It is an unhappy situation for us today that almost all of the established
religions both in the East and West have lost the prestige that they once
enjoyed in earlier days. The golden age of Buddhism is gone. So is the
golden age of Judeo-Christianity. The state of 'having a religion' is more
common among us today than that of 'being religious', let alone those who
unscrupulously declare their 'having no religion' or 'believing in no God'.
Unfortunately, those last are increasing in number.
Sacred buildings which once admitted none but pious and devout people
are now more often visited for the sake of sightseeing than for prayers
and meditations. Neither do those visitors nor the priests who are responsible
for keeping those buildings clean and sacred seem to care about or even
know that such profane acts disgrace those buildings. Sacred buildings
are dwelling places of divine beings. Do we not remember that the Lord
ordered Moses to sanctify his people and let them wash their clothes against
the day the Lord would come down in their sight? Today most people have
lost religious mind and sensibility and cannot distinguish the sacred from
the profane. To most people it is just a part of their mechanical and conventional
habits and customs to attend church or go to pray in the temple, to participate
in funeral rites, memorial services for the dead, marriage ceremony, etc.
Meanwhile, how many of priests and monks today can tell with certainty
that the religious rituals and prayers they conduct may without fail move
the beings and forces of the supernatural other world so as to bring good
and blissful effects to the dead as well as to the living?
Birth and death don't inspire so much wonder and awe in modern men as
they did in the people of the past. Few today turn to religion for an answer
to such questions: What becomes of man after death? Why does man live a
life on earth? or What is the meaning of human life? Far from asking such
questions, most people are much more interested in how to live a life just
physically comfortable and pleasant as they like it than in how to live
a life worth living as a human. Without trying to live, however, a life
worthy of a human, and without knowing the true meaning and goal of human
life, life is but an incoherent aggregate of matter-of-fact occurrences
of everyday routine, and birth, death, marriage, etc. are equally insipid
constituents of meaningless aggregate called "life". Hence life
seems sometimes unbearably dull and wearisome, and sometimes full of woe,
grief and despair in spite of material prosperity.
At this state of the human world in confusion today, some thoughtful people are very much concerned, and try to find a clue to it. Some of the contemporary Christian theologians say that unless the courses of the human history should be reversed, humanity could never be simply religious-minded, live in awe of and longing for God as they once were, since we are told that, according to the Christian theology the Revelation was sent to mankind once for all. Some other Christians think that this chaotic state is a symptom of the imminent end of the world. Some Buddhist scholars, on the other hand, think we are living in the latter days of the Law of Buddhism, The more seriously, especially from religious viewpoint, one thinks of the present situation in which we are placed. the more pessimistic one cannot help becoming.
But, what if there should ever happen such an event as a second coming
of Christ or Buddha or more than that? Who should deny it is at once a
great miracle and glad tidings to all mankind? To tell the truth, this
great miracle has happened, whether you believe it or not. The glad tidings
have been sent to us again indeed. This is the appearance of New Style
Zen or Daigen Mikkyo in Japan, Which has been providentially arranged and
has been granted by the Great Mercy and Compassion of the Supreme Being.
This is the very religion that revives in us a genuine religious mind and
sensibility by enabling us to have direct contact with the glorious, supernatural
other world. To understand there actually exists the glorious, supernatural
other world behind this visible and tangible world and what a power it
endows us with, we have only to recall how, as it is told in the Bible,
the patriarchs, Moses and other prophets came to experience miraculous
phenomena and eventually achieved great deeds and works beyond human capacity
by the intervention of the supernatural Divine Power. Those mythical and
miraculous tales about the figures in the Bible are not mere romantic and
fabulous make-believes, but denote something real of the supernatural other
world. A key, to our great joy, to this supernatural other world has been
granted to mankind once again by the appearance of New Style Zen or Daigen
Mikkyo. This key will be given to everyone when he practices Seiza Kanpo Gyo, a new style Zen, which is the distinguishing feature of Daigen Mikkyo.
By allowing us to commune with the Divine Power, this religion will remove
our physical, mental and spiritual sufferings and restore us to a really
meaningful and human living, a life in which we walk with God. It will
make each of us realize his own mission in this life, lead him to a spiritual
awakening, and eventually live in eternal bliss. Moreover, this religion
will disclose the relationship of each existing religion to the Supreme
Being and also to each other, and thus points to the way whereby all religions
may be united into one.
Not only those who are in grief and sorrow, who have physical or mental
sufferings, but also those who want to know the meaning and goal of human
life, and attain to spiritual awakening, or those who want to work for
the unification of various religions in the world, are earnestly invited
to join church members of New Style Zen or Daigen Mikkyo.