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Ama no NubokoEditor’s Note: These renditions are from Koshinto Gyoho Nyumon by Omiya pp 132-139.

What is Amatsu Kanagi?

Amatsu means divine or holy. Kanagi means a thin timber. Some say that Amatsu Kanagi was used for purification ceremonies. They say that people removed evil through the ceremony by putting those timbers together to make something like a desk and then putting small timbers, collected from sinners as atonements, onto the Amatsu Kanagi.

There were many inferences about Amatsu Kanagi’s real identity, but no on had known about it until Oishigori Masumi revealed it. According to Oishigori, Amatsu Kanagi is the epitome of macrocosms, or one small microcosm. It also reflects acts of gods and goddesses so that it conceals the whole secret of the universe.

Thus, by operating Amatsu Kanagi that is combined in two or three dimensions based on the set of rules, you can not only understand Kojiki, A Record of Ancient Matters, and the genesis and true identity of the universe, but also witness the past, present, and future of the universe. For example, when Izanagi no mikoto and Izanami no mikoto generated the lands of Japan by stirring the sea with Amatsu Kanagi, the Amatsu Kanagi was shaped with one erect Amatsu Kanagi timber and four other timbers surrounding it along the side. In the course of looking at the combined amatsu Kanagi, you gradually come to understand the various intentions that the shape of Amatsu Kanagi shows. Furthermore, as your contemplative power increases through training, you will eventually feel the strong power of the whirl generated by Amatsu Kanagi and you will face the scene of the primorial universe.

What is Ama no Nuboko?

Incidentally, the origin of Amatsu Kanagi is traced back to Ama no Nuboko, which was bestowed on the kami Izanagi and Izanami from Amatsu Kami, a heavenly kami. Kojiki tells that Ama no Nuboko is a sacred treasure to generate the universe and is also an epitome of the universe. Shin no Mihashira, a sacred wooden column privately stored in the Grand Shrine of Ise in Mie prefecture, is said to have been modeled after Ama no Nuboko.

Amatsu Kanagi, the creator of the universe as well as a representation of the universe itself, is a spiriual and structural existence. In its spiritual aspect, it is called Mitamashiro while physically it is called Mihishiro. Amatsu Kanagi includes all representations of the soul and body of macrocosms. Thus, Kanagi is a symbol of Shikon, four souls, and Shitai, four bodies.

Shikon consists of Kushimitama, Aramitama, Nigimitama and Nurumitama. Kushimitama is an enigmatic soul. It is soul in the state of super consciousness, having divine power, and being able to create mystical events. Aramitama is a soul in a usual state of consciousness and is also called animalistic soul. Nigimitama is a soul in the state of half consciousness, called a vegetative soul. Nurumitama is a sleeping soul in the state of unconsciousness, called a mineral soul.

The Shikon and Shitai that reside in Amatsu Kanagi come from the universe and at the same time are organically linked to all things in the universe.

Shitai includes Seitai (something super physical such as radium, electricity, light and heat), Kitai (gas), Ekitai (liquid) and Kotai (solid).

Hence, when you fit Amatsu Kanagi timbers together in two or three dimensions based on the set of rules, you can find everything such as the genesis and the evolutionary process of the universe as well as all things in the universe.

By operating the sacred treasure, Amatsu Kanagi will allow you to relive the genesis of the universe made by the kami who created us.

As Oishigori Masumi forecasted, Western civilization has come to a dead end and is now being tossed about by the waves of big changes. Oishigori left us the secret of Amatsu Kanagi to break through this difficult time, and this would work as a bridge to go from the current material world across to the spiritual civilization.

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Omiya Shirou on Hotsuma Kototama

Omiya Shirou Sensei, Hachiman author, is discussing aspects of Hotsuma kototama.

