Source: Andrew Bowling
‘GYOSEI’ THE WAKA POETRY OF THE EMPEROR MEIJI
The Handbook of Reiki Treatment includes 125 Waka poetry of The Emperor Meiji selected by Usui sensei.
Usui recommended his students to read aloud Waka poetry for the first step of the way of spiritual work.
Excerpts from Waka poetry of The Emperor Meiji published by Meji Jingu Office (Meiji Shinto Shrine in Tokyo)
Waka, also called tanka, being very short fixed forms containing 31 syllable, are said to be exceedingly expressive of the feelings of the Japanese people.
The writing of waka poetry has been traditionally called "Shikishima no Michi" , or the "Way of Shikishima" (A poetic name for Japan).
Waka poetry, then, has a history that extends back to over a thousand years.
The writing of waka was nourished and elevated through history by the Imperial Court, and many of the ancient poems that have been left to us were written by Emperors themselves. the Emperor Meiji was no exception as he was celebrated by the people as "Sage of Poetry", and he has left us superb waka poems which reached the astonishing number of 100,000 composed during his lifetime.
The Emperor Meiji, however, wrote occasional waka in the midst of daily life, not as works to be read by others in appreciation.
Yet, it is for this very reason that the Emperor's heartfelt sincerity touches our hearts. His literary style is one which only an Emperor could achieve.
"Gyosei" literally means "created (by the emperor)". But the actual meaning is "the waka created by the emperor".
USA president F. Roosevelt said, "Japanese people must be happy to have such a great Emperor. Japan will progress and develop with the Emperor Meiji. " Emperor Meiji did not talk a lot but wrote a lot of WAKA poetry to express himself. This collection of poetry is recognized as great poetry in Japanese literature.
Usui-Sensei respected the Emperor Meiji, selected 125 WAKA poetry as GYOSEI to use in Reiki lesson.
Waka by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken
Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken made the utmost efforts to cultivate themselves in the Japanese and Chinese classics as well as in Western studies. They especially excelled in writing Waka (traditional Japanese poetry) and composed numerous Waka throughout their lives. The Emperor wrote about 100,000 Waka and the Empress about 30,000 Waka. These Waka are not only excellent as literary works but also constitute significant teachings to enhance national moral character. Meiji Jingu has chosen fifteen Waka each from their works in order to provide visitors and worshippers at Meiji Jingu with the divine grace of the Imperial couple in the form of Omikuji (oracles).
The following are from the Usui Hikkei.
Ware mo mata sarani migakamu kumorinaki hitono kokorowo kagami ni ha site
I wish my mind clear like great people unknown but have great mind and soul. Though I am the Emperor, I am not a great as a human.
Ten wo urami hito wo togamuru kotomo araji waga ayamachi wo omoikaesaba
I have consecutive unhappiness and pain that I cannot control. Easy to think that there is no God, I tend to think that the other person is to blame for it. Is this really blamed on other person? Am I always right without any fault? No, I can remember that I also have many faults. This is blamed on me, I know that this is the result I bring, and now I am free from ill feeling.
Asamidori sumiwatari taru oozora no hiroki wo ono ga kokoro tomogana
I stand at the spring green field, looking up at the clear blue sky, and I wish I could get the broad sky in my mind.
Isasaka no kizu naki tama mo tomosureba chiri ni hikari wo usinainikeri
If you get a beautiful, bright and scratch-less jewel, without constant polishing and cleaning, it will lose its brightness by a little dust. So human heart also, beautiful and pure heart cannot be kept without constant polishing.
Ikanaramu kotoaru toki mo utsusemi no hito no kokoro yo yutaka naranamu
Human, that is manifestation of a God, should always have hope, bright and broad-minded heart as God has, whatever may happen.
Utsuwa niha shitagai nagara iwagane mo tosu ha mizu no chikara narikere
Water does not oppose any vessels and it is stayed as the vessel form. Water seems to be obedient, flexible, and not self-assertive. However, water can break rocks with its consecutive concentrated drops. So people should also have flexibility for any situation such as thought and human relationship, and have consecutive concentration to do something important.
Yuki ni tae arashi ni taeshi nochi ni koso matsu no kurai mo takaku miekere
People have been liked pine tree because it is said that pine tree bring good luck. And people evaluate the shape and balance of pine tree, but the real worth is different. When the coldest winter came after the lapse of many years, pine trees could survive deep snow and storm though other trees died all. Pine trees showed their toughness and people evaluated the great pine trees.
Kurenubeku narite iyoiyo oshimu kana nasukoto nakute sugishi hitohiwo
Today I had nothing to do and I find that now is evening. I felt sorry for that at first, but I changed my mind that this is not so bad, is it? Yes, it is BAD because any moment is very precious for people and I waste my precious time today. Well, however, I should not regret my passed day for so long. Now I try to live my new day without regret.
Obituary to the Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
This interesting paragraph was sent to me, you will find the full article at the link below.
"Hirohito's reticence made it difficult to determine whether he was guilty of complicity in, or mere compliance with, the expansionism that characterized Japan during his first two decades as Emperor. Ultimately 2.3 million Japanese soldiers and 800,000 civilians died in World War II. But most of the evidence suggests that Hirohito was at heart a peace-loving man. At a Cabinet meeting in 1941, when his ministers agitated for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Emperor surprised them all by suddenly reciting a poem composed by his grandfather, the Emperor Meiji: "In a world/ Where all the seas/ Are brethren/ Why then do wind and wave/ So stridently clash?" With that, he fell silent."
Source: Andrew Bowling
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