I had been seriously seeking God for over 5 years when a friend of mine brought me to Mahikari. I came to the dojo many times to receive the light before deciding to become an initiate and receive omitama. After a couple of years of practice, I was very committed, and thought Mahikari would be my spiritual path for life. How deceived I was! Little did I know of their practices and teachings, of which the Level 1 initiates are for the most part in ignorance. I’d even traveled to the world temple in Japan (Takayama) and been on all the kumite tours, including the tower where Oshienushisama lives. All seemed perfectly bona fide. Unfortunately, spiritual truths are spiritually discerned, and at the time my spiritual eyes were closed.
There are actually some very telltale signs in Mahikari practices which give away the truth, if only our spiritual eyes were open! In every religion symbols are extremely important and always convey meaning. In other words, they are never coincidences but careful and deliberate choices. Firstly, the insistence upon the left thumb being over the right thumb when hands are joined in prayer, as well as the big toe of the left foot being over the right foot when kneeling. I know many readers might be skeptical, but I learned the hard way that instead of saying “spiritual world over physical/material world”, as Mahikari claims, this actually means the evil side over the good side (Jesus Christ sitting at the right hand of the Father). Secondly, the way in which kumite are instructed to wear omitama is very telling: they wear a chain around their necks. This is the only acceptable way to wear omitama. Scary symbolism: they are bound and chained. Easy to get in, oh so difficult and painful to get out! Thirdly, I was struck by the teaching of the “48 gods”. Satan is always trying to imitate or outdo God, whose heavenly throne is surrounded by 24 elders – the devil just doubled the number.
There’s one additional thing which should’ve raised big red flags with me had I known at the time: many kumite had mentioned to me having seen Odairisama officiate in a Mahikari ceremony, and that he always seemed to float in the air, his feet never touching the ground. Only about a year ago did I learn that levitation is satanic, that without exception this is a sign of the devil. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.
I’d like to ask all Mahikari kumite and leadership to please abstain from posting on this blog and use your own internet real estate to express your views. You’ve put out a lot of favorable propaganda for your sect, and many innocent spiritual seekers are being deceived and led onto that path. I wish to reserve this blog for other disappointed ex-kumite who’d like to share their experiences with the rest of the world. I do not wish to debate with anyone who’s pro-Mahikari, simply to share my personal experience and insights with regard to this false religion to other truth-seekers.
Being born from a father who practice mahikari I had no choice but to do the same, I accepted Jesus as my savior and my life became a living nightmare.
It is easy to be lost, not to be saved.
European Witness said:
Francis, what you have experienced and may possibly still be experiencing is normal. Satan doesn’t like to lose souls. He puts up a good fight, as he tries to intimidate the born again Christian to go back to the old way. Persevere because Jesus has overcome the world, and the enemy is a defeated foe. Thank you for sharing your testimony, may God bless you always and hide you under His wing.
sister in Christ said:
yes it is true that real christian are the most persscuted. so dont give up on Jesus. I used to be in mahikari. my mom brought me there ( she still there almost 40 years serving satan), i left and i am born again christian. she didn’t like it at first but i didn’t care because i cant loose my soul for her. lately, i have to stop her from going to japan for the last part of ceremony. she got mad. they all lie and manipulate people.
I am with you 100% about the signs and symbols that they use and all the things that they say about karma and cleansing which is all false, they are trying to keep people coming back and be a slave. I feel very naive to believe the lies of the staff of the organization.
When you take the primary course and they say that for the first time now you are connected to god, they are actually connecting you to satan.
I was a member of Sukyo Mahikari organization for over 19 years, and all this time I was made to believe by the staff of the organization that I am worshipping Heavenly father, but since last year I started feeling very uncomfortable going there due to witnessing so much insincerity, deception, secretiveness, drinking sake, and other inappropriate behavior from staff of the center and felt like something is wrong with them and the way they behave, there was absolutely nothing Godly about them.
I recently converted to Christianity and started realizing that Sukyo Mahikari is indeed a Satanic Cult, and the staff knowingly or unknowingly are very sleek in luring and deceiving people into Idol worshipping and be chained by satan and go through hardship and cleansing not knowing that they are actually worshipping Idols and contrary spirits.
I am angry, disappointed, embarrassed and feel deceived being a member of this insane organization.
I go to the church that I was baptized in back in January but Im not sure about their authenticity. May I ask you for the name of your church or some tips on how to find a trusted christian church? I don’t want to be fooled again.
European Witness said:
Thank you for your very important question: how to find a good church? This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your Christian walk. Please don’t choose a church based mainly on geographical proximity, or because you have friends in that church, or because you like the worship music/style. Although these might factor into your decision, they are not the most important criteria. The most important criteria are: 1) God’s truth is being taught in this church (i.e. a true bible-based church), and 2) people in this church are trying to live godly lifestyles (i.e. for the most part, people in this church are not living in church nor openly disobeying the Lord). Both of these two criteria will point you directly to a Sabbath-keeping Christian church, because the true day of worship and the true day of the Lord is Saturday (the seventh day of the week) and not Sunday (the first day of the week). Unfortunately for reasons too long to develop in this post, most of Christianity worships God on the wrong day, thereby violating the 4th commandment which is to keep the Sabbath holy. In Christendom the largest Sabbath-keeping church is the Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which I am now a member. The Holy Spirit led me out of a Sunday-worshipping church and into the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and I am satisfied that I’m walking in the Lord’s ways as He has directed us through His Word. This is not an easy walk as there are some strict lifestyle requirements (such as no smoking, no alcohol or drugs, eating clean foods as prescribed in the Bible, and paying tithe). Many people will have no desire to make such a “big” commitment to God. Personally, I have committed my life to the Lord and therefore am happy to serve Him in this church. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the church where He wants you.
You are completely right as I devoted myself for 25 years to Sukyo Mahikari, went to the Training Center in Japan, almost became doshi (minister), only to find Sukyo Mahikari is just plagiarism of Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan, which in turn is plagiarism of Sekai Kyuseikyo. To make the long story short, I now have a homepage to denounce the sect in Portuguese language (I’m Japanese Brazilian)for followers in Latin America. By the way recently I heard of the so-called Letters of Christ, I read all 9 letters. The message in there makes sense but I cannot say whether the letters were actually told by Christ. What do you think?
European Witness said:
The only reliable source of spiritual knowledge is the complete Bible, meaning both the Old and New Testaments. Everything Jesus said is recorded in that holy book.