Sunday, December 05, 2010

The founder of Mahikari, Okada, and the Manna pot - 2

Okada mentions the Manna pot on page 440 of "Commentary on Kamimuki Sanji" as well.

 At first, I investigated the phrase ehyeh asher ehyeh, thinking that it was Kamiyo Moji meaning that I am that I am. That wasn't so. Instead, when I tried studying the Hebrew language, I figured out this was spiritual numbers representing the Creator God.

When these characters are read as spiritual numbers, they become "1-5-10-5-1-21-20-1-5-10-5." If you ask scholars of religion or theologians about this, you'll find that they don't know. This is written both on the back of the Manna pot, which is the 'go-shintai' of Geku, Ise Shrine, and on the back of  Yata-no-kagami, too.

This is a secret and nobody except the emperor, not even the crown prince, is allowed to see it. Mori Arinori was killed by an assassin for the reason that he had seen it, which was regarded as blasphemy.  

I investigated

It is unclear how and how much he means by 'investigated.' There was no internet at his time (he even couldn't foresee it coming). It didn't seem to be his concern to pursue the truth based on the actual facts, anyway. Having made up the Mahikari fantasy which can be called delusion, he acted as the ruler in that fantasy world, teaching his followers his distorted and biased views, and having them accept his teachings as divine. When he came across something which said, "Japan is the country with the oldest civilization", he interpreted that as being Su-God leading and teaching him. 

I tried studying the Hebrew language

Mahikari followers take Okada's words as he expected them to do. They will say to themselves,"Wow. Impressive! Sukuinushi-sama also knows Hebrew." However, this, too, is an unreliable expression of Okada's. Did he study this language, reading several books of this specialty with the dictionary in his hand? How on earth did he come up with the line of those numbers? Isn't it possible that he was actually telling nonsense, bewildering his followers, taking advantage of their ignorance?

I figured out that this was spiritual numbers

Okada's statements such as "I've found out ~ " and "It has been revealed/ proved that ~" are very, very, unreliable.  From the objective point of view, this means that he has reached a conclusion on his own authority. Though he says "spiritual numbers,"  isn't he just playing with numbers willfully as he likes? You can see a part, only a small part, though, of his teachings in the footnote, as another example of his toying around with numbers.  [Note 1]

If you ask scholars of religion or theologians about this, you'll find that they don't know.

Okada probably wants to say, "I know this, because I'm the representative of God on earth." His followers, who are under Mahikari's mind control, responding to his expectation, admire that he is truly God's representative on earth, since he knows things hidden from other people.

To the people outside Mahikari, however, this is as good as saying that his interpretations are his own subjective, and self-centered views.

the Manna pot, which is 'the go-shintai' at Geku, Ise Shrine

I repeat that Ise Shrine (Jingu) doesn't say such a thing. It is a rumor among a small number of people. It's a kind of fantasy. Perhaps Okada couldn't tell facts from fantasy.


Yata-no-kagami is a 'sacred mirror' which is associated with a mirror in a Japanese myth. That is, this 'holy object' has got a story to tell. The actual object hasn't been seen by anybody, so only assumptions and guesses surround it. It is said that even Emperor Showa didn't see it, though Emperor Meiji is said to have had a look at it and put it away into a deep spot.   [Note 2]   Yet, there has been a persistent rumor among a small number of people that Mr Blank saw the writings on its back or that somebody heard somebody else say so. There is no way to confirm whether it has got writing on its back or not, since the actual object has never been presented, like the golden Manna pot. However, Okada decisively states this as if he had seen it with his own eyes. It is one of the characteristics of Okada's teachings to treat things which cannot be confirmed or which can naturally be regarded dubious, as facts.

a secret

If it is a secret, how does anybody know such a thing -- don't you wonder? It's a psychological trick to make people prick up their ears by whispering, "This is a secret . . ." One may feel privileged. One may think; if it is a secret, few people know about it, so it's useless to argue about its authenticity. Perhaps Okada, drawing the followers' attention by the word 'secret,' wanted to impress them and make them think that he knew what people didn't know, even secrets, because he was God's representative on earth and in contact with Him. 

