A Record of the Konohana Family:

The Story of the Golden God

A long long time ago, even before the earth and the universe were born, there was only “vibrancy”. That was the eternal and perfect existence where everything matched completely without any distortion. There was only God.

God was bored. “I am perfection, so I cannot know even my existence. My perfect existence cannot know myself due to perfection.” God, the existence of only light, could not see what light is.

Then, God divided one perfect body. He created darkness to know what light is, and the earth to know what divine is. He put the imperfect world in a far place which was opposite from himself. Then, time and space were born. In this manner, time and space were to return to the original oneness again.

As a screw of a music box turns, in the journey to return from imperfection to perfection, this world resonates various sounds and creates music. This is one of a long long story.

The Era When Gods Governed the World

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How long has it been since the original oneness was divided?

Seven gods, the creators of the universe emerged into the world. From there, multitudinous unique gods were born continuously. They tried to act freewheeling, so the Great God of the Earth preached the rules of the mind severely so that they do not disturb the world. The Great God of the Earth is called “Kunino Tokotachino Omikami” and he got on the wrong side of multitudinous gods due to his severity.

“We cannot stand his severity anymore. What can we do?” Multitudinous gods discussed it and went to the Great God of the Divine. “Could you ask the Great God of the Earth to leave?” The Great God of the Divine received the appeal from the multitudinous gods and told the Great God of the Earth. “I am sorry to inform you, but please leave the front of this world at once. However, the time will surely come when the world reaches a dead end someday. Then, please emerge again and rebuild this world.”

Receiving this, the Great God of the Earth resigned into the direction of the North East (called the direction of “Ushitora” in Japanese), and came to be called “the Golden God of Ushitora” since then. This direction was feared as the “the direction of the demon” and had been sealed.

A long time has passed since then. Multitudinous gods continued to act freewheeling during that period. That is why, the current world is in such wild disorder. The world has come where people always prioritize themselves and strong ones beat weak ones. The time has arrived exactly as the Great God of the Divine said, “The time will surely come when the world reaches a deal end someday.”

 

The Birth of the Hana Matsuri
(meaning Flower Festival)

The time had passed and it was about 700 years ago.

Some ascetic monks went upstream of Tenryu River from Kumano to the Okumikawa area, Aichi Prefecture. Then, they began to preach the doctrine of ascetic practices to villagers through songs and dances which were popular in the Metropolis at that time. According to the doctrine, disasters of this world are brought by human sins. When people purify their uncleanliness, they can be reborn into a new self. This is the beginning of “the Hana Matsuri,” a nationally important intangible folk cultural asset which has been taken over in Toei-cho in the Okumikawa area.

During this festival, water was drawn from waterfalls and boiled in a pot at a furnace which is located in the center of the festival site, and some dancers continue to dance around it overnight. Then, gods emerged as rising vapor up from the pot, which comes down on the dancers. When such dancers and the audience dance together, people can interact with the gods, purify their uncleanliness, and receive a new life force. A newly reborn life is called “Hana (flower).”

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The Hana Matsuri is held in the coldest time of the year. And many kinds of demons emerge during it. Out of all, the demon leader called the Sakaki (meaning a holy tree) Demon is valued the most in this festival as the one who awakens life forces which have sunk deep into the soil during the cold winter.

In modern Japan, demons are hated as an existence which brings disasters. So, on the last day of winter, on February 3rd, Japanese people say, “Get demons out of the house. Invite happiness into the house” and scatter roasted soybeans. However, in fact, demons come to shine light in the darkness within humans’ minds once a year. They shine light into the spiritual darkness of people who have deviated from the original path, and teach them to purify their minds and return to the original path. But, for those who try not to face the darkness of their minds, demons are disagreeable and the source of disasters themselves.

This Sakaki Demon was the figure of the Golden God of Ushitora who was sealed away a long long time ago.

 

The Third Son Who was Born on May 3rd

%e3%81%84%e3%81%95%e3%81%bf-300x251In 1951, when all of Japan was full of energy during postwar reconstruction, a boy was born in Mino-city, Gifu Prefecture. He was born on May 3rd as the third son, so he was named as “Isami (meaning five, three and three in Japanese).” Later, Isami Furuta became a founder of the Konohana Family and, now is called “Isadon”.

He grew up in a famous family in a local area where his father was a councilperson. He was so shy that he hid his face with a textbook not to be called on by his teacher during class. But, once he stepped outside, he was very naughty. He ran down the terraces with his friends, surrounded by the abundant nature of Mino-city, caught fish in the river, climbed up the roof of the local shrine, and took naps. It was very warm on the roof of the shrine, so it gently warmed his body which became chilled by the river.

Just before he turned 20, the spirit of his grandmother who passed away 5 years ago emerged above his head. He valued his ancestors since he was little, so he thought that she came to him as a guardian spirit. In fact, his job and human relationships brought much better results than his efforts. He married at the age of 21, and started an interior coordinating company with his wife, Ai-chan, in Komaki-city, Aichi Prefecture. At that time, his dream was to increase the number of his shops, earn more money, drive a nice car and have a good life.

 

The Emergence of Buddha

It was at the end of the year at the age of 30. Isadon suddenly realized that the existence of his grandmother who had been always above his head disappeared. Instead, the figure of a 50-year-old black man emerged. “Who is he?” Even if he talked to the man, there was no answer from him.

After the New Year began, he visited a cave at a quarry in Komatsu-city, Ishikawa Prefecture in January. When he looked at an over two-meter Buddha statue, a shock ran through his body. “This is Buddha.” Even after he left that site, the existence of Buddha intensely remained within his mind somehow.

After he came back home, mysterious matters happened. When he sat alone in his room, the golden Buddha came gliding close to him from his back and stopped above his head. How can he describe this figure? It is just precious. It was such an existence. The golden light shined and it was so brilliant that he could not compare it to anything else.

Tears welled up in his eyes. This is what preciousness is. There is such a world. He felt so grateful that he could not stop crying. “But, why? Why did such a precious existence come to me?” He could not stop crying, thinking like this. Such a state continued for three days.

A few days later, when he practiced meditation, a pain between his eyebrows appeared suddenly. He could not sleep at night on the third day from the emergence of the pain, so he just lied in bed. It was so painful that he could not stand it anymore and screamed involuntarily, “Ouch!!” Then, the pain disappeared suddenly, and something like smoke rose up between his eyebrows.

Somehow, he got a hole between his eyebrows. When he shook his head, he heard the sound of the wind. “There is a hole after all!” Then, he showed his face to Ai-chan, and said, “Hey, I got a hole between my eyebrows.” However, she said, “What are you talking about? There is no hole,” and ignored him. When he looked at his face in the mirror, surely there was no hole. However, whenever he moved, he heard the sound of the wind. “What has happened to me?!” He lied down in bed again without knowing what was happening.

Then, a strange thing happened suddenly. The space around him began to be absorbed into the hole between his eyebrows at a furious speed. He screamed in his mind, “Oh my God!” Something began to flow into it at a full speed.

It stopped after a little while, and the hole on his forehead was closed. He got up. Then, he saw a red bean sized small man wearing monk’s working clothes worshiping him earnestly around 45 degrees diagonally downward from view. “Who is he? I have seen him somewhere.” When he thought like this and looked at the man carefully, it was Isadon himself. “Oh, my God! It is me! Then, who am I??” When he looked at himself, it was a giant Buddha.

Then, he came to understand. “I see. The golden Buddha entered me. I was not good enough, so I cannot live with it and was expelled.”

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Isadon Can See the Forms of Human Minds

After a period of time, Isadon began to care about people’s names irresistibly. Many names surged into him like flood from one to the next. On the third day, he could not sleep at night, could not stand it anymore and screamed involuntarily at dawn, “Wooooow!” At that moment, a line was drawn between the first letter of the name and the second one. He could see this showed some kind of law.

This is the beginning of “karma reading.” Names marvelously show unique forms of human minds (karma) which are different from person to person with the law of yin and yang.

He went to various houses on business every day, and mysterious matters began to happen there too. Even when he visited a house for the first time, he came to understand the issues of the house perfectly somehow, and could see how to solve them. Then, he came to give advice to people. When he started to talk, what he had never heard of came out of his mouth. It was not his words but the words of Buddha who entered him. Isadon was always outside of himself, listened to Buddha’s words and learned from them.

