The Way of God


Preface


ln this issue, Mr. Masayuki Akedo, head priest of Yamasaki Church of Konko-kyo religious sect in wakayama prefecture, introduces the teachings of the Founder of the Konko-kyo sect, Konko Daijin [1814- 1883].

In 1868, the new power of the Meiji Restoration destroyed the isolation policy of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The new religious sects were put forth as expressions of the common people who were freed from the feudal traditions. Among the many religious men of that time, the Founder, Konko Daijin was an especially notable phenomena because he preached about the relationship between himself and the God, Tenchi-Kane-no-Kami.

The Founder, Konko Daijin contemplated nature which appeared as a form of God. The Founder stressed that God's world, which was a unity of God and people, appeared through complete thankfulness to God and nature. The essence of the Founder's doctrine was that people should pray and give thanks to God everyday for God's gifts.

According to the Founder's teachings, the relationship between God and humans is the guiding spirit which will be used to achieve world peace.

The translator Mr. Hideki Kubota & Ms. Joan Stamm


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