|This is a world constructed on reason.||kono yō wa rī de seme taru sekai nari||このよふハ りいでせめたる せかいなり|
|So I shall press upon you everything with the reason in verse.||nanika yorozu o uta no ri de seme||なにかよろづを 歌のりでせめ|
Alternate English translations
This is a world constructed on reason. So I will press upon you everything with the reason expressed in poetry.
The universe can be explained by the truth. I shall explain all things through the truth of My verses.
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Translator(s): Roy Forbes
1:21 Everything in this world is based on My mind, the mind of Oyagami. This is a world that exists due to the Truth of Heaven (Tenri), so I shall caution the truth (ri) of your conduct and everything that follows through explanations and instructions in verse.
Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2008)
From Michi no dai: Foundation of the Path 32:38
1:21 The name of our faith, “Tenrikyo,” means “Teachings of the Reason of Heaven,” the word “Reason” being a translation of the term “ri.” This indicates that “ri”is an extremely important term. The term means “way” or “course.” Etymologically, the term, which can also be read “kotowari,” comes from the phrase “koto o waru,” which translates as “split or distinguish things.” In some respects, this term is related to the verbs “wakaru” and “wakeru,” which we considered earlier (See note for 1:1). The term in question has to do with classifying and distinguishing things and disentangling and clarifying them.
The Japanese verb “semeru” occurs in both sentences. First, focusing on the second sentence, it may be helpful to note that several Chinese characters that could be used to write this verb to mean to “blame,” “attack,” and “close in on” and are all etymologically related. As used in the first sentence, the verb “semeru” could be seen, in a broad sense, as related also to the verb “tsumeru,” which translates as “pack, stuff, cram, and fill.” From this, we can interpret the first sentence to mean that the world is filled with reason. Thus, thus verse is saying that this world is a world permeated with reason and that God will caution us by explaining the reason regarding everything in verse.
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