 

Tell the Truth of the Earth

One day, Buddha said to Isadon, “Practice a 1000 day training.” So, he practiced meditation every day for three years since then. When he meditated one day, he moved out of his body. As if a rocket is launched, he rose higher and higher. Finally, he flew out into outer space.

He looked at the earth with the moon at his back. “How beautiful it is… The blue planet is floating in a cosmic space. It was miraculously beautiful. However, something like keloid is seen here and there on this beautiful planet. They were traces of human activities such as cities and destroyed forests. They undermine the earth like skin cancer.”

A thought of a strong confession came up within Isadon’s mind. “It is me, not someone else that has made the earth in such a state. The seed is inside of all humans. I will tell this truth as the one who has realized the true figure of the earth.” Once he decided so in his mind, he was released from this cosmic space gradually, and returned to his body who was practicing meditation.

After he met the spirit of Buddha, he stopped eating meat and fish. He also quit dressing up. Ai-chan lamented like “We are supposed to earn much money and have a good life, but this is not how I understood it.” His parents were worried like, “Our son went out of his mind.”

However, at the same time, some people said, “There is an interesting person.” Such a rumor spread by word of mouth, and people who wanted to listen to him speak and learn about the mind began to gather. They listened to him speak on the second floor of his shop after work every night. There was a time when he continued to talk for 15 hours straight. Like monks who perform cold water ablutions in fall, they exposed themselves to the words which came out from Isadon, feeling like their minds were purified mysteriously, and returned home.

One day, he asked Buddha, “When people gather like this and an organization is created, will I become like a guru of a new religion in the future?” Then, Buddha answered, “Do not create an organization in the next era. People gather. Gather and talk. The truth will emerge from talk. The next world will begin from there.”

 

“I Feel Painful”

Day after day, it was a continuation of dialogues with Buddha. It was a path for Isadon to deny himself. Egotistic thoughts like “I want to do this and that” came up inside of him. “However, no matter how much I think, what Buddha preached is superior. If so, I should choose that.” While he continued to deny his thoughts in this manner, he was tormented by loneliness as if he would disappear once in a while.

His determination to take this path was firm. Still, he felt painful. He wanted Buddha to understand his pain, so he said to Buddha, “I feel painful.” Then, one word came back from Buddha, “If so, will you quit taking this path?”

Listening to it, Isadon became angry. “There are many people who do not know this precious path and do not take it in the world. However, once people meet this preciousness, who will not take this path? No matter what happens, I will stick to it. But, I am foolish and not appropriate to this preciousness. I feel painful to remove my ego. I just want you to understand my feelings.”

For a while, there was no word from Buddha. Then, Buddha said, “There is no way that you do not understand the preciousness of this path. You must surely know that.”

Buddha always watched and guided Isadon as his father, mother and master. Buddha understood his mind more than anyone else. Isadon was taught to separate from himself and look at himself. Without noticing it, he came to see things beyond his profit-and-loss calculation and intentions. In this manner, he took the path together with Buddha for 9 years since he was 30.

 

Why Don’t You Walk? You Can Walk.

When Isadon was 39, he met two shamans through a customer’s introduction: Sumiko-san who was 12 years older than him, and Ikuyo-san who was 12 years younger than him. After that, he began to visit Sumiko-san’s place. One day he felt Buddha, who should have been always right above his head, became a little far away suddenly somehow, and Isadon thought something was wrong.

When he went to Sumiko-san’s place, she said to him, “Mr. Furuta, now Buddha is telling you like this,” and she conveyed Buddha’s message. Isadon was surprised. “Buddha always talked to me directly, but why does he convey his message through Sumiko-san today? I felt Buddha has become far away for a while now. Don’t tell me Buddha is about to leave me.”

Then, he talked to Buddha in his mind. “Are you going to leave me? I am still like a baby and have no confidence in walking by myself.”

He did not speak out, but he just talked to Buddha in his mind. Then, an answer came back from Sumiko-san. “Mr. Furuta, it is all right. Buddha is not going to leave you, but he finished his role and is going to rise to the divine. He said he is going to watch you from above.”

When he heard of it, he thought, “What I have experienced until now is true!”

Until then, the dialogues with Buddha were always within his mind. When he began to hear Buddha’s voice, he doubted if he might have gone crazy. However, nothing can be born from doubt. Then, he repeatedly tried to remove the doubt, moved forward and encountered a new world which he could not see until then. As a result, he had nurtured the belief.

However, now an answer for what he thought in his mind returned from someone else’s mouth. “My experiences were not delusion. Buddha does exist.” This was the moment when he became able to believe in Buddha from the bottom of his heart. At the same time, finally he became able to get out of the doubt which he held somewhere in his mind for 9 years since he encountered Buddha.

But, now that he could really believe in Buddha finally, Buddha was about to leave him. He talked to Buddha desperately. “I am still immature like a baby. How can I walk this path without you?” Then, the words came back directly to him without going through Sumiko-san.

“You have grown up fully already. It is only you who thinks you are a baby. Why don’t you walk? You can walk.” Now, Buddha considered Isadon as his friend, not his son or disciple anymore.

Buddha rose higher and higher, and became far from him. Isadon was crying, thinking “Please do not go.” However, at the same time, he knew this time would come somewhere in his mind. This time, words came out from Sumiko-san. “Mr. Furuta, it is all right. You have  enough power to walk by yourself.”

 

Encounter with the God of the Sun

Isadon got in a car, and left Sumiko-san’s place. Now that Buddha who was with him for 9 years just left, he thought he will not have a dialogue with a spiritual existence anymore.

The voice continued, “I will protect you from now on.” Then, he thought, “I see. Now that Buddha is gone, I have no other choice but to follow this voice.” So, he said to the God, “I appreciate it.” Finally, the path with Japanese gods began after a nine-year training with Buddha.

 

To the Summit of Japan Before Sunrise

%e5%af%8c%e5%a3%ab%e5%b1%b1%e9%bb%92-624x630It was during Isadon’s 40th summer. A voice said, “Climb Mt. Fuji” which came down to him from the divine. When he asked why, he was told, “Stand at the summit of Japan before sunrise and receive an order.” He had no idea why he needed to climb Mt. Fuji at all. However, he thought, “God said so anyway, so I will do it” and headed to Mt. Fuji.

It was on a weekend, so Mt. Fuji seethed with people. It was his first time to climb Mt. Fuji, so he was very tired. “But, I need to reach the summit before sunrise definitely.” He climbed for his life and made it before sunrise finally.

The Eastern sky became bright gradually. He suddenly noticed something like a star was shining. He thought, “It is what called me here” and said to the light. “Now, I am standing at the summit of Japan as promised. Please give me your order.” It was 4:45 am on August 12th, 1991. Words came down from the divine. “Preach the spirit that you have learned and mastered from the divine, to the whole land under the sun from now on.”

“The land under the sun” means not only Japan, but also the land where the sun shines, that is the whole earth. Isadon promptly thought, “It is impossible. A person like me cannot play such a great role.” However, he asked himself. Buddha said to him, “Why don’t you walk? You can walk.” He thought, “I have learned to polish my mind for nine years. My determination to take this path will be firm in the future, too. If so, what I should do is just to continue to live this spirit.”

When he descended Mt. Fuji, he thought, “It was so hard when I ascended Mt. Fuji. But, now that I have overcome it, I feel like coming back here again. It is very interesting. Climbing is like a life in itself.”

 

Gods who do not polish their minds 

In terms of Isadon’s interactions with gods, he received messages directly or he judged the true intentions of various gods who came down upon two shamans. In such a situation, he questioned about the relationships between gods and humans. People own gods, saying “My God is the best” and gods who are involved with them did not try to correct such people.

Isadon learned from Buddha for 9 years and always polished his mind, so he asked various questions to gods with the sole purpose of learning more. Gods answered with dignity at first. However, when his consciousness became higher and his questions became more difficult, they dropped their heads, saying “I cannot answer your question…” and disappeared. Then, the next god with a higher rank appeared, saying “I will protect you.” This process was repeated, and the gods who protected Isadon changed seven times in total.

When he found out that Sumiko-san spoke god’s words and took money from her believers, he said to her, “You should not deceive people by talking about the gods like that.” Since then, he did not visit her place again. Also around Ikuyo-san, another shaman, gods apple-polish people, and they used the gods, so they did not polish their minds. As a result, Isadon came to hate interacting with gods gradually. One day, Ikuyo-san’s mother said to him, “Mr. Furuta, gods do not feel comfortable about you.”  He thought this is a good opportunity, said, “Then, please excommunicate me,” and left her place.

