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Shinja no Kokoroe: 3 - Rid Yourself of Selfish Desires

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    Society is built on interdependent relationships. Being egocentric is frowned upon. Whether with your family or the community at large, you should not be self-centered.

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    Do not be narrow-minded, caring only about yourself. Expand your thoughts to others and society at large.

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    It is only natural to think primarily about how you can benefit yourself. However, you should gradually start thinking more about other people. By doing so, you will benefit yourself and further deepen your faith.

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    Do not give in to your impulsive desires. Always think ahead.

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    Natural desires are given to all creatures by Kami for the preservation of the species. It is natural for us to have these desires. It is natural for the sick to pray for their recovery from an illness; for merchants to pray for their business's prosperity; for farmers to pray for good harvests; for students to pray for their academic success; for parents to pray for their children's success in life; and for children to pray for the welfare of their parents. These represent natural desires. Feel free to pray for these natural desires, but do not be consumed by them. Do not be a slave to your natural desires.

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    After praying to Kami, let go of your concerns and rely on Kami. If you allow yourself to be consumed by your desires, you will be tense and worried. Pray to Kami with all your heart and trust Kami.

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    You should learn to control your "Selfish Desires" and acquire "Unselfish Desires."

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    "Selfish desires" ("Gajou Gayoku") imply caring only for yourself and not others. "Unselfish desires" ("Seijou Seiyoku") are "correct" desires and emotions for the mutual benefit of you, others, and Kami. Do not cause yourself and others to suffer because of your selfish desires.

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    The more you are driven by your own selfish desires, the more you will suffer.

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    Unselfish desires represent desires and emotions based on the true Konko Faith that help you and others.

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    Overindulgence in selfish desires makes you narrow-minded and corrupts your heart.

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    Do not cause yourself and others to suffer because of your selfish desires.

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    The more you develop your unselfish desires, the more you will develop an open mind and feel courageous and passionate. Tell yourself, "I will fight for what I believe in, even if millions of people may be against me," and "I will feel no shame between heaven and earth."

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    "Selfish desires" primarily involve your physical needs. Take control of your desire for excessive food, drink, clothes, and sleep; you will then, naturally, come to appreciate unselfish desires.

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    Win by losing and profit through loss. Give others a chance to win, but not out of pity. Support others from behind the scenes. Know that by helping others you save yourself. Rid yourself of selfish desires.

The Prince of Egypt - When You Believe

Many night’s we’ve prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood,
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains
long before we knew we could

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe

In this time of fear
When prayer so often proved in vain
Hope seemed like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here
With heart so full I can’t explain
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I’d say

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
Its hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe

A-shir-ra la-do-nai ki ga-oh ga-ah
(I will sing to the lord for he has triumphed gloriously)
A-shir-ra la-do-nai ki ga-oh ga-ah
(I will sing to the lord for he has triumphed gloriously)
Mi-cha-mo-cha ba-elim adona
(Who is like You, oh Lord, among the celestial)
Mi-ka-mo-cha ne-dar-ba-ko-desh
(Who is like You, majestic in holiness)
Na-chi-tah v’-chas-d’-cha am zu ga-al-ta
(In Your Love, You lead the people You redeemed)
Na-chi-tah v’-chas-d’-cha am zu ga-al-ta
(In Your Love, You lead the people You redeemed)
A-shi-ra, a-shi-ra, A-shi-ra…

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
Its hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
Now you will
You will when you believe…

Shinja no Kokoroe: 2 - Be Joyful and Appreciative

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    The Konko Faith teaches that there is a strong relationship between appreciation and happiness.

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    the Konko Faith is a faith of appreciation. Consciously appreciate everything in your life and you will be happy.

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    Do not show your unhappiness; do not dwell on unhappy thoughts.

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    be grateful for the blessings of Heaven and Earth

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    when you wake up, give thanks for your night's sleep.

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    Appreciate your natural bodily functions, such as breathing, bowel movements, and the ability to move your arms, legs, and feet. These are blessings from Kami.

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    Be thankful for the water you use, the food you eat, the house you live in, the clothes you wear, and the people around you.

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    People tend to take water for granted. Without water, you could not wash your hands, nor cook your food.

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    You learn to appreciate your sight when you lose it. You learn to appreciate your legs and feet when you can't use them. Appreciate the normal functioning of your eyes, legs, and feet. Your normal bodily functions and five senses are blessings from Kami.

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    While bedridden and suffering from pain and agony, be thankful that you are able to breathe and swallow water, and for the care that you receive.

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    You can transform your deep sorrow into happiness by looking at things from a perspective of appreciation.

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    Apologizing sincerely brings happiness.

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    Rejoice in your hardships and suffering. Accepting hardships with a grateful heart brings you closer to Kami. Hardships are blessings.

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    Complaining will not bring you blessings. Blessings come from a grateful and joyful heart.

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    Do not dwell on bad things that could happen. Look forward to the future.

Shinja No Kokoroe: 1 - Be Sincere

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    In the Konko Faith, sincerity is everything. Live your life with sincereity... genuine, heartfelt sincerity.

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    Each of us has within us a sincere heart bestowed by Kami. Through tranquil reflection, your sincerity will surely emerge.

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    A short letter written with sincerity will touch the recipient's heart, whereas, a long, elaborate letter written without sincerity will not.

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    A gift given with true sincerity is precious.

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    Whether in person or by phone, a message conveyed with a heart of sincerity will be favorably accepted.

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    Your sincerity is reflected in everything you do; the way you look... walk... talk... smile.

