Compass of the Times

Sailing uncharted waters of this era, we earnestly aspire to pave a path by applying the insights from the Study of the Soul to human beings and the world. Keiko Takahashi shows us the path to take by illuminating the past, present, and the future.

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 Return

A Time to Return

December is traditionally called shiwasu (month of running masters) in Japan.

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November2016 Compass of the Times 152

To Dig Deep Down

As a Season of Rumination

November is traditionally called shimotsuki (month of frost) in Japan.

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October 2016 Compass of the Times 151

Envision the Goal

Season of Harvest

October is traditionally called kannazuki (month with no gods) in Japan.

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September 2016 Compass of the Times 150

Listen to the Voice of the Soul

Time Flies like an Arrow

September is traditionally called nagatsuki (long month) in Japan.

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August 2016 Compass of the Times 149

To Seek Strength

A Way of Life to Resist the Rising Climatic Temperatures

August is traditionally called hazuki (leaf-month) in Japan.

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July 2016 Compass of the Times 148

To Use New Words

A Time to Face Words

July is traditionally called fumizuki (month of literature) in Japan.

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June 2016 Compass of the Times 147

Connecting Ideals and Reality

The 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.

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May 2016 Compass of the Times 146

To Accelerate

Satsuki (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.

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April 2016 Compass of the Times 145

To Restart

Another 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).

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March 2016 Compass of the Times 144

To Release Our Power

The 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.

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February 2016 Compass of the Times 143

To Prepare

The 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.

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January 2016 Compass of the Times 142

Opening Up New Doors

A 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.

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