He felt refreshed. He thought, “I do not need protection from gods anymore. I will be devoted to the path of polishing my mind which has been given from Buddha.” It had been a year since Buddha left him.

 

Existence and Non-Existence

“I want to tell the way in which people should live and the truth of the universe to people in the world.” Isadon decided to create a training center for the mind where people learn the way of true life in his hometown, so he came back to Mino-city once in a while.

One day, he took a nap in the local shrine on the roof he always did in his childhood. It was a very sunny day, and he was sleeping comfortably, being surrounded by the holy forests.

Suddenly, he felt like someone told him to wake up, and he woke up. When he got up and looked around, numerous gods like armored warriors were everywhere from the stairs of the shrine to the hand rail. When he thought, “What are they?” he heard of a voice. “These existences are gods, too.” That is, the divine world is very broad like a pyramid from the god in charge of operating the universe to the god of poverty. There are various roles, and he was told that each human exists at the foot of the pyramid.

Isadon thought that this year was a time to learn the vast range of the divine world, he said “Thank you” and went down the stairs of the shrine. Clouds were in the blue sky.

When he left the sanctuary of the shrine, he became curious about what came above suddenly and looked up to the sky. Someone was there, looking at him. “What is it?”

He asked the existence that was in the sky. “Who are you?” But, there was no answer. He asked again, “What is your name?”

Then, the existence answered, “I do not have a name.” When he thought, “No name… How can I recognize you,” the existence said, “I am existence and non-existence.” It is the existence of the universal source which is the origin of all gods and everything in this world.

 

“The Phenomenal World” and “the Potential World”

In this world, there is “the visible world” which consists of visible matters such as the body and substances, and “the invisible world” which consists of invisible matters such as thoughts and minds. These two worlds are called, “the phenomenal world” together. Gods who Isadon had encountered so far were gods of “the phenomenal world.”

Behind “the phenomenal world,” there is “the potential world” where thoughts, life, even time and space do not exist. It is the world of only “vibrancy.” It is the eternal and perfect world where everything matches completely without any distortion. We live in “the phenomenal world”, so we cannot perceive “the potential world” with our thoughts. It is the world where even the concept of existence or non-existence does not exist, and which cannot be specified.

“Existence and non-existence” is the origin of everything in “the phenomenal world” and “the potential world.” It is also the universal system itself which is everywhere in everything.

Long ago, when “the phenomenal world” was created from “the potential world,” the Great God of the Divine called “Amano Minakanushino Omikami” emerged into the empty space. It is the Great God of the Earth called “Kunino Tokotachino Omikami” that emerged as the first god to create “the phenomenal world.” These two great gods express the divine mind of “existence and non-existence” which is the source of universal creation. Gods of “the phenomenal world” who Isadon had encountered so far were multitudinous gods who sealed away the Great God of the Earth.

 

I Exist Inside of You

Around that time, a Japanese drumming group which was led by people who gathered and learned about the mind under Isadon moved their operating base to Toei-cho, in Okumikawa. Since then, he became involved in the Hana Matsuri (meaning Flower Festival).

It was during Isadon’s 40th winter. One of his friends happened to bring a flyer which said, “Kumano is heaven in the world.” When he saw it, he strongly thought that he must go to Kumano somehow. Then, he happened to get to know people in Toei-cho, who visited Tamaki Shrine, the inner sanctuary in Kumano every month, so he began to visit there together with them. Also, he was asked to visit Ise Shrine after Kumano, by a man whose family traditionally played a role of the demon in an area of Toei-cho.

A few days before his departure, a brochure of a religious group was slipped in the shutter of his shop. When he looked at it, it said, “When people’s minds become beautiful, people begin to listen to the inner voice. It is Kunino Tokotachino Omikami.”  On the way to Kumano, he asked an accompanying woman who the God of Tamaki Shrine is, she answered, “It is Kunino Tokokachino Omikami.”

 

This was an interesting story. The following three shrines line up marvelously in a straight line from South West to North East toward the direction of Ushitora (North East): Tamaki Shrine which worships Kunino Tokotachino Omikami, the Great God of the Earth, Ise Shrine which worships Amaterasu Omikami, the God of the Sun, and Tsuki (Moon) Shrine which worships Seoritsu Princess who is a wife god of Amaterasu Omikami (Amaterasu Omikami is described as goddess in the myth, but in fact it is god). The ley line of the Earth, Sun and Moon is formed there.

Moreover, Mt. Fuji is located toward the direction of Ushitora as an extension of that, which fall in trajectory of each other at the beginning of the summer (May 3rd, Isadon’s birthday) according to the heliocentric calendar. In the Hana Matsuri, there is a scene where the Sakaki Demon who has the most important role and an old man have a dialogue. As one of his lines, the old man said, “Ise Tensho Kotaijin (meaning the God of the Sun), Kumano Gongen (meaning the God of Kumano), and Fuji Sengen (meaning the God of Mt. Fuji).” Therefore, the name of Fuji Sengen which had no connection with this festival at that time emerged already.

On the way to Kumano, iridescent clouds which were proof of fortuity emerged in the sky. Isadon visited Tamaki Shrine and stayed there at night. The next day, he stayed at Sakakibara Hot Spring. On the next morning, when he was waiting for the train to come to the platform of Sakakibara Hot Spring Station, and head out to Ise Shrine in the snowing weather, a sweet scent was drifting in the air suddenly.

“What is this scent?” He was about to ask above as always. Then, a word came up from underneath, around his abdomen somehow. When he asked why the message came from inside of himself although he always received it from above, an answer came back.

“I am inside of you.”

When he looked up, God existed above, too. However, he heard the voice from underneath (inside). Then, he realized that this is the existence of Kunino Tokotachino Omikami, the Great God of the Earth.

We receive food which is born from the soil to live. Therefore, we are all children of the earth. The soil is the earth, and the Great God of the Earth exists inside of each one of us who are its divided beings. If we polish our minds and transcend our ego, anyone will be able to hear the voice.

 

Let’s Go to the Foot of Mt. Fuji!

Isadon quit his job on his 40th birthday. He aimed to open a training center for the mind, taking care of his parents in his hometown. However, they did not welcome their son who quit his successful job and came back. No matter how hard he tried to do good things for his parents, he realized that if he pushed his thoughts to people with different values, it will just create unhappiness. So, he decided to leave his hometown. Then, what came up in his mind was Mt. Fuji where he received a message from God before.

“Let’s go to the foot of Mt. Fuji and create a village of Bodhisattvas.” Bodhisattvas mean an existence who consider the health of this world and others’ joy as their own. The village of Bodhisattvas is a place where people connect, help each other, share their joy beyond distinction of each other, and live together.

20 people who resonated with Isadon’s will gathered. Nobody was asked to go together. They felt, “I do not know exactly, but an important life will begin for sure.” Some vacated their houses, some overcame their parents’ strong opposition, and gathered with their own will.

On the spring equinox of March 21st, 1994, the gathering of the Konohana Family, the village of Bodhisattvas, began in this manner.

 

Invite Demons and Happiness into the House

There has been so much drama for 21 years since the foundation of the Konohana Family. People sensed that this would be an important way of life and became a member. However, each one of us were very immature, were trapped in our ego, and thought of only ourselves. So, we were far from Bodhisattvas.

Isadon treated each member patiently, preached the path of polishing their minds severely, gently and humorously with jokes, and helped them to transcend the frame of self. He himself became a demon and guided some members toward awakening, who were drowned in ego and became blind mentally.

It was exactly the severity of the Great God of the Earth (Kunino Tokotachino Omikami) who was hated by multitudinous gods a long time ago, and the true love to guide wandering people in the darkness toward light.

We do not remember exactly from when, but the Konohana Family began to hold the festival on the last day of winter on February 3rd during the coldest time of the year, where some essence of the Hana Matsuri in Toei-cho was incorporated. We scatter roasted soybeans, saying “Invite both demons and happiness into this house” with gratitude toward demons who shine light into the darkness of human minds, and teach the importance of moving toward the light.

Now, the number of Konohana Family members has become 80. Although each one of us is imperfect, we have tried to transcend the frame of ego and take the path. As a result, a way of life has been created where people with totally different backgrounds think of and support each other, share their minds, and live abundantly. Through such a warm bond, some “miracles” have occurred where people with mental diseases recovered their health one after another although neither doctors nor medicine could cure them.

