God and His Incarnations

 

Questioner: Ookami, Kami, Mikoto, what is the difference between them?

 

Meshiya-sama: Mikoto is an honorific suffix to a person’s name. For the greatest person, Mikoto or “命” is attached when they die. Mikoto or “尊” is used for a person of rank when they are still alive. It is used for the person of higher rank than those who have the suffix of “命.” For example, “尊” is used for Susanoo-no-Mikoto. It is also used for the person who is a god incarnate. As for Ookami, it refers to God. When simply being called Kami, they are ordinary gods. God has no His own body but incarnates to other gods. We shouldn’t have any fixed idea of gods as they are flexible and versatile. In the case of Kunitokotachi-no-Mikoto, however, he should be called Ookami. (20 April 1949)

 

“Gospel of Heaven” written and spoken by Meshiya-sama in 1935~1954

Translated by N.H.