ホツマを語る (Talking about Hotsuma)

This is a dialogue between Omiya Shirou Sensie and the interviewer Takeda, reported on the website http://www.hachiman.com/inteview/intvhotuma.html


The most important point of Hotsuma is the poetry written in the 5-7 rhythm of the chyouka waka. The Hotsuma kototama is reported in『完訳秀真伝』 Kanyaku Shuushin-den  completed by Torii, and is equivalent to Omiya’s  『言霊玄修秘伝』 Kototama Genshu Hiden. There are lots of secret messages in the waka. This kototama comes down from Awamiya Shrine which is now the Taga Taisha in Shiga Prefecture.  Path

The written material is known as the Taga Amatsu Kanagi book.  See our post:  http://wp.me/p3t1zS-1O

The Taga Amatsu Kanagi study was begun by Oishigyo of the Mochizuchi family of Kouga. The Mochizuchi family was the distributor of ofuda for Taga Jinja. The kototama study of the family has the same source as the Hotsuma. The source of Amatsu Kanagi is the person who made the Suikei moji and the Hotsuma moji. The documents were handed down to the Kyoto Yoomei Bunko. The Masumi no Kagami is written in Hotsuma moji. {Masumi no Kagami, The Clear Mirror, is an historical chronicle covering the years 1180-1333.}

We spoke of the Awamiya. The 75 sounds of the Masumi is like the root or bottom shelf to the branch or high shelf, divided into categories. The very root of the root shelf is the kototama AWAYA. Kototama, Amatsu Kanagi and Hotsuma Tsutae are related. Although the last is written historically, it is highly spiritual, Omiya thinks.

The Awa is a spiral. The left-turning and right-turning spirals show the spirals of the universe.  Awa is the turning cycle that creates all things in the universe from the inner spiral and the outer spiral. These spirals make the origin of life. This important (taikoshinpo) theory of spirit Amatsu Kanagi study, Ama no mihashira stands for Four elements of Heaven-Fire-Water-Earth. The left and right spirals represent the origin of the universe.

There are various secret formulas and ceremonies but, for example, Hotsuma eight directions eight descendants eight kami gives a detailed explanation.  TO-HO-KA-MI-E-HI-TA-ME are TO-O-KA-MI-E-MI-TA-ME and transformation/inversion Misogi-kyo (sect) chant 『玄秘修法奥伝』  that foundation is Hotsuma and relation.   genpi book

The Hotsuma has eight directions – eight descendants TO-HO-KA-MI-E-HI-TA-ME, eight kami. The TO-HO-KA-MI-E-HI-TA-ME is Hotsuma for secret writings. Read the 「玄府感通秘辞」Gen-pi Ho—- book by Omiya.  友清先生Tomokiyo Sensei studied  霊学 reigaku (study of spirit). One must know the deep meaning of words for the kototama to have much effect.

Hotsuma moji is in the 『神字日文伝』Shin-ji-nichi-bu-den.   http://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/ho02/ho02_04229/ho02_04229_0003/ho02_04229_0003.html

There are four kinds of Hotsuma moji: two are similar but there is a different one from Shikoku and also one from Izumo-no-kuni: the Ishi kutsu/cave Kamiyo-moji. This cave is near Izumo Taisha.

However 宮地水位 Miyaji Mizui Sensei says {see 『玄想法秘儀』p83} that we don’t know the real Hotsuma. His friend 川村茂之助 Kawamura’s mother entrusted to Kawamura an old scroll.

{They discussed Amateru being male/female. Deguchi, who had mystical experiences, said that Amateru was physically female and spiritually male, while Susanoo was the reverse. They also discussed which written documents are true and which false.} Fake writing hides secrets; the true has fake in it. When reading old literature one needs a good sense of which is right and which is wrong.  The 『霊界物語』Reikai Monogatari by Deguchi Onisaburo is lyrical, inspired by Buretsu Tenno.

Takeda’s closing remarks:

The form of waka is kototama. Hotsuma covers a huge area and the meaning is deep. Omiya’s book in modern Japanese gives a nice explanation of Hotsuma.