In June of 1874, Oyasama began bestowing the Proof Amulet to followers who returned to the Residence. Oyasama taught that when worn next to the body, the Proof Amulet will provide protection of oneself, as long as the bearer keeps a spirited and joyous mind, as Oyasama did, no matter what the situation. Even today, the Proof Amulet can be received when one returns to Jiba, the Home of the Parent. As the name suggests, the Amulet is proof that one has returned to Jiba; therefore, the recipient must receive the Amulet directly as opposed to other traditional Shinto or Buddhist amulets that are purchased as good luck charms to give to friends and family.
Since Oyasama wore red clothing (kimono) to distinguish Herself from others, bolts of red fabric are still offered at Oyasama’s shrine in the Foundress’s Sanctuary, then cut and sewn to make the Proof Amulets distributed to followers each day. In this way, we are wearing a piece of Oyasama’s clothing with us, and keeping Oyasama near us, wherever we go. It serves as a reminder to conduct ourselves in a manner that would bring satisfaction and happiness to the Everliving Oyasama.
Remember that the Proof Amulet also provides protection, so that a large misfortune becomes a small misfortune, and a small misfortune becomes no misfortune at all. In this sense the word “Proof” has a dual meaning. As discussed above, it serves as proof that one has made a pilgrimage back to Jiba and worshipped at the Kanrodai, journeying back to the origin where human beings were first conceived. The other meaning is that is it serves as proof that so long as we keep go through our days with spiritedness and gratitude, we shall be protected by reducing the frequency and severity of mishaps.
Recently, I was party to a car accident. I was reversing into my driveway and didn’t notice another car pulling out from the curbside. Apparently, he didn’t notice me either and so we collided with a loud crash. I thought to myself how close I was to getting home, with 5 minutes to spare before evening service, and now I’m going to have miss it to deal with the police and the other driver. My wife heard the crash and came running out of the house. Since we were both blocking the road, I asked the other driver to back his car up so I could reverse into my parking stall. I got out of the car to exchange information and that’s when my wife pointed out that there was no damage to either vehicle! We looked at each others’ cars in disbelief, but sure enough, no damages.
Apparently what had happened was that we hit each other at the precise angle where the flat part of his front bumper hit the flat part of my bumper, so even though the sound was quite loud, it was like two hands coming together to make a clap. What are the odds of that happening?? I immediately said to my wife “dainan wa shonan, shonan wa bunan.” The other driver happened to be a nice young man who worked in our neighborhood, and he and I agreed to exchange information but leave the police out of it. (He mentioned that his mother was actually a police officer)
So, not only was I spared the agony of having to fix the car and dealing with insurance, I also made a friend, and still able to make it into the church in time to lead the evening service. Thank you for the Proof Amulet, Oyasama!