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I've noticed, over the past few years, on several web sites and also in a couple of Reiki-related books (and more recently in a Reiki Manual by a fairly well-known Reiki teacher), information stating how the following familiar Japanese version of the Reiki Principles (and the accompanying 'user instructions')  as shown here, comes directly from the inscription on the Memorial Stone erected at the Usui family burial plot in the Saihoji graveyard in Tokyo in 1927.

The familiar phrasing of the Gokai
The Gokai

"The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses (Shôfuku no hihô, Manbyo no rei yaku)

Just for today (Kyo dake wa):

Don't get angry
(Ikaru na)

Don't worry
(Shinpai su na)

Be grateful
(Kansha shi-te)

Work diligently
(Gyo wo hage me)

Be kind to others
(Hito ni shinsetsu ni)

Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these
words out loud and in your heart (Asa you gassho shite kokoro ni nenji kuchi ni tonaeyo)

For the improvement of mind and body (Shin shin kaizen)

Usui Spiritual Healing Method (Usui Reiki Ryoho)
The founder, Mikao Usui (Chossô, Usui Mikao)


However, this particular wording of the Reiki Principles and accompanying instructions DOES NOT appear on the Memorial.

The relevant section of the Memorial inscription speaks about how, when it comes to teaching, the student should be made aware of the admonitions of the Meiji Emperor, and also that they should chant the Gokai mornings and evenings, and keep them in mind.

It then goes on to list the Five Principles, separating each by stating, “Firstly we say:” “Secondly we say:” “Thirdly we say:”, etc.

After doing so it reflects how they are “truly great teachings for cultivation and discipline in keeping with those great teachings of the ancient sages and the wise men” and then goes on to state that: “Sensei named these teachings ‘the Secret Method of Inviting Blessings’ and ‘the Spiritual Medicine to cure many diseases’.”

Instead of the familiar wording of the Principles themselves:

Kyo dake wa ikaru na
Shinpai su na
Kansha shi-te
Gyo wo hageme
Hito ni shinsetsu ni

the actual Five Principles as listed on the Memorial, can be read as:

Kyo ikaru nakare
Yū furu nakare
Kansha seyo
Gyo wo hageme
Hito ni shinsetsu nareto

[This is the wording shown on the image below, reading down the columns starting at the right]

Gokai wording from the Usui Memorial

Now while there are differences between the words used in the more commonly seen Japanese version of the Principles and those used in the description on the Memorial, the essential meaning of the two versions is still pretty much the same.

The memorial version could translate as:

Today do not anger
Do not be anxious
Be grateful
Be diligent in your work
Be kind to others

However, some people do find significance in that this version simply says: "today..." rather than the more familiar: "just(/only) for today... "   in the first Principle.

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