Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What Makes Mahikari A Cult?

On the Mahikari Information Site (MIS) there is an excellent cult outline. I have created a cult outline of my own, as well as provided an outline created by Lagone on my blog, but I have never come across an outline that more accurately depicts the cult characteristics which make up the foundation of Mahikari. I am going to write a post which incorporates all the characteristics from MIS and explain how and why they apply to Mahikari.

1. The so-called religion will be started by a self-proclaimed messiah who will claim to give members the opportunity to work off their sins if they offer their slavish obedience to him/her and their teachings. These followers are more often than not told that they are God’s chosen people who will be welcomed into a new civilization when the world comes to an end.

-Mahikari was started by Yoshikazu Okada (Kotama), a Japanese soldier during WWII. Kotama claims to have been ill and suffering from high fever when he heard the voice of God one fine night which told him to raise his hand and heal/spiritually purify (depending on which copy of the Goseigen you have) souls by raising his hand. According to Kotama he was reluctant to do this, but eventually raised his hand to a blind dog who was miraculously restored to good health. Shortly after, he began his religion called Mahikari, claiming to be a new-aged Messiah and God’s only representative on Earth. Kumite (or Kotama’s followers) were told that they were God’s chosen children and that by offering okiyome (spiritual purification) to others, they would be able to heal ailments as well as spiritually purify souls, erasing sins and impurities in the process. The promise to all members of Mahikari was if they continued to offer and receive okiyome eventually they would be so spiritually purified that they would survive the Baptism of Fire (Armageddon) and be the occupants of God’s new civilization.

2. The organization will be a pyramid-shaped dictatorial rule with a person or small group of people at the top having total control.

-Mahikari was run by Kotama Okada, God’s supposed representative on Earth. Kotama claimed to be connected to God through an invisible spiritual cord thus making him the only person who was in tune with God and His wishes. He taught his followers that the only way they could be connected to God was if they chose to follow Kotama’s teachings, take a three day class called Kenshu, and receive, wear, and maintain the holy pendant (omitama). After Kotama’s death his adoptive daughter, Keishu Okada, branched off to make Sukyo Mahikari and now claims to be God’s Representative on Earth.

3. The leaders will encourage obedience, humility and dependence, rather than independent thinking, spiritual research, and wholesome, adventurous fulfillment outside of the organization.

-One of the main philosophies of Mahikari is ‘be like a child’. How does a child behave? Well, if they are a good child they obey their parents and accept their every word as fact, or in this case Kanbu (Kumite who lead and maintain the dojo). Members are taught that they must be obedient to Kanbu and trust that whatever they say is the word of God passed down from Keishu. Kumite are taught that instead of seeking their own truths when they have doubts they should consult with Kanbu and get the “correct” answer, which is usually, “Don’t think, just give okiyome and you will eventually understand.” Humility is said to come with obedience and this is something all Kumite must strive to achieve. Members become dependant on Kanbu for spiritual answers because they are discouraged from looking elsewhere for information. Mahikari teaches that united they stand divided they fall; as a group praying, evangelizing, and offering okiyome, they have a chance of pleasing God and preventing the end of the world…or at least purifying themselves to the point that they will be accepted by God into His new civilization.

Independent thought, doubts, and questions are considered signs of a spirit disturbance. Members are taught that any doubts or questions they have concerning the group are the result of evil spirits confusing their minds. When the doubts occur members are expected to seek answers from Kanbu or read the Mahikari literature in the dojo to reinforce their beliefs. All other references outside of the group are unreliable as they are considered the words of evil spirits who have possessed the authors. Life outside of the organization is discouraged as well because according to Mahikari the end of the world is coming and all their efforts must be focused on offering okiyome and saving as many souls from the Baptism of Fire as possible. Vacations and other such luxuries are looked at as selfish unless they are located near a dojo where divine service can still be done.

4. The group practices subtle but highly effective behavioral modifications, (which lead to mind control) techniques.

-Behavior modifications within Mahikari are subtle. Most people wouldn’t even notice them unless they had researched mind control and behavioral modifications. Mahikari controls the behavior of their members from the time they walk into the dojo.

Controlled Action #1: When you first enter the dojo you are asked to remove your shoes, this is a typical Japanese custom, but in a cult setting it is a behavior modification. Members are expected to remove their shoes and get into stocking feet; no bare feet are to touch the carpet.