Various incidents have occurred in the world from depression, suicides, economic collapse, terrorisms, natural disasters due to global warming, to the Great East Japan Earthquake. People have sought their own happiness and lived like “I want more and more.” That is why, the current society has been established. Various events which are occurring in the world give humans pain and suffering. However, through the challenges, doesn’t the earth give us some kind of message?

 

Fuji Sengen Konohana Matsuri

On December 21st, 2012 when the Mayan calendar marked the end of an era, we had a universally great event. The solar system where we live faced the “winter solstice of the galaxy” of 25800 years.

The winter solstice is the peak of darkness. The solar system which had experienced an increase of darkness entered the cycle of increasing light from the winter solstice. The fact that the amount of light increases means that something we could not see in the darkness will be revealed in the light and the truth will be revealed.

After a New Year began, “the first Fuji Sengen Konohana Matsuri” was held at the Konohana Family on February 3rd, 2013.

This was because a researcher on the Hana Matsuri asked the Konohana Family, which had held some essence of the festival, to take over the Hana Matsuri at the place of Fuji. Local people in Toei-cho taught us how to dance, play the Japanese bamboo flute and drum and how to make decorations of the site. The first Fuji Sengen Konohana Matsuri was held successfully as the place to understand the true meaning of this festival to express “being reborn and purified” and practice it in daily life. The energy of dancing people and gods who gathered from many places was integrated, and the entire site of the festival created a huge vortex. This became the exact place where the unity of gods and people was embodied.

The next year, 2014, during the morning of the festival, the Golden God of Ushitora who looked like the Sakaki Demon came to Isadon. The Golden God said, “With this day, the Golden God of Ushitora has become revealed.”

In such a situation, the Venerable Grandmother Nah Kin of the Mayan Solar Tradition received an inspiration as “Mt. Fuji is a place to connect with the center of the universe” and visited the Konohana Family. On July 26th, 2014, people of the Mayan Solar Tradition held the ceremony to celebrate the Mayan New Year with the Konohana Family in order to spread love to the world, using Mt. Fuji as an antenna. Interestingly, the Venerable Grandmother Nah Kin, who lives on the opposite side of the earth from us, had a vision where a pillar of light came down onto Mt. Fuji from the center of the galaxy; and the energy of love will spread to the entire earth during the same year that the Konohana Family was founded. Twenty years later, people who live under the same determination have met.

If Mt. Fuji is the mountain of divine wisdom which brings down the divine will, the Himalayas is the mountain of earth wisdom, where the will which sank from Mt. Fuji into magma comes out. Its cycle is about 6000 years, which is a quarter of the solar spiral around the galaxy, which has the winter solstice every 25800 years. In November, 2014, at the great historical turning point for the start of the 6000 year cycle, after the winter solstice of the galaxy, Isadon was invited to visit Hartola Village in the Himalayas and Auroville, which is the world’s biggest community in India. This is how he visited the mountain of earth wisdom.

 

Red Flame Turned into Gold and White Light

It had been 24 years since Buddha left Isadon. He had led this path alone, and had never whined. However, his wavering mind was burning like a red flame inside of him. It is the mind of “I just want people to become aware of the truth.” The flame of passion began to change from red into gold, and finally to white light through his stay in India.

At Auroville, Isadon encountered two spirits: the Mother, the founder of Auroville and Sri Aurobindo, her partner and a philosopher in India. Sri Aurobindo’s spirit, who Isadon encountered for the first time, led Isadon’ eyes toward various things. Whenever he looked at something, Aurobindo said, “I am there,” “I am there, too” and “I am everywhere.” When he thought this spirit exists in everything, words came from Aurobindo like, “I exist in everything, so I am non-existence.” Then, he sensed with intuition that this spirit is the Great God of the Earth, that is the Golden God of Ushitora.

Aurobindo’s spirit said, “You must know me. You have been with me all until now.” When Isadon asked, “You are also inside of me, aren’t you?” Aurobindo answered, “I am inside and outside of you and everywhere.”

The Mother’s spirit gently welcomed Isadon who had burnt himself with red flame like his elder sister. He suffered from duodenal ulcers before he travelled to India, so she said to him, “Come to me. I will heal your burnt body. From now on, I will help your role.” This means that the divine and the earth creates the world together.

Until now, although he told the truth, it did not spread as truth. Without the red flame of passion, he could not take this path. However, if he tells the truth from the bottom of his spirit from now on, it will spread surely. He does not have to burn the red flame anymore. Red flame will turn into gold, and finally into white light.

The era will begin when the divine leads the earth at last. Humans on earth understand and practice it. There is no egotistic will, but only the strength to follow the divine will because the truth is on the divine side, not on the side of ego.

In the Konohana Family’s 21-year path, “the divine law” and “the earth law” always have circulated. “The divine law” is the path of the Great God of the Divine (Amano Minakanushino Omikami) where the divine law comes down as inspiration. “The earth law” is the path of the Great God of the Earth (Kunino Tokotachino Omikami) where humans accumulate their experiences on earth and go up the stairs toward the divine.  What these two Great Gods’ minds manifest is the source of universal creation, “existence and non-existence.” We were all there originally, and now are taking a journey to go back to one again. It is just like the screw of a music box is creating music and returning to its original state.

Isadon says as follows:

Someday, people who govern this nation will come here and ask me. “We have tried to make a truly prosperous nation, but it has not worked well at all. How can we guide this nation rightly?” Then, I will answer like this. “It is not to create a structure or system. Please look at the minds of people who live here. When people can live with a mind like this, the nation will become truly abundant.”

 

Become Aware of the Truth and True Joy

On January 31st, 2015, the 3rd Fuji Sengen Konohana Matsuri was held, and the Golden God who was represented through a golden demon mask and a white costume emerged. While the Sakaki Demon mask was produced originally here in order to breathe life into it, the inspiration of creating a golden mask came up to Isadon suddenly, which was unprecedented in the tradition of the Hana Matsuri in Toei-cho. The finished mask was not the Sakaki Demon mask anymore, but the Golden God of Ushitora. Therefore, a performance with the Golden God of Ushitora, who was revealed to Isadon, emerged and was incorporated. In this manner, a new life was breathed into this festival which expresses “being reborn and purified.”

A few days before the festival, a soccer ball sized light sphere came down onto  sleeping Isadon at dawn. He wondered, “What is it?” and watched the light sphere which slowly came down from the ceiling. Then, two arms extended from it and the ball began to sing, “I am happy and joyful!” shaking both arms.

Isadon thought, “This is the figure of multitudinous gods who follow the Golden God of Ushitora.” A long time ago, multitudinous gods hated polishing their minds and sealed the Golden God. However, now they are aware of the truth and enjoy the true joy. This is the figure of people who just dance from the bottom of their spirits, become freed from their attached ego, and come back to one.

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― When People are Reborn,
Purified and Dance Together,
a Happy and Joyful World will Begin ―

(This story expresses an essence of enormous amount from Isadon’s life experiences. We hope this will be an opportunity for you to analyze the flow of the era which is occurring on earth in the vast universal flow, and to explore what kind of society humans should create in the future.)


Water connects people in the world to be ONE

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Konohana Family, I would like to announce that we had such a beautiful festival and rituals beginning on January 28th this year with a lot of laughter, tears and joy, and closed the whole process on February 4th.

Thank you for bringing water from your region for the “Fuji Sengen Konohana Matsuri (Festival) 2016”! We have received sacred water from 33 countries (59 places) internationally, and 22 places in Japan. In total, sacred water from 34 countries, 81 places were fused together into one pot and heated.

The main day of the festival on January 30th began with this ritual to heat the water. When water is turned into steam and steam goes up, the divine can come down into the festival with steam as its vehicle. When the festival proceeds, people purify their spirits and dance together all day. As a result, they can remember the life purpose of becoming one with the divine, which they have forgotten for a long time. At the end of the festival, the heated water was spread around the whole Earth so that this sacred water reminds all the people in the world of the importance of purifying their spirit.

On February 3rd, the ritual of fire and water was offered. All the materials used in the festival were burned to return to the divine. Also, the portion of sacred water used in the festival was poured into a sacred river in this area in order to return it to the ocean, the source of the Earth.

