Even after considering all matters, you must still follow the one path. Simply to stop is wrong. The path of order, the path of order.

Import: The most important point is for you to become resolved after listening carefully to the words of God the Parent. When you consider the future, there may be a necessity for various preparations, but at this very moment when there is no time for hesitation, your firm resolve is of primary importance. If only your minds are resolved, a path will open in time. You must not stop the Service just because of the law. Ponder over the path of order.

At this, Shinnosuke said, "We wish to build an institute and practice the Service so we shall be able to perform it in accordance with Your direction at this time."

Since you are unable to set your minds at ease, you say, "discussion, discussion for the time being." But I say, "Now!" Because I say, "Now," you must do it now. Time is pressing. Do you understand?

Import: No matter how much I explain, you children do not understand. You take "order" to mean the order according to civil law; that is why you say such a thing. But now, at this very time, the Parent's body is in a very critical state. What are you thinking about when there is no time for hesitation?

Thus, Oyasama taught the proper attitude to face this situation.

At this, Shinnosuke asked: "You say 'Service, Service' with great urgency. Through the affliction of Oyasama, are You urging us to determine the Service performers, or to perform the Main Service at any cost?"

It was at this point that their minds finally approached union with the will of God the Parent concerning the meaning of this moment of crisis. The questions put to God the Parent were: What are You urging us to do? Is it to assemble people, that is, to decide on the Service performers? Or is it to perform the Main Service, that is, the Service of the Kanrodai? Which of these are You urging by Oyasama's condition? At this, the words of God were:

Sah, sah, with each of you, to settle the mind is to settle the Service performers. If there are no difficulties, the mind cannot be truly set. It depends on your heart, on your mind. Ask Me until you fully understand. Once I give the order, I shall not rescind it.

Import: God the Parent is urging the resolution of your minds so that the Service performers might be determined. If you resolve your minds in response to the present knot, I shall decide the Service performers in response to your resolution. The resolution of minds will come to be because of this difficulty. Unless there is difficulty, the mind cannot truly be resolved. The rest is up to you, to your minds and to your hearts. Understand this well, and if you proceed in single-heartedness with Me and single-heartedly perform the Service, it will be good. If you are still not satisfied, ask Me until you are able to understand. I shall teach you everything. Once I give an order, it will not be withdrawn. Ask before it is too late.

At this point, the request for Oyasama's recovery was pressed further. They were taught as follows:

Sah, sah, any matter, even the matter about which you ask, I shall tell you if you do not understand. Listen carefully and understand. Each of you must understand this well. It will not do, it will not do, it will not do any longer. I begin to say something difficult. Ponder it with a single mind. The present situation, you must understand what kind of situation it is. You have come through forty-nine years without understanding My will. Now the time has come when it will spread all over the world, all over the world.

By this time, dawn was approaching.

Import: You have understood nothing until now. But from now on, ponder with a single mind. Consider everything in terms of the Service. The Parent began the path of the Divine Model, undergoing hardships and trials for the long period of forty-nine years while you have merely followed, knowing nothing. But now the time is indeed pressing. I shall go out into the world. Salvation will spread throughout the world.

At this, Shinnosuke requested, "If You permit us to establish Church Headquarters, we shall do as God directs."

Sah, sah, without difficulties, you would not be able to set your minds at this time. Sah, at this time, now, you three, especially, must set your minds firmly. About what you ask, I shall leave it to you. You must not forget ever.

Import: You might not succeed with just one try, but I permit you to try. But before that, the three of you (Shinnosuke, Maegawa, and Kajimoto) must come together, discuss the matter thoroughly, and come to a firm agreement. This is important. Never forget that the three of you must come together as a single mind.

Shinnosuke offered his gratitude for the permission to establish the church. Then:

Sah, sah, the three of you, firmly unite your minds and reply to Me quickly whether you are of a mind to comply at this time or not.

Import: I give permission for the matter in the future but what about the Service which I am telling you to do immediately? At a time when I am urging you by the critical condition of Oyasama, what resolve do you propose to make? The three of you, unite your minds and give a firm reply.

At this, Shinnosuke said: "You taught us that the souls of the instruments and models of human creation were born at this Residence, that You descended to this Residence because it is the Jiba where the creation of human beings and the world began, and that the souls of the rulers and our souls are the same. If we are asked about these points, how are we to answer? We do not know. We cannot defy the law."

They were taught kindly and in simple terms:

Sah, sah, because Tsukihi exists, the world exists. Because the world exists, things exist. Because things exist, your bodies exist. Because your bodies exist, law exists. Although the law exists, to resolve your minds is primary.

Import: In the beginning was God the Parent, and this world came to be. In this world, various lands came to be. Thereon, human beings came. Human beings borrow their bodies. And laws are what they are to keep society orderly. Even though there are laws, whether to abide by them or not depends on the mind. That is to say, the mind is what is most important. If you understand this order, listen firmly to God the Parent and settle the mind of sincerity, the true mind which communicates with God the Parent. This, above all, is the most important thing.

At this, Shinnosuke inquired further: "As for ourselves, we are ready to comply. But we are worried about the physical condition of Oyasama. If the worst should occur, will You grant Your divine protection?" He thus explained that they had fully understood the truth of the fundamental order but, because they were worried about Oyasama's physical condition, they wished to make sure that God would stand firm on their behalf if the worst should occur.

In response:

Sah, sah, where there is sincerity, you shall receive sincerity. You may not know what My sincerity is. It is My providence—fire, water, and wind.

Import: If there is sincerity in your mind, then the sincere providence of God the Parent will be given. God the Parent will assume charge when the moment of crisis is at hand. Fire, water, and wind all preside over this world at the will of God the Parent.

Thus God clearly assumed the responsibility.

Further inquiry was made, and in reply:

Sah, sah, you are to purchase My sincerity. Purchase My sincerity with your own sincerity.

Import: If one prays with sincerity, one will be given sincere providence. To receive the free and unlimited blessings of God the Parent, what is required is for all of you to strive for the objective with total sincerity.

From January 13, there was some relief in Oyasama's condition. She got up from bed at times, and sometimes even went out into the garden.

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第十章 扉ひらいて

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