Controlled Action #2: Members are told that they must wash their hands and mouth out at the sink at the entrance of the dojo; this is to remove any physical impurities from the mouth and hands before spiritual activities commence.

Controlled Action #3: Members then step into the main room, where they are expected to bow before the statue of their founder, Kotama Okada. The number of bows is always two when you enter followed by three claps and a prayer; the first prayer is to be a prayer to God. Next the member will offer one bow and four claps and offer a prayer to Kotama to ask for the ability to offer okiyome.

Controlled Action #4: The member then stands, walks backwards to the back of the room and then says, “Good morning, afternoon, or night” depending on what time of day it is. The members who have already prayed-in will respond with the same reply, “Good morning, afternoon, or evening”. This controlled action is designed specifically to make members feel welcome and at home and to also set the tone for a group atmosphere.

Controlled Action #5: When a person offers okiyome (spiritual purification) they chant a prayer called Amatasu Norigoto. Chanting is one of the main practices done in cults, because some chants when done repeatedly puts its members into an altered state of mind, more receptive to believing the teachings. This behavior modification is especially effective if done as a group repeatedly.

All of these forms of behavior control are repeated when a person leaves the dojo. Once Mahikari has succeeded in modifying a person’s behavior and gets them involved in the repetitive spiritual practice of the group, it becomes much easier to encourage the person’s belief system. Generally Mahikari uses study classes, seminars, ceremonies, and experience stories to encourage their members to believe their teachings. Experience stories can be especially impacting when told by the actual person who went through the trauma because it appeals to our emotional side as human beings, while also reinforcing the teachings in our minds because the person in front of us speaking has experienced the proof of the teachings.

5. The leaders encourage members to attend seminars and classes where students are asked to just listen to the teacher, absorb, and accept, rather than encouraging questions or debate.

Mahikari members are told from the first time they take Kenshu, that in order to understand the truth one must discard their previous beliefs. The reason they are asked to do this is to keep questions to a minimal because usually any problems or questions that might arise from a Kumite-in-training is brought on by their previous belief system. Usually the old tea story is used in order to explain to students what is expected of them during their Kenshu training. Members are told that before making a new pot of tea, they must first discard the old cup of tea; otherwise they will end up with a nasty mix of the old and new tea. Once inside the organization, if the Kumite asks questions they are told to “just give okiyome and they will eventually understand” because they are not purified enough to understand the full truth of Mahikari No Waza.

6. The organization may distribute "divine" or "holy" objects or talismans which are purported to connect the members with God, allow the members to have a special power, and allow the members to receive increased "divine protection." Usually members are expected to make regular payments and donations or risk

Mahikari members, upon completion of Primary Kenshu receive a holy locket called the omitama. They are told that their omitamas connect them to God through the current leader of Mahikari. Strict rules are given in regards to the care of omitama (ie: they cannot touch bedding, cannot get wet, monthly membership fee paid on time, etc.) and members are warned that if these rules are ever violated they risk having their connection to God “shut off”. For Kumite, this is too terrible to comprehend as they are told that God will not protect them if they do not properly care for omitama. Omitama is considered a gift from God, more precious than the life of the wearer.

(More to come in my next post)

48 Comments:

Blogger Joe said...

Notice how subtle it all is, and how it leaves SM with an "out"...i.e. we are a friendly organization that welcomes outsiders, we are working for God, etc. What they never told us was that Okada was in a PREVIOUS hand raising religious movement in Japan, and he was criticized for CONJURING SPIRITS. Isn't it interesting that the real major departure of SM from SKK is really the introduction of "Evil spirits"!?

Of course they don't want you to go on vacation...that is money they could receive as a donation for more golden buildings.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Jejune said...

I'm surprised that at your Dojo the statue at the Goshintai was called after Okada. At our Dojo it was called the "Divine statue for communicating directly with Izunomesama, the god responsible for materialising Almighty God's will on earth." (Tebecis' book, pg 36). At least that's what it was called until the time I left, some years back.

It is a big change to actually say that Izunome's statue actually represents Okada... did that change recently, or has that always been the explanation given at your Dojo?

I wonder if they're starting to say that Okada was the physical manifestation of the Izunome god?

5:27 PM  
Blogger Asher Kennedy said...

