Record of Enlightening Talks, Issue 2
January 8, 1949

November 28

QUESTION: There are many people who die as a result of injections. Is this because of the toxins inside the medicine that is injected?
ANSWER: You have to remember that medicines do not contain poisons per se. The authorities would not permit the use of the medicine if it did. In the recent case of diphtheria in Kyoto, the Red Cross Hospital in Osaka made the medicine, so there is no reason it should have contained poisons. A Sadamichi Hirasawa wasnft involved c. And here is the point. As I often say, there is really no such thing as medicine. If there is anything that could be called medicine, it is rice. Human beings cannot live without rice. Sugita Genpaku said that what medicines are is poison used to control poison, a very apt description. The property of poisons is that they weaken the body and suppress purificationc.Because purificatory power is growing stronger in the spiritual world, the fluids that contain the medicine which are injected into the body gather to one place. And it is then that various kinds of impairments can occur. Hemorrhaging of the liver is one of these. Blood filled with toxins collects locally which generates fever with pain. During the period when the purificatory power was weaker, injected medicine traveled throughout the entire body, and then gathered locally. Now, however, the toxins gather in one spot before they can be dispersed throughout the entire body.

QUESTION: Does the body stiffen after an injection?
ANSWER: If the injection is made directly into a blood vessel, the area around the vessel is affected. If, as a result of direct ingestion into a blood vessel, a foreign object goes to the heart, one can die.

QUESTION: In response to bad publicity either on a personal or institutional level, should we as people of faith answer with good publicity?
ANSWER: It does not matter if you explain a mistake, but it is better to leave bad publicity alone. Still, it will not do to shrink in the face of vexation or annoyance. It is quite all right to be poorly spoken of. Being spoken poorly of is purification, and when spoken poorly of, your own sins will be dispelled.

QUESTION: There is the concern that obstacles will occur and continue as a result of bad advertising.
ANSWER: It is all right if these bad things occur. This advice is the opposite from what until now people have said you should doc.When I lived in Omori, I laughed it off when people spoke ill of me. In Omotofs prophetic writings is the line, gGodfs administration gets better when spoken ill of,h which well expresses the concept. There are many religions and there isnft one that was well spoken of in its beginnings. Even Christianity, now well known throughout the world, started out with only eleven disciples. Furthermore, it was not until about ten years after Jesus died that his teachings were begun to be written down, to form what we know of as the Bible today. From this stage, Christianity spread. Buddhism was different, but that was because Shakyamuni was a prince. Miki Nakayama of the Tenri religion was put in jail more than twenty times and was prosecuted four times. The point is that one is never spoken well of in the beginning. Even now there are those who speak ill of the Tenri religionc.

QUESTION: How would it be to try to defend oneself in the face of bad publicity?
ANSWER: Donft. Making excuses is uncivilized. To be able to laugh away criticism is a sign that one has advanced one step as a human being. In any situation that seems like a win-lose situation, it is better to seem to lose. If you win, you will be worrying about whether the person who lost bears you a grudge or not, but you wonft be worrying so if you lose. Most of all, people should act so that the spirit of grudges does not form against them, that the spirit of appreciation comes to them. You should not act so as to attract grudges from people. For such behavior, you will not lose spiritually.

QUESTION: There is a saying that a steady livelihood is a precondition for peace of mind. Does this apply to the present conditions of society as well?
ANSWER: Yes, it applies. People who suffer in poverty cannot have good ideas and may even try to fool others, so you must try to get to a level where you do not have worries about daily life. For example, when you are suffering from sickness, you do not feel appreciation. You are only fooling yourself. Until now, when writing the Buddhist concept of satori, the ideogram for gresignationh was used, but I write satori using the ideogram gknow,h the satori of learning.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about your character, your personality, and its relationship to the thought of Japan as a divine country.
ANSWER: The way of thinking that sees Japan as a divine country will not do at all. I have no relationship whatsoever to this kind of thought. You should tell people about me as you think I am. What is important here is to think about my work. For example, until now, nothing could be done about the length of human life. But I can prolong life. So, the issue is that fact. Talk about gthe reappearance of the Christh has appeared in the world now and then, but there is no actual record of the fact that it occurred. About thirty years ago, a thirty-year-old man named Sunder Singh walked on the water in India, and some even thought he was the reappearance of the Christ, but he died young. But what good does it do for human beings or society if an individual walks on water? He is just a showman There has to be some actual result, like sickness being healed or the issue of poverty being solved. I am only saying but neither Shakyamuni nor Christ, even though they were great, could heal disease. Christ was able to heal a few, but his disciples couldnft. And even about Shakyamunifs death, what has been transmitted down to this day differs from what actually happened.

QUESTION: Sometimes, ill Johrei recipients present with spiritual actions, and the actions seem to differ depending on the person channeling and on the place where Johrei is being channeled. Why does this happen?
ANSWER: Yes, of course it differs. It depends on whether the spirit doing the possessing is spiritually above or below the person channeling. If the spirit is above, the spirit would say, gI want to talk to you,h and if below, gYou are great so I will talk to you.h Foxes are especially like this, and towards people with greater amounts of light, they will show respectc. When the cause is a spirit wandering around there can be two reasons. First, because the spirit is suffering due to purification from the light, it will come to the light and second, when a spirit has not been possessing someone for very long, it is liable to wander about. The area or location itself does not have a direct influence on this phenomenon, but, there are locations to which many spirits are attached and there are areas to which not have many are attached. For example, if there is a leader of fox spirits in a district, there will be many followers nearby.

QUESTION: We often hear that spiritual phenomenon occurs because a certain minister has a lot of spiritual power, or that because the minister is possessed, many similar spirits are attracted and gather around c.?
ANSWER: There is something to the fact that the amount of spiritual phenomena will vary with the minister, but spirits donft gather around because of a certain person.

QUESTION: There are some patients who come and who, depending on the branch, are not easily healed. Does this mean that there is something on which the ministers at the branch should be reflecting? Or is this at the discretion, the pleasure of God?
ANSWER: There is no such thing as the discretion of God or the pleasure of God. It is Godfs discretion that all be saved. That a personfs condition cannot be healed is not because it is Godfs direction. I talked on this topic yesterday but there is no such thing as a ggod of war.h The verdicts in the recent trials of war criminals were too lenient. Because many thousands of people died on account of these war criminals. The sins of Mr. Hirasawa of the Teigin Incident are like the excrement of a flea compared to those of these war criminals. In reference to these verdicts, General McArthur said to let this occasion be the end to war and this is the way it should be. The Japanese people do not have the right attitude concerning these trials. They sympathize with these criminals, and they want the sentences reducedc. A god that helps to kill others for purposes of avenging is not a true, righteous godc. Patients donft improve with Johrei because the minister of the center does not have a clear head. If you channel to the vital points, healing will be quicker, and if you miss the vital points, the condition does not heal. Some people think that if they channel Johrei to the whole body, like a machine gun they will eventually hit a vital point, but this way of channeling will not do. When you channel like a machine gun, there may be instances where, to dissolve the solidified toxins of one small lump, you start fever throughout the entire body, but all you have to do is channel to that one small lump and the fever will abate.

