5/26/2005

O-Take Nyorai

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.. .. .. .. .. .. O-Take Nyorai お竹如来
於竹大日如来

This haiku by Issa started my search.




雀子やお竹如来の流し元
一茶
suzumego ya otake nyorai no nagashimoto

baby sparrow
is O-Take Buddha
at the sink



Comment
R.H. Blyth explains that "O-Take Buddha" refers to a servant who was legendary for being frugal, never throwing away a single grain of rice. The baby sparrow at the sink is eating crumbs, much like its namesake.

Sakuo Nakamura/David Lanoue
http://sakuo3903.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_sakuo3903_archive.html
http://blog.livedoor.jp/sakuo3903/archives/22291266.html

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Original with more Japanese monsters
© kaibutsu


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O-Take was a servant of the Sakuma family, in the later half of the 17th century in Otenma-Cho in Edo. Her favorite word was "Mottainai" "How wasteful". She never wasted a grain of rice or a stem of a vegetable.

One day, a group of mountain ascetics from Yamagata came visiting this home. They had had a revelation telling them to look for a Nyorai Buddha here in Otenma-Cho in Edo, at the home of the Sakuma family. When they asked for the Buddha, the owner of the Sakuma home cound not understand. When the mountain ascetics walked around the house, they saw a servant picking up grains and saw a light like the halo of a buddha from her waist upward. Now they knew they had found their Nyorai incarnation.

O-Take died on May 19 in 1680 and was burried in Asakusa at the temple Zentoku-Ji 善徳寺.
延宝8年5月19日


On the red flag behind this stone Buddha you can read:
For good luck and fortune : O-Take Nyorai

The anniversary of the death of O-Take is on May 19. Every year on the first sunday after that day, there is a ceremony in her honor. The story of O-Take became quite famous during the end of the Edo period and fascinated the people. It was often told during lecture performances, subject of woodblock prints and even made into a Kabuki play.

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「開運招福 お竹如来」
© Temple Zentoku-Ji 善徳寺




O-Take gave her own food to the cats and sparrows of the home. She lived off the grains of rice saved in a net of the sink. She always said the Amida Prayer when she worked.

ORIGINAL from old stories of EDO
© mukashibanashi


WKD: Namu Amida Butsu, the Amida Prayer


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Stories and publications about O-Take Nyorai

「於竹大日如来縁起絵巻」 資料:

『お竹大日さま』
『大歳(歳徳)神社の由来を尋ねて』

『お竹大日如来』(別称『孝女お竹』、正称『双蝶色成曙』)
河竹黙阿弥/作、元治元年(1864)初演

『お竹大日如来』(羽黒山叢書) 荒沢寺正善院/編
正善院/蔵

『於竹大日如来縁起絵巻』(3巻本) 嘉永2年(1849)、喜多武清/監修
正善院/蔵(本データベースに収録)

『於竹大日如来霊宝之語』 嘉永2年(1849)
金剛樹院/蔵 ([戸川 1991a]に翻刻)

『於竹大日如来俗体真影』
東北大学/蔵

「お竹如来」
『講談全集』第1巻(野間清治編纂、大日本雄辯會講談社、1928)所収

などなどあります。
http://www.nichibun.ac.jp/graphicversion/dbase/otake/data/data05/data.html

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... ... ... 於竹大日如来 井戸跡

Well where the ascetics saw O-Take Nyorai



寛永の頃(1640年頃)江戸大伝馬町佐久間家(一説に馬込家)の下女お竹は日頃より慈悲心が深く、ある日、羽前羽黒山の行者より大日如来の化身であると告げられました。このことが市中に広がり、多くの人がお竹を拝むために訪れたといいます。
現在、芝の心光院に、お竹の木像や使った流し板、お竹大日如来に信仰の厚かった桂昌院(五代綱吉の母)の納めた蒔絵の手文庫などが保存されています。また、お竹が愛用し、貧困者が市をなしたという井戸の跡に碑が建てられています。
日本橋本町3丁目6-2
http://www.chuo-kanko.or.jp/guide/spot/nihonbashi/nihonbashi_01.html



この北向観音堂の観音様には次のような伝説があります。その伝説の名称は「北向観音とお竹さん」というもので、これもまた「大野誌」から引用しますと、「四之宮下郷の二見作兵衛氏の召使に“お竹”という女がいた。彼女は非常に倹約家で、米の一粒も流し去らないように流しの排水口に袋をかけ、また、信仰心篤く、毎日近くの観音様にお参りをした。ある時所用で尋ねてきた人が、お竹さんの体から後光がさしているのをみて、それから“お竹大日如来”と呼ばれるようになった。
http://www.scn-net.ne.jp/~journal/chimei_11_5.htm

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8 comments:

sakuo said...

I was suprised very much.
I will visit to the well near that I have lived in before.
At the time of issa staying in Edo,
Otake-san was populare Nyorai-sana whom people beloved much.

Thank you, Gabi san.

sakuo.

. . . ISSA said...


are you standing guard
like O-Take Buddha?
mountain cuckoo


mamoru ka yo otake nyorai no kankodori

.守るかよお竹如来のかんこ鳥

by Issa, 1815

O-Take Buddha was a loyal servant.

Tr. David Lanoue
http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

Ella Wagemakers said...

picking up rice
from the tiled floor
not one grain too many

Ella Wagemakers

... sakuo said...

Gabi san, thank you for your kind information on Otake Nyorai Buddha.

At your blog I found this sentence.
O-Take was a servant of the Sakuma family, in the later half of the 17th century in Otenma-Cho in Edo. Her favorite word was "Mottainai" "How wasteful". She never wasted a grain of rice or a stem of a vegetable.

"Mottainai" "How wasteful", they are very important Key phrase as the economical philosophy that has supported peasant and merchant in Edo era.
We have grown up under the same catch phrase "don't do the wasteful deed".

Edo life has been basically circulation system.
And this catch copy has been popular and alive till 1970th in Japan.

Now Otake san's spirit is necessary under 100 dollars /barrel.
And every country must keep reducing the volume of CO2 discharge.

Here I will recommend to all of you, praying Otake san and Issa san.

sakuo.

haiku-shelf said...

very interesting, Gabi!

thanks a lot for all your informations!

best wishes,
Angelika

Gabi Greve said...

Thanks to all for visiting my O-Take Nyorai sama !


GABI

Ryan said...

Thank you so much! It's so hard to find anything on the O-take dainichi!

-Ryan
www.beholdmyswarthyface.com

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

羽黒山 Hagurosan 正善院 Shozen-In - 荒沢不動尊 Arasawa Fudo
Kootakuji 荒沢寺 Kotaku-Ji, Kotakuji
.
and the Fudo Myo-O Pilgrimage in Tohoku
.