That has always been the explanation given at my dojo. I have heard is called Izunomesama before, but for the most part my mother and the people I knew referred to the statue as Okada.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wondering if the same foundation should be apply to Nichirin Daishonin and the Soka Gakai which promotes Nam Miojo Rengue Kio?

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although much of the information you offer here reflects practices of the SM movement, there is so much that is untrue that it is overall not a fair evaluation of the organization. I don't have time to address all that is incorrect but I'll try to clarify what I can.

First, no promises are made to anyone that they will be "saved" if they give and receive enough enough divine light. The emphasis is not on our own individual salvation ut onserving God. We hope,of course, to be saved but it is always said that we don't know who will or won't be saved. Futher, people not in Mahikari will be saved as well but, again, we don't claim to know who will or won't be among them.

There is within Mahikari an organizational structure and many decisions are made at higher levels. That is not to say that individuals may not make their own decisions about how to live their own lives.

Further, obedience to staff (kanbu) is neither suggested nor required.If individuals ask for guidance from staff, there is a belief that the guidance that is offered in this type of situation should be followed because it is divinely inspired. There is no requirement that anyone do so. Members are also encouraged to seek assistance from appropriate agencies, therapists and physicians when needed.

Obedience to and dependence on staff is not encouraged.

I don't understand your point regarding the absence of independent thinking. I can't think of any church that encourages independent thinking regarding, for example, God's law or that encourages research. Research on what?

It's simplistic to say that Mahikari says that doubts or questions are the result of spiritual disturbance. They may or may not result from some disturbance but in my experience, questions from members are taken seriously and addressed thoughtfully.

Your points regarding members being discouraged from taking vacations or enjoying time outside the center are simply untrue. Members are encouraged to live balanced lives and, in particular, to put their families first before the organization. Mahikari, as a rule, doesn't accept prospective members whose families object to their membership. The reason for this is that there is a desire not to cause dissension or disharmony within families.

It is also untrue that the statue of Izonome is really meant to be Okada. I have never heard such a comment in over 10 years with this organization. Explanations are frequently given about who is who and where they came from and this is just not so. Okada's picture is displayed on certain occasions and he is clearly differentiated from Izunome.

Control over people and having some traditional or spirtual practices are not related. Catholics dip their hand in holy water and make the sign of the cross. That is no more to establish control over their popluation than Mahikari's washing of hands,taking off of shoes or greeting people when you arrive.

Again, in my experience , questions are always encouraged at seminars. It is true that prospective members are encouraged to abandon pre-conceived ideas about God and religion when they take the course to become Mahikari members. That is because they will hear some information that will be different from what they have heard earlier in their religious lives and, if they wish to become members of this organization, it is good to be open minded about the information that you will receive. There is no obligation to do so or to believe anything in particular. What is true is true irrespective of who believes it.

All in all, the focus of Mahikari is to make the world a better place through giving divine light and by living by certain principles which make one a better person . I have partcipated in many religious organizations in my life and I've never seen another one in which the members make so much effort to become better human beings, to as well as to make their communities and the world a better place. The members and staff are encouraged to give light, be humble and appreciative of others and to live lives filled with gratitude.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ash.
The jorei fellowship states that Johrei and Izunome are its trademark.Also according to the book on Johrei,the founder explains"Please work together to create a fellowship of izunome, a balanced cross".
what do you understand by this?

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a practitioner of this or any particular spiritual path, but it jumped out at me that many of your critiques of this path would apply rather strongly to Christianity.

For example, you criticise this path's philosophy that you should be "like a child". Jesus says repeatedly throughout the New Testament that we should be like children, and that until we are we will never reach heaven.

I don't take this as instructing us to follow blindly, children don't follow blindly. They can be very discerning. As they leave childhood and begin to become adults they start "learning" and falling into line with society. Who they follow becomes very important. But going back to being like a child is to "unlearn"; it is to stop following the bad habits of the people we have been following, and instead be simple and true hearted like a child. I think this is good advice for anybody.

I don't know if this organization is a cult or not, but many of your critiques ring pretty biased and seem to have an agenda.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, I am looking at their literature right now and it says very explicitly that this path is only one path of many to God.

Many Christians and Catholics claim their faith is the only path to God. Now, I have great reverence for the Christian and Catholic path, but it seems a lot more controlling than this group.

This group is specifically saying they are NOT the only path, while the Catholic church says it is the only path which leads to God.

