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April Speech

! A heart that does not change receives blessings that do not change. That is what God the Parent has taught us. So if you want your life to continue with the blessings you already receive, you must continue to diligently do what you have done until now. But the other side to that is also t r u e . Yo u r e c e i v e o n l y t h e blessings you have attained to this day because you have not changed. Oyasama tells us to look at the world in front of you and ponder the mirror reflection of who you have become. We have now been witnessing the devastations of homes, towns and lives lost throughout the northern part of Japan for over a month and we are not capable of knowing if this fate will befall us tomorrow. And with the concerns over the nuclear power plant over there, it gives us pause on our efforts to try to do good for ourselves when we see that it has created devastations beyond our capabilities to control. It reminded

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me of a horrible tragedy that once occurred with a man who once built a beautiful castle for the love he had for his children and wife only to see the castle burn up in flames with his children and wife trapped in there. When I think of that horrible fate that befell him and the ones he loved, I realize there are many stories like that where we humans diligently make efforts for the betterment of ourselves and those we love only to watch these efforts turn around and destroy the ones we love. We, as enlightened as our societies claim to be, constantly dismiss the realities of the laws of nature and the laws of God the Parent with the hopes that our selfish desires or even our good intentions will be enough to keep us afloat. When we ignore what we know to be intuitively true about the laws of God the Parent and the natural world, we will eventually see the moment where it all just falls apart and hurts everyone around us. So what do

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April Speech Rev. Kenneth Hasegawa

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we rely on from here on out to improve ourselves? That is undoubtedly the attitude that Oyasama herself displayed throughout all of her trials and tribulations. When we take actions with only our level of logic we have at the moment, that is fine.....for that moment. However, over time, those actions begin to bear fruit all the consequences that we brushed under our consciousness. ! I know I mentioned before that Japan had a similar devastating tsunami a century ago. This is history repeating itself. The causalities of our lives are always repeating. Sometimes, the sufferings of others can come right towards our own homes and create sufferings within us too. Those of us who are here to attain spiritual maturity, we must especially take in the lessons from this terrible tragedy to turn our hearts around and move towards the heart of God the Parent. In our seated service, it says to “sweep the dust from ourselves with the help of God the Parent”. Then the second song says to “listen to the words of God the Parent, husband and wife are the beginnings of the world as is the sky and earth.” From there, our last song is about the settling of the heart of the world. The structure of the world starts at home. Starts right here within us. Like the sky and earth, how we cultivate and create our surroundings will determine what grows. The creation of the

worldʼs joyous life is fundamentally determined by each and every householdʼs core family providers and nurturers. So it starts with the clearing of dust from yourself, then how the core family providers and nurturers must listen to the words of God the Parent and understand their fundamental role in creating a better world. It is stressed that we do the hand dance and song every day to keep it utmost in our priorities throughout the day but until we truly learn to take those words deeply and seriously into our heart and into the actions of our homes, we will not be able to live in a joyous world. I truly plead that each and every one of us put our efforts into spiritually maturing to the level of Oyasamaʼs divine guidance. She showed us we are capable of our greatest selves even in the hardest of times. ! Recently, I noticed a beautiful flower in bloom at a church memberʼs home that I had not seen before. I commented on the beauty of it and asked what kind of flower it was. They said that in all the years theyʼve been alive, they had never seen such a flower. That it was a flower that had never grown on their property up to now. It was like a sign of the dawn for a new cycle of life that we have yet to know. Many new things and unforeseen beautiful flowers of life are beneath these harsh grounds. They are lying dormant for the right opportunity to thrive. Let us be that opportunity for our lives.

“Sah, sah, because Tsukihi exists, the world exists. Because the world exists, things exist. Because things exist, your bodies exist. Because your bodies exist, law exists. Although the law exists, to resolve your minds is primary. - Osashizu, January 13, 1887 Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, was born on April 18, 1798, in a small village called Sanmaiden. “The Joyous Life, Miki taught, is the objective of humankind’s existence. It is to be

collectively shared by all people of all nations, who are children of God the Parent. All

human beings, therefore, are related to one another as brother and sister and, in addition, if joy is experienced by them, God, too, will share in that joy.” - Tenrikyo: The Path To Joyousness

Information about Tenrikyo's Japan Disaster Relief Fund can be found at: www. Tenrikyo.com Thank you all in advance for your prayers and any help we can offer.


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REV. KENNETH HASEGAWA

! As you may be aware by now, there are many places that are asking for your donations to help those who are suffering in Japan and for many other people who need help around the world and even here in our own land. Of course, our own Tenrikyo Headquarters has a relief fund set up to help with the funding of those who are in need in northern Japan and are still in need to this day. This made me think about the purpose and the value of money in our lives. ! As a society, we cannot seem to make up our minds as to whether money is good or bad. When someone is described as successful, it usually means that he or she is wealthy. Sports athletes, famous celebrities, and successful business people are always heard to be donating millions of dollars to worthy causes. We all do what we can with the money we are able to spare to help those around us too. But havenʼt we also heard that money is the root of all evil? We also hear that money cannot buy you happiness. We hear about those who have acquired wealth suddenly or so much that it distorts their personality. Tiger Woods is a good example of someone who let his wealth and fame destroy his personal life and his family. Wealthy people in the news such as the CEO of AIG and Enron or the ponzie scheme of Bernie Madoff have destroyed the lives of many. Politicians and government sectors are doing the same thing yet mysteriously not enough outcry from us citizens for them to go to jail but I digress. People often criticize those who are wealthy but most wouldnʼt hesitate for the chance at wealth themselves. So which is it? Good or bad? Itʼs neither. But because we live in a society which so often equates money with success, it needs to be put in the proper perspective. I donʼt believe that money is the

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root of all evil. The root of evil comes from the dusts accumulated by us humans. Money is not an entity, it is a tool. We have all been too complacent in not really examining the words that others use to explain things and just accepting the idea that everything outside of ourselves must be the problem or the solution. We all no longer look inward. Itʼs easy to just depend our hopes or blame our tragedies on things like money. Money is a vital part of our society. We have agreed to deem it necessary to acquire our goods and our supplies. But we have given the acquiring of it too much value. Like the food we eat, we must appreciate that we have it to provide for us but make sure we appreciate that we can eliminate what will not be needed for our bodies or it can hurt us. And we must be careful not to constantly over indulge or it may lead to self destruction. Oyasama used her own family and her life to be the model of true joyous living when she plunged herself and her family to the depths of poverty. She showed that gratitude can be found even through the worst hardships in life. When I see news of individuals who gave water or warmth to others that they themselves were lacking, we are witnessing the best of humanity that Oyasama wants us to practice in our own lives. Even in the midst of our own suffering, we can show love for others. ! I recently received a little placard that I really liked. It read: “Faith makes things possible...not easy”. Faith is essential to attaining our goals but our attitude is essential to making it through the obstacles we will be facing as we try to make our way towards a joyous life. So whatever you believe, follow through with determination and dedication. Accept all obstacles with a positive mind as Oyasama did. It will not be easy, but have faith so that, you make what is possible, your reality.

"There is no knowing what workings I shall do from now on. In accordance with your minds, I shall do anything, however great.” - Ofudesaki, Chapter 12: verse 62


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May 2011 Issue  

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