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SEKAI KYUSEI KYO AND MYSELF

 

As all members understand, our religion is quite different from all preceding religions. Though I cannot give a detailed explanation here, I should like to describe the difference briefly.

Most religions in Japan are of one or two general kinds. The first kind, which is so simple as almost to fall outside the category of religion, entails actions and ceremonies that give the performer no more than a vague sense of having done the right thing. From time to time, believers in such religions visit shrines, where they buy talisman plaques, amulets or fortune-telling papers. Those with money may sponsor performances of ritual dancing. Others toss money into the shrine offering box or make other contributions. Doing these things gives them a vague sense of spiritual security. In Japan , this kind of popular faith is called "Belief in the Gods." Since a corresponding organization is usually behind it, it can only be called a "religion."

The second kind is a pure religion in which members are registered and organized into groups, and in which numerous officers, ministers and missionaries engage exclusively in religious work. Firm believers in such religions have a sincerity that, in contrast to any vague sense of "grace," inspires them to throw themselves enthusiastically, body and soul, into religious activities.

The second kind of religion occurs in both old and new forms. Perhaps under the influence of the changing times, the older ones are less vigorous and tend to stagnate. I hear that, by now, some of them barely manage to survive at all. The newer ones (again in Japan) have come into being since the late nineteenth century and are currently developing with great vigor. Most of them, however, are related to the Shinto faith. Among the Buddhists, only some groups within the Nichiren Sect demonstrate vigor. The rest lack vitality. Though differing from each other in forms and modes, most of these religions are extension of the ideas or writings of their founders. Their believers serve sincerely because they enjoy the protection of the God or Buddha whom their religion reveres. Obviously, however, degrees of intensity of faith vary among members. Most of them claim to want to make humans happier and the world a better place. We are in agreement with them in this, but many religions concentrate too much on spiritual elements and show relatively little interest in material benefits to be obtained in this life.

The True Salvation

While not neglecting the psychological aspects, we realize that, without consideration of physical aspects as well, relief cannot be complete. This basic stand is what sets our organization apart from all others. Spiritual salvation alone is a theoretical matter that cannot give true happiness. Purely psychological happiness can vanish at any moment in our deteriorating modern society. Illness may strike; thieves may break in and steal; swindlers may cause financial loss, or heavy tax burdens may bring grave difficulty. Of course, taxes are necessary if police and courts of law are to deal with criminals. Money must be spent in the prevention of the many sicknesses to which human beings fall victim, and money must be found through taxation to make up for the huge losses incurred in wars started by ill-minded men. Many other instances could be cited, but as these show, it is extremely difficult to live in security and tranquility on the basis of spiritual salvation alone. In short, in a world like ours, happiness is only possible when both material and spiritual salvation are ensured. As its name indicates, our organization brings both material and spiritual salvation to the world.

On the individual level, this means the fulfillment of the individual's wishes in terms of actual benefit in this life. On the social level, it means cultural reform. In practice, though, as the revelations of God show, contemporary civilization harbors inherent fallacies, fallacies that no one has yet seemed to notice. On account of them moreover, it often happens that a course of action adopted as being helpful often actually leads to harm. In short, something designed to promote the welfare of humanity results in the promotion of unhappiness.

The facts prove this better than anything else. Even though civilization has developed to its present level, human beings not only fail to find happiness but tend to suffer more and more. Insofar as our civilization is the product of the wisdom and repeated efforts of great men and women, and wise scholars, who have appeared one after another over thousands of years, it should by now have reached a level of such supreme excellence that any serious inherent fallacy would be unthinkable. Yet I know that such fallacies exist. My wish is to make people understand this as quickly as possible, to share happiness with them, and to impart to them a policy for the creation of a new and ideal world civilization. This is the will of God.

I would like to say here a few words about myself. Before I begin, I must explain that, though my background is that of an ordinary human being, my destiny is a mysterious one, unparalleled in human history. I have been born to help the world in a way entirely different from such great religious leaders of the past as the Buddha, Jesus Christ, and Mohammed. I have been given the power to accomplish what could not be accomplished in their time. I can, for instance, know anything that is important to know in the divine, spiritual and physical worlds and in the past, present, and future within the limits, of course, of matters relating to helping humanity and the creation of an ideal world. It is fascinating that I can foresee, not only my own fate, but also changes that will take place in the world.

Furthermore, experience to date has shown that my predictions are in general accurate. It is as if dreams were to come true. I am constantly making plans and undertaking projects that, without exception, go as I want. If I decide to write a literary work on some topic or other, the words flow forth naturally. As you know, I am fond of poetry and can produce a surprisingly large number of verses. For instance, it is easy for me to compose fifty short verses in an hour. I would like to write other verse types, novels, and plays as well, but lack of time prevenis me. I also write satires and humorous literature. Although I have had no experience with the genre, I was able to write the ritual prayer our members recite. As you all know, I am also constructing a large-scale Prototype of Paradise on Earth and have chosen each stone, tree, and flowering plant myself. I designed the landscaping, architecture, and decor. In designing the Hall of Worship in the Prototype of Paradise that we are now building, I have employed the LeCorbusier style now prevalent in the architectural world. But I have done so in a new way so that, when the building is completed, it is certain to attract global attention.

I have almost no need to think about the landscaping or architectural work, since if I only stand and look at the space for which some project is planned, concrete images arise before me. I have never studied these subjects; it is just that, if I decide to do something, I immediately get good ideas. I arrange flowers, paint pictures, and do calligraphy. Although I have studied painting a little, in all these other fields I am a complete amateur. I understand things that will happen a century in the future in politics, education, economics, philosophy, and medicine. Knowing as I do the fundamental ways in which contemporary civilization is in error, I am impatient to do something to introduce reforms, awaken humanity, and bring happiness to the world. But there is nothing I can do until the right time comes. At present I can only, in connection with the creation of a Paradise on Earth, point out problems related to health, which is fundamental to everything else, and mistakes in agriculture as they have been revealed to me.

Power of the Spirit

The most surprising thing to me is the way I can make use of the power of the spirit to enable members to heal illness, and to know the cures they effect are lasting and sound. Christ and other sages and holy people have been able to cure illness miraculously, but almost always in only one person at a time; it was impossible for them to help hundreds of millions of people. In order to help all mankind, it is essential to endow an infinite number of other people with the power to heal. This is what I am now doing with amazing results, as the development of our organization most strikingly shows. As I said earlier, even Christ and the Buddha were unable to do this.

God has enabled me to do these things because the right time has come. When I think about God's reasons for giving me such great powers, I am deeply impressed with the importance of my own mission. Of course, God never creates anything superfluous. Everything is made or destroyed in answer to a need. If this is seen as the truth of what l say, my heaven-sent mission emerges clearly. I am constantly being informed about all mysteries and have been given limitless, profound powers of divine wisdom. I do all things on the basis of revelation in order to impart this knowledge to all people and to create an ideal civilization.

Humanity has become so sophisticated intellectually that the simple explanations that worked in the past now fail to convince. Miracles proving those principles are required so that people can accept them and God manifests miracles accordingly. We should be overwhelmingly grateful that God not only points out our errors, but also works miracles to substantiate what is revealed. The divine work that I am now carrying out removes all ground for doubt about the truth of what I have just said.

 

November 25, 1950
 

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