“It was through illness that I was privileged to become God’s Student.”
Born into a poor family in Tokyo, Japan in 1882, Meishusama spent most of his young days suffering from poverty and various diseases. The eye disease he contracted at the age of fifteen caused him to give up his dream of becoming a painter. He continued to suffer from serious illnesses, two of which were diagnosed as incurable. Struggling with hardship and ill health, he somehow managed to start a retail business in his early twenties. Soon afterwards, he became a successful entrepreneur of self-designed women’s accessories. The wealth and fame that he attained, however, didn’t satisfy him. His sense of justice, nurtured by his parents since early childhood, directed him to start a newspaper to correct social ills. However, the timing was unfavorable. Just around the time he was actively preparing for his new venture, a severe economic crisis hit Japan, and his business suffered tremendous damage. In this chaotic situation, his wife passed away just a week after the miscarriage of a baby.
Now at the age of thirty-seven, Meishusama began searching for the spiritual meaning of life and joined the Shinto-related religious group Oomoto. During that time he enthusiastically studied spiritual matters while simultaneously trying to revive his failing business. Overcome by sorrow from the loss of his nephew during a trip to Oomoto’s headquarters, he stopped affiliating with the organization. In addition, not long after this, his business was destroyed from a massive earthquake in 1923, and his one-year old son from his second wife suddenly died. After these devastating events, Meishusama decided to return to Oomoto, and began engaging in spiritual practices more seriously than before. Miraculous events followed one after another, including the inspiration to establish a new kind of spiritual healing method.
On June 15 in 1931, Meishusama received a divine revelation, which further encouraged him to commit his life serving God and humanity. In 1934, he left Oomoto and started his own organization called the Kannon Society of Japan. He believed that Kannon, commonly known as the deity of compassion or the Goddess of Mercy, was actively empowering and guiding him. Over the years Meishusama continued to develop his spiritual healing method, eventually calling it Jyorei, which means “purification of the spirit.” The effectiveness of the spiritual healing soon began to draw much attention. His practice, however, was not something the militarist government of the time could easily tolerate. The military police constantly harassed Meishusama and jailed him three times. In the midst of this harsh treatment, he stopped personally healing others and instead focused on training students as well as experimenting with new ways of growing food.
After the end of the Pacific War, Meishusama re-organized his group and concentrated on creating the organization’s main sanctuaries. Throughout his life, Meishusama never lost his keen interest in art. He felt that society could be transformed through the power of beauty. Eventually this led in 1952 to buiding a museum that he personally designed that was open to all.
Having tirelessly worked for people and society for many years, Meishusama’s physical life ended in 1955 at the age of seventy-two. Meishusama departed from this world on a day when his favorite flowers were in full bloom.
Meishusama once said, “I feel there is no one as fortunate and happy as I, and I am always full of heartfelt gratitude to God.” He also said, “I am a man of happiness and good fortune.”
Analyzing the reason for this happiness, he attributed it to his “Wanting everyone to be peaceful, happy and fortunate.” The power of compassion and deep sense of gratitude that Meishusama exemplified throughout his life transformed the lives of many and also sowed seeds for the future transformation of the world.
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