Miracles of Johrei
Written by Okada Mokichi, 1953
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Reported by H.E. in Nagasaki on 3 March 1951
I am very grateful that you always protect us, Meshiya-sama. I am a person who reported that I was saved from the cult of Inari. It was published in the newspaper of Sekai-Meshiya-kyo. I had struggled with that religion for fifteen years. I used to enshrine Inari in our house but temporarily moved it in the edge of the vacant land backside of the house. As I often listened to the faith of Sekai-Meshiya-kyo, I lost the attachment of Inari. So, the shrine of Inari was disposed and flowers were planted instead. Whenever I went out of the backside of the house, however, I felt sad somehow. I asked the instructor of Sekai-Meshiya-kyo to give me advice about it. He said, “Well, you should receive Johrei frequently and perform Johrei to the vacant land, too.” Then I started to perform Johrei towards the land. In a short while, the land became humid. As I had never experienced such a condition, I didn’t pay any attention. However, it became dump wet and water started to come out. I thought that it was strange and then dug there. What a surprise! The very clean water sprung up from the land. I had lived there for sixteen years but never seen any hint of water.
Since we are living in a coal-mine area, tunnels run underground. For this reason, the moisture decreased and the water in the wells was almost gone since the coal-mine was constructed. So, the rice field dried out and we could hardly cultivate. Therefore, we were converting the fields. Worse still, the great drought occurred this year and all the wells dried up. In such a very situation, the cold fountain sprung up in the dried land. What a great miracle happened! I didn’t even dream it. Thank you very much, Meshiya-sama.
Like us, neighbours talked a lot about this miracle but they said, “It doesn’t make sense no matter how much we think after all. It is absolutely the grace given by God. What a mysterious thing happened!” Since then, we could get five or six tubs of water from about half-past five to nine or ten o’clock in the morning. It was like an hourly water supply. Neighbours are very glad as we shared water. When it rained for two days, I worried if water sprung out enough to flood the house. However, the water stopped coming out. “It is rather strange. Why so?” I talked with my husband. Then we realised that we just received God’s grace but didn’t reward it. At that time, the instructor of Sekai-Meshiya-kyo visited the house of Mr Y. So, we asked him to thank for God’s grace. He wrote down our gratitude and offered it in front of the altar. We apologised and thanked Mehisya-sama. Then we left.
When we came home, we were surprised again. The well was full of water even though we were out for only ten to twenty minutes. Furthermore, it was 4 p.m. The water always came out in the morning. We could do nothing but to appreciate that. It was beyond our description. I soon went back to Mr Y’s house and reported it. I also deeply apologised for how imprudent we were. We truly apologised. Since then, the water constantly came out. So, we got greedy a little. We thought that it was tiresome to attend while all the water came out. Then we dug the ground to make a hole bigger. We dug it not to get involved in the water outlet and then applied cement to the edge. When the work was done, the water couldn’t come out again. What a mysterious thing happened! We had the wrong thought. We learnt one more thing. Thanks to Meshiya-sama, now we have abundant clean water coming out every day.
Here is another story. It was just before the water thing happened. When I weed in our field, I sipped my feet and fell on my hand. I felt pain in my whole body. Then I found my wrist was bent in a dogleg. It soon got swollen. I felt severe pain that was beyond description. I got cold sweat and nearly fainted. I rather felt nauseous. I apologised to Mehiya-sama in my mind and quickly went home. I asked my husband to perform Johrei. The pain gradually disappeared but my wrist was still bent and swollen. I had no courage to stretch my wrist on my own. Then I remember someone saying that a person can receive Johrei after a bone is set if it is broken. So, I thought that it was not a problem even if a broken bone is set. I went to an orthopaedic clinic. The bonesetter set my broken bone. Then he teasingly said, “You don’t need ointment because you just hold up your hand.” I knew that he was talking about Johrei. I was relieved in my mind and said, “Yes, thank you.” When I went back home, I thanked Meshiya-sama and then received Johrei. The wrist was still swollen a little but I felt no pain the next day. So, I washed our clothes. Although I felt pain a little bit when squeezing the clothes, I was able to do it without any problems. I had no problem to work in less than a week. After two weeks, the swelling completely went down. I did appreciate that the wrist was completely mended. For a young person, the bone is mended quickly but takes a month or more for an elder person. My bone was unbelievably mended so quickly that the neighbours were also surprised. Thank you very much, Meshiya-sama.
My terrible fracture was mended in only two weeks. We also got wonderful cold clean water, which came out of where there was no water. In this way, we received many graces. I don’t know how to thank you, Meshiya-sama. I am insignificant but I would like to tell people about your wonderful teachings as many as possible and as soon as possible. Please use us for that purpose.
Translated by N.H.