QUESTION: Can the vital points be determined even when the recipient is wearing clothes?
ANSWER: Of course they can! It is imperative to know the fundamental areas to channel for each particular condition. For example, with someone with a bad stomach, all you have to do is channel to the back to heal the condition.

QUESTION: How should we enshrine the ancestors of people who join the church who used to be Shinto?
ANSWER: Keep the ancestors enshrined as they are. If they have been enshrined in Shinto form for generations, the ancestors will get mad if they are changed to a Buddhist-like enshrinement. To change is a big mistakec Reiyukai often enshrines the ancestors of other non-related people, which is a good thing. It is good to have these kinds of facilities. I have enshrined in my own family shrine many spirits of individuals to whom I am not related who have passed away.

QUESTION: A certain person has killed a white snake in his warehouse with a dirt floor. Is this spirit above that of a human being? And, if enshrined, how should it be enshrined? For how long?
ANSWER: Whatever kind of snake, they all rank under human beings. In the same way, any inari, no matter how magnificent it appears, also ranks under human beings. I heard a story about how someone who enshrined an inari, and wrote gtrue second place.h The inari got mad. Itfs not a big thing so you might as well write gtrue first place.h Dragon spirits shouldnft be enshrined because they are a lot of trouble. But if you do, put the name of the family or of the area and add gGracious Deityh (myojin) to form the name of the enshrined dragon spirit. And, when you call them to come, say out loud, gAll those dragon spirits who were burned and died, we will enshrine you here, so please come and rest together here.h Offerings need only be given once a month, something you think the spirits might like, and a single service once a month is sufficient. The shrine itself can be diagonally placed but it should face in the general direction where the Tathagata of Divine Light scroll is dedicated. The spirits can be bathed in the light and grow spiritually more quickly. They only have to be enshrined for three years. Dragon spirits will then go to heaven. When they go to heaven, they often inform us in our dreams.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about what I should do in these two cases. One, I dug up an unmarked corpse while cutting trees in the forest. Two, I found the corpse of someone who died an unusual death in my fields.
ANSWER: For corpses who have no relation to you and who died without someone to care for their graves, set up a headstone in a cleared area, at least ninety centimeters square although one hundred and eighty centimeters square is usual, and put flowers and offerings on it once in a while. Doing so will help you accumulate virtue. For corpses who have died in unusual ways, enshrine them in your own family temple. The spirit tablet can read gAll spirits.h

QUESTION: Does the spiritual world exist someplace in the universe?
ANSWER: The spiritual world is where human beings live. The spiritual world also exists to a certain height above the earth. There is neither a divine world nor a world of buddhas at places like the north and south poles where people donft live. For most cases, it is sufficient to think that the spiritual world exists where people live.

December 8, Wednesday

QUESTION: We are told to channel Johrei to the vital points, and I would like to ask which we should consider to be most important, the physical aspects, such as the vital points, or the religious aspects, that is, faith.
ANSWER: You should consider the physical aspects more important. This is because the places that have lots of spiritual clouds are the same as those that have lots of toxins. Evil spirits attach themselves to areas on the physical body that are spiritually cloudy. It is easier to understand it if you look at it physicallyc. That evil attaches itself to places that have toxins means that the evil spirit may dodge and get away if you channel Johrei only to the places where there are toxins, but these places are easy to determine because evil will certainly go to the places where there are toxins.

QUESTION: Since we were organized as a religion last year, recipients do not remove articles of clothing nor do we touch them, so it is very hard to find the vital points, and especially since we donft conduct introductory courses in the same way we did before, I think it must be very hard or almost impossible for members to find the vital points of a particular recipientc.
ANSWER: Yes, this is often the case. In these instances, it is all right to touch around the neck and shoulders, but this touching is only to determine the presence or absence of fever. Most of the vital points are chiefly in the upper part of the body. The first vital points are the lymph glands right below the ears and those in the neck. The second vital point is the area in the back of the head. Touch the forehead of the recipient and if there is fever, you can be pretty sure the cause is in the deep recess of the forehead, in the back of the head, or in the lymph glands below the ears. So, try channeling Johrei first to the forehead. After channeling Johrei for a while to the forehead, if the fever subsides a bit, you can assume the cause of the fever was in the deep recess of the forehead. If the fever persists, channel to the lymph glands under the ears. And, if the fever persists, to the back of the head. And, if it still persists, to the shoulders. This order will take care of about eight-in-ten fever-related illnesses. Because there is fever in these areas, recipients produce coughs, phlegm, and are mentally vacant or melancholicc. For disease of the hand, the shoulders are important. Use the hands is lost with palsy and along with frostbite, the shoulders should be channeled to. For frostbite, if one channels only to the localized area of the hands, there will be temporary improvement, but the condition will return.

QUESTION: What about asking the recipient to disrobe?
ANSWER: Asking people to disrobe the first time they receive Johrei will make them feel uncomfortable, but after they are used to Johrei, it should be all right. You should be flexible about these thingsc. One more important item is that there are some people who have something like a ridge in the area from the kidneys to the middle of the back, from the shoulder blades to both sides of the backbone, and this is the cause for people with stomach problems or who are melancholic. Of course, the source is the kidneys, and for people with pain is the small of the back and stomach, the cause is in the renal pelvis. If you squeeze or slightly push in an area slightly below the kidneys, it should hurt, and here fever often appears. For those whose pain in the small of the back or in the stomach is so bad they feel they will collapse, Johrei channeled to the renal pelvis should soon relieve their pain.

QUESTION: How should we channel to people with appendicitis or those with liver problems?
ANSWER: By all means, channel Johrei to the back. Both conditions will be healed when you channel Johrei to the back. For people who have pain in the abdomen, channel to the indented place just a little bit above the hipbone. Conditions like stomach cramps should get Johrei on the shoulder blades.

QUESTION: Is it all right to have people lie down and channel Johrei to them?
ANSWER: Yes, itfs all right. Depending on the condition, it is good to have them lay down. But even when they are laying down, keep your hand from about six inches to one foot away from the body.

