81. The God who created everything in the universe is one only: He is called the GOD AMENOMINAKANUSHI.
82. In short, He is called “God” or “True God”.
83. The light (wisdom) of God is called the God Takamimusubi and the warmth (love) of God is called the God Kamimusubi.
84. I shall explain simply and easily the workings of the myriad gods who have cared for this world since its beginning.
85. God is one only. He is the holy God, without beginning and without end.
86. In the universe there exists nothing other than these three elements: spirit, power and body.
87. By spirit is meant God. The human soul, too, is part of God.
88. By power is meant motive power. The movement of the sky and the earth and the changes of the seasons, are all the power of God.
89. God divided His spirit, power and body and created all things in such a way that He created first the body and later gave to it power and spirit.
90. By body is meant matter. The body of God consists of three functions, which can be named solidity, softness and fluidity. These three comprise the Divine body.
91. Spirit consists of four distinctive qualities: activity, harmony, love and wisdom. These four comprise the complete Divine spirit.
92. The human soul, too, is endowed with these four divine qualities.
93. Although human beings are endowed with these four workings, they make their souls impure and degenerate into devils. Whose fault is this?
94. The power of God has eight functions, otherwise called the “eight powers”. This is called “the complete power of God”:
|1. Power of movement||5. Power of tension|
|2. Power of rest||6. Power of relaxation|
|3. Power of dissolution||7. Power of combination|
|4. Power of coagulation||8. Power of separation|
95. The spirit of God is called the Original Spirit and the power the Original Power.
96. Spirit distributed by God is called part-spirit or spirit-particle.
97. Power distributed by God is called part-power. Body distributed by God is called part-body.
98. “Solidity” is the essence of minerals. Minerals are the substances in the crust of the Earth, such as gold, stone, manganese, iron and clay.
99. “Softness” is the essence of vegetables. By vegetables is meant such things as grasses, trees, rice and wheat.
100. “Fluidity” is the essence of animals. Animals are such as human beings, beasts, fish and insects.
101. God is omnipotent and omniscient, and created heaven and earth and every thing that exists. “Omniscience” means complete and true wisdom. “Omnipotence” means complete and true power.
102. For human beings the best thing of all is to love God and to obey Him absolutely. On earth true goodness is not to be found. There is no better way other than to love and obey God and to act for Him. Other good things are without exception only selfish and ordinary love, that is, infernal love.
103. God creates every single thing always according to His own arrangement (according to the combination of good with evil, spirit with body), and therefore the thing created inevitably holds within itself a mixture of good and evil, beauty and ugliness. People are frequently to be found in the world who ask why God created not only good but also evil. But whether a thing is good or evil is to be judged by God’s criteria. Man, therefore, must turn to the Divine path and receive Divine power.
104. In order to rule the heaven and the earth and all that exists therein, God gave birth to many gods, entrusting each one with its own task; thus He protects the vast world and enables it to develop.
105. God has various functions. In total they are the activities of the one and only God. These many functions are called Amatsu-kami Yaoyorozu (eight million heavenly deities) and Kunitsu-kami Yaoyorozu (eight million earthly deities).
- Note: “eight million” is a traditional expression meaning “innumerable”.
106. There are teachings which obstinately maintain that in the world there exists none other than a single God. This, however, is the opinion of one who sees only one aspect of God.
107. The sun and the moon and all things in the world are all in the lap of the GOD AMENOMINAKANUSHI.
108. The power of the GOD AMENOMINAKANUSHI is boundless. Boundless also is His ever-changing activity. There is no place in the universe where this God is not present.
109. God governs the universe, changing into various forms. Originally, God is one and only, but He divides His body into tens of millions in order to protect the world and allow it to develop.
110. In heaven God chose the Spirit of Mizu, and sent me down as His servant, to build a Divine kingdom and to spread the sacred power and authority of God throughout the world.
