Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I saw this today and my jaw dropped. Introducing... *drum roll please*...Sukyo Mahikari in a box! Now you don't need to go to dojo in order to cure your aches and pains; you have Light Relief! This is a bit taken from the official site...

A Gentle Stream of Soothing Energy!
Pain—it attacks your body when you least expect it, stops you in your tracks, preys on your mind, and robs you of your happiness, spirit and freedom.
Introducing Light Relief, the safe and natural alternative to pain relief that gets you back to living well, spending time the way you really want, having fun, and enjoying the people you love.
Light Relief is an infrared light therapy device that is so effective it comes with a money-back guarantee. Light Relief uses light emitting diodes or LEDs to create a powerful stream of warm therapeutic light that penetrates deep, increasing circulation, and relieving minor muscle pain, joint pain, and stiffness where and when you need it.

Light Relief is the natural way to soothe your aches and pains and get you on your feet again. You will be amazed at how much better you feel!

Light Relief's innovative and compact design is durable, lightweight and portable. It goes anywhere, and fits in the palm of your hand. You can easily remove the comfort pad and it's flexible to fit every curve of your body.

Light Relief is made to the highest quality standards and is backed by a two-year warranty.
So get back to living life to the fullest and feeling good again, like thousands of people have. Climb that mountain, spread your wings and fly.

This infomercial provided me with a half hour of entertainment...especially when they started talking about toxins! Seriously...this thing sounded like promotion for SM. I am going to order like twenty of these and then open up my own store next to the dojo and offer light relief healing.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Karma: Is Misfortune Good or Bad?

I have been thinking a lot about karma. In Sukyo Mahikari karma has a huge impact on the life cycle; in fact, it is due to ones negative karma that it is supposedly essential to join SM and take kenshu, bring in new members, receive okiyome daily, and adhere to all the other tedious tasks that SM deems mandatory to ridding oneself of the clouds on the soul. It is like a domino effect and negative karma is the first domino knocked over, setting off a chain reaction.

However, there are two completely different kinds of karmic belief.

The first belief states that bad things happen to people because they have done terrible things in their past lives. The religions who teach this belief, like SM, believes that mishaps in life are due to accumulated negative karma; therefore a person must compensate through misfortune for their sins of the past. SM teaches that the worst thing one can do for a person going through suffering is aid them to make the suffering less painful. For example, if you were to give a homeless man on the street some money for a meal; you are interfering with his compensation process and thus preventing him from working off his sins and impurities through physical suffering. SM believes in no charity of any kind for this reason.

The second belief states that bad things happen to people who are more spiritually elevated. For example, Gnostism teaches that everyone makes a contract with God prior to coming to Earth to live their life. The contract is a promise to live a life exactly the way it is written on a chosen chart. A chart is a blueprint of life; which documents everything that will happen to a person throughout their lifetime: their parents, birth, spouse, kids, job, death…everything is preordained, discussed, and chosen by the soul in question and God before life begins. People have the opportunity to live multiple lives because Jesus died on the cross so that all sins could be forgiven; it is due to his sacrifice that people have the opportunity to be born multiple times to learn new life lessons with every chart.

The hope is that someday a soul will be spiritually pure enough to go to Heaven and be with God eternally. Now, with that established…Gnostics believe that, just like school, you start out with easy lessons and work your way up to harder lessons. Thus, a homeless man on the street that is going through an extreme amount of suffering is more spiritually elevated than someone who has a simple life, makes a lot of money, and has not a care or worry in the world. Therefore, people who have difficult lives should be revered for their strength; because they are so far along in their spiritual evolution that they have to go through a harder life.

Quite a contrast in the karmic belief! SM would have members believe that they are the spiritually superior group; that they have to stay so busy purifying themselves because they have a divine mission that they cannot be bothered with any other act of kindness or aid. To them, being at the dojo, being available to offer okiyome to SM members on call, is the best thing they can do for humanity. They turn their noses up at people in trouble. They turn their noses up at people who ask for charity. They scoff at the humanitarian effort. But what if karma works the opposite way? What if misfortune is a natural part of spiritual evolution and the people who have a carefree life, a life where they can sit at dojo all day without a care while time slips by, where they can offer okiyome and avoid the rest of humanity selfishly, only worrying about their own purification and the few people they are able to sucker into joining…are the ones who still have a lot of work to do through reincarnation?

It got me thinking…