QUESTION: Do we have to worry so much about the distance?
ANSWER: You donft have to worry about it that muchc. When channeling Johrei to those who are on their backs because of their physical conditions, you can stick your hand between the bed and the recipient and channel to the affected area. But in regular cases, to touch the body is not what is done in a religion, and you will get better effect if you keep your hand away from the body.

QUESTION: What about asthma?
ANSWER: You will know the vital point for a specific personfs asthma because when you channel Johrei there, the pain will be lightened. That is the vital point for that individualfs asthma.

QUESTION: In what terms should we think about following Kannon and about following you?
ANSWER: If you channel Johrei to the vital points, the condition will heal. It is not bad to think about following Kannon or me, but if you are too concentrated on these aspects, the channeling becomes your own power, not other power. It is best to channel as if you are Kannonfs instrument. It is important to lean neither to the spiritual nor to the physical. The general principle of healing is to infuse the spirit into the body of the recipient. For example, when channeling to the chest from the front, channel as if you are aiming for the back. Recipients have the power to heal themselves, so you should make use of that power.

QUESTION: There are many people who have made Benzaiten (Saraswati) and Inari their own guardian deities, but can these be relied upon? And, what kind of relationship do these guardian deities have with the secondary and primary spirit?
ANSWER: You can rely upon them. And, if you ask these deities for benefits, they have to give them to you. If they donft give them to you, they are not performing their main mission. But, because most of them donft have that much power, they tend to be overcome by evil forces. These deities differ from the primary and secondary spirits. They contribute power to the primary spirit and give orders to the secondary spirit. So, even though they are called gguardian spirits,h they are indirect guardian spirits. In the case of those who follow the XXX Inari, people receive a guardian spirit, but this is more like a talisman and what gguardsh the follower are the dependents of the foxes the inari protects. There are thousands and thousands of dependents, and they will answer certain requests. These are low-level requests like geisha who ask to be given a sponsor, but deities of true divine lineage will not even consider such low-level requests. The so-called indirect guardian spirits possess or attach themselves to the physical bodies. They are like borders in onefs home.

QUESTION: I understand that this path deeply values propriety and order. How should we handle it when members and ministers can easily change their affiliation?
ANSWER: From now on, affiliations will be made clear and direct. Going to a church because you like one minister or leaving another church because you donft like the minister is in great error. From Godfs point of view, such actions are very dubious. Up to now I have kept silent and let people change if they come to me and ask,c. but I have decided that from now on affiliations will be set according to geography. We have the headquarters here with three branches of the headquarters. Under the three branches of the headquarters, we have the various societies, and to each society is affiliated various branches. Branch heads will be ministers, and ministers will be those who have brought more than a hundred people to the church, or who have donated more than thirty-thousand yen, or who have been recommended by the sub-branch head. When an organization has more than ten branches, it will be split up and made into a separate society, and when a society has more than ten branches, it will be made into a separate organization. People who have worked hard and have something to show for it should move up. That is the way things should be.

QUESTION: What is the nationality to which the spirit of a child of a mixed marriage belongs?
ANSWER: The same as that of the father.

QUESTION: Equality between the sexes is being much talked about these days.
ANSWER: Even though equality of the sexes has become a topic these days, the male represents the spirit and the female, the physical, so the male is above.

QUESTION: In a funeral, should the prayer to the deceased be the Amatsu Norito or the Zengen Sanji? Or, should both prayers be offered?
ANSWER: Actually, both. But, in Shinto, there is a separate prayer for the deceased and that should be offered. If the service is a Shinto one, offer the Amatsu Norito after the service, if the funeral is a Buddhist one, offer the Zengen Sanji after the sutra is recited. When all the attendees of a funeral service are members, the way it should be done is for all attendees to offer prayers.

QUESTION: Are the prayers offered to God or to the deceased?
ANSWER: The prayers are offered not to God but to the deceased.

QUESTION: According to history, the Buddhist arts of the age of Prince Shotoku and the culture of the common people during the Genroku era are magnificent examples that surpass even the art and cultures of today. Is there some special significance to this?
ANSWER: This is a topic that continually intrigues me as well. The skills of the people of these times are so much more masterful than even those of today. As far as painting is concerned, the painters of today are artistic craftsmen. They do not depict anything, they just fill in colors. Todayfs paintings are just outlines to be filled in, which is probably what the export markets wantc. Western oil painting has merely become a preposterous digression of culture. Impressionism was all right until its later period but after that depiction became merely subjective and the objective was totally ignored. It is like a currency that does not circulate. The purpose of art is to heighten peoplefs sentiments and improve their character through form, but modern Western art only makes the viewerfs spirit decline. That is not beauty, it is ugliness. Human beings are creating it, but it does not look like human beings created it. It looks like it was created by monsters. Last year, the Yomiuri Newspapers held an gExhibit of Western Art,h a display of reproductions, but it appears as if painting has disappeared in the Westc I have recently purchased a doll that was made in the Keicho era (1596-1615), and works today cannot even approach it. Eighteenth-century ceramics by Ninsei have a freshness about them. Those produced nowadays seen old-fashioned (Doll is shown on Meishu-samafs right).
     This hairstyle is made in the style of the Keicho era and these garments are those of a sarugashi dancer. The face has character and is soft, and the trunk of the body and the pose of the arms and legs is good. Another example is bronze ware that was developed during the Chou dynasty in China, and though these works are over four to five thousand years old, they are very well done. Nowadays, Itaiha (?) is a master in producing bronze ware, and I would buy his work if available. This is a piece, though, that was made in imitation of the Chou-dynasty style. Ryuhei Tatsumura as well, nowadays, is a master known for kodaigire (woven silk), but even those whose quality I think is good are made in imitation of Shosoin patterns. What is known as good gire is kodaigire. In those days, the gire picture mountings are really very good. They show a highly advanced technique. Nowadays, they canft even imitate the Kinran gire pattern. I have a flower vase by Ninsei, with an eight-cornered top and a circular bottom. The curved lines do not appear broken as they change into eight sides. Such a shape cannot be made these daysc. Music is the same. There doesnft seem to be anything good these days. Beethoven and Bach date from more than a hundred years ago. All the pieces deserving the title gmasterpieceh are from at least a hundred years ago. Debussy does not interest me at all. I donft listen to any new nagauta either. Pieces like Eichigo Soshi and Kanjincho date from the beginning of the Meiji era around 1868. This is really very intriguing. As for the cause of this, probably all that could be said is this. That because of small pox vaccination, the human body has weakened and human beings have lost their staying power, their endurance. People today do not have as much perseverance as their predecessors and give up projects midway. Actors today cannot imitate the practice routines of the actors of the past. Masters of their professions in the past did not simply teach their students, they made their students into professionals. If masters treated their apprentices in that manner these days, their apprentices would run away. The actor who [Editorfs note indicates the name is Nakamura Nakazô] performed the role of Sadakuro in The Story of the Forty-seven Masterless Samuraic I forgot his name c. made strenuous efforts in various ways. One day he went into a restaurant and there was a sudden evening shower. At that moment, there burst into the restaurant a man who looked like a masterless samurai. As the actor witnessed the man seeking shelter in the restaurant, he thought, gThatfs it!h He immediately started to imitate that way of bursting into a room on the stage and the audience really enjoyed itc. People today do not have the perseverance to do this. We havenft had any true masters since vaccination was introduced. Because of the way we live nowadays, we donft take enough time to persevere in the efforts we put into our work or profession.

