Compass of the Times
In response to each individual’s wish to pursue more of the Study of the Soul, Takahashi Sensei provides us with Words of the Month and Compass of the Times each month, which, interrelated to each other, serve not only as clues for our studies and practice, but also as monthly guidelines for living our lives.
December 16 Compass of the Times 153
To ReturnA Time to Return
December is traditionally called shiwasu (month of running masters) in Japan.
November2016 Compass of the Times 152
To Dig Deep DownAs a Season of Rumination
November is traditionally called shimotsuki (month of frost) in Japan.
October 2016 Compass of the Times 151
Envision the GoalSeason of Harvest
October is traditionally called kannazuki (month with no gods) in Japan.
September 2016 Compass of the Times 150
Listen to the Voice of the SoulTime Flies like an Arrow
September is traditionally called nagatsuki (long month) in Japan.
August 2016 Compass of the Times 149
To Seek StrengthA Way of Life to Resist the Rising Climatic Temperatures
August is traditionally called hazuki (leaf-month) in Japan.
July 2016 Compass of the Times 148
To Use New WordsA Time to Face Words
July is traditionally called fumizuki (month of literature) in Japan.
June 2016 Compass of the Times 147
Connecting Ideals and RealityThe Era of Hatred
As you all know, triggered by the Syrian civil war, more than four million refugees have fled to Europe, and since last year this has become a major social problem in the countries accepting these people.
May 2016 Compass of the Times 146
To AccelerateSatsuki (May) – the Month to Focus on Work
May is traditionally called satsuki in Japan. It was originally called sanaetsuki, (month of rice seedlings), meaning "time to plant rice" which then became shortened to satsuki.
April 2016 Compass of the Times 145
To RestartAnother Start – Uzuki (April)
Season of Restart
To Have an Option to Restart
April is traditionally called uzuki in Japan. This name is thought to originate from a contraction of “ u-no-hana- zuki” (month when the deutzia blossoms).
March 2016 Compass of the Times 144
To Release Our PowerThe Season of Life — Yayoi
March is traditionally called yayoi in Japan. This is the shortened form of the phrase ki-kusa iya oi zuki, which means “the month when plants finally begin to grow” and describes March of the lunar calendar.
February 2016 Compass of the Times 143
To PrepareThe Season Called Kisaragi, a Time for Preparation
Kisaragi is a traditional name for February in the Japanese calendar. It is said that February in the lunar calendar was still so severely cold that people would wear a lot of clothes, giving the month the name “Ki-sara-gi,” “wear – and – wear more.” February is the coldest month of the year in Japan.
January 2016 Compass of the Times 142
Opening Up New DoorsA Time of a Pure State of Chaos
Happy New Year.
How has 2016 started for you?
The year which lies in front of you is a blank canvas without a single brush stroke; it is untouched, in a pure state of Chaos.