|This Service is the path of salvation for the entire world.||kono Tsutome sekaijū no tasuke michi||このつとめ せかいぢううの たすけみち|
|I shall enable even a mute to speak.||oshi demo mono oyuwasu koto nari||をしでもものを ゆハす事なり|
Alternate English translations
Verily this Service is the way to save the whole world. Through this even a mute begins to speak.
This Service is the path leading toward world salvation. Even mute people will have their speech restored.
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Translator(s): Roy Forbes
4:91 The Joyous Service is the path for the true salvation of the people of the world. For instance, the Service will provide the miraculous salvation that will allow even a mute to be able to speak.
Commentary by Yoshitaro Ueda (2009)
From Michi no dai: Foundation of the Path 34:59
This verse tells us how precious the Service is by giving a concrete example of the blessings or benefits that can be received through the Service. The verse starts by saying, “This Service is the path of salvation for the entire world.” This Service is the path that will save all people throughout the world. The verse provides a concrete example of miracles that represent one aspect of the path of salvation mentioned here. The Service can even lead to miraculous blessings such as enabling people with speech disabilities to speak.
I once heard that a mission station head in South Korea who had been asked to help someone with a hearing disability was inspired by this verse to return to Jiba almost every month to attend the service dance lessons given in the Foundress’ Sanctuary so that he could teach the dance to the person with hearing impairment. He also administered the Sazuke to that person. As he continued these and other efforts, one day the person apparently began to hear the sound of the large drum during a service. That mission station head is now the head minister of a Tenrikyo church. Having come across this verse in the Ofudesaki, he was blessed with having wondrous salvation shown. There have indeed been actual instances of such salvation.
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