QUESTION: Between couples and their children, there are cases where people sacrifice themselves for someone else, but how should we evaluate these cases of sacrifice in the name of human relations?
ANSWER: This is a bit abstract and difficult to understandc.

QUESTION: This question involves the case of a woman with a husband with no means of earning a living and is of no support at all had served the husband for many long years, could not bear it any longer and left himc.
ANSWER: This is a case where the wife has an amount of sins that would cause such a sacrifice. She should wait for a certain amount of time. If she bears up and waits, God will make it so she can separate from her husband naturally. In this case, if she has a sense of faith, the suffering during that interval will be decreased and the interval itself, shortened.

QUESTION: There is a certain university student who doesnft have anything wrong with him, but he steals things unconsciously. When it is pointed out to him what he is doing, he realizes what he is doing. When examined at the hospital, they found a large tumor in his brain. Can he be saved with Johrei?
ANSWER: He can easily be healed. Turning this patient over to a doctor will produce terrible results. Many individuals have growths inside their heads. When Johrei is channeled from the outside, the growth dissolves and is discharged through the eye and nasal mucous.

QUESTION: Is there any spiritual reason for this condition?
ANSWER: There are occasions when a spirit possesses a person as toxins accumulate, but most of the time, the cause of such diseases is merely the accumulation of toxins. 

QUESTION: Until now a large component of the work of the great composers of Western music has been pathos, and this aspect certainly moves people, but since pathos will disappear in paradise on earth, does that mean that the arts too will become cheery and bright?
ANSWER: Yes, thatfs right. Whether scripts, librettos, or screenplays, entertainment will not be marked by ostentatiousness but by brightness and cheeriness. Tragedy depicts hell, and because we have all fallen into hell, art seeks to comfort those in the same condition. Until now, Japanese have lived their lives in a feudalistic manner, so they like stories in which people are oppressed. This tendency is particularly present in Russian literature and well illustrates their national character. Americans are the most bright and cheery. The rhythm of a life without hope during the age of the czars is represented well in gSong of the Volga Boatmen.h Most of Beethoven is pathos. It is said that he produced his greatest masterpieces after he went deaf and this is very true. I myself prefer the American type.

QUESTION: What about the concept of sabi?
ANSWER: Sabi differs from pathos. Sabi is a concept exclusive to the Japanese. It is only the Japanese that appreciate the grain of wood used in the building of a house. In China and in the West, wood is traditionally painted. But in America today, there is a section of those who are starting to understand and appreciate sabi. Sabi is a concept that derives from the tea ceremony.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about the meanings of 1) the Jewel of Mani, and the jewel of Nyoi, and 2) the womb-store world (garbha-dhatu) and the diamond world (vajra-dhatu).
ANSWER: In Shinto, it is called the jewel of Mani, in Buddhism, the jewel of Nyoi. Here gjewelh means the soul or spirit and represents absolute power or strength. This power has never appeared in the world until now. It feels strange to talk about it, but this jewel is the ball of light that is in my abdomen. That is why I can do many kinds of things. I can heal people. Christ could only give this power to his twelve disciples. While traveling, Skakyamuni came down with a sudden illness, and died. This is because he didnft even have the power to heal his own body. Unlike Christ, I can create thousands and thousands of people who can heal others. This activity comes from the jewel of Mani.
     The womb-store world is the womb of Maitreya and in the world of Buddhism in which the Maitraya has yet to appear, it means the world of night. The diamond world is the daylight age. The ideogram for ggold,h the first ideogram in the compound that represents gdiamond,h stands for the light of the sun, and so the diamond age refers to the world after the descent of the Maitreya.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about right and left-handedness.
ANSWER: Left stands for the spiritual and the right, the physical. We are right-handed because we are physical so it is most natural to use the right hand. So, the pose of Shakyamuni in his statues raising his right hand is backwards.

QUESTION: They say that left-handed craftsmen are more deft and skillful.
ANSWER: They say that because Hidari Jingorô was like that. Among left-handers are those whose spirits have been turned inside out.

December 18, Saturday

QUESTION: At different times and occasions we have received instructions from you about politics, conflict, the great purification, and other matters. To ask you further about such matters, is there a more appropriate time and place to ask such questions, or is it sufficient for our understanding to ask at regular occasions like this within the usual limits of the questions that are asked here.
ANSWER: Whatever is said here is permissible. First of all, if I spoke to only one particular person at some other time, it would not be fair. One person might say, gMeishu-sama talks to So-and-So, but does not talk to me.h Furthermore, God does not have secrets. Any individual should be able to talk when they want toc. Those who have raised their spiritual level will understand my words on a deeper level. For those who have not raised their spiritual awareness as much, the words will just pass them by. A lamebrain will understand only one half of what is said, but a real blockhead will only understand one third or one fifth. Therefore, it is necessary to strive to be able to understand on a deeper level. When the big purification comes and purifies, all will be cleansed. It is the same as purification of the physical. Gradually as the transition proceeds and the world becomes daylight, purification will become exhaustive, politics will improve. We will see the politics of good. The question of what is the politics of virtuecwill be ANSWER:ed when listeners have raised their level of awarenessc

QUESTION: In the case of a minister who has channeled Johrei with sincerity but the patient dies, is that that one personfs life span? Or is it an unnatural death? If it is an unnatural death, is it because of the patientfs sins, or the inexperience, or lack of virtue of the minister? How should we evaluate such situations?
ANSWER: Basically, the responsibility is with the patient. They were not qualified to be saved. If the minister has a clear head, he can discover the vital points, but when the patient has a certain level of sin, the ministerfs head does not respond, the vital points are not discovered, and the patient dies. In the case of someone being deceived, the deceiver is only half responsible. Those who are deceived have as much clouds as it takes to be deceived. But, when you are deceived, you can eliminate your cloudsc. It is the same as an illness that is difficult to curec.Sincerity alone is not enough. A higher level of awareness is needed. One should have both sincerity and a higher level of awareness.

