Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Age 42 is a time for Self-Realization

If you were a hard worker with a good heart, experienced all the happiness and sorrows of life and being truthful to yourself, it will show on your face as you age. Someone who has devoted his/her life in mastering an art or a kind of craftsmanship, a shokunin(職人), has a really good face, even if he/she is not a believer in god.

On the other hand, when one believes in god, tries to convince people to join the organization and gather money, his or her face turns into an ugly one. It is better off not to be religious than having this kind of false religion. Even you don’t believe in god, if you lived a good, faithful and hard working life, at the end, you will start to naturally understand that you were “led to live” and that there might be an existence of something in a grandeur scale beyond our normal understanding. Although, it is a pity to realize this in your last moment.

The more you devote yourself to your work and help others or encourag others to live on, you will come to a realization much earlier in your life.

When you have lived your life fully and truthfully, at the age of 42, you will naturally start to have a sense of gratitude towards your ancestors and gods. In Japan, 42 is an age of Yakudoshi (climacteric or critical age). They say bad or unlucky things could happen at this age.
But this is a wrong interpretation. In truth, age of 42 is when you reach a self-realization to what your position(mission) is. How to serve to humanity on this planet Earth.

To realize your own talent that gods has given you and to use that talent, that is the true meaning of becoming religious.

The right way to become a true religious person is not about joining an organization or going to church. As long as you have the sense of gratitude in your own heart towards the gods, that is a right path. If you are not able to realize this, even you think you have devoted yourself to a religion, you will most likely have to come back to experience another life.

It is commonly understood that in your Yakudoshi you should go to a shrine to receive oharai, purification. But in fact, it is an age where you should be reaching self-realization, one level of awakening. It is also one ending of a cycle of your physical body. The life-style you have had until that point will reflect on that year. It is a good year to go and have a total physical examination.

Age of 42 is said to be a Yakudoshi(厄年) for men and for women it is at age 33, but spiritually age 42 applies for both men and woman. To begin with, human has a cycle of twelve years. One cycle is twelve years, and going for ten cycles (age 120) is said to be the limit in our physical condition. Between the third cycle (age 36) and the forth cycle (age 48) seems to be the most critical time. And the middle of this is age 42. This is a turning point for your heart space.

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live

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