|Among all humankind, there is no one who is evil.||ichiretsu niashiki to yūtenai kere do||一れつに あしきとゆうて ないけれど|
|It is only a bit of dust stuck on.||chotto no hokori gatsuita yue nari||一寸のほこりが ついたゆへなり|
Alternate English translations
Among all mankind, there is no one who is essentially evil. If there is, it is only because a few specks of dust have stuck to him.
There is nothing that can be rightly called evil. It is only because human minds are stained with dust.
Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2008)
From Michi no dai: Foundation of the Path 32:43
1:53 There is no one who is evil. If some people are regarded as evil, that is because a bit of dust is stuck on them.
This is the first time the term “dust” has appeared in the Ofudesaki. A major characteristic of dust is that it can be removed if we sweep it away. God teaches that what needs to be dealt with is only dust that is stuck on—rather than evil or sin, which would have had a more judgmental or deterministic tone. Behind this teaching of dust, we can perceive the parental love with which God assures us of how manageable the task is, for we only need to sweep it away to remove it.
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