QUESTION: I understand the Amitabaha Tathagata had form on the physical plane, but there seem to be no written records of it. Why is that?
ANSWER: There are records! The Amitabha Tathagata was the Boddhisattva Dharmakara, a disciple of Shakyamuni, c although not a direct disciple, one of those who came after Shakyamuni. He promised, gI will make the pure land in the west, so those who have attained buddahood, please come,h and after establishing the pure land, became the Amitabha Tathagata. So, he probably made the pure land on this earth in those days. Followers in the Honganji Sect of Japanese Buddhism believe that when you die, you go to the pure land to be by Amitabha Tathagatafs side, so that is why I used to say, gSo, when you die, you will go to India, huh?h There is a separate self, a branch office or agency, so to speak, of Amitabha Tathagata in Japan. Last year I went to Zenkoji temple, and Amitabha was there and said to me, gI will be going back to India soon, so in the remaining time I am in Japan, please do not speak ill of me.h Since then, therefore, I donft say that any more.

QUESTION: Are there any written records concerning Kannon?
ANSWER: Yes there are! It is said that installed in the diamond seat on Mount Potalaka, the Boddhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Regarder of the Cries of the World, sitting cross-legged, preached sermons to twenty-eight groups.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about the relationship between Regarder of the Cries of the World and Tenriô.
ANSWER: Tenriô is the Regarder of the Cries of the World. According to Indian legend, it is said that in the three thousandth year, in the country of the western queen mother, the fruit of the peach will become one, and that fruit is the Boddhisattva Rolling Wheel who will save the world. The Boddhisattva Rolling Wheel is Kannon. Tenriô is a divine being comprised of ten aspects, and they are the outward manifestations for the various activities of Kannon.

QUESTION: What should we say when we pray to Daikoku-sama?
ANSWER: All you have to do is bow.

QUESTION: What about asking Daikokusama for something?
ANSWER: You can. You can ask for a lot of moneyc. It is all right to get a lot of money but the important thing is how you use it. It is important to use it for God or for doing something good.

QUESTION: Should we offer cooked rice and other things to Daikoku-sama every day?
ANSWER: You donft have to have to offer cooked rice every day. Once a month at the same time you have the service for Kannon is sufficient.

QUESTION: In the Yamagata district, Daikoku-sama is enshrined in the positive-wood-north years.
ANSWER: What is in Yamagata is Positive-Wood-Rat Daikoku which has a different significance.

QUESTION: When we hang your painting of a form of the divine and also your calligraphy, how should they be arranged?
ANSWER: You should not hang both together in one tokonoma. Letters represent the spirit, so the calligraphy has a higher level. That is why the divine scroll is calligraphy. The painting may be displayed in the next room.

QUESTION: In my home, your painting is dedicated on my second floor, and the calligraphy is dedicated downstairs.
ANSWER: Youfve got it backwards. Thatfs because a Tathagata ranks above a bodhisattva. If you donft have a place to hang one of them, put it away in a safe place.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about the difference between pulmonary tuberculosis and pulmonary gangrenec I understand that tuberculosis is spiritual, but is gangrene also spiritual? Or, is it due to medicinal toxins?
ANSWER: Tuberculosis occurs because phlegm cannot be expelled, but in pulmonary gangrene, a lump forms on the lungs. It is easy to heal and phlegm forms and comes out in bloody pus. The cause of gangrene is usually in the back, and when fever breaks out in the affected areas, touch or press them, and they will be painful. The lumps generally form on the outside of the lungs. Gangrene is due to medicinal toxins.

QUESTION: The owner of a specialized restaurant received a divine scroll and dedicated it, but the waitresses working there have one after another quit. What should he do?
ANSWER: This is creepy. What to do? He should put up a picture of Kannon or a calligraphy of words with some other meaning on it.

QUESTION: A six-month old infant whose right hand has infantile paralysis received Johrei for two months. The complexion improved greatly and the grip of the hand became stronger, but the arm still couldnft be raised or lowered. What should be done?
ANSWER: It will heal. There are hardened areas on the neck and shoulders. When you touch these areas, they are feverish, so you can identify these areas. Channel Johrei to these areas in particular.

QUESTION: There is also a hard place around the ear.
ANSWER: Yes, that has something to do with this condition. Be prepared to channel to that place patiently over a rather a long period.

QUESTION: A male, twenty years old, for no apparent reason has not been able to move his ankle for the past three years. He has been receiving Johrei for the last three months, but there is not much change. What should we do?
ANSWER: This is a condition much like palsy. In more serious cases, paralysis will go down farther and stay there. Are you not missing the vital points? It should have been healed in three monthsc. You have to channel to the crotch and thigh. Also important is the groin area, the kidneys, and the back of the knees, from the inside and outside of the ankle bonec. There will certainly be areas that are painful to the touch in these places. You must channel to the vital points. If you channel to the wrong places, the affected areas will only get worse.

QUESTION: In giving the introductory course to those who are ardent followers of other religions or who are about to join another religion, should we give these people particularly detailed, courses that start at the very beginning?
ANSWER: We do not tell people that they have to leave another religion before they can come to us. There are those who come to us while believing in another faith so it is best not to make any decisions on what to do.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about the love of God.
ANSWER: The love of God is absolute. The love that human beings have is small, but the love of God is greatc Among the various kinds of human love, the type of self love that is satisfied as long as the self is satisfied is the smallest. As human love expands, there is the love between man and wife, for children\family love, which expands out to race, party, and these levels are those which are generally considered to be normal and acceptable. But in wider terms, one thinks of others, and, at the next level, your own social class. Communism seeks to improve the conditions of the lower classes but attacks the middle and upper classes. This is still a limited, conditional love. Next is love of country, of which the war criminals are representative. They only thought of Japan and did not care what happened to Chinese, Koreans, and others. The same goes for the gloyaltyh that was so highly touted during the war. This was also a limited love. Compared to such kinds of love, the love of God includes all humanityc.not just humanity but also extends to improving the conditions of even beasts and insects. God works on various levels so the small god of just one nation is a limited love. The love I manifest is a love for humanity, so it is infinitely great. Therefore, if you make this your measure, everything else seems small. In the beginning is love of self and what is important is what we do after that. You should make your own salvation secondary. If you strive to help others toward salvation, you yourself will be saved. This is very difficult. Usually, while we are thinking we have a large, encompassing love, it is really becoming very small.

QUESTION: Why is it that rooms are darkened during séances?
ANSWER: Spirits cannot be active in illuminated areasc. Spirits that cannot be active in illuminated areas are negative spirits or spirits that are neither good nor bad. There are lots of spirits like this.