Reported by O.N. in Aichi on 6 January 1952
Since we became a believer of Sekai-Meshiya-kyo, we have received grace and benefit many times. This time, I would like to report a mysterious benefit that we had with my gratitude. In January 1951, we were permitted to receive Dai-Komyo-Nyorai-sama and asked a chairperson of the church S to enshrine it in our house. On the day when it was enshrined, the helpers came to help us but the water was not coming enough from the well. So, we felt very inconvenient. That happened before when many people visited our house. Since then, we could manage to get water somehow from the well for about two months but it completely stopped at the beginning of July. Then we had to be given all kinds of water by the neighbours; not only drinking water but also washing water.
If this situation had continued, we would have been in trouble when it got cold and even snowed. We prepared money and asked the well-constructor to a dig new one in three months. Meanwhile, we heard that Sekai-Meshiya-kyo planned to construct the museum in Hakone. As we thought that it was a good opportunity to give back Meshiya-sama even a little, I asked about the construction in detail when I visited branch office A on 7 November. Then I reported how much contribution money we give for it. We also told Mr K that that money was for the new well but we decided to postpone. He smiled and said, “You will get the benefit from your donation. So, the water will come out!”
Two days later, I happened to see the well. What a surprise! The well was full of beautiful water! I soon called out loudly to my wife in the house, “The water is coming!” She soon came out and saw the well. “Yes! What beautiful water is coming out!” We are so glad. Since then, the water sprung up one after another so that we couldn’t use it to ourselves. The neighbours came to see the well and said, “Why is the water siring up?” They didn’t understand why and then went home. My wife and I were very glad and soon reported this incident to the chairperson. From this experience, we knew the joy which only people who work for God could know. I praise the spiritual virtue that Meshiya-sama has and do appreciate your protection very much.
Translated by N.H.
Reported by M.M. in Gifu on 1 November 1950
I became a believer in Meshiya-kyo in August 1946 and enshrined Komyo-Nyorai-Sama on 22 October 1948. In the morning on 6 September, a fire broke out from the second floor of the house next to the east. Due to the wind, we realized that the fire soon came to us. I was so surprised and mindlessly climbed to the eastern ridge with my daughter. I don’t know why we did so. The wind blew on our house directly from the east and our house was about to catch fire. We mindlessly performed Johrei towards the fiery fire. When I realised what we were doing, I felt something from the top of the head to the tips of the feet. I admitted that came from Komyo-Nyorai-sama. Then I felt calm a little for the first time.
to catch fire due to the wind’s direction or other things and we had no hope to be escaped. However, the wind had changed its direction from east to the northwest before we knew. I didn’t know why but the fiery fire blew to the northwest while it still burnt violently. Our house was completely escaped from the fire. I think that no one except us understood this mysterious experience as we were the only people who did experience it. God saved our house which was about to be burnt out. I don’t know how grateful to Him and happy I am, which is beyond description. Some people in the world speak badly about us as they don’t know the great power of Johrei. What shameful people they are! I feel very sorry for Meshiya-sama. Whenever I read the criticism in newspapers or listen to something bad people say to Sekai-Meshiya-kyo, I am eager to cover my eyes and ears. Having said that, I am sure that even such people will awaken and believe in Komyo-Nyorai-sama in near future. I thank Meshiya-sama for this great salvation and here I stop reporting my experience.
Translated by N.H.
Reported by M.S. in Gifu on 25 December 1951
Thank you very much for giving us continuous boundless grace, Meshiya-sama. The rain has been continuing since yesterday evening and doesn’t seem to stop even at 9 o’clock in the morning. When I hear the sound of heavy rain like this, I remember the grace we got and feel so grateful that I cannot stop crying. Here, I would like to report my experience regarding a leak in the roof.
I became a believer in September 1950 and received a holy amulet from a chairperson in town M in November. Since then, I have received countless graces regarding the diseases that I suffered from. I always do appreciate that. Since we have continuous severer purification called a financial problem, we cannot afford to repair the roof at all. So, we were very busy preparing buckets and cauldrons to catch rainwater whenever it rained even a little. When it happens at night, my husband and I felt sorry for waking up my children so that we carried them wrapped in a futon to the room where the family Buddhist altar was placed. The sound of raindrops falling on a metal basin made us irritated and miserable. I think that people would never understand our feelings if they had no such experience. We felt wretched. When it rained heavily, we got unable to bear the terrible leak so that my husband climbed the slippery roof and fixed the roof tiles under the heavy rain. He temporarily succeeded to fix it but a leak was sure to occur elsewhere as he broke other tiles with his feet or wrongly shifted them.
It was the night at the end of May. The rain hit the roof violently and that sound awakened me. “It rains again.” I felt gloomy. I listened to the sound of the rain with attention. I heard the usual and unpleasant sound of the rain in the attic. I thought that the cold drops would soon fall to us. It couldn’t be helped but I had to wake up my husband and carry our children with him. When thinking like that, I tried to get up. Then I suddenly remembered some sentences from the report which I read before. It was part of the thank-you report published in the newspaper of Sekai-Meshiya-kyo. In that report, many graces given by God were written and one of them was about a leak. God even stopped the leak. The leak was so miserable. I soon prayed to Meshiya-sama and Dai-Komyo-Nyorai-sama and asked them to stop the leak as the report said. I thought that I asked a very selfish favour as I had not guided my husband yet to this faith. So, I apologized to them for my sins and then asked them to do my favour. I was very sorry but I prayed to them while sitting in bed. Then I was staring at the ceiling. I was hearing the sound of the rain. The rain must start leaking from the sealing soon.
