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October Speech

Many of us wish that we could just live our life doing everything we wanted to do and getting our way all the time. It would be an easy life for all of us. However, because that is not the case, we must learn to understand what it takes to be protected and blessed by God the Parent. When we take the precautions of abiding by the laws of God the Parent that is when we are protected by God the Parent. For example, you see many people with good luck charms hanging from their car’s review mirror in hopes of being protected. However, the reality is, as long as we take care of our vehicle as instructed and obey the rules of the road, we remain safe and protected. And for those moments when we cross paths with someone else that neglected to do so, then our fate comes into play. There are many who wonder how to improve their fate in life. I know I have repeated this many times but in truth, it is your attitude and heart that determines your fate. If you work on improving your heart and attitude,

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your actions will change. When your actions change, then your environment changes. A great example of this is with gambling. It is insignificant whether you should or shouldn’t gamble. As a teaching, God the Parent wants us to focus more on the heart because it leads to the habits we create. A gambling environment can be heavy with individuals who are desperate, greedy, shady, or just unhappy. Yet, for some reason, this is just dismissed. With this one choice, you have steered your fate into an environment that has an increased chance of taking you into muddier waters. With what heart and attitude do you walk into that sort of environment? Only the ones who have a healthier and happier mindset can resist the urge to get caught up in troubling problems down the road. Of course, nothing in life is without risk. But somethings are more riskier than others. I have recently been nagging my sons about their need to settle down and get married. One of my sons argued that it made no sense

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October Speech Eight Mental Dusts

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to be married when he sees so many of his friends getting divorced and having their spouses taking half their income in the aftermath. I believe his heart and attitudes about relationships have steered him in the direction of those in unsettling and unhappy relationships. I’m not suggesting that marriage guarantees happiness but many who marry grow to be decent people and live a very fulfilling life yet he doesn’t look at their situations and only at the ones who have failed to do so. Marriage does not lead to misery but your heart and attitude can lead to misery. If you have the heart to abide by the teachings of God the Parent, then you will be assured of a life of joy and happiness. Regardless of what we believe and how we behave, we are loved dearly by God the Parent. But God the Parent can only help those that are willing to do what it takes to humbly be helped. So it does no good to just say that you are a believer in the Tenrikyo teachings. It is only when you actually live the teachings of Tenrikyo that you will be able to receive protections and blessings from God the Parent. The amazing thing about the teachings is that there are many ways and things that will help you accomplish this. We have on our walls here at church the lessons of the Eight Mental Dusts. I don’t know how many of you are even familiar with this. It is astounding to think that if we just adhered to those basic understandings of the eight mental dusts alone without knowing anything else about our teachings

how much happiness would be realized in our lives. I am far from being free of the mental dusts that accumulate inside me. There are many times I have gotten angry at my children or spouse. But when I stop to do the daily service and spend time reflecting on my actions in front of God the Parent, I realize that I had allowed a lot of mental dusts to accumulate and show in front of others. It has given me pause to do a lot of soul searching in my own life and attitudes of when I was around the ages of my children now. I wonder the kind of role model I was to possibly instill in my boys what relationships are like with those you love. With every Morning and Evening Service, I am trying to shake off what dusts that I keep accumulating in hopes that it will show my boys that the deepest relationships with the ones you love can be positive, rewarding, and happy. I know everyone has the same challenges everyday with those around you. No one is perfectly able to keep the dusts from accumulating in the heart. However, what really matters is our determination to make the efforts, everyday, to allow our spiritual growth to flourish or we remain buried in our own misery. Let’s take steps with humility in our hearts to improve the level of our warmth towards one another and sweep what dusts that stand in our way. Let us walk in line with the teachings of God the Parent to receive what blessings are waiting for us all.

The significance of the Autumn Service: After many reincarnations of the human and the ability to finally grasp the ultimate teachings on a mature level, God the Parent declared through the mouth of Miki Nakayama, now known as Oyasama, “ I am God of Origin, God in Truth. There is causality in this Residence. At this time I have descended here to save all humankind. I wish to receive Miki as the Shrine of God.” When her family finally complied with God the Parent’s request, it was on October 26, 1838. This now marks the beginning of Tenrikyo.

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JOYOUS MIND

EIGHT MENTAL DUSTS

We get caught up in our individual gains and losses, pains and pleasures, imagining ourselves to be isolated centers of thinking and action, engaged in pursuing selfish interests. Self-centeredness, however, causes trouble for others and for society and gives rise to suffering. In fact, we are meant to live our lives while helping one another as brothers and sisters and ought to take care not to use the mind in selfcentered ways. Tenrikyo warns us against such ways, likening them to dust. Essentially, particles of dust are so light and minute that they can be blown away by a single puff of breath. If the cleaning is done promptly, dust can be cleared away easily. But dust accumulates quickly and, if we are negligent, the dust will in time pile up so high that the cleaning will be very difficult no matter how hard we attempt to sweep or wipe it away. Our use of the mind works in much the same way. The dust of the mind can accumulate and become habits of thought and conditioning even before we know it. To prevent this from happening, it is important to pay close attention to our use of the mind and watch for selfish mind states as we proceed through each day. As a means to help us reflect on the dust of the mind, God the Parent cited eight kinds of dust: miserliness, covetousness, hatred, self-love, grudge-bearing, anger, greed, and arrogance. In addition, God warns us against falsehood and flattery.

Miserliness This dust is to begrudge giving one’s services in mind or body, to begrudge lending things to others, to begrudge paying an imposed charge, to begrudge the effort to help others–all these ways of begrudging money or effort are dust. Covetousness This dust is to desire more and more without appreciating that one is already given sufficient, to desire what others have, and to seek rewards without doing the necessary work. Hatred This is a mind state that hates others because of sheer selfishness. This dust indicates, for instance, disliking others just because one doesn’t like them and despising others because some discourtesy or mistake on their part has injured one’s pride.

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Self-love This refers to partiality and to caring only about oneself, forgetting about others. It is a self-centered mind that shows kindness only to certain people and thinks only about oneself, one’s own children, one’s own family, etc. Grudge-bearing This dust is to bear a grudge against others, thinking that they have gotten in the way or that they have been unkind; to bear a grudge against others without reflecting on one’s own lack of effort; and to envy others their happiness. Anger This means to get angry just because someone has said something one doesn’t like or to get angry even over tiny things because one is in a bad mood. This dust indicates short-temperedness, in which there is neither tolerance nor forgiveness. Greed This refers to a self-centered use of mind that wants to have everything. It is a use of mind that desires more and more although one has sufficient already. This use of mind, for instance, wants to take as much as possible, even by cheating others, and wants to make profits beyond what would be considered fair. Arrogance This indicates the use of mind where one pretends to know something one doesn’t know, flatters oneself that one is superior to others, never listens to others’ opinions though willing to do anything to push one’s own opinions through, and finds fault with others. In addition to these eight kinds of dust, we are encouraged to watch for “falsehood and flattery.”


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Unite your minds and construct a path of hope. You must reflect it to the world so the world will be convinced that it is the true path to follow. Osashizu, September 6, 1902

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November 2011 Newsletter  

Translations of NC Church speech and other religious; spiritual; motivational content