Originally in Japan, politics and festival have the same origin and both were pronounced as, “Matsuri Goto.” “Matsuri” means improving our spirit in order to serve for the world and people, and also live together with the divine. Therefore, we consider this festival as a ritual to breathe life into this world so that true peace prevails on Earth. That is why, it is important to live with the spirit of “Matsuri” in our daily life and Konohana Family members practice it every day.

We deeply appreciate everyone who participated in this sacred ritual in various ways.
We hope you will have a chance to come over and join the festival next year to experience the unity with the divine and spread harmonious vibrancy to the whole Earth together!

with warmest regards,
Michiyo Furuhashi
on behalf of Konohana Family

 

Digest Photos of Fuji Sengen Konohana Matsuri

Ritual to pray for the water at the opening of the Festival.

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Various Demons show up in this festival. Demons are considered as Gods, and urge us to look at our ego in our heart. When each one of us becomes aware of the ego in our heart and transform it to use for the bigger purpose with a wide worldview, we can make this world a harmonious place. They are a powerful reminder.

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Various dances were offered by different age groups, and also all the participants danced together around the heated pot to release our own ego to become an instrument of the divine.

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At the end of the festival, young guys dance energetically, and spread the hot water with special brushes on the attendees. People who get splashed can live healthily all through the year.

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After the festival, we burned all the materials in a bon-fire and returned them to the divine, and also, we returned the portion of fused water from the pot to the sacred river with a ritual.

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12642908_1018141628242106_6661814758089239062_nIt would be fantastic if you kindly send us sacred water from your region for the next festival on January 27th, 2017.
Postal address is Konohana Family, 238-1 Nekozawa, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, JAPAN 419-0302

 

 


木之花记 -金色神明卷-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

很久很久以前,甚至在地球及宇宙形成之前,世界只有“震动”。那是一个和谐的、没有丝毫歪曲的、既永远又完美的世界。那个世界里只有神明。

神感到了厌倦。
“我是完美的,因为完美我甚至不知道自己的存在。由于太完美,我不能知晓自己”。
神,仅仅是光的存在,但神看不到光是什么。

所以,神分离了一个完美的身体。他为了知道光明,创造了黑暗,同样,他为了知道天,创造了地。
他将不完美的世界放在一个离自己遥远的相反的地方。那时,诞生了时间和空间。从此开启了回归完整本源的时空。
就好像转动了音乐盒的旋钮,在从不完美回归完美本源的旅途中,这个世界演奏着不同的音符,谱写着非凡的乐章。这是其中一个很长很长的故事。

从此开启了回归完整本源的时空。
就好像转动了音乐盒的旋钮,在从不完美回归完美本源的旅途中,这个世界演奏着不同的音符,谱写着非凡的乐章。这是其中一个很长很长的故事。

神明的时代

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从本初的一体分离出来,也不知道经过了多少时间。

作为宇宙的创造神,这个世界先后出现了七代神明。同时,个性丰富的八百万神众也陆续诞生了。由于这些神众任性作为,大地之神严厉地说教他们为了不扰乱世界,遵循心的法则。大地之神被称为“Kunino Tokotachino Omikami(国之常立大神)”,由于他的严厉,站到了众神的对立面。

“我们不能再忍受他的严厉了。我们该怎么办?”
众神讨论之后去找了大天神。
“您可否让大地之神退位呢?”。
大神明接受了众神的提议并转告大地之神:
“很遗憾,贵尊是否可以从这个世界先回避一下?但随时间的流逝,这个世界将在某一天迎来尽头。到时,请贵尊再次降临,届时请重建这个世界。”

随后,大地之神退到东北方向(日语中称为“Ushitora(艮)”方向),从此被称为“Ushitora kon jin艮金神”。这个方角被视为恐怖的“鬼门”,并被封印。

从那以后又过了很久。在这段时间里,众神继续着他们任性的作为。世界处于自我为中心,弱肉强食的混乱状态。就像大神明说的那样,“这个世界将在某一天迎来尽头”,时间的尽头已经到来。

花祭的诞生

随着时间的流逝,到了大约700年之前。
一些熊野的苦行僧沿着天龙川河逆流而上,到达现在的爱知县奥三河地区。然后,他们开始表演城市里流行的歌舞,以此给村人传达苦行的教义。其教义就是,“世间的灾难来自于人犯下的罪恶。当人们洗净污秽,就可以重生并获得崭新的自己”。这就是现在的奥三河·东荣町传承的日本重要无形民族文化遗产“花祭”的由来。
花祭期间,人们事先会从瀑布取来神圣之清水,仪式时在祭场中央的火炉上用锅煮水,并有复数舞者围着它整夜起舞。到时,神会从水蒸气中降临到舞者身上。当这些舞者和观众一起起舞时,人们就可以跟神互动,洗净污秽,并获得新的生命力。重生的生命被称为“哈那(花)”。

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花祭每年在最冷的时候举办。而且有许多鬼出现。其中的鬼王叫做“榊”(sakaki,意为一种神树),是花祭中视为最尊贵的存在,它可以唤醒沉睡在寒冬土壤中的生命力。
在现代日本社会,鬼被嫌弃为祸害。因此,日本人在节分(立春的前一天–土用之丑),会一边说:“把鬼赶出(房间)去,把福请进来”,一边撒豆子。但,其实,鬼每年都会照亮一次人内心的阴暗处。它们照射人灵魂的阴暗处,教导人净化心灵,回归本源正道。然而,对那些不愿面对自己内心阴暗的人,鬼面目可憎,被视为灾害之源。
榊鬼是很久以前被封印的艮金神的象征。

5月3日出生的老三

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1951年,全日本正在激情满满地开展战后重建时,一个男孩出生在岐阜県美濃市,取名为古田偉佐美 (Furuta Isami)。由于他生于5月3日,家里排行老三,因此他取名为“Isami (日语意思是五、三、三)”。后来是他创立了木之花家族,现在他被人们称为“Isadon”。

他生长在一个有名望的家族,父亲是当地一位市议员。他小时性格腼腆容易害羞,上课时为了不让老师点到他,就用书挡住脸。但是,他一旦走到教室外面,就变得非常淘气。他和小伙伴们在美濃的大自然里跑下梯田,畅快玩耍,又到河里抓鱼、爬上当地神社的屋顶再睡个觉。神社屋顶被太阳照射的非常暖和,温暖了少年刚从河里出来的身体。

在他马上要进入20岁的时候,5年前去世的祖母出现在他的头顶。他从小尊重祖先,因此他认为祖母是作为他的守护灵出现的。他在工作和人际关系上常常事半功倍。他21岁结婚,与妻子爱将(Ai-chan)一同在爱知县小牧市开了一家建築内装公司。那时,他的梦想是增加他店面的数量,挣更多的钱,开一辆好车,过上好生活。

佛陀出现

在他30岁年末的时候,Isadon突然发觉一直在他头上的祖母消失了。同时,出现了一个50岁左右皮肤黝黑的中年男人。

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他问了这个人,但他没有回答。
过了新年元旦,他参观了一个位于石川県小松市采石场的洞窟。当他看到一尊两米多高的释迦摩尼像时,有一股电流像触电似的穿过全身。“这是佛陀”。离开那里以后,不知为什么,佛像一直清晰地留在他的脑海里。

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回到家以后,不可思议的事情发生了。

当他独自坐在房间时,金色的佛陀从他身后闪烁出现并停留在他的头顶。该如何形容呢?那就是一个神圣的存在!闪耀的金光耀眼无比,是从来没有过的。  ━━━━━

他流着眼泪明白了神圣为何物。知道了竟有这样的世界,他禁不住流下了眼泪。“但是,为什么?为什么会到我这里?”。他泪流不止,开始思考这个问题。这种状态持续了三天。

数日以后,当他静坐冥想时,眉心突然开始疼痛。疼痛出现后的第三天,他夜里也无法入睡,只能躺在床上。如此疼痛,他再也无法忍受,不禁大叫:“疼—!!”。随即,疼痛突然消失,在他的眉间似乎升起了一缕青烟。
他感觉眉间出现了一个洞。当他摇头时,他能听到风声。“到底是不是有一个洞啊!?”。他转头对爱将说,“嗨,我的眉间出现了一个洞”。 但她说,“你说什么呢?哪有什么洞啊!”然后不再理睬他。当他对着镜子时也看不到那个洞。可是,

每当他走动的时候,他就听到风的声音。“我到底怎么了?!”。他再次躺到床上,也不知道发生了什么。
突然发生了一个奇怪的事情。他周围的空间被猛烈的吸进眉间的洞里。他心里大叫:“我的天呐!”,有一种东西正在全速流进那个洞里。

