Tenrikyo Terminology—Excerpt from Tenrikyo Jiten: “According to the State of Mind” (Kokoro shidai)

Human beings are endowed with the freedom to live as free and responsible beings. God the Parent created us as such and provides for us accordingly. God the Parent’s blessing of salvation thus unfolds based on our free responsibility. That is why the Ofudesaki teaches:

By this salvation given in accordance with the mind of sincerity, you shall be freed from illness, death, and weakening.

Ofudesaki III:99


Though regret is so piled up within Me, I shall save all of you according to your minds.

Ofudesaki XV:16

The blessings we receive depend on the state of our mind. Such is the meaning that is indicated by the phrase “according to the state of mind.” It is important, therefore, to understand and settle in our mind God the Parent’s teachings and to decide of our own accord to follow the path leading to salvation by God.

On hearing of it, all of you in the world must ponder. Any and all matters are according to the mind.

Ofudesaki IV:118


With human beings: the body is a thing borrowed. The mind alone is yours. From just one mind, any kind of truth will appear daily.

Osashizu, February 14, 1889

These passages from the Scriptures teach us that the world we experience–which, incidentally, is sustained by God the Parent’s providence that is constantly at work to bring salvation to all humanity–is a world that accords with the state of our mind.

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