Thursday, May 25, 2006

Omitama

There are a few small differences between Sukyo Mahikari and the group called the SKK or Johrei, but one of the differences that I found the most diverse is that the leader of the SKK, Mokichi Okada, was quoted as saying that a pendant is not necessary to offer Johrei (true light/okiyome) only the desire and intent to help others must be present and God will supply His healing light.

Associates of the Johrei organization wear their pendants as more of a symbol of membership, rather than as a holy object. Their position is that God’s light is for all and you cannot patent it. They charge a fee to teach the technique (they have to keep the center open somehow), but people are free to practice Johrei at their homes or anywhere else as well as teach the art to their families and friends without the hassle of a divine pendant.

Quite a contrast from Sukyo Mahikari’s stance on pendants and okiyome which states that people have to join Sukyo Mahikari in order to radiate the light of God. Non-members can only receive okiyome and are thus being a hindrance rather than a key player in the spiritual growth of others. This is why more pressure is put on new people to join the organization.

Sukyo Mahikari thinks that it is possible to put a copyright on God’s light. That is what a pendant is; a copyright which makes members feel as though they are special and can exclusively radiate the light of God. It is also a wise marketing decision on SM’s part because everyone the member introduces to the teachings has to take Kenshu ($150) in order to receive the pendant, which they teach is essential to offering okiyome. Whereas the SKK teach that members can show others how to practice Johrei and no pendant is necessary…

So lets say my mother joins the SKK, she can learn how to offer Johrei and then come home and teach my father, sister, and myself. In Mahikari she has to take Kenshu, and then if the rest of my family is interested they have to individually take Kenshu…its more money for Sukyo Mahikari once again proving that it is all about money.

Keep in mind that the Johrei (1935) was founded 24 years prior to Sukyo Mahikari (1959), which means that the Johrei perfected this art long before Sukyo Mahikari was even born; Okada would have been in his early 30’s. My question is where did this belief in pendants suddenly come from? I could be wrong, but in early revelations in the Goseigen I cannot remember God telling Okada that pendants were necessary to offer okiyome.

Think about it, the first time Okada offered okiyome he did not have a pendant (unless he still wore the one he received after joining the SKK, which only further proves his membership); he was strolling down the street and came upon a sick dog, he would not have had a pendant, and he heard the voice of God say ‘raise the hand’. The dog’s condition was improved or the dog got well (depending on which version of the Goseigen you have) so obviously according to Okada this healing technique worked…and if my assumptions about the pendant are true, then it worked without the use of an omitama. Of course, this is me speculating that Okada was actually telling the truth.

However, Okada did have a pendant after he founded the organization because Keishu and Sekiguchi were arguing over who had received the omitama after Okada’s death, which is strange because members are supposed to be buried with their omitamas on. I remember being told that if a family member were to die, it was crucial to get their pendants on them as soon as possible so that they could take it with them in the spirit realm.

How was it possible for Okada to radiate the light of God without a pendant? Of course, SM members will say because he was the messiah and therefore did not need a pendant, but that is not good enough folks, if he didn’t need a pendant why did he wear one? My best guess is that the teachings were too similar to the SKK and therefore Okada had to make small changes in order to be able to claim, if it ever came out that the teachings were plagiarized, that his teachings were the new and improved version of God’s word.

10 Comments:

Blogger Joe said...

A copyright! Nice. That would pretty much argue they have only financial concerns to protect, and they are only in it for the money. I don't think there is a copyright on the bible or the koran...;)

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew!What a total mess. I just cant seem to think anymore. How can you have a copyright on God?

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The copyright is on the poetry, not on God. It seems pretty clear and simple, don't you agree?

And for what it is worth, copyright issues are not always about money. Like you said, it's not very good poetry, so I doubt that the person who asked to have it removed is making a million bucks on it. Do you really think he/she is?

Copyright issues on the web usually have to do with something called "intellectual property." If you've ever graced the doors of a college or university, you should know that simple fact. And if you haven't been to college, well perhaps you should give it a try. You might find it more fulfilling than wasting your time complaining about the past.

Obviously the person who wrote those poems didn't want them posted as something negative on your website. Wouldn't you agree? You say your parents didn't respect you and your wishes, but it appears that you don't respect others and their wishes either. So you are just like your parents, right? The nut doesn't fall far from the tree, as they say!

Even in the most unjust world, which you seem to wallow in with all of your self-pity, you should have the courtesy to ask permission to use things that don't belong to you, like these poems. Geez! Where's you head? In the sand? Or is it someplace that doesn't smell as sweet as sand?

Your whole website is "a poor me, poor me, I've been so abused" website. So no one cared about you when you were little, right? But you're not little anymore, so why do you want to stay hung up on what happened to you all those years ago? What do you really think you're going to gain from wallowing in self pity?

And by the way ...

How did you get your computer? Did you buy it or was it those awful parents you had that bought it for you?

It sounds like you had a pretty rough time in Sukyo Mahikari, but there are people all over the world that have a pretty rough time in one way or another and they don't turn into balls of snot, complaining day in and day out. Your not much more than a manure manufacturing machine -- eat, sleep and poop -- and look, you're special because the poop isn't stored only in your intestine, it's in your brain, too.

