Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-7
|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 8-7 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 165 to 169 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 seventeen, from the outset:
God the Parent, in all earnestness, hastens for the establishment of the Kanrodai. The Jiba for the Kanrodai is the place of human conception at the beginning of creation and is, therefore, the home of all humankind. Because such an affinity to the origin exists, God places the Kanrodai here as the proof of human creation. If only the Kanrodai is completed, God will answer any prayer whatever. Indeed it is because God desires the Kanrodai as soon as possible that God urged us first to cleanse our heart and replace our mind, and hastens the settling of our mind. If only the mind is replaced, vivid divine providence will be shown immediately. Thus, God clearly taught the truth concerning the Kanrodai, the center of the Service, recording, at the same time, the free and unlimited power of divine grace.
Because of God's single-hearted parental love, desiring nothing but the salvation of all humankind at any costs, God originates the Kanrodai to teach us clearly about the Jiba of Origin, the place of creation of human beings and the world, about which no one has ever known before.
The divine name bestowed on the Jiba
Further, from the deep forethought in the parental heart, the divine name, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, which was to have been bestowed on the Shrine of Tsukihi, was instead bestowed on the eternally unchanging Jiba of Origin, clearly giving us an everlasting, concrete symbol for our faith.
Furthermore, in teaching the divine truths, God uses many metaphors such as path, construction, timber, sweeping, and broom. Needless to say, this is from the parental forethought to help us understand but, at the same time, we can see, in their use, the intense desire in the parental heart to lead us from our present state of life to a life of joy yet a day earlier.
In the Ofudesaki, even the changes in the name of God the Parent are from the parental heart. These changes occurred progressively by parts, from Kami (God) to Tsukihi (Moon-Sun) to Oya (Parent), so that we might grasp the essence of Tsukihi, God the Parent, naturally, as our own spiritual growth progresses.
Oyasama, as the Shrine of Tsukihi, while teaching the will of God the Parent in such a way, was Herself the living proof of the will of God, showing to all humankind the Divine Model of the Joyous Life.
We perceive the bright, warm, and boundless parental heart contained in the Divine Model, whose sole concern is the salvation of all humankind. This parental heart is the very heart of Tsukihi.