Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mahikari and Swami Rama < 5 > ; Everybody performs miracles?

This is a continuation of the last article (English~ Oct. 2009) about the quote from "Go-taidan-shuu" (p306-307).

◆The secret of yoga

This topic was dealt with in "Mahikari and Swami Rama < 3 >" (English~ Aug. 2009). Okada's words quoted from "Go-taidan-shuu" (p232) imply that Rama said that the secret of yoga and curing diseases by Mahikari-no-waza were the same. His words quoted from the same book (p306-307), shown in the last post, are as follows: Rama said, 'I can cure any diseases like you do, Mr Okada, with my trained power. I even now teach that power to my disciples as the ultimate secret. It is yoga's ultimate secret.'

However, there is no way for the listener to know whether this yogi really said so or not, and even if he said something like that, you cannot tell whether or not he meant exactly the same meanings in the same situation as Okada describes. Therefore, Okada can get away with his own version, coloring and flavoring his story as he likes. It can be safely considered that he said what he wanted to say, borrowing the character of the yogi.

What Okada tries to impress on the listener in those two quotes is: We can cure any diseases by Mahikari-no-waza; This is also the "secret of yoga"; Therefore, Mahikari-no-waza is so great, I'm telling you. In reality, however, 'the secret of yoga' and 'to cure diseases by Mahikari-no-waza' are NOT the same. [Note 1]

First of all, according to Sukyo Mahikari, Mahikari-no-waza is not an art to cure diseases. [Note 2] That means Mahikari-no-waza is even farther apart from "the ultimate secret of yoga", which Okada is presenting as being the same in those quotes. By declaring that Mahikari-no-waza is not for curing diseases, Sukyo Mahikari not only turns Mahikari-no-waza into something obscure, but also annihilates the image Okada creates here.

◆Everybody easily performs miracles here and there.

The way Okada talks gives the impression that Rama confirmed, as a fact, that in Mahikari everyone easily performs miracles everywhere after taking the three-day course. But, think carefully. Okada, even treated facts as lies, and declared his own groundless teachings to be "the right ones" and "divine truth". It was very easy for him to subtly twist events so that they would fit his convenience.

Let's suppose here, for instance, that Okada said to Rama that everyone to whom he had given the three-day course started to easily perform miracles everywhere. Taking that statement in the course of the conversation, Rama asked, "How can you teach people to perform miracles in three days?" This doesn't mean that Rama confirmed Okada's statement as a fact.

By the way, when Rama's disciples describe Mahikari on their internet site, mentioned in the post "Mahikari and Swami Rama" (Japanese~ 04/ 2009, English~ May 2009 ), they don't use such words as "miracle", or "spiritual art" at all. This is just for your reference.

Okada said, "Any diseases can be cured by Mahikari-no-waza", "the instant effect of this art is to liberate the physical body from diseases", and so on. [Note 3] These words of his give the followers great expectations. As for 'miracles', he spoke as follows:

No need for theories!! When you raise your hand, God's light radiates without fail, and so, miracles happen without fail. ---- Japanese Mahikari magazine No.185 {Feb.1978) p30

Okada clearly states that when you raise your hand . . . miracles happen without fail. How promising! But just a moment. When Mahikari says, "No need for theories", it means, 'Don't exercise logic. Don't think in ways other than Mahikari ways.' It tells you not to think with reasoning, but to believe fervently every word of the one who calls himself 'God's representative on earth". That is, here, the followers must believe, no matter what, that when they raise their hands, God's light radiates without fail, and thus miracles happen without fail.

They must not think, for example: if 'miracles' don't happen in reality when we raise our hands . . . doesn't that mean that such a thing as 'God's light' actually doesn't come out?

As seen in Okada stating definitely that when the followers raise their hands, miracles happen without fail, he connected Mahikari's tekazashi with miracles. He also said, "All people will be forced to see miracles" ("Go-taidan-shuu" p14), and "the existing moldy religions, sorry to say but, cannot produce miracles one after another." ("Go-taidan-shuu" p82)

"Mahikari Primary Kenshu textbook - lectured by the founder, Master Okada" has a phrase: the innumerable, amazing miracles . . . . which have been successively experienced by millions of people throughout the world . . . . Also Japanese Mahikari magazines have an introduction entitled "To you who read this magazine for the first time". In there, you read the phrase below:

. . . this booklet introduces, as far as the pages permit, fresh facts of miracles and salvation that Kami-kumite (followers) all over the world produce sensationally everyday by the spiritual art of miracles, Mahikari-no-waza.