Secondly, ALL organizations have a pyramid structure. Geez. You have priests who are the spiritual leaders of churchs, and rabbi's of synagogues, you have the President of a nation, you have the mayor of a city, you have the sensei of a dojo. Leadership is essential, it's just important to question it.

The literature I am reading here states that members are totally welcome to explore other spiritual paths.

All of your "behavioral modifications" are extremely similar to those I have experienced going into any number of martial arts dojos. They also ring quite similar to the practice of crossing yourself when entering a Catholic church.

Maybe you are just someone who finds all spirituality to be cultlike. So this article has inspired me to check out this group and see for myself. thanks

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem that arises wit sukyo mahikari in my opinion claims to bring al religions to their common origin, which is what? we al seem to be worshiping new gods. its very sad that this new religion, has d most prominant members of society lacking common sense. did god ever intend for us to have such a difficult time connecting with him? having to use a chain n locked to get to him? i believe strongly that we need to keep it simple. i think that he is probably insulted by us in mahikari, we do treat okada as god. besides that theres one god. come on God capital letter on the g for supreme one only. sukyo mahikari is mind controlling. we are at a time when we can't except things blindly without research.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bible says that jesus is the mesiah the christ. n the bible says accept him as your lord n savior . thats it. its simple. mahikari contradicts d bible. n it needs to stop using the bible in vain. every bit thats used from the bible is about jesus not any other mesiah

6:53 PM  
Anonymous kamikumite said...

u sound like a nut

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mahikari is a cult. Sukyo, Sekai Bunmei Kyodan, etc, they both operate very much the same way.

99.9% of people who hear about these groups or have contact with them notice this right away. That's why their memberships are still relatively small, and there's so much hate towards them on the Internet.

All of their basic teaching came from other cults/religions which were already in existence years before Mahikari, yet they will have you believe everything Okada mentions is original.

You can only join if you pay money, salvation has a monetary value, you're told not to trust anything you hear from the outside (it's negative spirits), even if you're happy and healthy now - you're not because your astral/spiritual body has problems so give more divine offerings and pay up, we are living in the worst period to be alive, be afraid of everything, pay now...money-money-money-money-fear-fear-fear-scare tactics- and some seriously lame uneducated people at the top.
This is what Mahikari is.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear All,

I have received the Omitama recently and I do offer " True Light " to however willing to receive the same.

I have one point to make which will answer any doubt anyone has.

Mahikari does not force nor suggest anyone to leave their previous believes at all.

I am a Buddhist and it encourages to be a better Buddhist. You be a better person by understanding the principals of Mahikari which can be inculcated in your own religion, believe whatever you may believe or follow.

NO Brain washing at all. Also, not a money making organization and does not force for contribution except a very very nominal fee for Centre Maintenance which is a price of Coke Bottle.

Good luck to All !

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mahikari is collecting from bible and from other religous to form and claim its their own after that the whole world world knows where they start from its sad they offering service its alot of money like the bible said when its neary end the world the false prophet comes.

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I come from a scientific background. I joined Mahikari, and conducted experiments with true light, and I was amazed to see that it works. It is absolutely amazing. It is easy to criticize from the outside, looking in. The effects of true light can be studied in a laboratory. I invite all sceptics to try, or talk to kumite about their experiences. You will notice genuinely positive people at the centre making a positive contribution to mankind. You are not compelled to follow the belief systems and monetory contributions are minimal. Every religious organization needs funds to survive. The government does not support any temple, church or dojo.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am 18 years old and my mother's side is from mahikari and my father's side is christian. i am a youth group member of mahikari AND go to church on sundays.
Having seen and understood the activities of these two "beliefs" i will call them (deifinitely NOT cults), i have concluded that sukyo mahikari is simply a way of life to help everybody in the world get along with eachother regardless of their individual backgrounds, trying to unify everybody together in order to create the world that we all hope to live in one day. which is a wonderful thing for anybody, from anywhere, in any situation.

if you disapprove sukyo mahikari, then disapprove of it. you have no reason or right to criticize, humiliate, and disrespect the many people of the world who love their life because of mahikari.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 words: Brain washed

how can you be a buddhist and still invite spirits to assist you? I lost my parents to this cult and cannot begin to tell you the destruction this cult has created for me and my family. My parents state that mahikari is their real family and if we don't join this cult, its obviously because our spirits are disturbed!!! Accept and respect other religions? Just words. and words alone are cheap. They get such a kick believing that they have special powers because they can 'heal' people. In return others must worship them. Its a trap.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ephesians 4:26-27
New International Version (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are really with the Lord, He will guide you into all the truth. So really pray hard if Mahikari is really true. Pray, pray, pray. Do not allow the disturbances to conquer you. So many members of Mahikari are receiving wondrous miracles in their lives, would you want to receive them also?
<< James 1:17 >>
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

If you would continue the lack of reverence to Mahikari which came from the Lord, then...