QUESTION: In a séance, the face of a spirit that had died about one hundred days before appeared and explained, gThis spirit has risen in spiritual level and has been purified so it can appear.h Isnft this the opposite reason the spirit can appear?
ANSWER: Yes, it is completely the opposite. The spirit appears because it hasnft been purifiedc. A judging divine spirit is supposed to distinguish whether a spirit is good or bad. It can be dangerous if the judging divine spirit does not do the job correctly. A spirit of low spiritual level can possess human beings. This kind of occurrence does not accord with spiritual lawsc. Seances are especially popular in England, and should be encouraged.

QUESTION: The other day there was a program on the radio about séances.
ANSWER: That way of thumbing onefs nose at the spirit is just another way of trying to show off how sophisticated one iscthe showfs producers are themselves caught in superstition and do not deserve serious consideration. The spirit of Lord Northcliffe appeared at a séance in England and spoke through a megaphone. The newspaper editor attended a séance that sought to speak to the spirit of Northcliffe and was told by a spirit where to find a certain manuscript. The spirit then gave various directions for the running of the newspaper, and Northcliffefs newspaper business continued very well. It is said that even after he died, Northcliffe ran the newspaper.

QUESTION: Wonft summoning a spirit stop its training in the spiritual world?
ANSWER: Not especially. The kind of spirit that ANSWER:s such a summons is usually from intermediate levels. Spirits in hell and spirits in heaven will not appear. So, if a spirit says it is from thousands of years ago or that it is a divine being, it cannot be trusted at all.

QUESTION: Is there any significance to the fact that at the time of the transition from night to day, you have appeared at the same time as the discovery of atomic energy?
ANSWER: The fact I was born at the time of the transition from night to day to save humanity is destiny, but it just happens that atomic energy was discovered at that time. I did not especially bring about atomic energy. Gradually as the world of day unfolds, the spirit of fire increases in the spiritual world, so it became possible to smash the atom. Actually, atomic energy is intermediate between substance and the spirit, so when the spirit of water is removed, an explosion ensues. On a deeper level of that energy is God. That atomic energy was discovered and that I was born are all a matter of timing.

QUESTION: I would like to ask about the account in the New Testament that says that Jesus took one loaf of bread, feed thousands, and that there was still some left over.
ANSWER: This is an account written by someone from later generations to make the founder of their religion look goodc. There is no doubt that Christ was a great person, but he did not possess power. But Christfs teachings and his prophecy, are considerable. If Christ had not appeared, the West would even be more barbaric. The energy that Christ contributed to the development of Western civilization is considerablecAt the same time, it is impossible to measure how great to Easterners were the blessings received from Buddhism which is composed of the teachings of Shakyamuni. The Buddhist concept of resignation has contributed considerably in the East toward easing anxiety and creating calm among the people.

QUESTION: In recent years, the amount of snow falling in the area of Yamagata has decreased. Why is this?
ANSWER: Climate is the gradual averaging out of various factors or causes. The development of radio influences this, but the main point is that as more people live in an area, the warmer it becomes. Gora in Hakone has become warmer than it was before. This is because the number of people living in Gora has grown. There is more frost in the mountains, but even the amount of frost decreases as the number of people increase. In any case, human beings are lumps of heat.

QUESTION: Female, 30 years old, suffers from spinal catarrh and for the past two years her back has become crooked. Will it be straightened if we continue Johrei?
ANSWER: If the back has become crooked, it will not return to its original position, but if Johrei is continued, the back will not get any more crooked. There may be some instances where the back straightens up a little toward its original position. When a personfs back has become hunchbacked, it is because of solidified puss. Her condition shows she has that much puss, so Johrei should be continued patiently over a long period of time.

December 28, Tuesday

QUESTION: I would like to ask about the relationship between the Japan Kannon Church and the Miroku Church and about the name of our organization in contrast to Buddhism and Christianity.
ANSWER: The organization is called the Japan Kannon Church but the word gchurchh [kyô\gteachingsh in the meaning of gchurchh] is not really appropriate, because it suggests preaching and homilies. But, as we can see in examples of other religions like Konko-kyo and Oomoto-kyo, there really isnft any other appropriate terminology, so we add the word kyô (gchurchh). Shibui has been head of the Miroku Church until now, and out of a full score of ten, Shibui has a score of six or seven. The other groups, even together, do not score more than three, so the numbers are just too uneven, and it is very difficult for them to function with the Kannon Church. They say they want to be more free to work and I have agreed with them, so they are separate.

QUESTION: Is it all right to think of them as a separate sect?
ANSWER: Yes, a separate sect. But the origin of the Miroku Church and the Kannon Church is the same. Even in Christianity, there is Catholicism and there is Protestantism. It is the same as this. If you think of the Kannon Church as vertical, it is all right to think of the Miroku Church as horizontal. When joined together, they become one. After a little while, there may be more splits. Or, after a while, they all may become one. It is the same with the name. It changes with time and circumstances.

QUESTION: When worshipping a tutelar deity (genius loci), what should you pray?
ANSWER: gUbuna no ôkami mamori tamai sakihae tame-eh (gGreat god born from this land, guide and protect me, please.h) is all right. Expressing your appreciation and asking for protection is appropriate. Prayers do not have to be made in a loud voice as many people do, low tones are sufficient. Neither do the hands have to clapped loudly, like many people do. The manner of clapping is an expression of the heart and louder does not necessarily mean better. God is not hard of hearing. The Zengen Sanji which I composed is best said in your normal tone and volume of voice. It is not as if saying a prayer in a loud voice will lead to better results than those said in any other voice.

QUESTION: Is there anything wrong if a follower of Kannon asks a tutelary god for protection?
ANSWER: Not at all. It is the role of a tutelary deity to protect the people under their protection.

QUESTION: Is clairvoyance to be believed?
ANSWER: Yes, you can believe in clairvoyance. Prophecy, though, cannot be believed.

QUESTION: There is a member who says a tengu from Mount Takao is attached to mec.
ANSWER: That is not clairvoyance. It is spiritual vision. Clairvoyance is like when you can declare how many cigarettes there are in a cigarette holder even when you havenft seen inside. Or, when you can accurately say, gYesterday, when you went home, you passed by such-and-such place and you turned at so-and-so corner.h Identifying whether people have a spirit attached is not a technique, it is spiritual vision. There are occasions when people are correct and there are times when they are not correct, but it is not entirely nonsense. You can learn clairvoyance. If you teach a twelve- or thirteen-year-old, they will have the ability to be clairvoyant by the time they are in young adulthood.