So no one cared about your rights? And no one protected your rights? Ah, I'm so sorry for you. Are all of you sorry for Asher? He/She sure had a hard time, right? Does anyone have a violin we can play for his/her?

Most spiritual groups call this the law of karma, or the law of cause and effect. As long as Asher continues to disrespect the rights of others, and use things that don't belong to him/her without permission, his/her parents and other people around him/her will never change. That's the law of karma. If you want things to change -- like your awful parents, for example, then you have to change first, not them.

That's the key point, and you are apparently not sharp enough to understand even the basic laws of the universe, so no wonder you couldn't understand how much your parents loved you. Until you respect whoever wrote those stupid poems enough to remove them, and as long as you continue to live your life day-after-day by complaining about your past, you'll live in "hell-like condition" and you'll continue to create your own world of self-destruction and ridiculous suffering.

If you can't stop this kind of negative thinking, you need a shrink or a doctor or something. You think Mahikari ruined your life or your parents ruined your life. But actually the way you look at things is ruining your life, so get a grip! Pull your head out from between your legs and look at things in the sunlight.

So, you think you got a bad wrap and your parents are to blame. Right? You think you have terrible parents, right?

If your parents didn't love you, you wouldn't even have a life. You wouldn't have made it to the level of being in Mahikari Tai. They would have put you in a dumpster and left you to rot on a cold winter's night or in the hot summer sun, depending on where you happened to live when you were born.

Now you're grown up and did you ever thank them for changing your diapers or for walking you when you had a belly ache in the night? Probably not, because you have no idea how to say, "thanks, but no thanks."

Are you wearing clothes right now? If so, where did they come from? Do you have a roof over your head right now? If so, how did it get there? I don't know if you still live with your parents, like a lot of young people do, but even if you don't, someone built that roof over your head and made those clothes.

And, in the case of the clothes, it may have been some poor foreign kid, who works 80 hours a week in a sweat shop to earn enough money for his/her siblings to have food.

And you think you had it bad! You're disgusting!

Your lack of respect for others, including your parents and whoever wrote those poems, is disgusting!

You need to grow up and if you don't like the way things were for you, well get over it and try to find some way to make things better for others, so you don't ever have to go through that again.

Honestly, I'm sorry that you have had a bad life until now, but there is no one that can change that but you and that, my friend, is the law of the universe!

If you could pull your own head up out of the sand, you'd see what others see about about what kind of person you are when they read this blog site.

Until you can do that... I hope you enjoy your misery and that it gets tougher and tougher for you, so you can finally have some awakening about who needs to change. Let me give you a clue... For you to become happy, Mahikari doesn't have to change, your parents don't have to change, even the person who wrote the poetry doesn't have to change. For you to become happy, you are the one that has to change.

It's easy to see why you would have difficulty in any spiritual path.

They all required some kind of self-awareness, even when Jesus authors your salvation, you have to be willing to change your heart -- or to let Him come into your life and change it for the better.

But like the person from South America, who also had a bad experience with Mahikari when he/she was young told you, "You're going to waste your life in a big way if you don't get over it and rise above all the trouble you have been through!"

You've already been doing this since at least 2006 and it will soon be 2009. How long are you going to sit at your computer and complain? Are you really doing anything more than hurting yourself? There's a whole world out there waiting for you and ready to make you your life worthwhile and happy, but you have to turn away from the life of complaint you've chosen and face toward the life you want to have.

I think a good place to start would be to think about why it is that you are too dense to figure out why the person who wrote this poetry wouldn't want it on your website and to do something about removing it. He/She was pretty respectful not to haul you in and lay some legal stuff on you from the gitgo, I think.

Hey, Asher, why don't you just do the right thing for once? Are you capable of doing the right thing? Do you even know what the right thing is? See if you can show everyone who reads your website that you really "won" this battle! The only way you'll win is to stop giving it all your time and energy.
Find a way to make a positive difference in the world, even though you got a bad rap!

If you can't do this, then I just find the whole think rather sad, and I can't see that you are any different than you say your 'horrible parents' are.

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Blogger Matthew James Middleton said...

Hi! I am a member of Sukyo Mahikari.
Don't judge one better than the other, as it says on one of your other pages, Sukyo Mahikari isn't the only way to become closer to God.
Personally I don't see the problem with holding high respect for a divine pendant, and making sure it doesn't touch an impure place or where people walk. After all, in the bible it talk about the covenant of the Ark being very carefully caried around the desert while the Jews were migrating and if someone unqualified came too close they would lose their life.
It's just about respecting materials is all. For instance, you wouldn't keep gold or other precious items out in the open. Same thing applies to the omiama.

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Blogger Matthew James Middleton said...

Hi! How do you do?
I'm a member of Sukyo Mahikari.
I don't think it is good to judge and say, so and so organisation is only out to make money or that one is better than the other. As it says in one of your other posts, Sukyo Mahikari is not the only path to become closer to God.
I personally don't see a problem with having respect for the omitama. Afer all, a similar story is told in the bible in regards to the Ark of the Covenant.
Imagine leaving gold out in the open or precious stones etc. There is a appropriate way to handle different items.
:) Have a nice day.

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