Matthew 12:31-32
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus did not have to wear a special holy pendant in order to receive God's "light." I can't believe that we have to wear a holy pendant in order to connect with God or to transmit the holy vibration. Recently I joined SM and have now decided to stop wearing the omitama and giving true light. Too many things just don't make sense to me. Is this a cult? Many spiritual paths could be called cults, but they really are not. The only thing I know is that this is not a path I want to follow. By the way, the woman who brought me into SM now tells people I have been influenced by attaching spirits. She said that's why I no long go to the dojo.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus did not have to wear a special holy pendant in order to receive God's "light." I can't believe that we have to wear a holy pendant in order to connect with God or to transmit the holy vibration. Recently I joined SM and now have decided to stop wearing the omitama and stop giving true light. Too many things just don't make sense to me. Is this a cult? Many spiritual paths could be called cults, but they really are not. The only thing I know is that this is not a path I want to follow. By the way, the woman who brought me into SM now tells people I have been influenced by attaching spirits. She said that's why I no long go to the dojo.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I disagree with your classification of Mahikari as a cult, but your discussion of behaviour modification seems somewhat insufficient.

>Controlled Action #1:
As you noted, removing shoes is normal in Japan. The modification is not removal of shoes, but the requirement that bare feet do not touch the floor.

>Controlled Action #2:
Washing the hands and mouth is a practice in mainstream religion in Japan, and for pretty much the same reason, too.

>Controlled Action #3:
Again this sort of thing is not uncommon in mainstream religions. The ritual number of claps/bows is not characteristic, however.

>Controlled Action #4:
Honestly, walking backwards, greeting everyone in the room, etc., are things that are pretty common in Japanese culture, even non-religious. Consider for the former, certain martial arts and tea ceremony, and for the latter, office environments and the like.

>Controlled Action #5:
No argument here, really, but again mainstream religions in Japan (and elsewhere) involve chanting.

Now, rather than casting doubt on the idea that these are rules and practices befitting a cult, I would propose the following:

Precisely because such cohesion-promoting practices are common in Japanese everyday life, have cults been able to take such a hold in Japan. When "behaviour modification"-type practices are the norm in broader society, it's much easier to covertly exploit them in a cult context because the people participating are unlikely to see the requirements as anything especially strange. When you already associate these practices with "legitimate" religions, their use by cults lends the cult an air of legitimacy.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello I was a kumite for 10 years. nearly a year ago my mahikari care coordinator, Dr Kerry Howells lecturer in education at the university of Tasmania, suggested that my three year old daughter and I move into her sister's house as paying tenants. She did warn me that the house would need some cleaning as the people who were moving out were drug users.I clearly stated that I did not want any of the drug using equipment left on the property. Not being a part of the drug world, I thought this would entail some hard work and the house would be nice. The drug users had a dog which according to a neighbor and friend of the landlord had urinated and defaecated on the carpet. When I visited the house I didn't notice the smell as all the windows and doors were open and there was nag champa burning in three rooms. I upon reflection, I can now see how gullible I was and do accept responsibility for this but it simply did not cross my mind that Kerry Howell's sister could be so deceptive. Any way I scrubbed and washed but could not get rid of the stale dog urine smell. I spoke to the landlord about this in a very polite manner but she told me I was 'being so horrible". I then talked to my Mahikari care coordinator Dr Kerry Howells about the dreadful smell and how much it was distressing me as I simply did not have the money to move again. She said that the carpet was an indication of my spiritual level and that I should say the Amatsu prayer and "\'purify the carpet that way'. Well I gave it a go and it didn't work. I contacted the landlord and Dr Kerry Howells again on this matter a few more times and received similar responses. (the landlord did have the carpet changed a few days before she informed me she was returning and that we had to vacate the premises. So what have I learnt? Well it's interesting that the Light of God did not purify the carpet, that I was deceived by my Mahikari care coordinator (she knew I was a very clean person and she must have known how filthy her niece and nephew were and how deceptive her sister was). Dr Howells was also aware of my very strained finances-we would receive grocery vouchers from St Vincent de Paul but were strongly encouraged to pay Mahikari for maintaining a spiritual connection with God!!!!!!
I think Mahikari members can really miss the point- you can be as spiritual as you like but sometimes things just need doing or cleaning on a physical level, I think that Dr Kerry Howells telling me that the filthy carpet was a reflection of my spiritual impurities was a technique used to not address the issue.
I am so grateful this happened as I had a number of serious reservations about Mahikari and it has helped me see so thank you Kerry for helping to free me.

