November is the month of “Seibi” to commemorate Chokushi Tanjō, and thus, all the Shinji revealed for this month on the 1st, 15th, and the 23rd are about Chokushi. And all three of these Shinji are tied to one another, and are revealed in a sequence. For that reason, let us start off by reviewing the Shinji for the 1st.
As you look back at the Shinji for the 1st, it contains phrases that said; “Feel the teachings with the kokoro (emotions) of Shisha Tomomaruhime,” and “Knowing the kokoro that Shisha Tomomaruhime wanted you to have.” And at the very end, the Shinji concluded with the following phrase; “Take to heart Chokushi’s desire (feelings) that you strive to be the shinja who lives by the teachings.” As you keep these phrases in mind and learn the Shinji for the 23rd, you will be able to see more clearly what Kami is trying to teach us.
“Shisha Tomomaruhime”—the term was used in the Shinji. Tomomarusai Sensei was a Shisha as well. I, myself as Tomomarukō is appointed as the current Seishisha from Kami. There was a time when Tomomaruhime Sensei was a Shisha. But soon did we find out that she was Chokushi (Direct Messenger) who had been placed the spirit of Kami in her body—she, herself was Shinkon. Therefore, Tomomarusai Sensei’s kokoro and me, Tomomarukō’s kokoro are precisely guided by Shinkon. And the words and the messages that were delivered from Tomomaruhime Sensei, Shinkon is now passed on to us in a form of Shinji that are shown through Shisha Tomomarukō today. This is the reason why I want you to feel the kokoro of Tomomaruhime Sensei placed in the Shinji and learn them carefully.
As we move on into the Shinji for November 15th, the following were shown in the Shinji for Seibi Kinensai. I would also like to point out that the Shinji for November 15th marks the end of Kōju Shinja Sanpaiji, and therefore, it is a message and a guidance overlooking what is to be expected in the year 2021. Kami is already showing us what is going to be like in the upcoming year.
Let me teach you what is happening in the world today where society is undergoing great changes.
What supports the workings of life in this world is the unmei.
But having forgotten the existence of Kami, the arrogant belief that knowledge and effort can change the flow of society has lowered the kokoro (unmei-jittai).
The world has been going under many changes, and it is gradually getting close to reaching harmony—finding its place to settle. We see changes in how the leadership has been taken among various countries. The flow of an era under a chaotic condition has surprisingly changed, and is now trying to find its new place.
What is happening in the world today where society is undergoing great changes? To find an answer to this question, you need to understand and see the power of ‘unmei.’ Therefore, Kami showed the following phrase, pointing out about unmei; What supports the workings of life in this world is the unmei. You need to understand that there is a limit to what human beings can do. No one can get away from the parameters of your given unmei. And the society has changed over time following the unmei of the times, which is a great power beyond human understandings. And the change is headed to harmony.
However today, many people have forgotten the existence of Kami, and believe that knowledge and effort can change the flow of society. When people rely only on knowledge and effort, they tend to think selfishly and demand justice. And as Kami teaches us, this is the reason why you have experienced great instability and number of discords in the recent years.
Moving on to the Shinji for 23rd, it contains two realizations and a deep understanding.
The first part is the realization.
The love (kokoro of salvation) of Chokushi that has become one with Shinkon continues to watch over and protect the life of the shinja to this day.
The kokoro (conviction) of shinja to accept this truth and to entrust their kokoro to Kami (Shinkon) is desired as they live their life.
It is this conviction that fosters love for Shinji Kyōkai and cultivates people (human beings) who walk the correct path and live by the principles.
The Shinji for November 1st said; “Feel the teachings with the kokoro (emotions) of Shisha Tomomaruhime,” and “Knowing the kokoro that Shisha Tomomaruhime wanted you to have.” But here, Kami gave a strong message that the love (kokoro of salvation) of Chokushi that has become one with Shinkon continues to watch over and protect the life of the shinja to this day. The Shinji continuously shown to guide and protect each one of us, is the proof of that strong love of Chokushi today.
Kami encouraged to accept this truth and to entrust your kokoro to Kami (Shinkon) as you live your life. If not, you will be consumed by all the knowledge and information, waste away your precious gift of unmei, demand justice and desire things that are beyond your parameters.
