Life of Oyasama Chapter 6-5

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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 6-5 presents a portion of the contents of Chapter Six of The Life of Oyasama as published by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The title of the chapter is "The Identification of the Jiba." The content below is equivalent to pages 101 to 104 of the print edition.

The “Note” below is footnote from the print edition.

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

  1. Life of Oyasama Chapter 6-1 (1869–1873)
  2. Life of Oyasama Chapter 6-2 (January to November 1874)
  3. Life of Oyasama Chapter 6-3 (December 1874)
  4. Life of Oyasama Chapter 6-4 (1875)
  5. Life of Oyasama Chapter 6-5 (1876–1877)



The New Year ushered in the year 1876. Those close to Oyasama racked their brains to find a way to enable even large numbers of followers to gather at the Residence without having to worry about police intervention.he control of the authorities who had continually kept the Residence under close surveillance became increasingly severe. As a result, it was decided to obtain a license to operate a steam bath and an inn. But Oyasama denounced this severely, declaring:

God the Parent will withdraw along the way!

However, it was also obvious that if the situation were left as it was, it would cause trouble for Oyasama. Because of his keen sense of responsibility as the head of the family as well as his sincere concern for his parent, Shuji left for Sakai Prefecture[1] early in the spring and obtained the license, without regard to what might happen to himself. He was accompanied by Isaburo Masui.

However, such an act, based solely on human thought, could not possibly have been in accord with the will of God the Parent.

On August 17, Chusaku Tsuji, Gisaburo Nakata, Isaburo Masui, and others went to Kosaka Village, Yamato Province, at the request of Rihei Matsuda, to pray for rain.

During this year, Tsuchisaburo Itakura of Kawachi Province, Kajiro Ueda of Sonowara Village in Yamato Province and his daughter Naraito, and others began to follow the path.


From the beginning of 1877, Oyasama Herself taught the three stringed instruments for the Service. The first persons to be taught were Tomegiku Tsuji, the koto; Yoshie Iburi, the shamisen; and Naraito Ueda, the kokyu. Tomie Masui was an alternate. <Links to Anecdotes of Oyasama 52, 53, 54, and 55>

The birth of Tamae

On February 5 of that year, Tamae, Shuji's daughter, was born at Byodoji Village.

What are the thoughts of those within about the baby now conceived?

Never take this to be an ordinary matter. The intention of Tsukihi is profound.

Ofudesaki 7:65–66

Her name is Tamae. If you wish to see her quickly, thoroughly learn the hand movements which Tsukihi teaches.

Ofudesaki 7:72

These verses, expressing the intention of God the Parent beforehand, show Oyasama's eagerness for Tamae's birth. So, when informed of this event, She went to the Kohigashi home in Byodoji Village, accompanied by Yuki Nishio and others, to celebrate the birth of the grandchild, Her heir.

On May 14, Yoshitaro Sawada of the Prefectural Branch Office in Tanbaichi, came to the Residence and put seals on the articles in the altar, prohibiting their use. This occurred in the absence of Shuji, who was at the Kohigashi home in Byodoji Village.

Not long after that, on May 21, Shuji received a summons from the Nara Police Station. When he appeared, he was charged with the unlawful preparation of some herbal medicine and with giving it to a certain Miyachi of Sugimoto Village. As punishment, he was fined and held in custody for forty days. He returned home on June 29. In reality, the charge was a false one made by Miyachi, who had prepared the medicine himself.

In February 1877, the Seinan Rebellion broke out. In part thirteen of the Ofudesaki, it is written:

All of you throughout the world are brothers and sisters. There should be no one called an outsider.

Ofudesaki 13:43

Those living in the high mountains and those living in the low valleys: their souls are all the same.

Furthermore, the instruments you use daily are all things lent by Tsukihi. things lent by Tsukihi.

Ofudesaki 13:45–46

Human beings throughout the world are all the children of God the Parent and are, therefore, true brothers and sisters. There is no one who is an outsider. Our souls have no distinction of rank or class, and our bodies are lent to us by God the Parent. Further:

Unaware of this, the thought in the minds of all human beings is that there are the high and the low.

By all means, Tsukihi desires to make the truth of this matter clearly understood by the whole world.

If only this is clearly understood, the root of rebellion will be cut off.

Ofudesaki 13:47–49

God the Parent grieves over our folly in pitting ourselves against one another without understanding the truth that we are all equal and that the body is a thing borrowed from God. God desires the blissful peace of all brothers and sisters living together in harmony and teaches that the performance of the Service of the Kanrodai is the Service to pray for world peace.

In this year, Yonosuke Okada (whose name was later changed to Yosaburo Miyamori) of Kitahigai Village, Yamato Province, and others began to follow the path.

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  1. On April 18, 1876, Nara Prefecture was abolished and was annexed to Sakai Prefecture.

External link to Japanese text of Chapter Six

第六章 ぢば定め