Seicho No Ie Movement
Seicho No Ie is a syncretic, nondenominational monotheistic movement. It is a New Thought movement which originated in Japan after the end of World War 11.
It is actually based on the Buddhism, Christian and Shinto faiths.
THE ORIGINS OF SEICHO-NO-IE
The Movement for Humanity Enlightenment exists permanently in the World of God. Reverend Masaharu Taniguchi received the mission of establishing this Greater Life in this world. On 1st March 1930 Seicho-No-Ie was born with the publication of its first magazine, which was called SEICHO-NO-IE.
From then and for over half a century Reverend Masaharu Taniguchi was tirelessly devoted to the propagation of God's Word through publications, conferences and radio broadcasting, saving a large number of people. For all his accomplishments Reverend Taniguchi has been known as the Miracle Man of Japan.
The way to enlightenment taught by Seicho-No-Ie is the law of life itself, which is simply living life, day by day. Do what you always do, but always with deep gratitude and love. When the creative power of life is manifested perfectly we find health, peace, abundance, and the spiritual growth of individuals,
families, and society.
The Truth taught by the philosophy of “True Image” is the essence of all religions; the basic principle of salvation that is common to all religions. Every family living according to life’s manifestation – the Way to continuous evolution – is Seicho-No-Ie; these homes will continuously prosper.
The essence of Seicho No Ie teachings is that “all that is truly Reality is only God and the things that have come from Him”. In the True Image World man is created in God’s Image and possesses all of God's attributes such as infinite Wisdom, infinite Love, infinite Live, infinite Abundance, infinite Joy, and infinite Harmony.
When one seeks to believe in the essence of Life, any so called unfortunate event will be accepted with deep gratitude and seen as a training for their soul. This positive attitude develops into a permanent state of gratefulness, bringing about “Heaven on earth”.
Seicho No Ie is at the same time art, philosophy, science and religion.
(Truth of Life vol. 37, chapter “29th May”, Masaharu Taniguchi)
BASIC TENETS OF THE SEICHO-NO-IE TRUTH OF LIFE PHILOSOPHY
1. Everyone is a Child of God = We are all created in the image of God. In reality, we are without sin, disease, poverty, pain, or suffering. This is one of the key points of the teachings. We are spiritual beings. We need only awaken to that which we already possess.
2. The power of the Word = What we think and say has a profound effect on our lives. Words of love and praise nourish our souls and bring out the indwelling divinity within each one of us.
3. All Religions emanate from One Universal God = We encourage members to maintain their original beliefs and affiliations and do not seek to replace any religion. The Truth of Life philosophy is intended to enhance what one has already learned and to shed additional light on the individual’s path so that he may progress more rapidly to spiritual fulfilment.
4. The Soul of each person is immortal = Each of us comes to this school of life for our soul’s development. We are given opportunities to learn to overcome obstacles, to develop our character, and to increase our ability to love, thereby gaining spiritual growth. Our purpose in this life is to awaken to our true identity as a divine being and to unfold the inner perfection.
5. Deliverance from sin consciousness = The goal of the Seicho No Ie, Truth of Life philosophy is to awaken us to the Truth that we are in reality children of God and, as such, perfect in nature.
6. The physical world is a reflection of our mind = Our environment appears according to our thoughts, whether dark or bright. To be healthy, for example, we must have healthy thoughts and harmonious feelings. The law, “Like attracts like”, works precisely. When we change, the world around us changes.
7. Reconciliation and perfect harmony = We are called to be reconciled with everyone and everything in order to have genuine peace and happiness. We are not truly reconciled until we are grateful; therefore, we are taught to be grateful to all people and all things.
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