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    Superficial people lacking in sincerity are not trusted or accepted by others.

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    True sincerity can be appreciated not only by Kami and people, but by all living creatures.

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    A guilty conscience is a warning from Kami that your decisions of current actions lack sincerity.

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    Insincere people reveal their lack of sincerity in the way that they laugh, walk, and talk. Those who lack sincerity should be ashamed of themselves, and need to deepen their sincerity.

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    If you live your life with true sincerity, you will feel happy, have a clear conscience and peace of mind; your presence will be a pleasure to those around you and to Kami. Firmly believe that anything is possible with wholehearted sincerity.

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    Be of true sincerity. Your sincerity can be seen in all you do.

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

What is the holy book of the konkokyo?

Hi Anon!

Sorry it took so long for me to answer. I consulted some other Konko people about their view on this, just in case there was anyone who wanted to debate.

In Konkokyo, we have the Gorikais, The Oboegaki, and the Oboecho. Oboegaki and Oboecho are written by the founder himself, while the Gorikais are books written by his disciples and the various people who wrote down what Konko Daijin told them when they went to see them.
We don’t consider these books “holy”. Perhaps sacred, but we consider all things sacred!

One thing that some people misunderstand about the Gorikai is that the words are not rules for life from Kami-sama or something. Rather, they are teachings given by KD communicating with Kami-sama for that specific person’s development in that specific era. The Gorikai is simply a collection of believer’s notes from that time. Sometimes, there’s even contradicting information between two people, but that is because they were told something that was specific for their situation. Not all teachings can resonate with the same person.

So, we often say that it’s okay to look for the Gorikai for help, of course, but it’s best to go to your minister to get teachings and conversation tailored to you. Our faith is not wired around the books we have, but rather, the act of Toritsugi Mediation. (Not Meditation LOL)
We consider Toritsugi to be the most, perhaps, “holy” thing that we’ve got in Konkokyo, because it’s in the mediation seat where people are truly saved. Also, it’s not about reading scripture or prayers all day, but about going out and being a good person and having a heart of Kami.

At services, we do prayers and we listen to sermons, but there isn’t a “Reading of the Gorikai” section (Though it’s possible that there could be, because each church has an individual manner of worshipping. There’s no strict, set way to worship. Churches have a lot of ability to express themselves because of this.)

I hope this helped! Please send another ask if you’ve got any questions!

I am considering posting every chapter of Shinja no Kokoroe… (read and answer!)

But it’s an older book (1958), and the language might be a bit stern for some people. The writer, Reverend Yoshiaki Fukuda, was a man who endured a lot of terrible struggles. As I understand, when he had tuberculosis, he came to a Konkokyo church looking for help, and ended up promising to Kami-sama that if he survived the illness, he would become a minister. Actually, his whole life is quite interesting.
Fukuda-sensei went on to introduce Konkokyo to the United States!

Anyway, as I said, the language is stern and straight-forward, but I think the lessons in each chapter are extremely good to consider, even if one doesn’t like the sound of them. The way he spoke was considered “forceful and direct”, and the book’s english translation isn’t softened for “political correctness.” As well, being written over 50 years ago, not all of the teachings are entirely practical, but I feel it’s still good to take to heart the feeling behind them.

What do you guys think?

The Konko Faith is an open and broad-minded religion. Our Founder taught us: “Live your life with sincerity… genuine, wholehearted sincerity. You do not need to come to church to pray. You do not have to clap your hands. Living with sincerity is what is important.”

The core message of this book, Shinja no Kokoroe, can be simply put as “Be Sincere.” This is consistent with the Founder’s teaching: “Anyone can imitate how someone does his work, but not the sincere heart he does it with.” (Konko Daijin Oboegaki 8-7-8). To realize divine blessings your heart must be sincere.

Practicing the Konko Faith is simple; there are few set rules in this faith. Elaborate explanations of our Faith run the risk of conveying the wrong message. All you need to do to practice our Faith is to deepen your sincerity by following the guidance provided in this book wholeheartedly. Learn from the examples in this book and use them to develop your own way of practicing faith.

Taking responsibility for you own faith development is a core principle in the Konko Faith. Relying on your minister to develop your faith is a mistake. Your minister is there to help, but the development of your faith is up to you. While, of course, a strong minister can mentor believers with deep faith, contrary to what you might expect, is it common to find Konko believers with deep faith at a church where the minister is inexperienced or stubborn. The strength of a Konko church depends on the sincerity of its believers.

Be responsible for your own faith development.

Sincerely follow the and the simple guidance provided in this book.

Develop absolute trust in Kami.

You will realize divine blessings.

Preface of “Shinja no Kokore/Live with Faith: Being a Konko Believer”
Reverend Yoshiaki Fukuda
San Francisco, California
September, 1957

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Hello, I was wondering if I could receive a message and a teaching from you and Kami-Sama. I'm working through an ordeal of sorts at the moment, and it would be greatly appreciated to be able learn and have something to dwell on as I progress. Thank you very much!

Hi Anon! When I asked for a teaching, I was given:

#150: The soul that believes is quiet. From within this quiet state of mind, powerful advancement begins.

I feel Kami-sama is wishing to tell you to take moments where you step away from everything involving your ordeal and allow it to have quiet moments of contemplation within you.
When you are feeling stressed, nervous, or otherwise out-of-sorts, step away so that you may be given a chance to quiet your mind to bring yourself back to a state of being that is at peace and that is thoughtful. Do not consider points of your ordeal with a clouded mind.

I hope this helps you!

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