However, I didn’t find any drops of leaking rainwater until the rain stopped. I did hear the heavy rainfall in the attic. Where did it go? Since then, we didn’t need to carry children wrapped in a futon any more no matter how hard it rained. We were never bothered by the leak during the long rainy season. Then the rainy season nearly ended. When I was about to chant a prayer to the Buddhist altar in the evening, as usual, I found the mortuary tablets were not in order. I soon thought my husband did it. Then I repeatedly told him how important the order of the mortuary tablets was. I explained to him just as the teachings of Meshiya-sama said. However, he never believed my words. He contrarily got very angry with me and said, “You did a wrong thing. They have been placed like that for a long time. Don’t do such a thing.” I felt so pitiful for him and I got angry with him. However, I remembered what Mr A said to me. I repeatedly persuaded myself not to be angry with him. I tried hard to repress my emotion and not to do against him. I left the wrong-ordered tablets as they were and chanted a prayer. Then I said to the ancestors, “You must be unpleasant. Please let him know the greatness of Sekai-Mashiya-kyo by dream or so as soon as possible.” I earnestly apologised and asked ancestors my request.
I fell asleep without realizing it that night. “Mum, I feel cold.” I woke up to my children’s voice. It started to rain before I knew it. A mosquito net got wet by the rain leaking through the ceiling board and the nightwear they wore was soaked. Then I got inspired. I remembered that I left the mortuary tablets in the wrong order. I left everything as it was and soon went to the Buddhist altar and said, “I am very sorry to make you uncomfortable. I was a coward. I should have done the right thing even though my husband was against me. Please forgive me.” I apologised and returned the mortuary tablets to the correct position. Then I earnestly chanted a prayer. A miracle had happened. Such heavy rainfall gradually became weak and none of the raindrops fell. When looking at that incident, my husband no longer changed the position of the mortuary tablets. It passed about seven months since that night, we no longer needed any bucket to receive rainwater no matter how heavily the rain falls. Now I can hear the sound of cold rain but my house is warm. We are continuously receiving such infinitive great mercy. I just shed tears with gratitude. Thank you very much, Meshiya-sama. Please lead us to the right path as forever.
Translated by N.H.
Reported by K.S. in Wakayama on 7 August 1952
I stood with an umbrella under the heavy rain. My whole body except the head was soaked. Although my fear grew, I mindlessly asked Meshiya-sama and Komyo-Nyorai-sama for our protection and repeatedly chanted a payer and performed Johrei. The rise of water never stopped and the stone wall was gradually hidden by the water. The stone wall had a defective part and the rainwater flew violently from that part into the rice field. It was like a waterfall. Each stone of the wall nearly fell with water but never did so. We were receiving grace. The water rose and hid most of the stone wall but any of the stones never collapsed. Even so, we had to prepare for the collapse. My mother and I moved the main things to the main house. When we returned to the stone wall, the direction of the wind completely changed. The slightly intense wind blew from the east and the waves hit our house with a loud noise. I thought that the stone wall would collapse sooner or later. We soon went back to the house and chanted a prayer in front of the altar. I repeatedly asked Meshiya-sama for our protection in my heart and then went to the stone wall again to perform Johrei.
How great the grace that we had was! The waves were still rising and coming close by the stone wall but then drawing without sound. We received an absolute grace. I was convinced that we depended on the greatest God. I had never felt more like that. We kept performing Johrei with spiritual peace, enlightenment and happiness no matter what difficulties we faced. Then we saw that the waves completely stopped about two meters ahead. It was a miracle. When we saw the very calm water face, we were deeply moved by the grace of God. At midnight, my parents and I sat in front of the altar and expressed our deepest gratitude for our protection as well as offering a usual prayer. “Thank you very much, thank you very much indeed.” Other than those, we could have no words to say. We lowered our head further and asked Meshiya-sama for our continuous protection. Then we went to sleep. Because of my tired body, I forgot all my anxieties and fell asleep without realising it.
On the next morning, the mild wind blew and the surface of the water was unruffled. However, there was almost no reduction in water. My father went to see the stone wall soon after finishing a prayer. He told us to ask God for our protection. The water reduced without breaking the stone wall by noon. It stood as before. We received God’s grace. The stone wall was as if it was covered with a divine aura. How delighted we were! Thank you very much, Meshya-sama and Komyo-Nyorai-sama. I do appreciate that we receive unlimited grace from God. I am overjoyed. Thank you very much again, Meshiya-sama.
[Miracles of Johrei]
Translated by N.H.