Phrases like these create the impression (this can be called illusion or fantasy) as if miracles were occurring like everyday affairs among the followers, in an attempt to attract people's interest by the word "miracles".

However, when people outside Mahikari, including former members who of course had experiences of this 'spiritual art', look into Mahikari, it clearly presents a reality that differs from those Mahikari claims. I quoted only a few comments about miracles of Mahikari from the Japanese internet discussion sites in the post "Regarding the Sukyo Mahikari's phrase in its website, 'Mahikari-no-waza is not an art to cure diseases'" (Japanese~12/2007). I also quoted some in the "addition" in the post "Okada said, 'Any diseases will be cured.'" (Japanese~ 01/2008). I quote some more here from Japanese discussion sites.

Mahikari followers are very obsessed with miracles and take them so gratefully.
They say that in Mahikari there are as many stories of experiencing miracles as stars in the sky.
But, most of those stories are not actually the experiences of the people telling the stories.
They are just hear-say, from other members and other Mahikari centers.

- - - -Mahikari kankeisha shuugou (51), 459

I was involved in Sukyo Mahikari for 20 years, but I didn't see any true miracles in front of my eyes.
All I heard was just hear-say stories, such as a severed finger was put back together . . .
I never checked how much truth those stories had.

- - - - Mahikari-no-waza de kiseki wa okorunoka . . . ; 0

If diseases are cured and miracles occur by tekazashi, which the religious organizations in the line of johrei boast about,
why don't they have the situation of having no sick people?
I have heard quite often about the members who, having relied on tekazashi too much and not having been treated in time, died, like a man related to me.
Therefore, I'm sure no miracles occur.

- - - - Mahikari-no-waza de kiseki wa okorunoka . . . ; 204

Mahikari magazines often report miracles, one after another.
As a trial I asked the Mahikari members among my friends, "Have you experienced anything which you can call a 'miracle' during these several years?"
The answers from several of them were: escaped a possible danger; had sudden extra income; without a hitch, was able to get married, get pregnant, give birth,
find employment, change occupation, and so on. These stories can be used in Mahikari Magazines.
Well, look around. The world is full of miracles without omitama or even without joining Mahikari.

- - - - Kokoga hen! Mahikari no hon!; 18

A Mahikari member I know was forced to read out a story of his (or her) experience which had been rewritten by the chief of the centre, at its monthly ceremony.
He (or She) said, "After that, I cannot trust the experience stories in Mahikari magazines any more."
As for the experience stories in Mahikari magazines, there is no knowing which part is true and which part has been changed.
Mahikari followers who believe them 100 percent look ludicrous. Mahikari is indeed a lying organization.

- - - - Kokoga hen! Mahikari no hon!; 953

In the dojo I belonged to, the members spoke out about their experiences of miracles, which in reality were minor happenings which had been exaggerated and twisted into miracles.
The stories read out at the Main Shrine seem to have been exaggerated, and many of them were actually not so dramatic after all.
In local centers, the kanbu (Mahikari staff) urge the members to report their experience stories in public, so stories are likely to be made up.

- - - - Kokoga hen! Mahikari no hon!; 954

Giving it further consideration, we see that the stories claiming that miracles happened are almost all in the past.
Why do we rarely hear that they have performed miracles straight away in front of other people?
Saying that some followers were able to perform miracles in the past, they use those stories to persuade followers. Well, then,
they should perform miracles on the spot without reservation. But they cannot do that. That's the reality. It is truly strange, I must say.

From "Lucrative religious business" by Ikkyou Tanaka - - - - Kokoga hen! Mahikari no hon!; 255

It was when I was a Mahikari member that an instruction was given to us that it was all right to tell other people's miracle stories as if they were ours, in an attempt to bring in people. It meant
that it was all right to tell lies. I couldn't follow the instruction because there was nobody around me who had experienced miracles! (laugh)

- - - - Mahikari kankeisha shuugou (43); 265

Mahikari people quite often say, "Thanks to tekazashi, a big disaster became a small one." They exaggerate the types of events that happen to even non-members, and present them as being miracles.
Anything goes in this organization.
- - - - Sukyo Mahikari - - tettei touron shiyou; 576

Only the people who happened to have been cured of diseases advertise 'miracles' and recruit new members.
Those who have got involved in the cult sacrifice themselves for the sake of the organization, believing it will achieve their own salvation.

Is there any value at all in believing in such a cult?

