the Founder, Meishu-sama
Meishu-sama (Mokichi Okada) was born in Asakusa, Tokyo in 1882, as a second son of an antique dealer. Though his family was poor, Meishu-sama had grown up with the warmth of love from his parents. Though he tried to become an artist, he gave up it due to an eye disease. After that, he launched his own business, and at one point, he was even called a successful businessman.
However, as he tasted the bitterness of life, going through the death of his wife and children and bankruptcy due to economic crisis, he gradually sought its answer in religion, and started to investigate the existence of spiritual world.
In 1926, when he reached the age of 45, he received a revelation from God. Through this, he learned the truth about the existence of gods and buddhas and the actual situation of the spiritual world including the meaning of life and death. At the same time, he became aware of his mission as the savior of people who are suffering and the person in charge of establishing paradise on earth and creating a new civilization.
Based on the reality and law of the universe that “the world consists of the spiritual world and the physical world, and the basis of human destiny is in the spiritual world,” he made clear that the source of the happiness and unhappiness of people is determined by the amount of “clouding” on one’s spiritual body, which is the principal body of human being.
As a method of eliminating the “spiritual clouds,” he created “Jôrei.” He handed over his whole business to the employees and on January 1, 1935, he established “Japan Kannon Society,” the predecessor of Sekai Kyusei Kyô.
Though he was suppressed by the authorities before the World War II, when the war ended and the freedom of religion was admitted, he resumed the activities, and in 1950, he established Sekai Meshiya Kyô.* He guided many people who were suffering to a life of happiness.
Also, with the desire of elevating and purifying viewer’s soul through “beauty,” he collected excellent art pieces and opened the Hakone Museum of Art. The art pieces include many national treasures and important cultural properties such as the “Red and “White Plum Blossoms” by Ogata Korin, “Tea-leaf Jar with a design of wisteria” by Nonomura Ninsei, and the calligraphy album “Tekagami Kanboku-jo.”
Furthermore, as prototypes of paradise on earth to be expanded to the world, he constructed Shinsenkyô in Hakone, Kanagawa, Zuiunkyô in Atami, Shizuoka, and Heiankyô in Kyoto.
Also, he promoted “Nature Farming,” which brings out the natural power of the soil and produces pure crops without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, throughout Japan. By encouraging people to consume such produce, he increased the number of people who can live a healthy life.
*It was renamed to Sekai Kyusei Kyô in 1957.
Biography of Meishu-sama
|December 23, 1882||Born in Hashiba, Taito-ku, Tokyo. He spent his childhood with poor health.|
|1898||He Suffered from pleurisy twice around this time, and was also diagnosed with incurable pulmonary tuberculosis, but recovered through vegetable diet.|
|May 1905||He opened a retail shop for sundries, “Korindo.”|
|February 1907||He opened a wholesaler of accessories called “Okada Enterprises.” For 10 years since then, he went through various illnesses and sufferings.|
|March-July 1914||He displayed a Kanzashi (Japanese hairpin) at the Tokyo Taisho Exposition and won the bronze medal.|
|1915||He invented the accessory named, “Asahi Diamond.”
He obtained a patent in 10 countries including Japan, and it became popular at the time.
|1920||Since he went through a succession of misfortunes, he devoted himself in searching for its meaning.|
|1923||Since his business suffered a great damage from the Great Kanto Earthquake, he finally made a decision to seek its answer in religion.|
|December 1926||He received a revelation from God and came to realize his mission. He attained the highest state of enlightenment.|
|February 4, 1928||By completely withdrawing from his business, he “focused on the activities of salvation” centered on healing illnesses.|
|June 15, 1931||At the summit of Mt. Nokogiri in Chiba Prefecture, he came to a realization that the “spiritual world” had transitioned from the Age of Night to the Age of Day.|
|January 1, 1935||He established “Japan Kannon Society” (predecessor of Sekai Kyusei Kyô). He started his research on Nature Farming.|
|May 15, 1936||He established “Japan Health Association” in Koujimachi, Tokyo as a new organization besides the religious organization and started to spread his health method.|
|May 5, 1944||He moved to Gora, Hakone and started on the construction of “Shinsenkyô,” the sacred grounds – the prototype of paradise on earth, from the following year.|
|1945||He started the construction of another sacred grounds – the prototype of paradise on earth, “Zuiunkyô,” in Atami.|
|February 11, 1947||He inaugurated “Japan Purifying Therapy Dissemination Society.”|
|February 4, 1950||He established “Sekai Meshiya Kyô,” a religious organization.|
|June 15, 1952||Completion of Hakone Museum of Art|
|October 18, 1952||He obtained the land adjacent to the Hirosawa Pond in Kyoto (sacred grounds – the prototype of paradise on earth, “Heiankyô.”)|
|June 15, 1953||Completion of “Shinsenkyô,” the sacred grounds – the prototype of paradise on earth.|
|October 16, 1954||The framework completion ceremony of “Kyusei Kaikan” took place at “Zuinunkyô,” the sacred grounds – the prototype of paradise on earth.|
|December 1, 1953||Inauguration of the “Nature Farming Dissemination Society.”|
|December 11, 1954||Completion of the Zuiunkyô,” the sacred grounds – the prototype of paradise on earth and the “Crystal House.”|
|February 10, 1955||Ascension.|