111. In ancient times, the Spirit of Mizu, the God Susanoo, appeared as the saviour of this world. Alone he took upon himself the various sins of heaven and earth, and saved the world. To regard the God Susanoo as a fierce and cruel god (in accordance with Japanese mythology) is indeed a sinful and impious thing. This is the God who even now continues to save human beings from misfortune. This God redeems human beings, taking upon himself their sins, however grave they may be.
112. The time is at hand, and now God has sent down to earth the Spirit of Mizu as saviour, to bring about the Divine kingdom. God will save the world, loading the many sins of the world onto the Spirit of Mizu.
113. God will favour with any power those who believe that the Spirit of Mizu is a true saviour, and He will grant them limitless tranquillity, joy and eternal life.
114. The God Kunitokotachi (otherwise called the God Ushitora, who possessed the Foundress DEGUCHI Nao) is the master of Takaamahara (the Divine realm). He is the God who forgives all sins of heaven and earth. His spiritual body is the ancestor of the world and is the highest and noblest God.
115. The spirit of the God Kunitokotachi is the Spirit of Izu. The spirit of the God Susanoo is the Spirit of Mizu. These two spirits are the holiest Gods, who directly illumine and protect the material and spiritual worlds.
116. It is natural that God does not appear to human eyes, because He is spirit. God exists in hiding, and therefore He cannot be seen by humans. God is majestic; He is not visible to human eyes.
117. When you pray to the true God who is spirit, your spirit too must be good and true.
118. When you pray with a good spirit, you receive the inflow of a good angel; when you pray with an evil spirit, an evil spirit will respond. This is the state of spirit possession.
- Note: by “inflow” is meant inspiration from God and from higher spirits.
119. Divine virtue fills this world in abundance. Strive therefore to purify your souls and receive the true favour of God.
120. When human souls receive Divine favour, there is nothing in this world for humans to fear.
121. God strives night and day to favour and to save human beings.
122. God does not wish to cause human beings any suffering. They are caused to suffer by the malice which resides in their own hearts. Consider that, seeing this, God becomes deeply sorrowful.
123. There is no one who is free from suffering, from the noble to the humble. Excepting God, therefore, there is no one on whom a man can depend. The human situation is like that of a dewdrop on a blade of grass or of flowers blooming in the fields and mountains. The liveliness of morning becomes the frailness of evening. Ephemeral and uncertain indeed is human destiny! The shadow of death follows man without cease.
124. While thus is the physical world ephemeral and impermanent, eternally prosperous and never perishing is the Divine kingdom. The Divine kingdom is where people can attain endless life. He who leads the people to the Divine kingdom is the Spirit of Mizu. Follow then this guide with pure hearts, become dwellers of the Divine kingdom, and obtain limitless happiness and life.
125. Correct your behaviour as early as possible and reacquire the complete function of naohi (see paragraphs 157, 158, 229, 230, 309). God endows human beings with naohi and thereby He gives the human soul limitless power. Thus does the body and soul of those in whom naohi functions fully shine with a beautiful light.
- Note. “naohi” is the purest spirit, given by God to all humans, ruling the four spiritual natures, namely activity, harmony, love and wisdom.
126. Naohi is that which illumines human beings and makes clear the path to follow.
127. This Naohi is the true spirit, given by Heaven, the spirit of extremely rectitude, beauty and purity. It is the power to distinguish between good and evil in the heart.
128. The human body and soul both belong to God. Therefore, if you wish to serve God, offer your body and soul to Him and pray to Him for the world and for the way.
129. God knows well where human go, for He is looking from a hidden place. Therefore, protecting the body and spirit of those who wish to take the correct path, God makes the going easy.
130. Pray with an unwavering mind and with a pure heart that you may be saved into the Divine kingdom, without any trial from God.
