Now, think of yourselves first. As
your bodies are material ones, you know they
can be resolved into atoms, and molecules,
and further into electrons. Conversely, if
the physical bodies were molded with all
the electrons without scattering any, could
they speak? If they could speak, why can
not the dead speak?
It is said that the earth is growing colder
and colder. Conversely, if intense heat is
given to the earth, it will be a mass of
intensely heated gases. Why is it that all
the living things whose bodies can be reduced
to ashes with fire, now live on this earth
which was intensely heated some hundred thousand
million years ago? As mere matters themselves
do not have their own minds, they can not
move by themselves. If the earth were smoothly
turning by itself on its own axis to the
east, it must be blowing constantly in a
fixed direction at a uniform rate from the
east to the west, and at the foot of mountains
a uniform whirl-wind must be blowing. It
seems that the surface of the earth does
not make any sudden changes like that of
one mountain breaking loose here, another
breaking loose elsewhere. The sun is such
a large luminous body. I think the sun is
constantly shining everywhere on the sea
as well as on the land. Yet, why do the sudden
and considerable changes in atmospheric temperatures
come about on the earth every hour? Or, why
does a gush of wind or a wind-spout suddenly
occur, or why does a storm-center emerge
from a violent wind?
If the sun gave specially high or low heat
only to a given part of the earth, such phenomena
might naturally happen. why is it that a
chicken is not hatched from a boiled egg,
or a parched seed does not put forth a shoot?
Who on earth ruled that, when the value of
both X and Y are graphed in case of quadratic
equations in algebra, some of them show a
circle, ellipse, straight-line, wavy line,
and parabola? who would be sick by choice?
If people dare to say that their diseases
are due to their carelessness or mistakes,
they ought to be able to cure by themselves.
There are some of people who say they can
not swallow their food even when hungry.
Why does not it go down their throats? If
they did it by themselves, they could swallow
it by themselves. I do not think anyone likes
wars in the world. why is it that the wars
break out so often against their own will?
There are only two causes as to whether
what they think will come true or not. It
is no wonder that success and failure repeat
themselves almost by turns. However, some
are always successful, while others are unsuccessful
and out of luck. And, there are some cases
where one shop is flourishing, but the other
is not, though the two shops are dealing
with the same kind of goods, and are side
by side. Why is this? Do you know that you
move things through your words? You move
even others' physical bodies and other souls.
Can what you want be transmitted without
any expression? Even a medicine compounded
by a doctor, if he does not tell you anything
about it, you won't take it. Can you get
anything without expressing your desire when
shopping? Thus, all things can be moved with
words and will. However, matter does not
have its own will and words, and therefore,
it cannot give them out.
Here, you are aware, I believe, of a great
many lives, besides matter, that give out
will and words. I call these lives 'spirits'
as a general term for souls, spirit souls,
and spirit original souls.
We ordinarily use 'existence or nothingness'
only to material existence, and on the other
hand, we use 'livingness or no-livingness'
to the objects into which spirits have gotten.
In other words, to a living person, we say,
for instance, "Mr. So and so lives there."
and on the other hand, to a dead person ,"His
body is there." Or, we say, to fish
swimming in the water, "Many fish live
in this river.", and on the other hand,
to fish caught and laid out for sale, "Good
fish are at that shop today." That is,
we never use 'live' , but 'exist' or 'be'
to each body which the soul has left. In
the same way, we never use live' to clothes,
desks, food, and other matter where souls
do not live.
All the bodies, if souls are gone from them,
are insensible though they have living brain
Therefore, dead bodies, even if you hurt
them, do not say "Ouch, how it hurts
me !" And, these bodies do not move
by themselves. Also, the word 'That fellow'
is only used for the body where a soul lives.
I hear that some people believe that all
the souls are the same because they have
originated from one soul. If so, every soul
could think of the same things at the same
time, and all would have the same manners.
Why is it that your manners are different
from mine, and that we think of different
things? You will see that you (soul) are
different from me (soul).
Thus, many souls live in this grand natural
nature. There are many ranks that have been
set up according to the steps of discipline.
Into the world of human, souls ranked as
human are destined to be born, and into the
world of ox and horse, souls ranked as ox
and horse are destined to be born for their
I call I 'Hotokes' the souls who have left
their human bodies. 'Hotokes' is a term used
only for the souls who were once born into
the human world, and therefore, oxen and
horses are still called 'oxen and horses'
even after their death.
