Ofudesaki 01:040

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Author: Miki Nakayama
Date Published: 1998
Pages: 486 (English ed.)

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Ofudesaki 01:040 is a verse from the Ofudesaki. The English translation below is the sixth edition translation.


You close to Me may question what I do. soba na mono nanigoto suru to omoe domo そバなもの なに事すると おもへども
This is because you do not know the future. saki naru koto o shiran yue nari さきなる事を しらんゆへなり

Alternate English translations

Third Edition

You close to Me may feel strange about what I intend to do, but it is because you cannot foresee what will happen in the future.


Those close to Me may wonder what I shall do. This is because they cannot foresee future events.


Ofudesaki chushaku

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Translator(s): Roy Forbes

1:40 You may wonder how strange it may be for Me to urge that Ochie be returned by the thirtieth of the first lunar month (1/30). That is because you do not know what is to occur later.

*Note: “You close to Me” (soba na mono) refers to the people close to Oyasama. It can be interpreted in a narrow sense to mean members of the Nakayama household or in a broad sense to include all the people who gathered to worship at the Residence.

『おふでさき註釈』、p. 11


註 そバなものとは、教祖のお側にいる人々、狭くは中山家の方々であり、広くは道をたずねて集まり参じた人々。

Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2008)

From Michi no dai: Foundation of the Path 32:41

1:40 Because Shuji and his common-law wife, Ochie, are said to have got along very well, returning her may have seemed rather cruel. The verse says that people “may question what” God does but that this is because they do not know what will happen in the future.

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