"Resolve" (Kokoro sadame)

This term--with its variants including "resolution," "pledge," and "determination"--refers to understanding God's intention to save humankind and pledging and resolving to respond to that divine intention. We are told that the pledge and resolve, grounded in faith, will allow God, the Parent of humankind, to pave the way for new opportunities for salvation. Such rsesolve is important because human beings exist in God's providence, according to scriptural passages like the following:

Sah, sah, because Tsukihi exists, the world exists. Because the world exists, things exist. Because things exist, your bodies exist. Because your bodies exist, law exists. Although the law exists, to resolve your minds is primary.

Osashizu, January 13, 1887

The following verse from the Ofudesaki provides a sense of what sort of blessings can flow from such resolve.

If you truly resolve your mind and pray to Me, I shall grant you My free and unlimited workings at once.


This is one of the reasons why resolve and implementation are considered important in leading a life of faith.

(This article was first published in the October 2007 issue of TENRIKYO.)