Hi. I’ll start an open talk session tonight. In other words, this is one of the silly talk series by MARTH. Let me read the question first.
This is from a seventy-two-year-old teacher.
Q: Dear MARTH. I was extremely moved by your words. I have been a priest for a long time. I’m writing my letter with tremendous surprise and some kind of joy.
After watching the online dialogue with Ms. Nakamaru, I’d like to ask you what kind of view you have toward the Bible. Please answer to my question.
I received such an honest message.
First of all, I’d like you to understand that my ancestors have managed a temple founded by Kukai on Awajishima Island. It is said the temple was founded by Kukai and lasted more than one thousand years. There used to be a shrine nearby a long time ago. It seems my ancestors have maintained the temple for generations while cultivating onions in the field.
That means the temple is related to Nestorianism, and you may find words of Jesus Christ in my conversation, the same as yours.
I have never interested in religion, and I have never belonged to any organization since I was a child.
However, my family’s religion is the Shingon sect (of Buddhism), and my mother’s side religion is Zen Buddhism. My mother’s family has managed a temple, as well.
In this sense, I may have been involved in Nestorianism.
And the family crest of my father’s side is “Sagari-Fuji” and that of my mother’s side, “Nobori-Fuji”.
Regardless of such stories since ancient times, what I understand now is that my father and mother had such a value that we should not harm others even if hurt by them, we should love others and respect them, we should neither become conceited, nor become overconfident, nor win, nor become good, nor become great.
And I feel this is extremely related to the bible you just mentioned now. Therefore, I cannot realize which religion the bible belongs to. Maybe, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are all related to the bible. They love the Old Testament.
And the questionnaire asks me what I understand about the bible, and let me take the chance and convey it to you.
I personally think that the bible is a guidebook for us the people of the ancient Jew, or a guidebook for us to make a success, to live in peace, happiness, and prosperity.
This is what I felt when I read a part of the bible, and I have neither read it in detail nor known it thoroughly.
And the conductor who conducts my music has the name of Adam, so I read a part about him.
I felt, in the beginning, there is a language; there is a naming, which brings us separation. And we have five senses. We have a separation between the self and the other because of it.
Our eyes can see only the molecules. We cannot see elementary particles. We cannot see that they are connected as one, and when electrons become happy and get out of order. I think scientists will realize the importance of oneness earlier than us.
Then, words come first, and I understand that eating fruits of knowledge means to have become separated. This is my personal opinion. And we have separated.
I developed a resort with a scientist in quantum mechanics when I was young. I learned much from him, though he resigned from Tokyo University. Maybe he was fired because he was too involved in quantum mechanics. I’m not really sure.
We say some molecules are good in vibration. When does it make a good circulation at a level of electrons or photons? He expressed it with a sign of π, that is, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, in other words, how the electron circulates. He said, if the circulation becomes bad in order, entropy will increase just like the circulation of a star becomes bad in order.
He also said that there is an atomic transformation or a cold nuclear fusion in the world of bacteria or of enterobacteria. I learned that elementary particles like the value of oneness.
And I learned many things about the New Age and the spiritual world since I was young, about Sidhi, simply speaking about virtual reality.
I learned that this world is made of thoughts of the creator, and each of us as a part can create our life with our thoughts and that we are allowed to create a life to some extent.
With this in mind, when I read the Old Testament, I wondered why Adam realized that he was naked. God asked, well, I think He is neither a personal god nor a god of a group, but He is the subject of creation.
Heaven asked Adam why you realized you are ashamed, and wondered whether he ate fruits of knowledge and took it in, and that he was separated.
Adam answered, “It is not my fault, it is because the woman who you gave me recommended it. It’s not my fault. Please don’t blame me!” “Ah! You have become an ego”. I understand this way.
And then, heaven asked Eve the reason, she said, “The snake told me to do so, and it was not my fault”. Ah! You have become egoistical, as well.
God made a paradise of selflessness. There was no fear of the ego, such as shamefulness and as such in it. Everything, fruits, the water, and the air, was given there, and it was a paradise where they could live as they were. But they left there. I think it is a figurative story.
This part of the bible and all other parts convey that we should live with the value of oneness, we should live in love, that we are connected as one to us.
Unless we live as such, or if the ego tries to win, to become somebody, or to become great, you will ruin yourself. In other words, we should not stand out, or how should I say, we should not become nails that stick out.
I think we, as people of Yamatoh, should understand the bible as a book to express, we will have true success, prosperity, joy, and peace when we don’t boost the ego.
I happened to be born to a family of such teaching. I wondered why I was hit by my parents when I thought of winning or when I had a belief in becoming great or somebody.
My parents told me not to become overconfident. You should not harm others even if you were destroyed, made a fool of, attacked, or bullied. It is important not to become a doer. That is love that loves others and let them win. I think this is how it goes.
When I was a child, I ran fast and always got the first place in a relay race or a footrace at athletic events. And my father became angry and went back home when I got the first place, as I expected.
Then, he told me, “Don’t you have a room or generosity to let others win?” He also said it was a pity that I got excited at it.
Now I think this is how people of ancient Judea think, and they intend to receive true peace and prosperity with such viewpoint.
When I was small, I couldn’t understand it well. I wondered why I was scolded. Everybody is not scolded but appreciated when he can do something better than others, but in my case, it was the opposite.
I couldn’t understand the intension behind it then, but now I can see it with the teaching of ancient Judea, that is, in the bible.
And the bible continued to convey that we should neither be arrogant, nor conceited nor overconfident to become truly successful and wealthy, as a guidebook of life. In other words, as the universe is connected as one, we live with the whole, with everyone, whether we are a cell of the heart or of the lungs, or wherever we are born.
Then, we will find love, peace of mind, love each other. We will become wonderful people and receive true wealth, true peace, and true happiness.
When we live as such, we will become really good at the level of a physical body and of molecules. I understand the bible is something like a guidebook to convey to us that we will become really good, including our bodies then.
Well, I talked bit too long, and I’m not sure if I answered your question. In spite of my little knowledge about the bible, it seemed it was filled with such teachings to me. Please feel free to ask me if you are interested in it.
This is a silly talk by MARTH. I’ll see you again. Good night!