Divine Guidance

If the purpose of life is to live the Joyous Life, why do we battle chronic illnesses?  Why to we experience troubles with work, school, relationships, even within our family?  Why do natural disasters occur?  Why do so many people pass away for rebirth before their time?  These seemingly unpleasant experiences actually have  profound and positive reasons behind them:  Divine Guidance.

Remember that God is our true and real Parent; the Parent of all mankind.  Those of us who are parents ourselves know that we want nothing more than the best for our children.  We teach them right from wrong, encourage them to play nicely with siblings and friends, provide for their comfort and growth, and see to it that they have a happy childhood.  Sometimes, however, we must be stern if we believe they are making wrong choices or headed toward danger.

The relationship between God and humans is the same.  God wants all the children of the world to live in mutual help and respect for one another.  But when we use our minds in a way that does not accord with God’s intention, then we may be informed by God via illness, injury, or troubles.

It is essential to recognize and truly understand that these are not punishments, but rather divine guidances given out of the sincere love of our Parent, to let us know that we are using the mind along a mistaken path.

When we catch a cold and are laid up in bed or encounter minor troubles in our lives, it’s a good time to think over the daily blessings of life and renew our gratitude and appreciation for the use of our bodies.  However, when we are afflicted by a prolonged or major illness, or when our lives are turned upside down by extreme circumstances, we must reflect seriously on the usage of our minds, and make a vow to sweep away our mental dusts.

The mental dust are as follows:

Miserliness – unwillingness to spare time, money, or effort for the benefit of others.  Begrudging lending things to others or paying an imposed charge.

Covetousness – desiring more without appreciating what you have; to want what others have and seek rewards without doing the necessary work.

Hatred – disliking or discriminating against others instinctively or temperamentally; dispising others because some discourtesy or mistake on their part has injured your pride.

Selfish-love – caring only about oneself, forgetting about others.  Showing kindness to certain people, and thinks only about one’s own children and family.

Grudge-bearing – the inability to forgive someone because of something said or done.  To bear a grudge against others without reflecting on your own lack of effort.  To envy the happiness of others.

Anger – intolerance of others, and becoming angry over what someone has said.  Short-temperedness, and taking your anger out on others because you are in a bad mood.

Greed – a self-centered mind that wants everything, even when you already have enough.  The mind that wants to take as much as possible, even by cheating others and wanting to make unfair profits.

Arrogance – the thought that you are superior to others, and belittling others.  Pretending to know things you do not.  Unwillingness to listen to others’ opinions, and finding fault with others.

In addition to purifying our own minds of the mental dusts, we must also be careful that our words or actions do not cause others to accumulate mental dusts.  The best way to clear away the mental dusts is to perform the daily services and practice the opposites of the dusts: generosity, contentment, friendliness, unbiased love, forgiveness, relaxation, philanthropy, and humility.

When your mind changes, your outlook will improve, your surroundings will change for the better.  With a purified and sincere mind, you will be able to receive the free and unlimited blessings from God the Parent.

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Taiheiyo Church

I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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