Monday, December 29, 2008

Stones on a shrine site

Some people take stones from the site when visiting a shrine. Even the shrine permits to do so, why would they take it,? Do these people think that they could take home some good luck?

If a god spirit had been watching you take a stone, he/she will be sadden by your poor heart. You might accidently take a small stone stuck on your shoes. There is no problem if you didn’t do it consciously. It is wrong to consciously take the stone thinking that this might bring you good luck. If the stone has good energy, all the more, you should realize that the stone needs to stay in the sacred ground.

On the other hand, there are people who would take garbage home found on a sacred site. They want to keep the shrine clean and sacred because they care and have respect for the god spirits. They are acting on giving a gift of good environment for the god spirits, and taking away negative energy by picking up the garbage.

Picking a stone from a sacred ground that turns into something ugly and picking garbage from the sacred ground turning into a treasure like stories are told in fairy tales all over the world. Spiritually, this is true. Then, there are fairy tales about those who hear about it and intentionally go to collect garbage visiting many shrines knowing it will turn into treasures.

Looking from a kenzoku point of view, this is a very dangerous act. If you are an innocent child, you will immediately get sick with high fever and you will know that you had done something wrong. But if you are an adult who has been pilling up many wishful thoughts, your senses have become dull and you may not be able to see the truth right away. Later, bad things start to happen. It is best to return the stone where it belongs. If the place is too far away and you are not able to return it to the original location, take it to a sacred site, a shrine site or put it in a river.

In Shinto teachings, we say god resides in every natural element. When I visit the Izawa-no-miya of Ise Jingu, although the sacred path to the shrine is actually very short, it feels like hundreds of meters long. What I am trying to say is that the stone may look very small in this World of Reality, but it could be a very large rock in the World of the Gods’ dimension. You should not underestimate the power of a small stone.

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live


Pedro Teixeira da Mota. said...

Interesting teaching about the subtle aspects of the stones...
People some time like to take some stone, not necssarily to have good luck, but as power point, or as reminder of a sacred place or meditation or Kami...
What they will do with the stone, will be possible that hey take it and give deep love and gratitude, and keep them in some kind of shrine at home, and so not becoming so much a plundering or a destruction or even just a supersticious good luck wish?
But indeed the idea that the stones can be related strongly to invisible beings that will become sad or even angry when someone takes a stone makes a lot of sense and it is good to share it nicely as it has been done...

Rookie Ringo said...

Thank you very much for your post. Now I understand, I'll not take any stone.