Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-5
|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 8-5 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 146 to 157 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)
Entering part thirteen:
God the Parent desires from the bottom of the heart that war should end. War arises from the haughty pride of the human mind. From the desire to abolish war in this world by all means, God the Parent begins the Service of the Kanrodai. The Service of the Kanrodai is the Service for world peace. But human beings, who are children, are ignorant of this sincerity of God the Parent and, by their mischief, interfere. But do not fear the persecution or the meddling in the least, for God the Parent gives you firm assurance and will show free and unlimited blessings.
Entering part fourteen:
Urging the followers to prepare for the musical instruments quickly, God the Parent continues to hasten the assemblage of Service performers, telling the followers to settle in their minds a strong faith—the unshakable strength of the mind of true sincerity—so that any persecution, however strong, will not cause them to be fearful. It is promised that if we settle our minds with such resolve, God the Parent will bestow free and unlimited blessings. And if all performers for the Service quickly assemble and perform the Service correctly with their minds in one accord, God the Parent assures blessings that will bring peace to the world. Thus, God the Parent assures world peace by the performance of the Service of the Kanrodai.
Further, in part fifteen:
Using such words as the "request" of the Parent, God expresses at length the urgency of the hastening parental heart, admonishing us earnestly that since the performance of the Service will lead to the creation of the world of the Joyous Life, we must not turn away from the words of the Parent nor differ from the parental heart but rather perform the Service quickly.
At this time, indeed, the real truth of the parental heart is revealed. Quiet your minds and listen carefully. It is the Service which God has been testing and for which God has been hastening these past forty-three years. And since the time for its performance is pressing, hasten the preparations to assemble the performers and musical instruments. If anyone tries to stop its performance, the breath of life will be stopped. Just as God the Parent created humankind from the formless chaos, so will God provide any salvation whatsoever by the performance of this Service. Thus, God's demands for the preparation of the Service increased in severity and in force.
Putting special stress on the practice of the musical instruments, God says that the time for the Service has arrived and the performance must be commenced.
The urgency of the hastening parental heart is recorded and taught earnestly yet impatiently, at times severely, at other times cordially, always directing the followers toward spiritual growth and hastening the performance of the Service so that the seasonable time would not be missed.
In part sixteen, God teaches the fundamental truth of the Kagura Service:
The fundamental truth in the creation of humankind is displayed in the Kagura performance of the couple, Kunitokotachi and Omotari. Receiving the truth of God the Parent, their performance is infused with the truth of God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, the true Parent who created human beings.
The seasonable time pressing as it was and the Parent's concern for the children growing more urgent, God causes marvelous dreams which, when seen, are to be taken as a sign that the Service is to be commenced. Thus, even through dreams, God orders that the Service be commenced quickly.
God reproaches the children who, out of ignorance of the sincerity in the parental heart, attempt to stop the work of God.
When the storms of the regret and anger of God the Parent appear, no other path will cause them to subside but the Service. Indeed, the Service is the one and only way to settle any accident or disaster. Regrettably, the Service is being prevented and delayed. How the shallowness of the human mind strains the limits of God's patience! Thus, by strongly calling on the followers to introspect, God hastened the performance of the Service.
The Shrine of Tsukihi and the Parent of the Divine Model
As we have seen, Oyasama continually hastened the completion of the Service throughout the whole of the Ofudesaki and throughout Her life as well. Now let us consider the role of Oyasama from two standpoints: that of truth and that of physical reality. On the one hand, as the Shrine of Tsukihi, Oyasama revealed truth. On the other hand, as the Parent revealed on earth, She guided people by demonstrating the teachings Herself in Her life so that they would thoroughly understand them. On both points, Oyasama is the true Parent.
On the one hand, because time was pressing, an ominous warning was issued to human beings, "Tsukihi will rush out." On the other hand, God pleads with human beings:
Please, people of the world, firmly replace your minds. Become the mind of single-hearted salvation. If you human beings become of a mind to respect and help one another, God the Parent will assure you any salvation whatsoever. Thus tenderly and warmly does God call upon us to replace our minds.
God the Parent will never forsake us. If we but replace our minds, we shall be saved even in a single night. Thus, the unlimited love of God is recorded in these verses directing us to replace our minds.
From the beginning, the relationship between God the Parent and human beings, who were created by the divine intention, has been one of Parent and children, not one of estrangement. But human beings, granted free will, used their minds in selfish ways for long ages since the creation, accumulating dust upon dust. Between this human mind and the unchanging heart of Tsukihi, a rift developed, causing one to think, at first glance, that perhaps there is no relationship between God and human beings. Our present human world, in which the voice of the Parent cannot easily be understood, is the result.
The difficulty of Oyasama's role in conveying the will of God the Parent and in leading people, whose minds are in such a state, to the Joyous Life is beyond imagination. In the Ofudesaki we can see this struggle as Oyasama saved people and taught them step by step, in accordance with the will of God the Parent, to sweep their hearts free of dust, leading them toward the brightness of the Joyous Life in which the children are one with the heart of the Parent. It is here that the parental love of Oyasama, whom we adore as the Parent of the Divine Model, is brought to mind.