QUESTION: Many great artists experience such adverse circumstances and there are some who seem to have questionable aspects to their characters, but why is this?
ANSWER: This is true in a temporary sense but over a long period, if this situation does continue for a long period, it is because the artist is not great or has bad habits. A truly great artist should certainly be able to make a place in the world. In my case, if what I do did not have value, it would be only temporary no matter how much it was publicized. But our work develops and grows because it has value. Before, when I was about to move to Kaminoge in Tamagawa, there were some who worried about me, saying, gSuch a remote placec.,h but I replied, gSince my work is the real thing, it doesnft matter where I go.h c Are you talking about those who have bad luck even though their work is recognized by society? There certainly are many such instances in the West. Many of the artists are immoral, but from Godfs perspective, they are not true artists, they are devilish. Love for others and making trouble for others is of no consequence to them. They respect only their own art and do not contribute much to society and the world. That is the cause of their misfortune. There are many such types among Western musicians and authors. Johann Strauss was first a banker, but because he got so involved in music, he was fired, and at long last, his music was recognized by the emperor but that is because Strauss and the emperor were in the same situation. Beethovenfs case is extreme. He was deaf and had failed in love, as did Schubert. Beethovenfs style was born in sorrow, so when you hear his music, it is not pleasurable but gloomy. We can sympathize to a certain degree with dark feelings when we are not feeling so greatc. His Fifth Symphony is very good, but it is born from gloom.

QUESTION: What about Leonardo da Vinci?
ANSWER: He is very great. His case differs a little. But was he that unhappy? He was a tremendous man of religion, of art, a prophet, an inventor. I sometimes think I have a lot in common with him. His paintings are magnificent, and The Last Supper and his depictions of the Madonna are well done. He also invented prototypes for the airplane and the submarine. In any case, he was a wonderful genius. His American equivalent would be Edisonc.Artists are rather complex and their characters cannot be easily described. Hokusai was poor. Ogata Korin was the son of a rich man, and his works carry a luxurious air about them.
     There are artists whose characters do raise concern. Kumofemon brought naniwabushi to the popularity it has these days, but there was no one more immoral than he. His teacher was Naniwatei Shigeyoshi and Kumofemon had an affair with Shigeyoshifs wife and the two ran away together [sic]. This was an extremely immoral act. Immoral because a pupil stole his masterfs wife. Kurofemon couldnft stay in Tokyo, so he went to Osaka, and then on to Kyushu, incorporating the biwa into his work and creating Kurofemonbushi. Shigeyoshi [Mikawatei Umekurma] passed away and so Kurofemon returned to Tokyo, so you can see that there are times when a personfs art does not match character. Kurofemonbushi is good but I do not care for it. Interestingly, though, I like the naniwabushi of other people very much. Because the character of artists work through what they produce, the characters of those who enjoy Kurofemon do weaken. The corrupting process works through the spiritual cord produced by his voice. Shimomura Kanzan told me once, gPainting represents the character through brush and pigments,h and this is true. Until now, art has not really been conveyed to all through character, but now we will see artists with character. The Kannon Church will produce excellent artistsc.but when we talk about individuals with character, we usually think of a first-rate moralist, a man with one wife who does not drink alcohol at all, but this thinking is shojo. In daijo terms, even a person who appears undisciplined can be a person of character. Saneatsu Mushakoji has a wife, but he loves a girl from the provinces and has made his legal wife miserable. Hogetsu Shimamura is a person of character, but only on the surface does he appear to be quite immoral. I know Hogetsufs wife. She is the typical housewife type with absolutely no understanding of literature or art. She is the ordinary type who is quite happy when her has husband scrupulously brings home his salary every month. She does not fit in with Hogetsu at all, so together these two are really unhappy. To this situation, there happened to appear Sumako Matsui so it is unavoidable that the two came together as they did. I saw the movie, Towards the Truth (Shinjitsu Ichirô) and his situation is depicted well in the moviec. The worst thing is for a man to just look at a woman and, merely using her as a tool of his pleasure, go after the woman. This will not do at all. But, in the case of Hogetsu and Saneatsu, you cannot say this. This is the daijo way of looking at things.

QUESTION: In these cases, do their actions become a sin?
ANSWER: Sumakofs sin is light because she does not have a husband. But for Hogetsu, it becomes a sin, but all he has to do is atone for itc In politics, it is the same. Diet members who have ended up in the detention center had to use money if they wanted to become cabinet members. You cannot get elected if you are squeaky clean. If you really want to live a life where you donft commit any immoral acts at all, you should go to the mountains and eat only berries from trees and the roots of plants. That is the way the world is nowadays. It is completely sullied. I have come to clean the world, and for that reason, religion is necessary.

QUESTION: I believe that justice is necessary as a base for compassion, and I would like to receive guidance about the relationship between compassion and justice as expressed in Christfs admonition, gIf someone strikes your right cheek, offer them your left cheekh and in the philosophy of non resistancec.
ANSWER: These are very good. You will not go wrong with such attitudes. They are very good, but so difficult to practice! When asked to lend money, Oomotofs foundress Nao Deguchi would lend people money. She was not anxious as to whether the person could actually return the money or not, and she would also forget she had lent the money. But in practical terms, this is quite impossible. It may work on a personal level, but particularly between nation sates, it is not the way to handle affairs. A nation cannot have half its territory taken, and then say,c gPlease take the rest.h So, it is all right to apply Christfs admonition flexibly, adapting it to each particular case. During the war, the phrase, gself-annihilation for the sake of Japanh was often used, but this is a falsehood. If I am annihilated, its over for me. Sacrificing, not extinguishing oneself is another thing, thoughc.

QUESTION: I do not believe it is compassionate to overlook bad and faulty propaganda or the evil deeds of a person too clever by half. Further, I believe it encourages the growth of evil customs in one part of society, but how should these matters be handled?
ANSWER: Even on the subject of evil and faulty propaganda, it may be that God is using someone to spread this evil propaganda. In the case of the recent tax problems we recently had, at first I thought it was a result of the evil forces, but upon investigating I realized it was all Godfs work. So, that incident actually has had good benefits to our work in various areasc.So, as our faith deepens, we realize we do not have do anything about evil propaganda. Even if we say that ignoring it encourages evil practices, anything we might do would be trying to control human beings which we really cannot do.
     Rather, you should look to your own evil and think about how you can correct your own mistakes. You cannot correct the evils of other persons. You can hope that other individuals will do a certain thing or act in a certain way, but you cannot actually do anything about itcIn all matters, there is that which should be done and that which should not be done, but in most circumstances, if we say, gDo such-and-such,h the person will do too much, and if we say, gDonft do such-and-such,h the person does nothing at all. It is the same with the taste of your food. If you think a dish not sweet enough, you add something and it becomes too sweet, and then when you think it too sweet, you do something, and it becomes too salty. It is very difficult to get things just right. So, it is very important to think about the degree of a matter. This is wisdom. We leave things in Godfs hands, but it is a matter of degree. The old proverb, gHuman beings do their best, and then wait for heavenfs ordersh is very apt. Human beings do what they can do, should do in a particular situation, and from then leave it to God. What we leave to God will vary according to the time, place, and occasion. Saneatsu Mushakoji said, gDo strongly as God does, do weakly as God doesh and this also is very apt. God also works at one time strongly and at another, weakly. Among the various manifestations of Kannon, the Horse-headed Kannon blows flames from its mouth and the eyes are gleaming, but these actions are made to help save the beings in the Hell of Beasts. Being able to skillfully do different things shows wisdom. The method that gives the best effect is the best one and to find it, takes wisdom.