If someone who is supposed to be God's representative on earth and supposed to be in contact with 'God' and know "the divine truth" is just saying, "They say ~ / It is said ~ / It is assumed that ~ ."  it means that he is using other people's ideas and rumors, and that he himself doesn't know after all, and, therefore, that he is not actually in contact with the Creator God, doesn't it? 

Mori Arinori

Mori Arinori (1847~1889) was the first Minister of Education. He was killed by an ultranationalist. But the reason Okada tells is not  factual, though it sounds sensational.

A newspaper reported that a minister, during his visit to Ise Shrine, had pushed aside the veil in the shrine with his walking stick and peeked inside, leaving people guessing that the minister must be Mr Mori. The report created a big stir.

Some resources state that it is uncertain whether this incident was a fact or not. Some even state that there is a possibility that the incident was made up by the shrine priest(s).  [Note3]  Here are two testimonies which can be considered quite reliable.

(1) Mr Sadatake Koba, Mori's secretary who was accompanying him at that time, tells in his book that Mori had completed his visit to Ise Shrine without any trouble.  [Note4]
(2) A priest of Ise Shrine who had been familiar with that report at that time said that such a thing had not happened.  [Note 5]

Some resources clearly state that the report of the minister "pushing aside the veil with his walking stick" was a false one. Probably this false report was later turned into a farther distorted rumor that Mori saw Yata-no-kagami. This means that Okada is telling this groundless rumor as a fact.

The following statement is found in the book by A. K. Tebecis, "Thank God for the answers at last" (p.393, English).  [Note 7]  

- - - - During the Meiji Era the Misister of Education, Y. Mori, who was familiar with five different foreign languages (including Hebrew), declared that the characters engraved on the back of the sacred mirror (Yatanokagami) at the Ise Grand Shrine are of Hebrew origin. He was killed for these blasphemous words by the nephew of the Shrine's chief priest.  

The book says that its author is President of Mahikari Australia. He is one of Mahikari upper staff, raising his hand, believing that light comes out through his hand, with huge enthusiasm for Okada's words as 'divine truth.' He visited Aomori at least twice, leading a group of other overseas members, firmly believing Okada's teachings that Jesus didn't die on the cross, that he came to Japan, and that he died in Japan. The book "Thank God . . ." had a whole chapter dedicated to this part of Okada's teachings at its centre. It was the same with the English version, but it has been confirmed that the whole chapter was taken out in the 1990 English version. Several years later, an Australian newspaper reported about Mahikari, exposing it. Later, Tebecis was reported to have said that he wasn't sure whether Jesus was buried in Japan, obscuring his former claims. 

The same thing with Koya Okada (the original name: Tairoku Tejima). In a Mahikari magazine in 1969, he reported enthusiastically that he had visited Aomori twice, utterly convinced that he had come to know the "historical facts,"  when having learned in Mahikari intermediate and advanced courses that Jesus came to Japan and lived the rest of his life in Japan. However, in 2003, he used blurred expressions in his 'own teachings,' saying something like this;   . . . .  therefore, it is said that perhaps Jesus Christ had escaped crucifixion and that his brother died on his behalf. The truth about his death and resurrection has been surrounded by mysteries up to now.

Please refer to "The World of Mahikari - 2  " (02/2007 ~ Japanese) for more details.  [Note 8]

Let's go back to the topic, the assassination of Mori. We have come across with three reasons so far for this murder.

Mori was assassinated

(A)because he had pushed aside the veil with his walking stick during his visit to Ise Shrine and peeked inside.   (a false report of a newspaper)
(B)because he had seen the sacred mirror which nobody except the emperor was allowed to see.  ( Okada's statement in "Commentary on Kamimuki Sanji")
(C)because he had declared that the writing on the back of the sacred mirror was of Hebrew origin.    (a statement by a Mahikari upper staff)

Have a look into the website, "Dr Yoshiro Saeki and the theory of Japan and Jews sharing the same ancestors." You see some more versions of the incident which resulted in his murder. Yet, it is directly (A) that led the culprit to the murder. A conservative group who had been against Mori believed what the false report said and were outraged. The assassin himself expressed in his death note his anger towards the incident reported in the newspaper. The conclusion is; Mori's assassination had nothing to do with Yata-no-kagami.

