Friday, September 24, 2010

Summer Vacation 5

When you go to Ise, you will see a shimenawa (twisted rope ornament) at the entrance of every store and household. When I look at the Ise style shimenawa, it reminds me of the sumo wrestlers ceremonial apron of yukozuna (highest rank.)

The features of shimenawa are : (1) Strongly grounded (connected to earth.)  (2) Orange (energy of the sun.)  (3) Seaweek (kami of the sea).  (4) Bundle of rice (uniting the whole.) These qualities are symbolic features attracting good fortune.

According to the Japanese mythology, the origin of shimenawa begins when the sun goddess Amaterasu-ohomikami became tired of the worlds poor condition. She locked herself in a rock cave. Her brother and others try to cheer her up and did some dancing (5) outside the cave. The sounds of happiness and laughter (6) made her come out from the cave. And from then, the entrance of the cave was decorated with shimenawa (7) to prevent her from going back.

We are children of Amaterasu-ohomikami. And we modern people are experiencing the same symptoms as she had experienced locking herself in the cave.  The above seven tools would help you prevent from depression.

Futadama-no-mikoto-kami (太玉命神) was the one who concealed the rock cave (the dark) by the shimenawa. Through my psychic vision, he was a spirit that took a human form who derives from the Tribe of Gad (one of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel.)

Believe it or not, the one who saved Amaterasu-ohimikami, the root of our Imperial family, was Jewish. The spiritual reflection of this matter is or will be mirrored in the world of reality.

According to the old documents, the descendent of Futodama-no-mikoto lives in Shikoku as Inbe (忌部) Family.  For the Daijosai (大嘗祭), the enthronement ceremony, held for the new Emperor, the fabric for the costume is made by the Inbe Family since the Taisho Emperor (1912~1926). Through my psychic senses, Meiji Emperor (1868~1912) was the one who decided that the fabric has to be made by the Inbe Family.

I would suspect that the design of the Inbe weaving (today their relative Miki Family takes over the tradition) has some traces of symbols used by the Tribes of Gad from the ancient Jews.

The Emperor is also called Mikado. Mi (御) is used in front of a word in means to pay respect. Kado must have come from Gad. A Romantic ancient memory came into my vision.

I really admire Meiji Emperor in many ways. He has done so many amazing works, a great spiritual revolution. And it is still going on.

Ikashite-itadaite arigato-gozaimasu
Thank you for letting us live
I would like to spread the Gratitude Awareness towards ancestral spirits and everything around us so 5% of the world population will start acting on it on a daily basis.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Higan (彼岸)

Starting from today for the next seven days, we call it Higan. It is one turning point of the sun orbit. September 23rd is the Autumn day and the daytime and nighttime would be just about the same. Taking the Autumn day in the middle adding three days in front and back, those seven days is called Higan (Buddhist tradition.) This shows that Buddhism is also conscious about the suns orbit.

So what is the spiritual significance of this day?
It is a good time to start something new, have a new goal and to declare yourself to stop doing what you really don't want to be doing. It is one of the turning points. The Autumn day is the starting of the daytime getting shorter. So I think its more about deciding to stop doing something. The Spring day is more about starting new, aiming for new goals. The spiritual magnetic energy from the sun will support your decision.

As long as we live, we humans need to make decisions from time to time.

In the spiritual teachings, they say, just be. This does not mean that you can be lazy. It means that you should do your best and then let go and ride the wave. Dont be bothered by the results. Spiritually results are not valued. The efforts and the process is valued.

Did you suffer? Where you troubled? Did you do your best? Did you at least try?  At the end, the most important thing is did you follow true to your heart?  Its alright to be troubled and having doubts about what you are doing. You have times to make a decision and redirect your course.

Your efforts and thinking seriously about your path and redirecting all these process is valued and brought to the next life in a form of magnetic energy.

Our short life span is a repetition of decision making, reexamination and redirection.

Ikashite-itadaite arigato-gozaimasu
Thank you for letting us live

I would like to spread the Gratitude Awareness towards ancestral spirits and everything around us so 5% of the world population will start acting on it on a daily basis.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Summer Vacation 4

When you walk over the Uji Bridge at Naigū (inner shrine) of Ise Jingū, the Sando path
turns towards the right. Instead of going on the Sando main path, if you go straightforward from the bridge, there is another path that takes you to Koyasu Jinjya (the land god of Naigū) and Ooyamatsumi Jinjya (the father god of the land god of Naigū). 

The enshrined gods name of Koyasu Jinjya is Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto (木花咲耶姫命.)  The father god that is enshrined in Ooyamatsumi Jinjya is a guardian god of Mt.Kamiji, the mountain and the forest area of upper Isuzu River. I have introduced a photo of this gods appearance in my recent photo book. My psychic sense tells me that Ooyamatsumi is Susanoo. And Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto is Susanoos daughter.  This means that Naigū stands on the ground that is Susanoo’s daughters  land. And Susanoo is standing right behind the main shrine in a form of a mountain.

There is an interesting legend about this. Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto was the wife of the grandson (Ninigi) of Amaterasu-Ohomikami, the Sun Goddess. Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto also had an older sister called Iwanaga-hime who looked like a rock and not so pretty.
Ninigi falls in love with the younger and beautiful sister, Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto and asks her father Ooyamatsumi (Susanoo) if he could take her as his bride. Susanoo feels bad for the older sister and tells Ninigi to marry both of them. However, Ninigi refuses to take the older sister and just marry the beautiful Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto. Susanoo was furious and said, “He shall a have a short life for only taking the beautiful one as his wife. ”  This is how eternal youth and immortality was broken. This is how we humans started to become mortal and experience death.

When Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto got pregnant, her older sister Iwanaga-hime became very sad. She said, “If Ninigi the son of the sun goddess had taken me as his wife, I would have brought out a child who is like a rock like my name and he would have had an eternal life. But instead he had chosen my sister. Like her name, the child will have a short life as ephemeral as the flowers.”

This was the beginning of a self-centered mind. The more egoistic the humans became the more short living they had become. There is another story about the pregnancy of Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto. After they got married, on the first night she became pregnant.  Ninigi became suspicious and told her that it was not his child and that she must have had an affair prior to their marriage. In order to prove her innocence, Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto sets fire in a small shack and gave birth to three children in the fire. If she wasnt innocent she would have burnt to death.

Since this legend was told, people started to worship Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto as the god of birth and safe delivery.

Even she knew that her children would have ephemeral lives, she still wanted to give life to them. This came from her strong motherhood, having hopes and not giving up. There is a teaching in this story that we humans should never give up and have hopes for a better future.

At Koyasu Jinjya where Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto is worshipped, many parents donate torii gates in hopes for their children. There were wishes written on the torii poles. (as shown on the photo in my book, personal wishes would create such odd atmosphere) This was just like what you would see at an Inari Jinjya. 
I was shocked. And asked the lady at the store. “How long has been this been going on? “ She said, “maybe this past five or six years.”  It shows that we have been experiencing a very difficult time. Parents are really worried about their children. They have no idea how they can help and come here to cry on Kamis shoulder. But in truth, it is always better to send gratitude rather than asking for help. The energy of gratitude would bring much more power to help your children and your family.

Ikashite-itadaite arigato-gozaimasu
Thank you for letting us live

I would like to spread the Gratitude Awareness towards ancestral spirits and everything around us so 5% of the world population will start acting on it on a daily basis.