Ofudesaki 12:155

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

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Ofudesaki 12:155 is a verse from the Ofudesaki. The English translation below is the sixth edition translation.


In the world, there are those who desire rain, sekai niwa ame o hoshii to omotatote せかいにわ あめをほしいと をもたとて
but perhaps no one knows its origin. kono moto naru otare mo shiromai このもとなるを たれもしろまい

Alternate English translations

Third Edition

There are people in the world who want rain. But perhaps there is no one who knows the origin of it.


There are those people in this world who wish for rain, but there is no one who really knows its origin.


Ofudesaki chushaku

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Translator(s): Roy Forbes

12:155 Though the world at large may desire for rain to fall during a drought, there is no one who knows why the rain falls or anything about its root, which is My protection, the protection of Oyagami.

*Note: This verse was written when Chusaku Tsuji, Gisaburo Nakata, Isaburo Masui and others went to perform the Service for Rain at the request of Rihei Matsuda from Kosaka in Kawahigashi Village on the lunar calendar date of 6/28/1876.

『おふでさき註釈』、p. 195


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