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8:35 AM  
Blogger ShaunshinenCaliUSA said...

I must say I am disappointed that anyone would consider this a cult. NOTHING I have read suggest it is any different then many other group of spiritual practices. What kept coming to mind is Mormon. The I feel people have a right to decide for them self, and show me proof that they are harming anyone? trafficking, marrying young girls, isolating, this posting seems to be of someone who looks for the negative, rather then embracing the positive.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Kit said...

◄  Matthew 12:31  ►
"Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven"


We may all expect the Bible to be complete. but Jesus said in John 16: 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.". which verily means that the teachings are not yet all given us. then. John 16:13
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." Read this before so i prayed to guide me to the Advocate/Counselor, whom Jesus said would be coming. years later was guided to Mahikari, have doubts but the woundrous of it all, so many many immediate miracles granted unto me. I can even sometimes see the light coming out from the hand. Right after being a member i was lent the Holy Book written by the Founder. He went coma for 5 days due to a sickness but He actually went Up there. And what was he told. "Thou shall speak the innermost depth of the Divine Truth. The Spirit of Truth has entered thee. Thou shall speak what Thou heareth", exact words Jesus said about the Counselor coming. I was really crying for joy for an anwered prayer. If you really want to be with the Lord, Here it is. Pray, to be guided. Please don't speak anything against Mahikari. Blasphemty against It shall not be forgiven. Everything that we're doing I can see in the Bible. May you be all with our God. Amen.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mahikari was a copycat from Johrei, light-giving organisation. Okada was a former minister with Johrei.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seemed odd that they were asking $300 to take three days of 8 hour classes to memorize some prayers and learn how to take care of a pendant. If I am going to buy a $300 pendant, nobody gets to dictate to me what to do with it after the purchase! No thanks, too weird!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Europe Mahikari is categorized as a cult, like the Scientologists and Mormons: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/workingpapers/cito/w10/annex2_en.htm

The criteria are:
•mental destabilization;
•exorbitant financial demands;
•compulsory severing of links with the original social environment;
•attacks on physical integrity;
•recruitment of children;
•more or less anti-social ideas;
•public order disturbances;
•the number of incidents involving the courts;
•possible diversion of traditional economic cycles;
•attempts to infiltrate public authorities.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Wong Fei Hung said...

Again somebody who doesn't know the truth. You made alot of mistakes i think because you didn't understand teachings and you don't really follow them. This is opiniating without free thinking isn't it. Wel i guess that there are many who think different and know different. We are all people and make mistakes so we don't need to judge. We where here to learn everybody on this earth and everybody has his sins so it's easy to judge but i rather not do!

4:06 AM  
Blogger Wong Fei Hung said...

Again somebody who doesn't know the truth. You made alot of mistakes i think because you didn't understand teachings and you don't really follow them. This is opiniating without free thinking isn't it. Wel i guess that there are many who think different and know different. We are all people and make mistakes so we don't need to judge. We where here to learn everybody on this earth and everybody has his sins so it's easy to judge but i rather not do!

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In actuality, Jesus also set up the same sequence and so has every religion in the world. It has always been about control of people, mainly through guilt (same with governments also)! Name one Christian religion that does not use guilt to control. Look deeply into all religions to see the real truth, all are cults that follow someone on the side that has been in touch with God, as if we single, sole creatures of God cannot communicate directly
!

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is cult!!!!! Better watch out with clear wisdom to assume correctly..

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed!

