In a world full of stress, pressure, pain, suffering, conflict, illness, disaster, hunger, oppression, loss, and general hopelessness, how can we find the path to salvation? We are taught that all of these negative or unpleasant things that occur in our lives and in the world are due to the misuse of our minds – the accumulation of our mental dusts.
God the Parent, out of the desire to save all people, descended into the realm of human beings and taught the Service as a practical means of salvation. The Kanrodai Service, which is only performed at the Jiba (the spot of original creation), is the most fundamental means to salvation. But what if we don’t live in Japan, and cannot attend the monthly Kanrodai Service? Are we then unable to attain salvation? The answer is, of course, no; however, visiting Jiba and experiencing the Kanrodai Service at least once in their lifetime should be a goal for any Tenrikyo follower.
In fact, the pathways to salvation besides traveling to Jiba are myriad, and can take many forms:
– Monthly services performed at local churches is performed by receiving the truth of the Kanrodai Service. Consistently attending the monthly services at local churches is a firm basis for attaining salvation.
– Daily services at morning and evening are also performed at local churches, and worshipping sincerely at any of the daily services is also a way of sweeping away our mental dust and thereby achieving salvation.
– The divine grant, or Sazuke (healing prayer), many be administered by a Yoboku. Having the Sazuke administered on you when you are ill or injured is a way of speeding up the recovery by receiving the blessings of God the Parent and Oyasama.
– The proof amulet, which can be obtained when one returns to Jiba, should be worn on your person in order to provide protection from physical harm, and as a reminder to keep Oyasama close to your heart on a daily basis.
– The sacred rice may be consumed in order to aid in the recovery from illness. The sacred paper which houses the sacred rice can be moistened and applied to wounds to aid in healing.
– Engaging in hinokishin – selfless acts of contribution for others and the community – is a way of expressing our gratitude for being kept alive and healthy. When we use our bodies for the benefit of others, we in turn can receive blessings from God.
– Conveying the teachings of God to others is also the basis of salvation. In order to do this we must first, study and learn about the teachings and develop an deep understanding of the origin of human creation. Going back to the origin, we learn the reason why God created mankind; the effort put in to creating and sustaining us for hundreds of millions of years; and the purpose for our existence.
By seeking the core, and understanding the original truth, one’s mind becomes clear and open to receiving the blessings of salvation. The road of darkness and despair gives way to the path of light and hope. Where once there was bitterness and anger in one’s heart, now is replaced by joyous acceptance and the desire to help others. When the mind is settled, the body also heals and we are then ready to live happily, harmoniously, spiritedly, and joyously.