and solemn atmosphere at the general meeting of all the TEN-DEN-SHI held in
SOU-TEN-DAN in front of TEN-DAN where all lamps are lit up. The original
voting roll listed nothing but the names of the provisional candidates shall be
handed beforehand to the participants, so that they could make a strict
judgment on the first Nomination, which should be performed with careful
considerations according to the designated numbering system.
SOU-TEN-DAN should take the
entire original voting rolls in its custody after
adding up them. Any affair something to do with some personal management
should be kept a close secret. The president (RYOU-DOU) would make a
revised roll after consulting with both the executives and the local managers.
And on this basis, he should draw up the second voting roll listed the names
of the candidates who have expressed such will that they would devote
themselves to the Way after they might be elected as TEN-DEN-SHI in reply to
the president if they could afford to accept the Mission of it.
The formal document of the
Nomination has need of the signature of the
representative with the consent of the executives. The items of procedures
shall be deliberated upon the facility.
The decision shall be made through the ratification and the judgment by the
Teacher on the basis of the document reported first to Heaven at the
reopened meeting of the TEN-DEN-SHI. That is to say “a man should have to
do his best first, before he would ask for God”. No one shall be allowed to do
with the Nomination by oneself; anyone must pay attention to keep this rule
The man should be eligible
for TEN-DEN-SHI who would be quite sincere in his
behaviour, faithful to both Heaven and Teacher, well cultivated in character
and personality, a man of virtue and wisdom, and on a vegetarian diet,
experienced in TEN-DAN managing or KOU-DOU instructing for a long time, or
else have so deep knowledge of the Way as to be familiar with all the
decorum held in front of TEN-DAN so as to be very popular among local
TEN-DOU has been released in
SAN-KAI for the purpose of spreading the
Salvation all over the world; therefore you shall arrange my substitutes
everywhere in the world for the convenience sake of the local Salvation. So
that you shall make it a rule to nominate the men of ability in local area
preferably. And you shall bear in mind that you need not think much of their
merits in this occasion.
The Nomination shall be
executed every three years as a rule. The first
meeting shall be held in autumn and the Nomination shall be executed at any
time thereafter; and the ceremony of the election shall be held in winter as far
as the Teacher will ratify it. You could be allowed to ask the Teacher to hold
the extra election at any time notwithstanding, whenever you will be
requested to increase the number of TEN-DEN-SHI in order to deal with the
rapid development of the Way in the meantime. Anyway, the Nomination
should be executed at the general meeting of TEN-DEN-SHI.
No TEN-DEN-SHI shall be
allowed to attend the Nomination. Any TEN-DEN-SHI
ought to swear by Heaven and Teacher beforehand that he shall exercise his
rights neither egoistically nor selfishly and by no means for a sense of duty;
behave fairly and impartially under the supervision of Heaven and God, make
much of the mind of wisdom, love and courage, practice a big charity, so as
to give his hearty Nomination to anybody who must be a man of wisdom if
any without discrimination; and he could put up with any punishment if he
would act against any vow mentioned above.
Anybody who has been
appointed as TEN-DEN-SHI by the Teacher should
make himself familiar with all the business of the Way so that he could
manage any of them without help. For this purpose, the new TEN-DEN-SHI
may as well keep taking lessons about the Way after the requisite courses of
the study continuously, so as to prevent any trouble caused by a misleading.
I could not avoid worrying about the Way in future, unless each substitute
might become a master of the Way.
should keep the above listed rules so faithfully as to do well to keep up
the standard of the Way for ten thousand and eight hundred years.
Mission of TEN-DEN-SHI should not be aspired but bestowed, which
would accompany some pain in spite of any honour. Any TEN-DEN-SHI would
be terribly sinful so long as he might abuse his position for his honour’s
sake. The worst of it is that the new TEN-DEN-SHI does not dare fulfil his duty
nevertheless he has accepted the Mission.
one should ask for the Mission on one’s own account. He must be said as
the very respectable TEN-DEN-SHI who had trained himself in the Way
innocently, with the result that he has been endowed with the Mission.
23. 1975 at the Summer Anniversary of TEN-DOU SOU-TEN-DAN
Promulgated by KAN-U, the chief lawyer in Heaven)