过了一阵,前额的洞穴关闭了。他起了身。那时他看到了一个红豆粒大小的小人身穿作务衣,在45度角斜下方朝他虔诚地礼拜。“他是谁?我在哪里见过这人?!”。他这样想着,仔细端详那个人,发现那人竟是Isadon自己。“我的天呐!是我自己!那我是谁??”他又看看自己,竟是一尊大佛。
他开始懂了。

━━━━━  “我明白了。金色佛进入了我的身体。我不够优秀,所以不能跟金色佛生活在一起,于是被驱逐出体外”。  ━━━━━  

看到人类心灵的形状

过了一段时间,Isadon不知不觉开始关注起人的名字,到了无法自拔的地步。许许多多的人名一个一个像潮水般涌向他。第三天夜里,他又无法入睡,破晓时不禁放声大叫,“哇啊–哦!”。瞬间,名字第一个字和第二个字之间连起一条线,似乎看到其中的规律。
这是以后Isadon判读karuma的开始。名字表现出各自不同的心的形状(karuma),却都遵循着阴阳的法则。

他每天因为工作要去不同的家里,这时神奇的事情不断发生。尽管他第一次到别人家,却能发现别人家里出现的问题,并能看到解决的方法。不久Isadon开始接收别人的相谈。当他开始说话,他会说出一些自己从未听过的内容。那不是他自己的话,而是他体内佛说的话。Isadon自己一直在他的身体外面,聆听佛的话语并从中学习。

传播地球的真相

一天, 佛陀对他说,“修炼1000天”。所以,以后的三年时间里他每天都进行冥想。

某一天他冥想的时候,他脱离了自己的身体。好像火箭发射,越升越高。最后,他飞到了外太空。

背对着月亮,他凝望地球。
“真美啊—这颗宇宙空间漂浮着的蓝色星球”。它神奇的美丽。但是,类似伤疤(keloid)的东西在星球随处可见。它们是人类活动的痕迹,比如城市和被破坏的森林。他们就像皮肤癌一样腐蚀着地球。

Isadon心里感到一种强烈的忏悔。
“让地球变成这样的,不是别的就是我自己。种子存在于所有人的心中。明白地球真相的我,要传播这个信息”。做出这个决定后,他慢慢从宇宙空间回到了自己正在冥想的身体。
他遇到佛陀以后,就停止了吃肉和吃鱼。也不再穿着华丽的衣服。爱将说“我们本来要挣钱过好生活,但这跟我们的约定不一样”。“我们的儿子脑子进水了”,他的父母也很担心。

但与此同时,有些人通过传言知道了“有个有意思的人”。想听他的话并想探索内心的人开始聚集起来。每天晚上,人们都到他店铺二楼听他讲话。有些晚上,他连续讲了15个小时。Isadon涌出的话语,好似在瀑布斋戒沐浴,让人感到心得到神奇的净化,洗净后各自回家。
有一天,他随口问佛,“人们这样聚集起来,如果形成一个组织,我是否将成为某个未来宗教的大师?”。佛答道,“下一个时代不需要组织。聚集人们,聚集并谈论,真实会从谈论中出现。下个世界将从那里开启” 。

“我感到痛苦”

每一天,Isadon继续着与佛的对话。这是Isadon否定自我的过程。
他心中涌现各种自我想法,如“我想做这个做那个”。但是,“无论如何佛陀的教诲都更高一筹。这样的话,我就选择佛陀”。在他持续否定自己的过程中,他受着孤独的煎熬,感觉自己似乎要永远消失掉。
他道心坚定。然而,他仍觉得痛苦。他想让佛理解他的痛苦,他对佛说,“我很痛苦”。佛说到,“如果这样,你要放弃这条道吗?”。

听到这话,Isadon感到气愤。
“很多人都不知道这神圣之道。然而,一旦遇到谁会离开?不论发生什么,我会坚持。但是,我天资愚笨,配不上它的高贵。要改过自新我感到很痛苦。我只想让佛陀理解这个”。
稍许,佛缄默无语。然后,佛说,
“你不是不知道。这你肯定知道”。

佛有时像父亲,有时像母亲,有时像师傅,无时无刻都守护着他,引导者他。佛比任何人都明白他的想法。
佛陀教会他脱离自我反观自我。Isadon逐渐开始超越功利和自我思维,去接触事物。

这样,他从30岁开始,随佛求道9年。

お釈迦様

为何不试着自己走路?你可以走路

Isadon 39岁时,他通过客户的介绍结识了两位女性萨满法师:一位是Sumiko-san,比他年长12岁;另一位是Ikuyo-san,比他年轻12岁。那以后,他偶尔去拜访Sumiko-san。不知何时他忽然觉得一直在自己头顶的佛离他远了一点,他想真是奇怪。

有一天,他去Sumiko-san家的时候,她跟Isadon说,“Isadon-san,现在佛有话跟你说”,然后她传达了佛的话。Isadon很惊讶,“佛向来直接和我说话,但为何要通过Sumiko-san传话给我呢?前些时候开始感到佛疏远我了,佛是不是要离开我了—”。
 ━━━━━  。

他在心里对佛说,“你要离开我吗?我还像个孩子,不敢自己走路”。他并没有开口说话,仅仅是在心里跟佛说话。那时,回答来自Sumiko-san。“Isadon-san,放心,佛不会离开你,他只是完成了任务,要回到天上。从此以后,佛会在天保佑你”。
听完这话,Isadon想,“我所经历的全都是真的!”。

那之前,他跟佛的对话一直是在内心进行的。当初他听到佛的声音的时候,他还怀疑自己是不是疯了。但是,怀疑不会有什么答案。所以,他尝试去除掉疑心,努力向前进一些,从而遇到从未见过的崭新世界。周而复始这种体验,结果,孕育了信仰之心。
但是,他内心的想法现在从另一个人的嘴里说了出来。“我的经历不是幻觉。佛确实存在”。这时他从心底确信佛陀了。同时,摆脱了遇到佛以来的9年中,一直存在于内心的疑惑。

可是,现在他终于能真正相信佛了,佛却要离开他。他恳切地对佛说。“我还像个婴儿,在寻道的路上怎能没有您呢?”。这回佛没有通过Sumiko-san而是直接回答了他。
“你已经长大了。只有你自己认为自己是个孩子。试着走路吧。你可以走路”。佛改了对Isadon的称呼。把Isadon看做是自己的朋友,而不再是儿子或学生。

佛越升越高,远离了他。Isadon边哭边想“请别走”。但是,他也知道这一刻迟早会到来。这次,Sumiko-san说,“Isadon-san,没关系,你已经有足够的力量了。”

遇到日本之神

Isadon开车离开了Sumiko-san的家。现在与他共处9年的佛离开了他,他想自己不会再跟神灵对话了。

但是,当开车三分钟左右,到一个红绿灯前面时,好像看到空中有什么。好像是一张脸,也似乎是什么魂。这时,一个声音降临了。“我是日本之神”。他想,“我不相信神,神怎么会来到我这样一个人的面前呢?”

声音继续说道,“从此以后我将保护你”。他想,“现在佛走了,我没有别的选择,只能听它的了”。所以他对日本之神说了声“请多关照”。从此,随佛九年之后,同日本之神的旅程开始了。

日出前到日本顶端

那是Isadon人生中第40个夏天。一个声音从天而降,“去攀登富士山”。当他问为什么,他被告知,“日出前站在日本最高峰,然后接受指令”。他并不知道为何要攀登富士山。但是他想,“神这样说了,那我就要做”。他决定去攀登富士山。
周末的富士山人山人海。这是他第一次登富士山,他感到非常的疲惫。但是,“我绝对要在日出前登上顶峰”。他拼命地攀登,最后在日出前登上了山顶。

富士山(黒)

东方的天空渐渐变白。他忽然发现有个东西像星星似的在闪耀。他想,“那就是让我来到这里的东西吧”。他向星光说。“现在,我如约站在了日本的顶峰,请赐予我指令”。那是1991年8月12日早上4点45分。神谕从天而降:“从现在开始,把你的心传授到太阳下的每一片土地”。

