Ofudesaki 03:008

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

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Ofudesaki 03:008 is a verse from the Ofudesaki. The English translation below is the sixth edition translation.


Truly, the hastening in the mind of God shinjitsu ni Kami no kokoro no sekikomi wa しんじつに 神の心のせきこみわ
is to put in the central pillar quickly. shin no hashira o hayaku iretai しんのはしらを はやくいれたい

Alternate English translations

Third Edition

The mind of God is truly hastening to take in the central pillar as quickly as possible.


The hearts of God is truly urging you to install the central pillar as soon as possible.


Sixth edition note

3:8 The “central pillar,” originally taken from architectural terminology, refers to anything that is the core. Thus, in relation to the Service, the phrase means the Kanrodai; in relation to person, the one who is to become the center of this Path; and, in relation to mind, the central idea.

The Kanrodai, which represents the truth of human creation and which indicates the central spot for the faith of single-hearted salvation, is referred to as the ‘’central pillar of Nihon” (see verse 8:85). The person who is to be the central pillar of this Path is referred to as “the Shinbashira, who is to settle matters within” (see verse 3:56).

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Translator(s): Roy Forbes

3:8 I, Oyagami, am wholeheartedly hastening in order to establish the core as soon as possible.

*Note: Unusual Japanese/Tenrikyo specific expression—shin no hashira (“central pillar”) is originally an architectural term and refers to the core of everything.
In Tenrikyo, in the context of the Service, it is referring to the Kanrodai. In the context of an individual, it is referring to the person who is to become the central figure of the path. In the context of the mind, it is referring to a central idea or thought. That is, this verse is referring to both the Kanrodai, “the central pillar of nihon” (See 8:85) that marks the central spot for the faith of single-hearted salvation and the person that will be the core of Tenrikyo, “the Shinbashira, who is to settle matters within” (See 3:56).
This verse is aiming for the completion of the Service of the Kanrodai and hastening the construction of the Kanrodai and the establishment of the office of the Shinbashira.

『おふでさき註釈』、p. 31–2


註 しんのはしらとは、中心柱の意であって、元来は建築上の用語である。故にすべて、しんとなるものを言うておられる。

Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2008)

From Michi no Dai: Foundation of the Path 33:30

What God the Parent is trying to hasten is putting in the “central pillar,” which refers to the Kanrodai and the Shinbashira. The term has a twofold meaning. God desires to quickly set up the Kanrodai and welcome the Shinbashira.

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