- - - - Mahikari kankeisha shuugou (51) ; 395

Even if some of the miracle stories are true, there are lots of people for whom Mahikari didn't work, and lots of people who died.
- - - - Mahikari kankeisha shuugou (51) ; 249

I belonged to a dai-dojo for ten years.
Such a "miracle" as 'liver cirrhosis was cured' DID NOT HAPPEN.

There was a member who became cured of a serious disease, but that person also received an operation.
Furthermore, the case wasn't one in ten, but only one person in over 500 members belonging to that centre.
The people who had an early stage cancer, recovered after a promptly conducted operation, but the rest, all of them, passed away.

In the case of serious illness, few were saved. (Rather, almost none.)
There are definitely a large number of people who passed away. This is the reality of Mahikari.

Well, the diseases which can be cured through the placebo effect might be cured by Mahikari as well.

*To those suffering serious or incurable diseases

I earnestly recommend not to believe No.505's comment.
Mahikari soaks up your time and money, and is not worth taking a risk.
(You will end up with worsening.)

By the way, I'm talking about Mahikari.
I don't know anything about other tekazashi groups.

- - - - Sukyo Mahikari wo kire; 513

There are people who have been cured without doing anything in particular.
Mahikari loudly calls even such cases miracles and importunes its members for donations.
It is a wretched religion.

- - - - Mahikari kankeisha shuugoo (51); 444

The stories of experiencing miracles in Mahikari don't seem to have credibility. I myself didn't witness any happening which could be called a miracle, either. As for other members' stories of miracles, the factual aspects became a blur when I wanted to know more details of them. Certainly many of the stories were strongly based on the members' subjectiveness. I assumed that perhaps an event could be a miracle at least to the person who believed it was. Little did I dream of the possibility of exaggerated and made-up miracle stories for a long time in Mahikari, which was supposedly following the 'righteous way'.

It is true that I felt something strange from time to time and wondered, "What! Is that true?", "Is such a thing considered as a miracle?", "Can that be really regarded as the result from tekazashi?", and so on. I remember reading stories of experiences in a magazine of another new religion and thinking, "Like Mahikari, this sect has stories of miracles, too." That sect didn't have the act of raising the hand, though.

In the world where the information provided by the cult is regarded as absolute, what the cult says is taken as being 'true' and 'correct'. Pursuing and questioning regarding what actually happened are out of the question. The followers are trying hard to adjust their perceptions to what Okada and the subsequent cult say. It is a world where they push away other different views, twisting themselves into believing that those views are the results of manipulation by evil spirits, or activities by evil gods who see righteous gods as getting in their way, or that the people outside of Mahikari don't understand spiritual point of views . . . . and so on. When I look back from the outside of Mahikari, I find that even in the apparently heart-sobbing miracle stories there was plenty of blind belief by the followers and beliefs controlled by the cult and the fellow members.

It is not a fact in realty, after all, that millions of Mahikari members have experienced consecutive occurrences of amazing miracles, nor that there are fresh facts of miracles and salvation which the followers all over the world are sensationally performing everyday by a miraculous spiritual art, Mahikari-no-waza. They are merely decorative words used as advertising, and are quite deceptive.

Okada stated that any diseases will be cured by Mahikari-no-waza, and it liberates the physical body from diseases as an instant effect - - - . [Note 3] Such statements are not reality. Likewise, his statements such as 'when you raise your hand . . . . miracles occur without fail', 'all people in the world will be forced to see miracles' and 'in Mahikari everybody easily performs miracles everywhere' are not reality either.

[Note 1] See "Mahikari and Swami Rama < 3 >" (Japanese~ 07/2009, English~ Aug. 2009)
[Note 2] See "Regarding Sukyo Mahikari's phrase in its website, 'Mahikari-no-waza is not an art to cure diseases'" (Japanese~ 12/2007)
[Note 3] See "Okada said, 'Any diseases will be cured.'" (Japanese~ 01/2008),
"Mahikari and Swami Rama < 4 >" (Japanese~ 09/2009, English~ Oct. 2009) - the main article and 'Note 6'.

- - - - Phoenix3000


Anonymous Anonymous said...

quite interesting article. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did you guys learn that some chinese hacker had busted twitter yesterday again.

January 18, 2010  
Anonymous Fiona said...

Another great article, Anne, thank you.

I can confirm that experience stories are edited by MK staff, I had several experience stories that were either printed in MAAJ, or read aloud at ceremonies, and they were all 'enhanced' by kanbu to draw out the 'miraculous nature' of what had happened ... other friends had similar experiences, even getting angry at kanbu for adding information and interpretations which were untrue.

February 06, 2010  

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