Q. I am constantly questioned by the youth that if we leave it to God, there will be no progress in the human world. Could you please tell me about this point?

A: The phrases "leaving it to others" or "entrusting" are not meant to do nothing and idly leave everything up to God.
This phrase is the same as "自然法爾 (by true self automatically)", which is difficult to master with conventional religious teaching methods.
This "leave it to God" is not a shallow attitude like "I leave my things to others", which means, "It is a life that flows from God, so please use it freely as God pleases".
Like Jesus, we are to have a heart that will not be upset even if we have to be crucified, it’s true entrusting.
No matter how inconvenient circumstances things may seem to you, be in a state of mind that allows you to be thankful without complaint or discontent.
This is the true "entrusting" state of mind.
The youth who are asking you questions, of course, did not ask you these questions with such deep thoughts in mind, but true "entrusting" is thus always in a state of desperate situation.
Ryokan monk, for example, was someone who thoroughly embodied this entrusting.
Once, a boatman, perhaps trying to test Ryokan's spirit, pushed him from the boat.
However, Ryokan, without flailing his arms and legs, gently floated on the water.
The boatman who had dropped Ryokan got more flustered, pulled him out of the water, and apologized to him.
Despite knowing he was pushed by the boatman, Ryokan gratefully thanked the boatman with a smile.
This story always fills me with respect for Ryokan’s greatness, thinking that one who entrusts so completely must fear nothing and never be flustered.
Being dropped is also the Buddha's will.
Being rescued is also the Buddha's will.
At this time, there was no resentment in Ryohan's heart for being dropped into the river by the boatman; on the contrary, he was only grateful, considering him a surrogate of the Buddha for rescuing him.
If he entrusts that he is destined to fall into the river and die, and that this is also the will of the Buddha, he will never begrudge the boatman.
He was able to thank the boatman for saving him when he was rescued, because he was always in such a true entrusting state of mind.
He is a great man.
However, ordinary people cannot easily replicate such actions.
Therefore, I teach that true entrusting means "Know the decree of Heaven and do your utmost."
True entrusting without doing one’s part is not genuine entrustment for ordinary people.
Believing in the existence of gods and Buddhas and the fate they have bestowed upon oneself, then entrusting that fate back to them while making sincere efforts in the position one is placed in, is what I think this is the "entrusting everything to God" that ordinary people can do.
Even I, until I was in the position of religious leaders, believed I had a divine mission while diligently engaging in my duties.
However, what sets me apart from my peers was that I always prayed to God.
"Any job is fine. God, please use my life for your work."
That's something I kept thinking about.
Then, as I wrote in my book "One Who Unites Heaven and Earth", I heard a divine voice of heaven thundered inside my heart,
"God has received your life. Are you ready?"
To which I immediately responded,
Then, I was given a great deal of very hard difficult training by various Guardian spirits and divinities.
And so, today I (the unity of God and myself) was created.
However, this training was extremely challenging, I did not want those who came after me to have to go through this hardship and I hope that everyone will be able to develop their true heart with as little effort as possible, this is why I preach about existence and work of Guardian Spirits and Divinities, and the teaching of The ‘Fading Away’ Principle.
Having too strong self critical thoughts can lead one to overly torment oneself.
Therefore, I teach to transform these thoughts into gratitude towards the Guardian spirits and divinities view everything as a ‘Fading Away’.
Furthermore, I promote “Prayer for the peace of the world”.
The truth is, the fate of you, the world, and all destinies unfold from “Prayer for the peace of the world”, which are also prayers of entrustment to God.
That divine white light shines brilliantly upon those who pray, as proven by my members (of the Byakko Shinko Kai).

Byakko(白光): Byakko is a Japanese word meaning ‘white light’. It is the clear and free flowing light emitted from the deepest and highest state of a human being.

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