“太阳下的土地”意味着不仅仅是日本,还包括太阳照到的所有土地,那就是整个地球。Isadon马上想到,“这不可能!像我这样的人不可能完成那样浩大的任务”。他开始自问自答。佛告诉他,“试着走路吧!你可以自己走路”。他想,“在过去的九年里,我学习净化心灵,今后我求道的意志仍然坚定。那么今后我要做的不就是继续保持我的心吗”。

下山的时候,惊讶地感到攀登时的艰辛早已变成了“我会再来”的决心。心里想,攀登富士山就像是人生。

不愿净化心灵的神们

Isadon与神灵的交流,要么他直接收到讯息,要么通过两位萨满法师Isadon再判断神的真实旨意。这种情况使他产生了一个疑问。人们各自拥有自己的神,并觉得“我的神最好”,且神也不会纠错。

Isadon随佛9年修炼净化心灵,所以他总是抱着纯粹的好奇心询问神各种问题。神一开始回答的非常有威严,当他的意识层次提高,他的问题也变得难度更高时,神垂下头说,“我不能回答你的问题…”然后就消失掉了。接着下一个更高位的神出现说“我会保护你”。这个过程一直反复,保护Isadon的神一共变了七次。

当他发现Sumiko-san一边说着神的旨意,一边从信徒那里收钱的时候,对她说,“你不应该用神的话来欺骗别人”。从此以后,他不再去拜访她。在另一位萨满法师Ikuyo-san那里,神奉承人,且人又利用神,都不去净化内心。所以,Isadon开始不喜欢与神共处。某一天,Ikuyo-san的母亲说,“古田san,神对古田san并不感觉舒服”。他想这是一个好机会,于是说,“那就把我逐出门吧”,然后离开了她的家。
他感到心情舒畅。他想,“我不再需要神的庇护。从今以后,我将投身于佛陀开示的净化内心道路。”那是佛离开他的一年之后。

现象与潜象

为了告诉人们应该怎样生活,告诉人们宇宙的真理,Isadon决心在家乡创立心修道场,让人们学习生活的真实,因此他时常回到美濃市。

有一天,他正在童年时经常在屋顶睡觉的当地神社睡午觉。那是阳光明媚的一天,围绕在神域的森林中,他睡得很舒服。

突然,他感到有人在叫醒他。于是他起来环顾了四周。他看到数不清的神明身穿铠甲,排满了神社的整个台阶甚至扶手处。他想,“这些是什么?”。他忽然听到“这些也是神”。他被告知,神的世界广阔无边,存在着掌管宇宙的神到掌管贫穷的神,神各司其职,像金字塔一样,每个人也处在金字塔的底端。

Isadon回想这一年是学习神界广大的一年,说了一声“谢谢”,然后走下神社的台阶。蓝色的天空装点着白云。

当他离开神域时,有意看了看天空,看到有什么在看着他。“那是什么?”。
Isadon向它问到“您是谁?”,但没有回答。他又问了一遍,“您的名字叫什么?”。
这时有了回音,“我没有名字”。

他想,“没有名字  ━━━━━ 那我怎么认识它好呢”,那个声音说,
“我是现象、我是潜象”。
那是宇宙本源的存在,是所有神明和世间万物的本源。

“有的世界”和“无的世界”

这个世界里,有包含肉体和物质的“可见世界”,还有包含思想和心灵的“不可见世界”。这两个世界合起来叫做“有的世界(现象界)”。Isadon到目前为止遇到的神都来自“现象界”。

在“现象界”的后面,还有“无的世界(潜象界)”,那里不存在思想、生命,甚至时空。那是一个只有“震动”的世界。它是永恒的世界,没有任何扭曲,完美无暇。我们生活在“现象界”,因此我们不能通过思维来理解“潜象界”。那个世界里,连存在与不存在的概念都没有,不可名状。
所谓“现象界”和“潜象界”是,“有的世界和无的世界”全部之本源,是遍满于一切万物的宇宙体系。

遥远的以前,当“有的世界”从“无的世界”里诞生时,一位名叫“Amano Minakanushino Omikami(天之御中主大神)”的天界的大神明第一个从虚空出现;作为“有的世界”里的第一个神明名叫“kunino Tokotachino Omikami(国之常立大神)”的大地之神也诞生了。这两位大神诠释着宇宙创造的本源“现象与潜象”的天意。从前Isadon所遇到的“有的世界”里的众神,就是合力封印国之常立大神的八百万神众。

“我在你体内”

那时,常在Isadon那里聚会学习的和太鼓团体将他们的活动舞台搬到了奥三河的東栄町。由此,Isadon有缘开始参与Hana Matsuri (意为“花祭”)。

那是Isadon40岁的冬天。他的一位女性朋友无意带来的一份宣传单上写着“熊野是人间天堂”。他看到这信息后,不知为什么强烈地感到自己必须去一趟熊野。那时,他又碰巧在東栄町认识了每个月都要去参拜位于熊野三山里的玉置神社的人们。他就决定跟他们一同随行。

同时,有一位出身東栄町世代扮演鬼角色的家族的人,邀请他参拜玉置神社后,再去拜访伊勢神社。

出发的前几天,一个宗教团体的宣传册夹在了门缝里。他打开宣传册,看到上面写着,“当人的心灵变美,人们开始聆听来自内心世界的声音。这个声音是Kunino Tokotachino Omikami(国之常立大神)”。在去往熊野的路上,当他询问一位随行女士玉置神社所供奉的神灵时,她回答“是Kunno Tokokachino Omikami(国之常立大神)。”

有个有趣的故事。供奉Kunino Tokotachino Omikami(国之常立大神)-大地之神也就是地球神的玉置神社;供奉Amaterasu Omikami(天照大御神)-太阳神的伊勢神社;供奉Amaterasu Omikami(天照大御神)的妻子-Seoritsu姬(瀬尾律姫)的东荣町槻(日本語为“tsuki”,意为“月亮”)神社(神话故事中Amaterasu Omikami(天照大御神)被描述为女神,但实际为男神),从西南到东北,整齐地排成一列,正好指向Ushitora(艮)方向(东北方向)。大地、太阳、月亮的灵位在那里形成一线。
不仅如此,在它面向东北方向(Ushitora(艮)方向)的延伸线上、地球历中的立夏(5月3日)(也是Isadon生日)的方角,矗立着富士山。在花祭仪式中有段花祭中的重要角色榊鬼与代表人的老翁进行对话的一幕。老翁的对白中有一句是,“Ise tensho Kotaijin(伊勢天照皇大神)、Kumano Gongen(熊野権現)、富士浅間(富士山之神)”。可知,与这个仪式无关的Fuji Sengen(富士浅間)在那时便已经出现。

在去往熊野的路上,天空出现了祥云。Isadon拜访了玉置神社并在那里过了一夜。接着他又在榊原温泉住了一晚。第二天早上他在飘雪的榊原温泉车站等电车前往伊勢神社的时候,空气中突然漂来了一股香甜的味道。
“这是什么香气?”,他习惯性地抬头问道。然而,从他的丹田处发出了声音。他问,以前都是从天上听到声音,这次为什么出自身体内部,对方回答,“我在你体内”。
他再次抬头,看到天上也有神。但是,这次听到的声音来自下面(体内)。他意识到这就是Kunino Tokotachino Omikami(国之常立大神)- 大地之神的存在。

我们是从土壤中获取食物来维持生命的。因此,我们都是大地之子。大地也就是地球,我们都是他的一部分,大地之神存在于我们每个人的体内。如果我们能净化内心并超越自我,任何人都会听到内心的声音。

去富士山脚下吧!

