Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-1
|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 9-1 presents a portion of the contents of Chapter Nine from The Life of Oyasama as published by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The title of the chapter is "The Hardships of Oyasama." The “Notes” below are footnotes from the print edition.
The content below is equivalent to pages 170 to 174 of the print edition.
Note: The print edition of has been split into eight sections on this wiki due to length of text. The chapter is split as follows:
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-1 (January–September 1882)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-2 (October–December 1882)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-3 (January–June 1883)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-4 (July–December 1883)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-5 (1884)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-6 (1885)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-7 (January–April 1886)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 9-8 (May–December 1886)
Even though the construction of the stone Kanrodai was at a standstill, the deep emotion caused by its bright prospect carried over into the new year, 1882. On the other hand, from the beginning of that year, Oyasama repeatedly said:
 The Hardship of February 1882
The followers, made uneasy, wondered what was going to happen, when, in February, the Nara police served summonses on Oyasama as well as on Matsue, Ryojiro Yamazawa, Chusaku Tsuji, Gisaburo Nakata, Isaburo Masui, and Risaburo Yamamoto. As a result, Oyasama was fined two yen and fifty sen,<ref name="two"/> and the others, one yen and twenty-five sen<ref name="one"/> each. At that time, an officer said to them: "No matter how hard we try to control you, you will not listen. Then continue your belief with all your might. We shall use all our might to stop you. It will be a contest of endurance."
Before this incident, in September of the previous year, Sato Iburi and her children had moved into the Residence, and on March 26 of the present year, 1882, her husband Izo left Ichinomoto Village and moved into the Residence, thus marking the start of their devotion at the Residence as a family.
 The removal of the Kanrodai stones
Without warning, on May 12, Yukinari Uemura, inspector of the Osaka Prefectural Police and chief of the Nara Police Station, accompanied by several officers, came to the Residence, removed the two completed sections of the stone Kanrodai and confiscated these together with fourteen other articles including some of Oyasama's clothing.
- 1 stone Kanrodai: two sectioned and hexagonal; the top stone measures two shaku and four sun<ref name="twofour"/> across; the bottom stone, three shaku and two sun<ref name="threetwo"/> across; both are eight sun<ref name="eight"/> thick.<ref name="thick"/>
- 1 kimono, calico, quilted
- 1 kimono, muslin, crepe, lined
- 2 kimono, same material, unlined
- 2 undergarments, same material
- 1 kimono, calico, unlined
- 1 waist sash, crepe
- 1 bed
- 1 set of bedding, printed calico, one large piece and one small piece
- 2 undergarments, red
- The above articles are seized as evidence for the crime of bewitching people by prayers and charms during October 1881.
- May 12, 1882
- At Mishima Village, Yamabe County
- Yamato Province
- Yukinari Uemura
- Police Inspector, Osaka Prefecture
- Matsue Nakayama, commoner
- Mishima Village, Yamabe County
- Ryojiro Yamazawa, commoner
- Niizumi Village, Yamabe County
In this way, the construction of the stone Kanrodai, which God the Parent had looked forward to for so many years, was not only stopped but the stones were taken away.
It is thus taught that the reason such people who cannot understand the intentions of God the Parent have taken away the stones for the Kanrodai is because of the slowness of all humankind, the children of God, to grow spiritually, and because of the dust piled up in their hearts.
Therefore, God gives strong warning that, hereafter, the hearts of all people throughout the world will be swept without regard to position or rank, thus urging in earnest the spiritual growth of the followers.
Then God, giving sign for sign, taught the verse "All humankind equally purified" and hastened for the construction of the minds of all human beings.
After the two stone sections of the Kanrodai were taken away, a pile of pebbles was made. Many followers took one of these pebbles home, after replacing it with one they had cleaned and brought with them. There were many instances of marvelous healing when the pebbles were rubbed on a painful or ailing part of the body.
The desire in the parental heart is that everyone, whoever, will refer to the Ofudesaki and ponder deeply so that we can come into accord with the will of God the Parent, not missing the seasonable time, and, with the mind firmly settled, live the Joyous Life in high spirits. Thus, while teaching benevolently of the determination and readiness necessary for the future, Oyasama continued training the followers through the Timely Talks. Thus did Oyasama hasten for the completion of the Salvation Service. Now that the Kanrodai was taken away, the control by the police, which had been concentrated on the performance of the Service, was directed at Oyasama Herself.
On June 18 of that year, 1882, Oyasama went to the home of Eijiro Matsumura in Kyokoji Village, Kawachi Province, for three days, to visit Matsue's elder sister, Osaku, in connection with her illness. <See also Anecdotes of Oyasama 102>
Shinnosuke, who had been officially adopted into the Nakayama family on September 23 of the previous year, became its legal successor on September 22 of the present year.
<references> <ref name="two">Two yen and fifty sen is approximately $146 U.S. as of 1993.</ref> <ref name="one">One yen and twenty-five sen is approximately $72 U.S. as of 1993.</ref> <ref name="twofour">Two shaku and four sun is about two feet and four inches.</ref> <ref name="threetwo">Three shaku and two sun is about three feet and two inches.</ref> <ref name="eight">Eight sun is about eight inches.</ref> <ref name="thick">This measurement of the base stone, recorded as three shaku and two sun from side to side, is in error. The stone, in fact, measures about three shaku as prescribed in Ofudesaki 9:47.</ref> </references>