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a cult because many of their "practice" is simply copied from how we practice Shinto and Buddhism in Japan. We do "okiyome" upon entering Japanese Buddha temple. We crap three times at Shinto Shrine before praying. As a matter of fact, any good occasions crap comes in three it is in Japanese culture not because of whatever they claim. Izunome only sounds legit because of our ancient province "izumo" where we have one of the oldest shinto shrine and actually dedicated to real almighty gods of Japan, "okuninushi". Shinto is my culture, spirits and history and Japanese Buddhism gives me comfort in difficult times. This made up religion copying from everything Japanese practiced in centuries to trick others to make money really infuriate me.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a cult because many of their "practice" is simply copied from how we practice Shinto and Buddhism in Japan. We do "okiyome" upon entering Japanese Buddha temple. We crap three times at Shinto Shrine before praying. As a matter of fact, any good occasions crap comes in three it is in Japanese culture not because of whatever they claim. Izunome only sounds legit because of our ancient province "izumo" where we have one of the oldest shinto shrine and actually dedicated to real almighty gods of Japan, "okuninushi". Shinto is my culture, spirits and history and Japanese Buddhism gives me comfort in difficult times. This made up religion copying from everything Japanese practiced in centuries to trick others to make money really infuriate me.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I am a member of Sukyo Mahikari and I can say it is a dangerous cult. The members are taught it is dangerous to meditate as they can become controlled by attaching spirits. So they prevent people from entering within and knowing themselves and the spirit within and therefore the spirit of god within all.
I got really pissed off with them so once when looking after the Dojo by mysely I pissed in the flower vase that is put on the alter and laced the flowers with my pubic hairs.Then i put my finger up my anus and rubbed it on the goshintai and the eyes and head of the Izonome statue. I then rubbed some of my piss on the frame of goshintai and over the alter. I have also put the doshis omitama on the floor when he was in the shower and put my foot on it. Ha felt good and nothing has happened to me. Not struck down by lightning.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a former member and can say that the teachings use guilt and shame to subtly get members to offer service to clear away karma, to purify our souls, save the world etc. etc. We offer service by offering light, giving money for gratitude/apologies/connecting with God, volunteering in various ways in the center (the more the better!), having an ancestor altar. Some teachings are profound and got me to think and look at life in a radically different way, but the whole guilt and shame stuff had me stuck in a low spiritual level. I would rather do things out of love rather than guilt.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Unified Gravitational and Electromagnetic Theory (smashwords) provides a mathematical description of the universe.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I am a pretty open person, but do not like the idea that I could be controlled so easily by a few simple instructions. I have a lady coming over to my home to give light - is this something I should be suspicious of doing?

2:53 PM  
Blogger James Nakasone Huang said...

Today I accidentally went to this place called Mahikari. I was surprised to see those ritual there which so similar to Johrei center in London. I have high suspicious it is another CULTS. Tonight I google them out and found out your blog. Thanks for the details explained and I am fully agreed with you. This is another cult organisation.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A cult? Give me a friggin' break. I've been a "member" since Sept of 2000. I can do whatever the hell I want. Come and go as I please. ~ I am not required to do ANYTHING that I don't want to do. I take from this Spiritual Development Center what works for me and I leave the rest. I consider it a challenge to get my Western mind/thinking out of the way to be open to what's possible. All I know is, ......... that it works for me. I don't push it on anyone else. It offers a means by which to step waaaaay outside the box. A risk? Nah. Go figure. It has brought balance into my life on a level 17 years ago, I would have not thought possible.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you all please give some further details about the process of how a Mahikari member gets the ability to transmit light from his/her palm after he/she receives the Omitama? The more details readers will now about their "inner" processes; the more demystified and weaker to attract outsiders a cult such as this, will be. All cults use some "insider" "secret" technique, ceremony or knowledge to make themselves appealing so they can lure new members. When you wear for the first time the Omitama, how you get the ability to give light? Is it instantaneous because you wear the pendant or you have to chant or visualise something in order for the light emitting ability to be "turned on"?

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you all please give some further details about the process of how a Mahikari member gets the ability to transmit light from his/her palm after he/she receives the Omitama? The more details readers will now about their "inner" processes; the more demystified and weaker to attract outsiders a cult such as this, will be. All cults use some "insider" "secret" technique, ceremony or knowledge to make themselves appealing so they can lure new members. When you wear for the first time the Omitama, how you get the ability to give light? Is it instantaneous because you wear the pendant or you have to chant or visualise something in order for the light emitting ability to be "turned on"?

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep instantaneous with pendent on

10:28 PM  

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