K058 Protector Gods by Taijū Shishin 諦洲至信

KOMPIRA GREAT AVATAR
AKIBA MOUNTAIN GREAT AVATAR

Respectfully brushed by Taijū

諦洲拝書
秋葉山大権現
金毘羅大権現

     

Taijū Shishin (諦洲至信, 1774-1849)
K058 hanging scroll, sumi on paper 89.2 cm × 29.9 cm.

The sacred names of these two protector gods—Kompira watches over those who live and work by the ocean, and Mt. Akiba guards against fire—were believed to be powerful talismans. Hakuin wrote:
Have the sacred names of Kompira and Akiba mounted, hang them in your alcove, honor the scroll with incense, and bow before it. There is no better act that excels veneration of these sacred names, and it will serve as protection against fire and theft, will destroy the seven disasters, bring forth five-fold happiness, grant luck in arms, foster long life, and manifest peace not only for your own home but for the entire world.
The calligraphy is brushed in the Hakuin style—big and bold.