131. God created all things, without beginning and without end, with the spirit without beginning and without end, and with the power without beginning and without end. Because His power is without beginning and without end, for Him nothing is impossible. Consequently, all that a human being desires and asks of God is given. If that which a human being desires is not granted, or if he is not saved despite his asking, this is only because of the evil in his heart. He who wishes to receive God’s favour should expel this evil from his heart as quickly as possible.
132. These words are the light of the world, because they are the direct teachings according to the inflow of God. Nurture your faith well, therefore, reading these writings, and perfect your behaviour; you will be favoured with the power which will open the eyes of your soul.
133. These words are a ship of salvation for the world. They are a true lifeline; they are the true nourishment of the human soul. They are a treasure which will never decay while the world continues to exist.
134. Even if your riches grow, do not take a sinful path. The true treasure is the key to the heavenly realm. Gold and silver are treasures only for this world, only in a dream and only temporary–treasures which one cannot hold forever. The treasures of this world are treasures which are eaten away, which decay and rust.
135. That which accompanies you on the way, protecting you and helping you forever is the power of faith and service to God, nothing else. Even while you are eating, the wind which ceaselessly pushes you towards your death blows without compassion. Humans must prepare themselves for that moment without neglect.
136. What is it that will accompany you when you leave this world, and will for ever aid you as a friend? Is it the power of money? Is it your family, your fields, your estates, houses and storehouses? No!
137. The true path of salvation has nowhere been found until now. To renew the world, the Spirit of Mizu has been sent down from heaven. Only the Spirit of Mizu can illuminate the path of every human soul.
138. There are those who vilify other teachings and are proud only of the teaching in which they believe. This is not surprising, because the world is in darkness.
139. The missionaries of this way should know well that this way never permits you to have the slightest greed. Pride and greed are most disliked by God.
140. Missionaries, God has given you virtue unconditionally. Therefore you likewise are to pass on Divine virtue unconditionally to the people.
141. If you pass on Divine virtue to people and lead them to the true path of God, God will protect you and favour you with that which is necessary for you.
142. These writings can be published nowhere except in Ayabe (Oomoto), because they are part of the Divine plan. Avoiding the eyes of humans, god writes at night using my hand.
143. What will your attitude be when your parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, friends and others hinder your way on the Divine path? Whom will you follow, God, your family, other people?
144. The teachings of the Spirit of Mizu consist of the direct words of God. The words of the human mouth are the poisons of greed and jealousy. If he is ruled by these, man will from then on join the company of devils.
145. The true God, who endowed human beings with spirit, power and body, is the true father. The parents who gave you birth are your bodily parents only for a short time in the finite physical world. God is your true parent; your bodily parents are temporary.
146. God does not teach you to treat your temporary parents poorly. Those who do not respect and love their parents are not pleasing to God. Take care, all of you.
147. In the sayings of the true father there are no vain words. In the sayings of the bodily parents, drowning in self-love, there are many mistaken words. Desiring to make their child good and happy, foolish parents make him bad and miserable.
148. In carrying out one’s faith the most important things are courage and patience. Faith without patience will not bear fruit.
149. When you obey God’s teachings, you will have no anxiety or guilt in this world. You will be able to live each day with joy and in comfort. If your life does not go according to your will, this is because you are opposed to God.
150. The Spirit of Mizu is saviour of this world. His role is to apologise to the one God and the many gods, to build this world, to dispense Divine virtue to missionaries and believers, to judge good and evil gods, to supervise the Hall (Oomoto), to commit God’s words to writing, to remove all causes of illness, and besides to act as intermediary to God in all matters.
151. Missionaries who have the permission of the Spirit of Mizu are true missionaries. The true missionaries will have great difficulties. They will often be slandered, mocked and even taken away by the police on some suspicion. But they should not be at all uneasy. They should know that the more important their heavenly missions the more numerous will be their sufferings. Because God will protect them in secret, they will have nothing to fear. May they be calm.
Written on the 12th day of the 4th month (lunar) in the 37th year of Meiji (1904).