The Fear-Causing Science of Hygiene and the Need for Germs
In this world there is nothing that does not benefit the life of humanity. Until now human beings have interpreted and decided on that which is harmful or about that which may be useless based on their experiences and learning, but humanity has never understood the true significance of the reality that the improvements in the progress and development of human life are due to the volition of God. I hereby state God’s will, and there is probably much that is surprising or opposite from the point of view of people today, but as it is truth, if it is considered dispassionately and read carefully, understanding may be possible.
Flies, the insects that human beings detest the most, actually perform a very useful role in the life of humanity. If the insects that have been named flies had not existed, whether humanity would still exist is impossible to determine. That is because the valuable fly performs the role of propagating germs. Furthermore, those germs are the most terrifying of all, the germs of infectious diseases.
Nowadays because human beings commit all sorts of sin and incur many kinds of impurities, cloud is formed on the human spirit. There are varieties of cloud because there are various kinds of sin and impurities. Cloud that has been formed in accordance with a type of sin or impurity thus becomes the corresponding type of impurity in the blood. When the level of impurity in the blood reaches a certain level, not only can that condition lead to the death of individuals, but there is also the danger of weakness and imbecility in the descendants of those individuals. In these cases there is a mechanism to restore complete health in the lives of individuals and the health of their descendants. The body seeks to become a healthy whole through various kinds of germs that work to eliminate impurities in the blood, that is, the poisoned blood. The various types of germs are the workers who actually perform this task.
Therefore, God created various kinds of germs that are propagated continually in order to penetrate into various parts of the human body. Those germs will weaken when they invade a body that does not have poisoned blood that needs to be eliminated. Actually, in this case, activity of the pure blood will kill the germs. Such is the germicidal power of pure blood. When germs invade the human body, if they encounter suitably poisoned blood, they become very active and begin to breed rapidly. They breed only to the extent of the poisoned blood, and they dispel that poisoned blood outside the body or cause it to be destroyed. That dispelling and destroying activity takes forms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, and pain. As the amount of poisoned blood is reduced, the disease is cured. If individuals did not get attacked by germs, ten persons in ten would meet the fate of dying, but fortunately, through the activity of the invasion of germs, cleansing of the blood takes place, and the blessings of life continue. The germs that cause that disease and the insects called flies that transport these germs deserve much appreciation. But for those individuals with excessive amounts of poisoned blood, it may be unavoidable that during the cleansing process, death occurs. Therefore, the cleansing of blood should be considered a mechanism for nature to continue the human race.
As described above, it can be seen that fearing germs is a great mistake. Therefore, for those who learn about and come to understand this fact, fear of germs completely disappears, and probably great is the happiness felt upon obtaining this peace of mind. Accordingly, for contemporary people who do not understand this principle, the fear of germs is like that toward a bullet, and among the intellectual and upper classes unease is quite prevalent. Indeed, though rare, there has appeared the new disease of germaphobia. Sufferers of this disease are not able to easily go outside because they consider riding trains and trams to be dangerous. So, those with this disease remain at home always, wash their hands with disinfectant, disinfect their clothes and house, and in extreme cases will employ a nurse, some even forbidding the nurse to leave the house. These sufferers interfere in extreme ways with the work of their nurses most of whom finally flee employment. All these situations have been caused completely by germaphobia. Even if all instances are not as extreme, there are still more or less quite a few germaphobes.
These germophobes would certainly be saved if they knew the truth. Still, there is one point that must be established, and that is that although germs need not be feared, uncleanliness will not do at all. Because the world of divine light is a world of truth, virtue, beauty, it must always eschew ugliness and uncleanliness and be beautiful, clean. Form must be graceful; the heart must be lovely; life and society must be beautiful. That is because, there is no disease or poverty in a place where there is beauty.
And finally, an important point. When impure germs such as those of infectious diseases are exposed to Kannon’s spiritual light, they are immediately destroyed. In spiritual terms, impure germs are creatures that belong to the darkness, the underworld, so when irradiated by the divine light, they cannot maintain life. Thus, it would be fair to say that individuals who come into contact with the light of Kannon will not contract infectious diseases, and if such persons do come down with an infectious disease, it will be a light case and cured quickly. Such a declaration is based on my many long years of experience. It should now be understood why at the dawn of the completion of the world of divine light infectious diseases will be annihilated.
Lectures on Japanese Medicine, 1935
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“Kyōfushin Kosui no Eiseigaku to Baikin no Hitsuyō” is the tenth chapter of Nihon Ijutsu Kōgiroku, Dai-ippen (Lectures on Japanese Medicine, Volume 1). Nihon Ijutsu Kōgiroku was compiled and distributed in mimeographed form in 1935. Although “Dai-ippen” is included in the title where it has been anthologized, there are no subsequent volumes.