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Sunday, January 10, 1999 Wagakokoro Day Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo The more blessings you receive, the more benefits you will gain. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #60] First of all the minister has to show that he's received blessings. To acquire virtue is the first priority, because one can't compete against those who have virtue. In order to receive the blessing of gaining more benefits, you'll acquire virtues when you practice faith by not being picky with Kami, not being picky with believers, but being picky with yourself. * Push aside blessings; take in training * The one fishing; the one watching The universe is generously giving without any limit. You need a posture for accepting it. You can't accept it just by watching. 7/12/77 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] Today's teaching concerns the small pocket watch that is on the main mediator's desk. The minister glanced at the watch just before delivering the talk for today's Wagakokoro Day service. The watch is running, but the time is off, way off. Thus he first spoke of his faith not being in tune; his faith is off set, not correct, like the watch. For example, when a child won't listen most of us will correct the child. However, our master, Rev. Soichiro Otsubo, would corect his own mistaken watch. It's like shifting from the earth-centered belief to the solar-centered belief of the universe. Our faith needs to be reset and corrected just like the watch. Today's teaching is our watch that needs correcting. It's running, but not on the right time. Correct and tune up your faith. There was a revelation received by someone last year October 18th. On the doors behind Kami's altar were written the words "Divine Doors". Asked to open them you see the record book of mediations. Written on the top of it is "The Process". Opening the cover is recorded that now is the moment of divine love. Take it up without wasting any part of it. In other words, the process of the moment contains the true essense of Kami's love for us each moment without stopping. Yes! Our practice of faith must need tuning up and adjustment. Let's set our faith watch in time with the process of divine love.
Saturday, January 9, 1999 Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo Tenchi Kane No Kami sees everything in Heaven and Earth in a single glance. Kami bestows blessings equally. However, the blessings will be lost if the receiver is not ready. If you want to receive divine virtue fully, you must have a heart that accepts everything. In other words, you must have a heart that accepts even death. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #22] Receiving this teaching I feel that to acquire divine virtue is definitely not easy. At the same time you realize that the chance to acquire virtue is not something you always have. Since Tenchi Kane No Kami provides equal opportunity for acquiring virtue without distinquishing between persons, we must always have the receiving vessel ready. The receiving vessel is absolute faith. You must accumulate training in faith to just manifest a heart which actually accepts everything at the time without wavering and without rushing. 7/4/70 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] Various dramas were portrayed last night as each believer in the faith accepted their drawn teaching. The spotlight attractions standout, of course --- the specially framed written teachings by the head ministers of the Otsubo family. But each little movement is a story of divine making and leads to arranged blessings and virtues. The major point today was the depth of our manifestation of the teaching we have received. The question was asked: Are we accepting this teaching with the depth of heart that even accepts death? How far are we willing to go to really make the teaching a living part of our lives? The chance for achieving divine virtue is not always available to us.
Friday, January 8, 1999 Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo Faith begins with a fortunate encounter and a twist of fate. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #49] Hardship brings about the fortunate encounter; Blessings give birth to the twist of fate. Inside the saying "even meeting the cold shoulder is karma from a previous existence" is not quite the deep relation of being called the parent and being called the child, however, disrespect between parent and child is what the cold shoulder is to such a deep relationship. Since we expressly have received the bond with the Divine Parent, not to bind the parent-child relationship is nothing more deplorable to Kami than being stranded from Kami. The founder combines and teaches that "faith is just the same as showing respect to your parents." 7/1/77 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] Those who have encountered airaku, the world where divinity and humanity are united, have met with the wonder of wonders of this divinely-made relation. It's a miracle just to have come and meet such a world of blessings. Next the twist of one's fate is needed to continue on and on. Then we have story after story of those who received the miracles, took up the blessings day after day until suddenly they disappear and vanish. Just a selected few remain today from the days of Kabame to Airaku to today. How to continue the relation of this faith generation after generation? It requires more than meeting Airaku teachings, and master ministers; you need more than just the first master. Without combining all of this with the founder, Konko Daijin, our faith's relation will not penetrate through time. We must build up this parent-child relation with our parental diety. May the divine request come to life in our faith. Miyako has made it through a serious trial and just last night reached the conclusion that she will continue on in faith. This is the first time for such a tremendous step in perpetuating the joy of faith through the trial of her sickness. One step toward the continuation of the Dusek faith. May Kami be pleased, may humanity be pleased, may Konko Daijin also be pleased.