'Hotoke' is different from ' Buddhism',
which is Buddha's teachings which was introduced
from India. I wish you do not identify Hotoke
with Buddhism. I call 'Kamis' or 'gods' all
the spirits ranking higher than the human
souls or Hotokes. There live a great many
gods with great might, whose origins are
unknown, or can not be known.
Some people say that all the gods are the
same, or there lives only one god in the
universe, and some scholars say that the
extent of the universe is contained within
two thousand million lights years. The latter
opinion is right, but not complete. If what
the scholars say is true, I should like them
to answer what the outside is. Grand natural
nature must be infinite, so that we ought
to know of the existence of many other universes.
Is it true that only one god can guide anything
and every thing of such a grand natural nature,
and all the various phenomena there?
Even With faces, finger-prints, leaves, and
so forth, none is the same. If you insist
on your opinion of only-one god, the god
you believe in must be not alive but a dead
one in your imagination.
Kamis or gods are, what we call, the souls,
the spirit souls, and the spirit original
souls who are all alive, and sometimes create
existence out of nothing, sometimes create
original ions, Shohs, atoms, molecules, and
matter by the waves of their out-will at
their own will, and do all the phenomena
at their own will. You can believe easier
in gods and other spirits by using our various
Hohs (Heavenly rules with which you can escape
from disasters) chanting our Kyohtens (a
kind of canon where names of many Kamis and
gods, and prayers are written). Your study
of our teachings will lead you to recognize
that you can be free from every disease and
every bitterness in your family, and that
any misfortune will quickly cease. Almost
all the misfortunes are due to Heavenly punishment,
godly punishment, Hotokes not having gotten
to Johbutsu (arriving at the blissful and
peaceful state in the spirit world after
death-Chapt. 23), gods prone to evil, and
so forth. You must be aware of yourselves
so fragile that your lives can be cut short
even by mere amoeba however highly you put
on airs. Let's make a study of the relation
between you and the spirit world.
If you dare to say, "Jinjas (god's
houses) aren't the places to worship gods,
but to worship the persons of exceptional
merits" just as certain persons brought
pressure upon me to the utmost in the past
saying "what ! There're no such things
as gods. It's heretic religion to let people
believe in the gods made up in your own imagination."
I'll let you say this and I'll watch in silence
to see who will win, the gods or the people.
I think the former is likely to win through
my observation of the world-movement, which
has interestedly been led by all the gods
on my side till now.
Bitterness will be given to the latter,
one after another, so that in time cries
and shrieks will be uttered by the latter.
I would like those who have studied chemistry
to open the page of the perodic table, and
to think about whoever arranged those atoms
on such a regular system. Atoms do not have
their own will. If some of you tell me to
show you gods or to take you in their presence
[though in the past many people in Nippon
would say this to me, and some of them told
me to bring a Ryuhjin (one of the titles
of gods-a Dragon god) even into court], I
want to say "Haven't you seen 'kami'
(paper her - in Nipponese, 'god' , 'hair'
, 'paper', 'top or head' , and etc. are all
pronounced 'kami' though they are quite different
from each other in their spelling.)?
It's indeed a surprise for people of
today. Don't you know there are many kinds
of 'kami' such as 'kami' of head (hair),
Nihon-game (hair dressed in Nipponese old
style. 'Gami' is a pronounciation of the
euphonic change of 'kami'. ) , Yoh-gami (foreign
paper), Shinbun-gami (newspaper), Kara-kami
(bamboo paper for Kara-kami), Bohrugami (paper
board), Chiri-gami (paper handkerchief),
Irogami (colored paper), and etc. Moreover,
even in Kami (as paper) there is difference
between good and bad quality, right and left
sides, upper and lower sides, and one side
and the other. One side or the other of paper
applies to positive and negative. Gods are
classified into good and evil ones, and male
and female ones." Let sophists alone.
You have no choice but to believe in true
and righteous gods through your true learning
and experiences. Even the worst sophists
must undoubtedly be afraid of the gods in
their bosoms. For, none of them could reply
when I asked them to swear that they could
live by themselves without any Heavenly protection
from that day forth. They would say that
they could not swear to that. That there's
no Kamis (Do they mean gods do not live?),
and in the same breath that they were afraid
of suffering punishment. If they were sure
that no gods lived, they would not need to
be afraid of gods.
I teach you there live Kamis or gods. If
they did not live, you would not fear any