The Way of God

Mr. Masayuki Akedo's profile

He was born on December 10, 1951, in Wakayama Prefecture, and graduated from the economics department of Kwansei-gakuin University. Through the Konko-kyo school of the Konko-kyo religious sect, he became the head priest of Yamasaki church of Konko-kyo in Wakayama Prefecture.

The teaching of the Konko-kyo religious sect

By Hideki Kubota

The Founder, Konko Daijin was born in Bichu Province [now Okayama Prefecture] in 1814. In 1868, the new power of the Meiji Restoration destroyed the isolation policy of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The new religious sects were put forth as expressions of the common people who were feed from the feudal traditions.
Among the many religious men of that time, the Founder, Konko Daijin was an especially notable phenomena because he preached about the relationship between himself and the god. Tenchi-Kane-no-Kami.
The Founder, Konko Daijin contemplated nature which appeared as a form of god. The Founder stressed that God's world, which was a unity of God and people, appeared through complete thankfulness to God and nature. The essence of the Founder's doctrine was that people should pray and give thanks to God everyday for God's gifts.
The laws of nature can be seen in life. The Founder noticed this and consequently his teachings are patterned after these laws. When praying to God, we begin to depend on the power of God with a pure mind.

Reflections on Konko Daijin

By Joan D. Stamm

Through my work with Mr. Kubota and the teachings of Konko Daijin, (founder of the Konko-kyo religious sect) I have come to appreciate the modern teachings of Shinto. Konko Daijin's message is timeless. And even though his teachings were laid down over a century ago, they are just as relevant today, if not more so.
There isn't a greater aspiration or urgent need for our times than to work hand in hand with others to co-create a peaceful world, a world where nature is respected and protected for future generations, and where we honor the various religious beliefs and philosophies of other cultures. In addition, we must contemplate nature, and lean to appreciate the beauty and mystery that it holds. This was the message professed by Konko Daijin, a simple Japanese farmer., who gave up a prosperous career to follow his spiritual calling. It wasn't easy for him to follow what he knew in his heart to be right.
He endured many hardships, including the loss of several members of his family. the disapproval of relatives and village leaders, the wrath of jealous priests and the government's prohibition of prayer. Through all of his trials, he had one simple wish, and that was to help relieve the suffering of others. He also professed equality among the classes, and nondiscrimination. He believed in the godliness of all humans, and urged people to work with God as co-creators of a better. world.
The gods - represented by aspects of nature - and humans, were to be partners, each in turn helping to raise the spiritual development of one another. This idea alone is unique to the Konko-kyo religion. It implies that God too is evolving, and that humans and God are on a spiritual journey together. We can no longer abdicate our power to an almighty God, but must put forth our own human effort and work with God to create a more compassionate world. In this way the entire universe benefits and is elevated.
As we move towards the 21st century and the ongoing destruction of the environment, I only hope we still have time to put Konko Daijin's message into practice - that of viewing the earth as a sacred living being, to be cared for, nurtured and purified, along with our own hearts and souls. Many people, in many countries, share Konko Daijin's ideals. I hope by working together, we can achieve global harmony and environmental purity on planet earth , and keep his message alive.

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