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Saturday, September 12, 1998 Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo Above all, you should enrich your faith. Practicing faith in everyday life is important. Rich soil will be productive without fertilization, and so it is with faith. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #50] Principle Cultivation For Worshiping The Mountain Of Training What it is to cultivate the principle of a spiritual heart is to single-heartedly train oneself by worshiping the very difficulties of life. One will be able to comprehend the divine will and be awakened to divine love. Faith with steel reinforcement is when one has received this divine love. [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] 7/10/82 Teaching number 50 begins with "tokaku" meaning "tonikaku" (anyway); after it is given an example which is not usually used. To fertilize the ground of one's faith, that is something uncommon for discussions of religious faith.
Friday, September 11, 1998 Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo Your spirit will give you life or will take it away. [How To Develop Faith #12] By throwing things away life is taken away and by using them life is given. It's the way it is. Even if the heart-spirit is allowed to run free, you bring about living activity not just for you alone, but for everything. 7/5/74 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] Nurture the heart one has. Study the nearest thing to you, the invisible heart- spirit you have. By using it you develop it more. With the heart in front of you (using it) there will be no whys or wherefores. It's different than positive thinking. The events and actually activities of everyday life become the means to further the advancement of you own human spirit. The founder never left his home and he developed the wagakokoro with faith in Kami. It is not for your spouse to do; it isn't for your children to taken it up; neither is it for your in-laws or friends to develop it. The spirit of your wagakokoro is for you to guide and nurture through faith in the process of divine work in your universe. Make a mountain for training your spirit in your heart and go there to practice how to polish the gem of the soul.
Thursday, September 10, 1998 Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo Through Konko Daijin, Tenchi Kane No Kami's blessings can now be received. Through Konko Daijin, Kami has been revealed to the world. Konko Daijin works for the benefit of Kami and people. Follow the words of Konko Daijin carefully and practice faith. In an emergency, you need not say, "Tenchi Kane No Kami!" Just say, "Konko Daijin, please help me" and you will receive divine blessings. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #4] From Konko Daijin's own life experience we need to find out how he recognized the essential quality of mankind. That is where endless energy was drawn for maintaining man's life; it is also what came to be the teachings and proceeded to create the basic form of true faith. As one part of that, he was prudent when indulging in worldly pleasures, and realized at the same time that harsh ascetic training didn't have much merit for the salvation of mankind, so through spiritual training he developed the way of divine arrangement. Teaching this he devoted himself to putting it into practice. Along with the most important part of this teaching to "follow the words of Konko Daijin carefully," in our lives we should manifest divine mastery of Konko Daijin's way of living. 7/16/75 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] If the world of Kami is a jigsaw puzzle, we are each a piece. This piece is for me to mainfest the divine arrangement, to get deeper into the true process of my life's piece. Had an itch in my back that I couldn't reach. It would be like Kami who cannot do all of it; there is some point where even the divine parent cannot do it all. The late master was said to be one great person in 3,000 years. We, each one, can be said to be the same, because of the valuable product we have. This valuable Wagakokoro must and needs to be developed to ever greater heights, deeper and more enriched. Four months straight our pastor has called the Otsubo ministers on the first of the month to reiterate the great need to renew. He has repeatedly stated that we still haven't renewed our spirits. Still, not yet! It reminds me of the story of the young Mrs. Nishi aiming over and over again for single-hearted faith to help cure her sick husband. She was but 24 or 25 when she finally took up to come to worship naked. She received blessings and her husband was cured. It took her many attempts before reaching a single-hearted spirit. We, too, need to attempt over and over again to take off more of our selfishness and get down deeper into the true process of this piece of the universe we are given to manifest.
Wednesday, September 9, 1998 Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo Nothing ever stays the same. Unless each person practices faith, it will not last very long. [Teachings of Konko Daijin #67] Faith is to seek beyond the truth to greater truths. It's an endless inquiry of endless diligence, but it will open into the world of endless blessings. Where faith furthers the truth it is evident that there are blessings beyond the truth. You add and check by substraction; you substract and check by addition. Thus you are sure of your answer. It's certain that faith never stands still. 7/27/82 [Mini-teaching of Rev. Soichiro Otsubo] A child grows to be an adult; developing; maturing. How about us? How about our faith? Are we growing toward deeper truth? Look at how people's interests change as they grow. As a child, toys are important. But that changes as they grow up. Our late master spoke of changing his own interests from eating good foods and living a rich life to desires to really develop his spiritual heart. From one truth, you seek for a greater truth. As the heart develops, the spirit grows with newer and deeper truths, disgarding the old and reaching for the new. Remember, though, the spiritual heart is the basis for it all. And this spirit of yours is not something borrowed from the universe, it is really yours for keeps. Developing it is what spiritual training is all about. With a greater spirit, greater blessings accumalate; greater truth perceived; and life is more fully fulfilled, enriched.
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