Thursday, January 7, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor Nothing ever stays the same. Unless each person practices faith, it will not last very long. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #67] The blind person, the deaf, various people in different circumstances, each realizing their situation must rise to it through faith. Since the blind cannot see, they counteract by developing a strong sense of perception to the point that the person with sight appears ill-suited; the deaf develop precision better than anyone in interpreting the spirit/hearts of others. It's really necessary to demonstrate fully the bodily strengths each of us has. We must actually work at studying and mastering how to be delighted, how to be grateful. 7/19/77 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] Through this event and that occasion what is God saying to me? What need I renew? What is needed to be done? To be tryed? What's the divine request? Will the dream end only as a dream? It needs planning, action, and training. Take up a piece and try it out, practice with it. The process is for you to use. Become stronger and grow by taking the process and practicing with it. Those with a dream, have a hope. Those with a hope, have an aim. Those with an aim, have a plan. Those with a plan, go into action. Those in action, have results. Those with results, will reflect. Those reflecting, will progress. Those progressing, have a dream. We are all sightless and can't hear what the universe is doing. We must, each one of us, brush up and really practice. Don't be an observer, be a doer. "It is really necessary to demonstrate fully the bodily strengths each of us have. We must actually work at studying and mastering how to be delighted, how to be grateful."
Wednesday, January 6, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor Tenchi Kane No Kami sees everything in Heaven and Earth in a single glance. Kami bestows blessings equally. However, the blessings will be lost if the receiver is not ready. If you want to receive divine virtue fully, you must have a heart that accepts everything. In other words, you must have a heart that accepts even death. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #22] It's teaching to accept everything "you must have a heart that accepts even death," but this is quite difficult to do. However, each day by feeling the work of Kami which doesn't miss even a minute or a second, you'll be able to reach the heart that accepts everything. In other words, it's living in rhythm with the universe. Kami has indicated to me the kanji character for AKIRA. It's written with sun (hi) on the top and shine (hikari) underneath. One definition I found was a melody of sun and shining. The sun is Kami; shine is what our heart does through our practice of faith. [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] 7/13/81 Jan. 1st began with faith needs no company, practice alone. Thus I felt that Kami wants us to establish our faith. It is something only you can get to. Understanding this our late master would swell with joy. This teaching today says to accept everything. Thus we shouldn't be selecting this or that. We should never discard what the process is providing. We need to accept openly everything. Use it to polish and brighten the depth of your joy for building true happiness.
Tuesday, January 5, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor Should The Principal Parent of the universe enter a shrine, the world would turn dark. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #10] Just now Mrs. Akiyama sought mediation. When worshiping this morning she had mediated a matter concerning her child that had caused her to be dark and gloomy. She says that after having offered her prayer to The Principle Parent she had somehow become sort of joyous. And soon after that blessings unimaginable were received for the child. I then said, "More than the blessings you received for the child, the greatest blessing is that you became joyous, isn't it?" Such blessings are possible because The Principle Parent doesn't enter a shrine and fills this world with divine work. Instead of physical arrangements Pray for spiritual arrangements 7/27/69 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] To what degree can the spiritual heart feel the world of divine work? How can this heart be polished to shine out in its own hue? What will bring out this person's true nature? What song would match perfectly with this person's character? It's to feel truly that what is happening is the divine plan in action; it's Kami's own convenience, perfect and without one mistake. The stone of our character is still too crude and rough. It only needs to be polished and it will shine in harmony with the universe. Discover your special qualities and polish them. Divine graces shine through the true nature of one's heart.
Monday, January 4, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor A metal cane will bend and a bamboo or wooden cane will break. Use Kami as your cane, and then you will be at ease. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #57] Don't rely on money; don't rely others; don' rely on your own self. There is not one thing that you can depend on. The only thing to rely on, you will realize, is just Kami. After that realization, single-hearted faith comes about on its own and you can live in the world of trust. Since it teaches "use Kami as your cane, and then you will be at ease," if you are not at ease, this is evidence that you are relying on something other than Kami. Money and possessions and people are all things which come to you from outside of you. [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] 7/8/71 The pastor is undergoing some bodily discomforts. He remembers and reads to us various sections of the founder's memoirs concerning his weak bodily conditions. It starts in January and continues through to July -- half a year of fever, constipation, and diarrhea. It seems it was probably cancer. Also remembering the year 1982 when our first headminister was so very weak, barely eating, and finally placed in the hospital. The similarities between our first master and the founder are interesting. Both of these great men continued to follow Kami, even throughout their grave illnesses. Our pastor today feeling ill in his stomach wonders what degree we would continue to follow Kami. Under what situations can we still continue to maintain trust in Kami? We all can hear and feel divine works in the very process of our lives. It's happening all the time. We each have such a wonderful stone that just needs to be polished. But are we hanging on to dying gods? The living process is where you pick up the sound of Kami. Put faith in the process; depend on it. You can't depend on anything else. The process is where you feel the presence of Kami. It's the process of divine works in our very midst. Depend on it and true ease and happiness opens. The stone of your character can be polished through the process of life to glisten as a precious gem, its blessed potential.
