Friday, July 8 Visiting Heitate
On July 6th and 7th, I went to Heitate Shrine in Kumamoto. The purpose of visit was to pray for the success of our upcoming event “Prayer for the World Peace” Water Ceremony 2011 which will be held in Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture on July 25, since Heitate Shrine is known as the place to send out prayer for world peace.
We arrived at the shrine around the noon on the 6th in the middle of the rain storm. I have visited this shrine probably more than 20 times in the past, but I have never experienced this kind of heavy rain. The deities of shrine forest purified us as we got totally soaked to the bone, then Reverend Haruki, the chief priest of the shrine conducted an official ceremony for us.
The next day 7th was a clear day, and we had Reverend Haruki offer a message to the people around the world. This message was videotaped and will be uploaded on Youtube very soon.
As he mentions in his message, he bestowed us holy water taken from Higashimitarai spring which is located on the east side of the shrine. He told us to pour this water into the sea of Fukushima. What a divine gift.
It was such an honor to receive it, and I am so grateful. We will take it to Fukushima and offer it to the Pacific Ocean from the beach in Iwaki after our ceremony.
I would like to ask you all to send your prayer of love and gratitude from your place. I would appreciate it if you could start offering your prayer from today on, and continue it daily.
Thank you very much.