Furthermore, Kami showed that as you build a strong sense of devotion to live by the words of Kami (Shinji), this conviction fosters love for Shinji Kyōkai and cultivates people (human beings) who walk the correct path and live by the principles. The love for Shinji Kyōkai is simply understood as your pride to be a part of this congregation. It is not just to like or dislike the Kyōkai. But it is a strong determination that unless you learn the teachings and strive to live by it, you cannot live life merged with your unmei and live with the right view. If you live life with a kokoro that reflects the love for Shinji Kyōkai, you will abide by the right path. And your kokoro will be calm, and free from anxieties. And that kind of kokoro will not bring accidents, disasters or sickness into your life.
The next part is another realization.
To the Shinja
How is your kokoro (devotion) to believe and depend on Kami (Shinkon)?
Learn the teachings with sincerity and without bias.
Your kokoro will naturally be happy and cheerful and you will gain a sense of pride as a shinja.
People (human beings) are filled with confidence when their kokoro is strengthened through their encounter with Kami (Shinkon).
Kami begins this part by questioning your understanding of how your kokoro ought to be. Let’s begin by asking yourself, do you have the kokoro to believe and depend on Kami (Shinkon). Your kokoro to believe and depend is the true devotion for Kami—it is the respect that comes from within. There was a part in the Shinji for October 23rd that said; understand well the significance (principle) of saying the name and deepen your reverence (gratitude). If you have the kokoro to believe and depend on Kami, you can kigan from your heart, entrust in Shinkon’s power, and have the kokoro to depend on and live with Shinkon.
Also, Kami questioned if you are learning the teachings with sincerity and without bias. The term ‘bias’ is your thoughts and ego. It is important that when you learn the teachings, you need to put aside your thoughts and ego and absorb the teachings with sincerity. Then, your kokoro will naturally be happy and cheerful and you will gain a sense of pride as a shinja. You will not be swept away thinking of gains and losses of being involved in certain situations, but elevating yourself to live the right path not matter what.
Moreover, Kami promises that people (human beings) will be filled with confidence when their kokoro is strengthened through their encounter with Kami (Shinkon). This means that you will experience the peace and calmness from within because as you live with the confidence, you will not go beyond your parameters and naturally make life choices that will not be too overwhelming for you and your lifestyle. Not only that, you will be able to live with a strong foundation in your kokoro that you are special and your abilities have a meaning to share to the rest of the world. This is true confidence that you can have to push forward in life.
Lastly, the part that teaches us the deep understanding. The deep understanding builds a firm foundation that will guide your life and help foster your generosity.
Today society is greatly changing its flow to become one with the principles.
Shinja, strive to be the person (existence) who lives increasingly by the teachings and guides society on the correct path.
The more you strive, the kokoro (life) of the shinja is protected by Kami (Shinkon) and a life that is one with your unmei is lived.
The love (unmei) of Chokushi protects the kokoro (life) of the shinja even to this day.
Do not forget this truth.
As it was with the Shinji for November 15th, the Shinji for 23rd is also showing a guidance overlooking the upcoming year. The society today is greatly changing its flow to become one with the principles for sure. And in the midst of that, we are seeing changes in many areas including politics and the economy. The society as a whole is changing its direction to flow along with the principles—shifting away from injustice and irrational thinking.
For all of us who have been blessed to be given the opportunity to learn the teachings, Kami sent us a strong message to strive to be the person (existence) who lives increasingly by the teachings and guides society on the correct path. The immediate society that you need to guide on to the correct path is your family—home. So therefore, you must practice what you have learned from the teachings at home. Given your role in the family, make sure you have the right involvement and be the inspiration to the rest of your family.
While you make this effort, the kokoro (life) of the shinja is protected by Kami (Shinkon) and a life that is one with your unmei is lived. As we have mentioned before, a life that is one with your unmei is a life that stays within your own parameters. If this is done, your abilities will shine and will be trusted and needed by many people. And that is living life with meaning and purpose. In addition to this, your life that is one with your unmei allows you to live free from stressful situations often driven by your jittai.
Kami promises that the love (unmei) of Chokushi protects the kokoro (life) of the shinja even to this day. The hopes and wishes of Chokushi can be read and understood in the Shinji. And this is continued to this day to protect the lives of each one of us, and to protect the movement of our individual kokoro with a great power of Shinkon. As it is said in the last words of Kami, we cannot forget this truth. Realize and know how much protection we each receive from Shinkon, and the least we can do as individuals is to thrive and live each day to try to live life to be one with our own unmei.