在Isadon40岁时辞掉了工作。他的目标是在他的家乡照顾父母的同时,开一家心灵道场。但是,父母并不欢迎这个辞去优异工作回家的儿子。他意识到不管他怎样努力为父母尽孝,都不能让持有不同价值观的人接受他的想法,那只能带来不幸。他决定离开家乡。这时他想起了曾经收到神的讯息的富士山。
“我们去富士山脚下吧!然后建立一个菩萨村吧”。菩萨是指把世界的和平或把他人的快乐视为自己的健康快乐的存在。菩萨村是一处人们心灵相通、相互帮助、彼此不分你我、分享快乐,并共同居住的地方。

20位赞同Isadon想法的人聚到了一起。没人劝说一起走。他们只觉得,“还不太确定,但肯定的是将开始一种新的生活”。有些人整理了家产,有些人顶住了来自父母的强烈反对,根据自己的意愿聚集在了一起。

1994年3月21日,春分之日,富士山脚下的菩萨村-木之花家族就这样开始了。

鬼进屋,福也进屋

自木之花家族创立以来的21年间,发生了许许多多戏剧般的故事。人们直感这是很重要的生活方式,并且聚集到一起。但是,我们每个人都非常的不成熟,总被自我蒙蔽,并只想到自己。因此,我们尚离菩萨很远。
Isadon耐心对待每个成员,有时强硬,有时温柔,有时幽默,认真教授净化内心的方法,帮助人们开化自己。他俨然成为一个鬼,教导被自我迷惑心灵的成员走向觉醒。
那简直就是很久很久以前被众神隔离的大地之神(Kunino Tokotachino Omikami(国之常立大神)的严厉,同时也是引领人们从黑暗走向光明的真爱。

不知从何时起,木之花家族在一年中最冷的一天(也是冬天的最后一天)2月3日举办起祝祭,其中融入了一些東栄町花祭的精华。带着对鬼的感激,抛着黄豆说“鬼进屋吧,福也进屋吧”。鬼照射人内心的阴暗处,教示人们走向光明。 ━━━━━  。

现在,木之花家族的成员已经增加到80名。尽管我们每个人都不够完美,但我们努力超越自我的禁锢并走向正途。结果,开启了一种崭新的生活方式。来自不同背景的人相互着想,分享内心感受,过上富足的生活。在这种温暖的絆(kizuna,有联系、支撑、互助的意思)里,“奇迹”发生了,有心理问题的人们逐渐恢复了健康,而之前医生和药品都没能治愈他们。
社会上蔓延着抑郁症和自杀,世界发生了经济崩溃、恐怖袭击、全球变暖带来的自然灾害的增加以及日本福岛地震等。人们为了满足自己的欲望,在生活中追求的“越来越多”。这就是现代社会。世界上发生的许多事件给人类带来了无限痛苦。然而,通过痛苦,地球是不是也在给我们一些警示呢?

<富士浅間木之花祭>(konohana matsuri)

2012年12月21日是玛雅预言中的世界末日。当天宇宙发生了重大事件。我们居住的太阳系迎来了25800年一次的星系冬至。
冬至是黑暗的顶点。太阳系自冬至以后逐渐从黑暗期进入光明期。光明的增加,意味着我们看不到的暗物质被光照射,真理将显现。

迎接2013年新年后,木之花家族在2月3日举行了第一回富士浅間木之花祭。
契机是有一个研究花祭的学者提议木之花家族在富士的大地上继承传统的花祭。并由東栄町的传承人从一传授了花祭的舞蹈、日本笛子、太鼓,以至会场的装饰。第一回富士浅間木之花祭举办得非常盛大非常成功,让人们理解了花祭的真意就是“重生与净化”,并在日常生活中实践它。花祭集聚了很多舞者和来自各地的神明,在仪式现场他们的能量相互交融,形成了人和神合为一体的旋涡。

第二年的2014年,花祭当天的早晨,长得很像sakaki(榊)鬼的Ushitora(艮)金神降临到Isadon身边。金神说,“就在今天,Ushitora(艮)金神的封印将会解除”。
2014年的木之花家族,家族全体遇到了很大的动摇,这一年成了不平凡的一年。因歪曲事实的流言,家族在网络上受到了很多的非难,周刊志也刊登了家族的事迹,一直依赖Isadon的家族成员每一个人,用自己的语言,重新确认了选择木之花生活方式的理由和生活的真意。

在这种状况中,太阳玛雅族最高祭祀,尊母Nah Kin氏受“富士山是连接宇宙中心的场所”的灵示,到访了木之花家族。并在7月26日玛雅新年之际,为了以富士山为天线,向世界发信真爱,与木之花家族共同举行了玛雅新年祝祭。不可思议的是,与木之花家族创立的同时期,生活在地球反对侧的Nah Kin氏,看到了从银河中心有一束光照射到富士山,把爱和能量传播到地球全体的未来景象。20年后,基于共同意志生活的人们终于聚到了一起。
如果富士山是天的意志降临的天教山,那么潜藏在熔岩里的意志喷发的地教山就是喜马拉雅。他的周期是每25800年出现一次冬至的太阳系周期的四分之一,大约为6500年。2014年正好是银河冬至到来,并开始6500年新循环的重大历史转折点。就在这一年,Isadon受邀拜访了喜马拉雅Hartola村和世界最大社区印度曙光村。

红色火焰变成金色 继而成为白色的光

自佛陀离开Isadon起经过了24年,他独自走在这条道的先头,从未抱怨。但他动摇的心像红色火焰般一直在他内心燃烧。那颗心就是“我只想让人们懂”。他只希望人们认清真相。那种热情的火焰通过拜访印度,逐渐变成了金色,继而开始变为白色。

在曙光村,Isadon遇到了已经去世的创始人maza和他的伴侣印度思想家Sri Aurobindo的灵魂。初次遇到的Sri Aurobindo的灵魂,引导Isadon的视线,让他看到许多事物,每当视线停留在某件事物时,Aurobindo说,“我在这里”,“那里我也在”,“我无所不在”。当Isadon想,他的灵魂遍满万物时,Auroindo却说,“存在于万物,即是不存在”。这时Isadon直觉这就是地球之魂,也就是Ushitora(艮)金神。

Aurobindo的灵魂说,“你知道我。你一直和我在一起”。当Isadon问,“你是在我的体内吗?”。Aurobindo答到,“我在你的体内,也在你的体外,我无所不在”。

Maza的灵魂就像温柔的姐姐,迎接了偶尔因为红色火焰的炽热而把自己烧焦的Isadon。面对这次印度之行之前患十二指肠溃疡的Isadon,说,“来我这吧。我会治愈你被烧的身体”,“从现在开始,我将帮助你”。这意味着神和地一起创造世界。
从前,尽管讲的是真实,但真实并未得到认可,只能靠热情的红色火焰前行。但是,从现在开始只要用心讲真实,真实将会得到认可。再不用燃烧红色火焰。红色火焰将会变为金色,最终将变成白光。

天采配地的时代将要到来,地球上的生命要理解它,并要实践它。那里没有自我意识,只有遵从天意的意志。因为真实不在人的自我中,而是在天的一边。

木之花家族所走过来的24年中,一直存在着“天之理”和“地之理”的循环。“天之理”是,天意开示的天之御中主(Amano Minakanushino Omikami)之道。“地之理”是,人类在地上积累经验,一点一点走上天阶的国之常立(Kunino Tokotachino Omikami)之道。这两尊大神所展现的是宇宙创造的源泉-神之用心“现象与潜象”。我们都处在从自己所在的地方,回归到原本为一个的旅程中。就如音乐盒的按钮奏着音乐,回到最初的状态。

Isadon说:会有一天,管理这个国家的人将来此发问,“我们已经努力去尝试建立一个真正富裕的好国家,但并不如愿,我们应该如何引导这个国家?”。那时,我将这样回答他们。“那不是建立体制机制的问题。请看生活在这里的人们的内心。当人们都以这样的内心生活的时候,那里就是真正富足的国家”。

觉悟真实 走向真正的快乐

2015年1月31日。
第三回富士浅間木之花祭仪式中,头戴金色面具身穿白色衣装的Ushitora(艮)金神开始登场了。这是当初为了给Sakaki(榊)鬼面赋予生命力,而独自制作面具过程中,Isadon忽然涌现制造金色面具的启示,而制造出来的。制作完成的面具不再是Sakaki(榊)鬼面,而是Ushitora(艮)金神。这样花祭仪式中新增加了解除封印的Ushitora(艮)金神的演目,给意味“重生与净化”的花祭,赋予了新的灵魂。

花祭的前几天黎明时分,正在睡觉的Isadon感觉到一团足球大小的光从屋顶缓缓降临下来。他想,“这是什么?”。他继续仔细观察,发现从光环中伸出两只手臂在左右挥舞,并开始唱到“好高兴啊!好快乐啊!”
Isadon想到,“这就是跟随Ushitora(艮)大神的八百万诸神的模样”。曾经因为厌恶净化内心,而封印金神的诸神,开始觉悟到真实,享受着真正的快乐。这也是祝祭中忘我地跳舞,挣脱自己的禁锢,最终成为一体的人们的模样。

花祭り

 

*这个故事,是从庞大的伊沙东人生体验中提炼出来的精华,希望能成为在宏大的宇宙体系中,理解发生在地球上的时代变化,探求人类应该如何创造今后世界的契机。