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This Month’s Message: Mind of a Three-Year-Old

Oyasama once gave Her great-grandson Sotaro Kajimoto a tangerine segment after removing the white pith, opening the segment, and turning it inside out. She placed it on Sotaro’s finger, saying:
“The kite cries ‘toh, toh,’ and the crow, ‘caw, caw.’”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 192

This scene vividly portrays Oyasama’s disarming, unaffected demeanor.
Oyasama loves children. Children love Her, [...]

This Month’s Message: The Long Way Around

Oyasama once said to someone who had come asking for help after having been to many places to pray:
“You have come the long way around. What a pity! You could have met all those gods if only you had come here.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 10

Let’s take a moment to consider how people generally come to [...]

This Month’s Message: Chestnut Bur

Oyasama once said to a follower:
“The bur of the chestnut is rough and prickly. Take away the bur and inside it there is a shell and then there is a bitter coating. Shell it, then peel the coating, and you will find a tasty nut. If a man listens to the truth and discards his [...]

This Month’s Message: The Eye of the Typhoon

One day during Her detention at a police station, Oyasama said to Her granddaughter who was accompanying Her, “Oh, Hisa, buy a cake.” Asked what She would do with it, She said:
“That officer is so bored that he is dozing off. So I want to give it to him.”
The Life of Oyasama, p. 209

A typhoon [...]

This Month’s Message: Buy Dearly

Oyasama once said to a follower who ran a hosiery shop:
“Merchants should buy dearly and sell cheaply.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 165
A fortune-teller says: “When a customer comes to me, I look steadily into his or her eyes and say in a low, quiet voice: ‘You have done so much for others. Yet your efforts have [...]

This Month’s Message: Truth That Reaches Heaven

Oyasama once said to a follower:
“If you do something with gratitude, no matter how hard or unpleasant it may be, your virtue will reach heaven. Virtue which is accepted by God will be turned into joy. But no matter how hard or trying the work that you do may be, if you do it complaining, [...]