QUESTION: I believe that while in prison Socrates took poison to kill himself as a form of protest against what was not right, but what do you think?
ANSWER: I do not knowcwhether to praise the act or criticize Socrates. Suicide under any circumstances will not do. Suicide is treason against God. He was an educator, not a man of religion, so he probably didnft realize that he should not commit suicide.

QUESTION: It seems that Gandhifs fasting is seen as a form of resistance towards injusticec
ANSWER: It is called gnon-resistant resistanceh and probably in India it is the only thing that could have been done. England is doing some terrible things in India. At one time the English massacred thousands of Indians, but the fact that Gandhi was shot with a pistol and died a little while ago shows that he was not blessed. If he had been blessed, such a thing would not have happened and he could have escaped such a consequence. It would have been better if he had been a member of the Kannon Churchc.
QUESTION: Did the weakness of the behavior that penetrates the justice, the righteousness of Confucius invite the misfortune of his life and weaken the Chinese race?
ANSWER: You really canft say that the Chinese race became weak because of Confucius. China was saved by the morality of Confucius. Even now, the influence of The Analects is considerable. The extent that The Analects benefited Japan before the introduction of Western civilization cannot be calculated. Confucius was not weak at all. He was strong! The strength of his thought is strong! c In that sense, Marx is strong, too. Because the strength of his thought has made communism grow to the point it is today. There are good points, even to communism. If it had not been for communism, who knows to what degree capitalists and landowners would have been able to commit evil deeds and make the people suffer. But, still, it is quite troubling that communism has taken powerc Until four or five years ago, Kusunoki Masashige and Yoshida Shoin were thought to be wonderful examples of justice, but as we know now from the war crimes trial, they represented evil thinking, so, justice and evil differ with each age. Therefore, that the teachings of Confucius and Christ do not change in each age is quite something.

QUESTION: Did Shakyamunifs weakness toward justice weaken the Indian people to the point they are today? Buddhismfs teachings may have been superior in the past but doesnft that mean that was only able to save people to the extent the way things are presently?
ANSWER: Yes, thatfs right. Not just Shakyamuni,c this can be said of all the great religious leaders until todaycThey did not have the power. Of course, they did not have the power because the right time had not come yet. The fundamental of power is that both the spiritual and the physical are united. The ideogram that is written for the word gpowerh itself is a sign that when the vertical and the horizontal are joined power is initiated. Such will be the age from now on. Power is formed when East and West, vertical and horizontal, are joined. The swastika also represents this. The swastikas of Regarder of Cries of the World and Buddhism are right-facing. The Nazifs swastika was placed slant-wise on a black ground. It is left-facing and sure enough the black background and the diagonal swastika represents the activities of the evil forces. From now, activity will be represented by the left-facing swastika.

QUESTION: In the Japan Kannon Church, the more deeply-rooted our sense of justice toward injustice is, that much more shouldnft we joyfully assist in the construction of paradise on earth while we endure all sorts sacrifices?
ANSWER: When I look at various examples of how unfolds a sense of justice towards of injustice, often what is unjust is just and what is just in unjust!

QUESTION: What about the sense of justice against the injustice of medical science?
ANSWER: That is a shojo way of looking at the issue. First of all, why do you think my path is growing? It is because of doctors! We shine because doctors cannot heal their patientsc.That is why the daijo way of looking at matters differs from that of the shojo. And, for another, someone whom we may think is bad, may when the right time comes, do wonderful work. Previously, when I tried to construct a house at Kaminoge in Tamagawa, the work was blocked by a certain person and so I couldnft build the house. But when I was building the Mountain-View Pavillion in Gora, he brought materials at a very important time. At Tamagawa I was a bit exasperated, but later I, upon reflection, I realized it was for the best and was thankfulc.

QUESTION: Working hours is a topic for discussion in various quarters these days, and I would like to ask about the issues of health and of labor.
ANSWER: Working hours will soon improve to four hours a day. I will soon start to speak more and more gradually about this. Even in agriculture, if you do not use fertilizers, four hours a day is sufficient. There was a recent report where one farmer just using compost twice was able to produce a little over five kilograms of Chinese cabbage. So, in all matters and affairs, when they come to be handled the correct way, the situation will improve so it will not be necessary to work from morning to night.

QUESTION: Is there any special significance to still birth or spontaneous abortion?
ANSWER: Yes, there is. In most cases, the causes are generally physical. In the greatest number of cases, there is a blocked solidified mass in the abdomen. It is often said that the mother cannot give birth if the walls of the abdomen are too thick, but what this means is that uric toxins have accumulated in the membrane, so the membrane cannot expand. In this case, the fetus pushes downward, resulting in an aborted fetus. Therefore, if the womb can expand enough, there is no reason why a fetus should abort. Conversely, morning sickness results when the fetus pushes upward. So, in cases of morning sickness, Johrei should be channeled to the area between the solar plexus and the coccyx. Anteflexion or retroflexion of the uterus results from solidified toxins. And, how healthy a mother is can be determined by the condition of the skin of the stomach, although it takes much practice and experience to do soc. Among the spiritual reasons for still birth, are the times when a possessing spirit does not want the mother to give birth. Of the physical reasons are also the medicinal toxins that accumulate in the womb that do not allow the fetus to develop. That is why still birth is comparatively less in rural areas.

QUESTION: Why is it said that in having children, girls are best, then boys?
ANSWER: That is because it is easier to raise girls. Boys just make more mistakes. Girls are healthier. I can go into more detail, but letfs leave it at that for now. Illness occurs with boys more readily as well.

QUESTION: With Johrei, the toxins in the physical body are purified and eliminated from the physical body, but what happens with other spiritual healing methods?
ANSWER: The toxins harden.

QUESTION: What are the occasions when the healers take on the toxins?
ANSWER: That is not a spiritual healing method. That is what happens in religions like Hito no Michi.
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