Today is Setsubun(節分). It is the new years day for the shinkai (神界)- The World of the Gods. This morning, I felt the difference, refreshed and revitalized. We have moved up one step higher in the spirit level. Yesterday, I didn’t feel hungry at all. I didn't want any solid piece running through my throat. I drank a lot of distilled water with a pinch of sea salt.
I came to an understanding once again that when we leave this physical body, we cannot consume or take anything from the outside. It becomes an obstruction. If you had received many healing sessions from a fee-charging healer, you will suffer a lot at the end of your life. When you’ve been involved for a long time with a religious group that gathers donation, you will suffer after your physical death. If you have lived your life without any involvement of such groups or healers and maintained your original spiritual energy, leaving your physical body will go smoothly without any pain. When you can leave smoothly without pain, your soul is able to go to a higher realm in the heavens.
There are serious Buddhist practitioners who attempt in sokushin-jōbutsu (即身成仏) trying to attain Buddhahood while still in the flesh. You really don’t have to practice such thing like stop eating. When we humans and animals get old and sense the end of life, we will naturally stop eating. When we come to acknowledge that god lives within all of us that is the same as attaining Buddhahood. No special practice needs to be done.
When I watched the sunrise this morning, an image of Eleven-headed Kanzeon (Japanese name for the Bodhisattva of Compassion/ one female figure form of Buddha) came to me.
The number eleven represents the “eleven dimension” of the heavens, the whole of creation. The microcosm of the Universe is always here within our chaotic daily life. So we really don’t have to try and figure out what is happening in the distant cosmic world. When we are able to see and observe all the details of what is happening in our own daily life, we are seeing and understanding the whole Universe.
Therefore, when we really worked hard and did our best, we come to attain a Buddha-like peaceful smile on our face in our later days. A craftsman who sought a path with dignity and sincerity may come to enlightenment. A housewife who went through many hardships in family matters may also attain enlightenment.
Japanese language is very interesting. It is purposely designed to have the vibrational energy that resonates with the World of the Gods. In time, the words had changed, yet the hidden sound effects still remained. For example, we call Kanzeon as “Kannon-sama” since the old days. Kannon (観音 – Kuan Yin in Chinese) literally means observe the sounds/senses. It is about our senses. I feel being a Kannon is about being sensible, caring about how others are feeling and listening well. Whether it is about work or a personal relationship, it’s very important to try and sense and understand about your opponent.
As mentioned in the Ooharae-no-kotoba (大祓詞 – the only valid norito chant) descended through goddess Yamato-hime (皇女倭姫), in the ancient times, the plants and trees had feelings and communicated with us. It is now starting to happen again. The already starting new era is a time where we could once again communicate with all lives. If you listen carefully and care for all living things, you will become the god/goddess of compassion and heal/help many people.
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.