Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-3
|The Life of Oyasama|
|The Shrine of Tsukihi (1837–1838)|
|The Early History of Oyasama (1798–1837)|
|On the Way |
(1838–1852), (1853–1854), (1862–1864)
|The Place for the Service (1864), (1865–1866)|
|The Salvation Service (1866–1882)|
|The Identification of the Jiba |
(1869–1873), (Jan–Nov 1874), (Dec 1874), (1875), (1876–1877)
| Buds Sprout from Knots |
| Parental Love |
(pp. 121–124), (pp. 124–131), (pp. 132–137), (pp. 137–146), (pp. 146–157), (pp. 157–165), (pp. 165–168)
| The Hardships of Oyasama |
(Jan–Jun 1883), (Jul–Dec 1883), (1884), (1885), (Jan–Apr 1886),(May–Dec 1886)
|The Portals Opened |
(Jan 1–11, 1887),
(Jan 12–13, 1887),
(Jan 18–Feb 18, 1887)
Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-3 presents a portion of the contents of Chapter Eight from The Life of Oyasama as published by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The title of the chapter is "Parental Love."
Unlike earlier chapters, Chapter Eight offers little information on Oyasama's life. It mainly functions as a summary of the Ofudesaki.
The content below is equivalent to pages 131 to 137 of the print edition.
Note: The print edition of has been split into seven sections on this wiki due to length of text. The chapter is split as follows:
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-1 (pp. 121–124)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-2 (pp. 124–131)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-3 (pp. 132–137)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-4 (pp. 137–146)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-5 (pp. 146–157)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-6 (pp. 157–165)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-7 (pp. 165–169)
In part three of the Ofudesaki:
While hastening preparations for the Kanrodai, God the Parent reveals here that, at the same time, it is desired that the Shinbashira, who is to be the center of the faith, be installed. In order that this may be accomplished, human beings are urged to replace their minds, using God the Parent as the broom to sweep away their dusts. Thus, God urges us to introspect and to bring our minds into accord with the will of God the Parent.
Here, God the Parent strongly urges people toward spiritual growth, foretelling the day when Oyasama will open the portals of the Shrine and step out into the world to effect salvation. Therefore, all performers of the Service must come together and prepare for the Service quickly before that day comes.
Since God the Parent desires that the free and unlimited workings appear as soon as possible, performers of the Service, make ready to commence. Peace will assuredly come to the world by the performance of the Service. Since salvation is the true purpose of the Service, do not fear any persecution or interference whatsoever, God encourages.
In part four of the Ofudesaki:
God the Parent expresses the joy that, soon, a great number of people will come, seeking the gifts of heaven, and that, as soon as the performers of the Service have assembled, God will begin the Service.
God the Parent looks forward to that day with such great hope, so those close to God must become one with the parental heart and quickly prepare for the performance of the Service.
The Kagura Service is indeed the Joyous Service for which God the Parent eagerly waits.
God teaches us to trust single-heartedly in God the Parent and strive to perform the Joyous Service spiritedly.
This Service has never existed since the beginning of this world. It is the fundamental means to world salvation. Service performers should quickly learn the hand movements, for when the Service comes to be performed correctly, peace will come to this world and the root of illness will be severed.
In part five:
God hastens to sweep the hearts of all humankind. When the sweeping is completed and God ascertains our minds' sincerity, then the hand movements which lead to the coming of a joyous world will be taught.
In the beginning of part six:
This path is the only path that will bring about a true settling of this world. When the providences of fire and water operate in harmony, each in its respective field, a peaceful world brimming with joy will come into being. Desiring to realize such peace, God the Parent will carry out the Joyous Service at this place, the Jiba of Origin, and will manifest the Joyous Life by divine workings just as in the creation of human beings and the world.