Traditions - Shintoism Prayers
The Beauty of This Path:
For me, the cultivation of gentleness, clarity, and harmony are
the essence of Shinto, the indigenous tradition of Japan. Followers
of Shinto continue to observe ancient practices of ritual purification
and abstinence to honor the "kami", their divine spirits. Shinto is
unique among religions because there are no founders, no written
scriptures, and no required form of worship. Most remarkable, its
believers are encouraged to practice Shinto in combination with other
religions (most practice Shinto along with Buddhism).
Prayer Index: Traditions - Shintoism Prayers
Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us, I believe, are all our brothers and sisters - so why are there constant troubles in this world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us? I only earnestly wish the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.
Our eyes may see some uncleanliness,
Spirits of purification, created for order and the mother that they
inhabit the Sky, exactly as when, The God Izanagi no Mikoto bathed
in the narrow estuary, of a covered river with trees, permanently
All ye under heaven! Regard heaven as your father, earth as your mother, and all things as your siblings!
I have no corporeal existence, but Universal Benevolence is my divine body.
Attend strictly to the commands of your parents and the instructions of your teachers. Serve your leaders with diligence, be upright of heart, reject falsehood, be diligent in study: that you may honor the wishes of the divine.
If you plot and connive to deceive men, you may fool them for awhile, and profit thereby, but you will without fail be visited by divine punishment. To be utterly honest may have the appearance of inflexibility and self righteousness, but in the end, such a person will receive the blessings. So follow honesty without fail.
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