Compass of the Times by Keiko Takahashi
Compass of the Times 178
The Door to the New Year
Happy new year.
This is the beginning of the new year 2019.
Now that you opened its door, what kind of feeling do you have? Are you envisioning the first step that is appropriate for the beginning of the year?
There might be some work that you postponed last year, issues that were left unchallenged, or things that you had given up to continue. How might you think about facing them once more and take a step forward again?
I strongly encourage you to think about what you are going to tackle, and how you want to do it.
Time may appear to continuously flow from last year to this year without change. There is no gap in the flow.
However, at the same time, the point in time we now exist is
nothing but a new beginning that has never existed before.
A moment born anew from the void brings in a refreshing air, free from any context or constraint. There exists the beginning that is free from any influence of the past. It is the moment when we can aim straightforwardly at the ideals that should be our goals, liberated from conventional ideas based on the past.
Therefore, the beginning is what everyone should revere.
It is the moment of unimaginable reversal of the possible and the impossible, and liberation from the gravity of the past.
Face the Chaos of 2019
This means that a new year is appearing in front of us as Chaos.
Please recall that Chaos is an undetermined state where no shape or outline is formed, nor result is produced. The reality of a new year has not yet shown any outline nor shape in front of us. Almost all of the possibilities and limitations have not been clarified, and their state is unknown.
This means that the reality of this year is still in the dimension of the blueprint*1, showing no concrete outline. And yet, all possibilities exist there.
What is certain is that while we live each day and accumulate various encounters and experiences, that Chaos gradually reveals its shape and is going to crystallize. Along with its crystallization process, possibilities and limitations become clearer and how it would tilt, either toward light or darkness, is going to be determined.
If we wish the crystallization to proceed according to the blueprint, to which Chaos is originally entrusted, we should live our life based on the Divine Truth / the Study of the Soul.
The shortest path for leading the Chaos of the new year toward its blueprint is nothing but for us to deepen our way of life based on the Divine Truth. The purpose and the mission entrusted to each person’s life will be accomplished by steady steps through this royal road.
Living in the Turning Point of the 50th Anniversary of GLA
This year, GLA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its
establishment. This means that a half century has passed since the founder of GLA, Shinji Takahashi, first appealed to the world the truth of human beings as eternal souls.
As members of GLA, we have sought the way of living as a soul and have accumulated such efforts in a concrete way. The fact of the emergence of countless numbers of people practicing the Divine Truth is concrete proof of human beings as eternal souls.
Today, materialistic way of living permeates the society and the tendency of disregarding of the inner world and spirituality of humans has become apparent. At such time, the significance of a life based on the Divine Truth / the Study of the Soul has increased more than ever before.
s We must deepen, more than ever, our way of life based on the Soul Doctrine and increase the intensity and accuracy of the path in all aspects. This is exactly what must be placed at the center of our paths as GLA members. This can only be achieved by deepening our paths born from each person’s new beginning.
There is a blueprint for everything. When we wish to accomplish something, we must first remember the fact that a blueprint exists—an image of what should be there from the start. This means there are answers to be sought in all cases and ways to access them. Putting it in other words, there is always a best possible path to take in any situation. (Excerpted and summarized from The Soul Doctrine as a Way of Life by Keiko Takahashi, pp.98-99)
“Rarely does everything go just as we want. In reality, we are constantly facing ordeals and injustices. I have explained the fact that this world is not paradise by using the Buddhist concept, “this world is Saha.” Saha literally means the place where we must endure distressing situations and accept unbearable things.”(Excerpted from The Reason Why You were Born as You by Keiko Takahashi, p.35)
3. Law of Disintegration
The law of disintegration corresponds to the Buddhist term, all is impermanent. In science, there is a law of disorder, which otherwise is known as the second law of thermodynamics or the law of increase in entropy (entropy being a physical quantity to show complexity and disorder). In our world, all things move toward disorder; they never move on their own toward order.(Excerpted from Your Best for a New Era by Keiko Takahashi, p.101)
4. Law of Uncontrollability
Uncontrollability means things do not go the way we want them to. The law of uncontrollability teaches us that all things exist in a state of complex relationships, and in that state, we cannot make things go our way. In Buddhism, the law is expressed by the term, all is interconnected. (Excerpted from Your Best for a New Era by Keiko Takahashi, p.101)
Excerpt Translation of G. Monthly Journal January 2019 issue
Preliminary translation as of December, 2018
GLA member-volunteers translated Takahashi Sensei’s words.
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