It's an odd claim that Mr Blank saw an object which only the emperor is permitted to see. It is also odd to assume that such an object was nakedly laid behind the veil and that when somebody pushed the veil aside and peeked inside, he was able to see it. How much more odd is it to assume that people can see the back of the 'mirror' - or, whatever the object is - just by peeking inside?  "Nobody has seen it" and "Nobody except the emperor is permitted to see it" imply that the rumor "Mr Blank saw it" (there is even a version which says that Mori forced the shrine priest to allow him to see the mirror) is no more than a rumor and the possibility of its being a sheer fabrication is sky high. As for the rumor "Hebrew writing is written on the back of the mirror," it needs, first of all, the mirror to be presented and examined publicly. Until then, it should be considered as simply imaginary. Ise Shrine itself hasn't made such a claim and it has kept to the charm of the old traditional Japanese myth. It won't let that spell be broken by showing the object to the public for the sake of such a rumor.

It's dreadful that a false newspaper report triggered a murder. It is also dreadful that an ultranationalist committed such a crime. This kind of murder is not mystic, and it shouldn't be entwined with a mystic element. Yet, the 'sacred mirror' was brought in unnoticed and was used as the reason for the murder. Distorted rumors like this are presented as undoubted facts in Mahikari.

In Mahikari, which is crooked in many ways, here are at least two versions. Both have Yata-no-kagami in common, but each is different from the other, with its different emphasis. One is simply Mori having seen the object, while the other is beyond that - him having declared that it had Hebrew characters on its back. Nonetheless, both are respectively presented as fact. Did this upper kanbu who believed in Okada pursue rumors, following his master's example, and come across another rumor? Or, did Okada himself say (C), too, somewhere else? In either case, the actual incident has nothing to do with the 'sacred mirror.'  

What Okada said, even though he may sound like he is telling facts in the real world, has lots of discrepancies from the actual reality, and some of them are so clearly not the real facts. There are lots of lies, fabrications, dubious rumors, fantasies, and even delusions in his teachings. Some are cunningly entangled with some fragmentary facts. Some have no way to check whether they are true or not. However, in the history of Mahikari, when his teachings are found to be inconvenient or even wrong, they are concealed, or rewritten. That proves that he was not "the master of mankind" and that his teachings were not the "golden words", either. Not to mention that Okada's and his Mahikari's claim that Mahikari is the "supreme teachings in the world of mankind" is nothing but a delusional claim.

[Note 1] From the teachings in the beginning of the month ceremony, titled "Mt Fuji and air plane accidents," March, 1966 (Showa 41) ---- "crash of JAL flight 123 and Mahikari Japanese site)"; 53
 when spiritual numbers are applied to this, the aircraft 727 means 7 + 7 = 14, (in this case, two means to connect the upper and lower numbers). Fourteen is a spiritual number of breaking and splitting. Fourteen is also 1+ 4, namely, spiritual number five, meaning being broken by spirit.
Furthermore, the death toll is mysteriously 124, (two has meaning of connecting one and four, here, too). This also represents  1+ 4=5, spiritual number. In addition, there were 13 Japanese deaths. 1+ 3 = 4. Four is 'shi', which is associated with 'death'.

〈Additional information: Here, in this part, Okada is talking about the crash of BOAC Flight 911 in March, 1966.  But the aircraft was Boeing 707, not 727, though a Boeing 727 had crashed in Tokyo Bay about a month earlier, and Okada uses this accident as well in this 'teachings'.〉

[Note 2] ●Yata-no-kagami - Wikipedia
               ● "'Dr Yoshiro Saeki and the theory of Japanese and Jews sharing the same ancestor"  Please see a statement by Marvin Tokayer in the "Note." (Japanese)

[Note 3] For example; (Japanese sites)
              ● 森有礼(Mori Arinori)ーWikipedia

[Note 4] a Japanese site;

[Note 5] a Japanese site;

[Note 6]  For example; (a Japanese site)

[Note 7]  "Mahikari: Thank God For The Answers At Last"
           P378,  the Japanese edition,1988, A.K.Tebecis, published by Sunrise Press, 
           P393,  the English edition, Sixth printing in Singapore,1988
           P357,  the English edition, Seventh printing in Singapore,1990

[Note 8] "The World of Mahikari - 2" ( 02/ 2007 ~Japanese)

[Note 9] "Dr Yoshiro Saeki and the theory of Japanese and Jews sharing the same ancestor" (Japanese)



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