Sunday, January 3, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor WAGAKOKORO DAY SERVICES AT 10AM When practicing faith, there are more blessings which cannot be seen than those which can be seen. The blessings you unknowingly receive are more than the blessings you knowingly receive. If you think about it, you will come to realize the many divine blessings that you have already received. When you can do this, you are a true believer. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #53] When you realize that that too was a blessing, all of your past comes alive. Even if you happen to have a problem at this moment, when you comprehend that it is in fact a blessing too, then you come to see that all there is is just divine love. Since the blessings we see with the human eye are but a section of the iceberg, no matter how much we acknowledge our gratitude, our appreciation will not suffice. Let us aim to be true believers who realize that all of our past and all of our present are full of blessings. 7/4/71 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] With this happening, with that problem, with anything of our process of life taking it up with deep respect, depending on it as divine work for our enrichment, and using it to brush up and polish our true character will realize more of the blessings of a true believer. The crude stone we call our character can be polished and will shine as a precious gem as our faith takes up the real process of our life.
Saturday, January 2, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor People living between heaven and earth are the children of The Principle Parent. If your body is in pain or ill, it is difficult to work. Pray for physical well-being, diligence in your work, rich grain harvests, and for your horses and cows. Pray with sincerity for everything. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #51] The innocent prayer is like wishing to win the ball game in the vacant lot. It's the simple request of a person just trying to be happy as a living human being. Blessings of this kind are like getting a teething ring. We need to receive blessings which really become a living part of us. That is the meaning of praying with sincerity. 7/11/82 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] How deeply are you actually picking up the process of things in your life. Are you really putting your whole strength into manifesting the divine qualities of the process of your life? Sincerity is making the regular happenings of life shine with divine blessings. It's only normal and natural. Living in blessings is a sincere life of faith in Kami's process.
Friday, January 1, 1999 Rev. Katsuhiko Otsubo, pastor You do not need anyone else to practice faith. You should practice faith on your own. If you need someone else to practice faith, you will also need someone to die with you. However, no one is willing to die with you. To practice faith is to live day to day. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #26] Just before the prayers began there were these mediations from two people. One dreamed of being killed; the other dreamed that she died. I responded, "Without another recooking, you can't really reform." (To die means that the traits of fate die along with you.) "To practice faith is to live day to day" means to die day after day. In other words, to kill your selfish intent. After that, a faith is born in which "each day is new." Your faith becomes original, without needing anyone else and not permitting anyone to imitate it. 7/9/76 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] Rev. Dick Dusek was duty minister of the day. This is his second time to receive duty on New Year's day. He opened to this teaching: Tenchi Kane No Kami does not look down upon other religions. Those who practice faith should not be narrow-minded. Have an open heart. Be broad-minded about the world. The world is in your heart. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #9] When the heart is rich and full, whatever you see or hear will not harm it. The gratitude you feel through faith is a beautiful heart that's broad and fruitful. When you're not at peace, anxious and small things disturb you, it's a sign of lacking this feeling of gratitude. It's something like cider that has lost its fizz. Although Konko religion "does not look down upon other religions," as a believer of the faith the worst thing is raising a fuss among ourselves about such things as who took whose believers. It's nonsense. 7/23/75 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] How much of what we do is actually nonsense? I feel I don't look down upon others' beliefs, but when I examine myself thoroughly I can imagine I really do have some disturbing mannerisms that might affect others badly. I even have parts of my own character that I'd rather do without. These are points where I should renew and strengthen a broader faith in Kami, in the divine works of the moment. I'm still not strong enough in my faith in the works of the everyday process. It is here that I am still yet lacking and too narrow. I pray for fuller gratitude for a stronger, more beautiful, broad and enriched faith that won't fizzle out. How? Take up the very happenings of the moment (The Process) depending on the divine works present in them and use these very processes to polish the crude stone of your character. Depending on the process and using it to renew and polish with you will develop respect for your own character. You will come to see that belief in the process is not misplaced, is not wasteful in any way. The raw crude stone you start with can be ground, sanded and polished to shine brightly like a precious gem. It is to put more and more trust in Kami. How much? To the point that I myself do not appear, but instead divine works are felt around what I am doing. Today our pastor spoke of the regular guy doing regular things to receive regular blessings. It's a constant cycle that should be regular. The ordinary human being working and manifesting divine qualities in all they do on a regular basis. In another mini-teaching there's: I received this message from Kami: "The craving for life." This means an active search for life itself. I wish to raise faith to the point where I can honestly say that faith _is_ my life. To do this it is necessary to grow constantly in understanding the real meaning of the truths our founder mastered. "To practice faith is to live day to day." [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] 7/17/81 Your true character can thus be given greater life. The human being can manifest a divine quality of grace.
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