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Born to heal the world through
the divine light of Johrei

Mokichi Okada (1882-1955) was born with the sacred mission to teach humankind about the divine light of Johrei. In this world, he led countless people to happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Even as a child, he had an exceptionally strong sense of right and justice. His warm, affectionate nature inspired the trust of everyone he met.

Hearing the Call

For a time he hoped to be a painter, but an eye disease made him turn instead to business. He ran a solidly successful enterprise for a number of years. Then, after World War I, the bank he dealt with collapsed, and a second blow came in 1923 from the devastation and social disorder caused by the Tokyo earthquake that year. Meishu-sama did all he could to help others in distress, but his own business was ruined.
At that point, plagued by questions about the meaning and purpose of human life, he turned to religion. It offered a path by which he could actively live his belief in justice and right. It was then that he began receiving a series of divine revelations.
Through those revelations he discovered that he was called to the greatest of all missions\to be the bearer of Johrei, the divine healing light, to the world.
Meishu-sama learned that humans have both spiritual and physical dimensions, and the spiritual side always takes precedence over the physical. When the spirit is purified by the cleansing light of Johrei, the physical body, also, is cleansed of impurities, and the body in both dimensions becomes more vital and healthy. We need to be pure in spirit, strong, and healthy to help build Paradise on Earth.

Starting His Ministry

Mokichi Okada began his ministry in 1935, as world war loomed ever closer in Japan. Hampered by government oppression of so-called new religions, he spent the first ten years practicing and teaching Johrei. He did not teach the doctrine until after the Pacific War, when freedom of religion was guaranteed. Then he founded World Messianity as a legal religious organization. Now able to teach openly, he saved innumerable people from the suffering of illness and led them to new life grounded in the quest for ultimate truth. Right from the start Meishu-sama warned about the dangers of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals in agriculture, and he advocated a method of cultivation that requires no artificial inputs. To regain true health in body and spirit, he explained, people must have food that is pure and uncontaminated.

The Divine in Beauty

The human spirit, moreover, is lifted by contact with beauty in art and nature. Wanting as many people as possible to have this chance, Meishu-sama began collecting art works of Japan and other traditions, and he put them on public exhibition. Among the works he acquired are the four-panel screen painting "Red and White Plum Blossoms" by Ogata Korin (1658?1716), which is a national treasure; the ceramic masterpiece "Wisteria Jar" made by Nonomura Ninsei (17th century), and Kanbokujo, a collection of outstanding examples of calligraphy.

"Pine, Bamboo, and Plum." Fan-shaped painting