Monday, May 22, 2006

No Faith Necessary

Joe said something interesting in a comment he left for Anne’s latest post. He said, “In SM, you are told you do not even have to believe to receive miracles!” I have always heard this, but sometimes you hear things hundreds of times before it really sinks in, the cult mind control tells you ‘don’t think and accept’ and you do. Maybe this is why I am only now looking at these words and pondering their meaning.

Garry Greenwood said in All the Emperors Men that Dr. Tebecis would tell potential members at seminars that a belief in God was not necessary in order to receive the benefits of “True Light”, but how can someone with no belief in God possibly hope to gain His benefits? After all, okiyome is radiated through the hands, but prior to that it comes through God, into Keishu, radiates through her omitama and reaches the rest of us via our omitamas.

How can one believe in okiyome without a belief in a higher power and more importantly, why would God save a person from the Baptism of Fire who did not want to follow Him? Here are the questions I asked myself…

1. Why it is acceptable for Mahikari members to not believe in the teachings and yet they survive the Baptism of Fire, whereas non-members do not believe and they are damned?

2. Are works alone (i.e.: okiyome, divine service, yoko gardening, flower arranging, etc) what saves people from the Baptism of Fire? Does spirituality and faith have nothing to do with it?

In regards to question 1, Mahikari would have you believe that the difference is okiyome.

I have a different theory.

When I was a Mahikari members there were Atheists and Agnostic members who would come to practice the “Art of True Light”. These people were quick to argue the existence of God, but yet they would magically become pious when executing the chants, bows, and claps prior to beginning okiyome. I always used to wonder what they were thinking when offering a prayer to God after completing their bows, or when chanting the Amatsu, which is considered a prayer.

I am an Agnostic and I myself do not believe true Atheism exists. I think it’s an excuse to ignore God. Sorry if that is offensive to anyone, but whether you believe in a messiah or not God is there; even people in violent third world countries who are dying, starving, living in a permanent state of war reach up to God with their last dying breath. God is like the wind, you cannot see it, but you can feel it.

Atheists, whether you admit it or not you KNOW something is there.

Now…if you chose to ignore it because you do not want to have to be responsible and chose one path to God (for fear that it might be the wrong one) I understand because I am doing that…but that is called Agnostic (which means to ignore truth) not Atheists (which means one who disbelieves the existence of God) *getting off soap box*

Back on topic, Mahikari makes the claim that faith is irrelevant, that only okiyome matters. How can that be acceptable? The answer is simple really…*drum roll* because Mahikari is making more money having an Atheist/Agnostic on their knees offering okiyome rather than by pushing them away from the organization the way other religions do.

It is not about okiyome…okiyome is not what sets Atheist Mahikari members apart from non-members (because even a non-member is welcome to receive okiyome), it is how much money the Atheist member is shelling out. While an Atheist member can choose not to believe in the teachings and yet join the organization, make donations, and offer okiyome; the non-member does not pay anything and cannot offer okiyome.

It is in Mahikari’s best judgment to take whoever they can get as their numbers are dwindling. I feel so smart! Ha Ha! I broke the code! Sorry…I know it is really simple and I probably should have thought of it before, but this was a huge revelation to me.

As for my second question, Mahikari tells members that they are saved by their works, not by their faith. This is convenient because it makes the religion more approachable to people who have been raised in different faiths. Members are told okiyome is the key to their salvation because through okiyome they are erasing sins and impurities and winning points with God. This aspect works with all faiths as Christians and many other religions believe in sin and any other religion believes in karma and karmic impurities…in this aspect Mahikari does work with all religions, but once the divine teachings are applied the doctrine no longer coincides with most religions.

This is why the emphasis is put on works alone instead of faith; because many people cannot accept the teachings of Mahikari in correlation to their faith…if they are told that faith is irrelevant then Mahikari wins because the person will still join, offer okiyome, and pay the money required. It is all about MONEY! Every little aspect. Okada was a smart business man, but a messiah, I am afraid not.

3 Comments:

Blogger Asher Kennedy said...

Yes, Kotama was definitely smart and Keishu is just as smart and deceptive. Now that little bits of the teachings are being proven false, Keishu still has members hanging on her every precious word by saying 'the light of the truth is getting brighter'. This is her excuse whenever something gets proven false.

My mother tried to tell me that Keishu is humble, that she still lives in the same home she lived in before Mahikari had a lot of members, that she drives old cars, and shuns material things. What a crock! But the sad part is thet members believe this and don't bother to investigate the claims. If they do investigate them they decide she is entitled to it because she is the daughter of Kotama.

What I want to know is how do Kotama's biological children live these days?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I think you are right in one thing...far fewer people would join SM if they were told they had to believe the teachings, believe in God, etc., in order to attend kenshu. I think this is just part of the "try it and see" strategy.

SM promoters say things like one will become aware of God and the spiritual world through practicing okiyome. In other words, I really think they expect members to eventually believe in God and all the teachings of SM, even though they say its okay at first to not believe those things. Certainly, teachings say that a selfless attitude of serving God leads to receiving more blessings.

Money could well be a factor from the point of view of SMs top leaders, but I think the mind control aspect is perhaps a more important factor.

If non-believers are attending a dojo, receiving okiyome, and hearing teachings, then the various mind-controlling forces have a chance to take effect and start to re-script the person's beliefs and concepts of reality. Without those forces, I rather doubt if anyone could possibly believe all Okada's teachings...which is why I think SM says you don't need to believe at first. Just "try it and see" and give us a chance to make you believe...

6:22 PM  
Blogger Deepti Nangia said...

The first thing that triggered me was SM claiming that their God is the true god.. Rest nothing exists. That's the most stupid statement.. I hope such organisations simply shut Down.

2:46 PM  

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