Onisaburo Deguchi: “All religions spring from the same source...”

    Onisaburo Deguchi (1871-1948) was one of active figures in Oomoto religious movement in Japan. In 1898, he got acquainted with Nao Deguchi, founder of Oomoto religion, and soon became one of her leading followers. Onisaburo Deguchi’s the author of numerous publications, including the 81-volume work Reikai Monogatari (霊界物语?). He was engaged in many fields of art, creating paintings, sculptures, calligraphy works, and ceramics. One of the key points of his teaching was close connection between art and religion, as well as the positive influence that works of art have on the world. During his life, Deguchi upheld pacifist views, dressed himself in richly decorated clothing of his own embroidery, and posed as different Buddhist or Shinto deities. When Oomoto religion was persecuted by the Japanese government, he spent almost seven years (1935-1942) in prison... In the West, Deguchi was first and foremost famous by the influence he exerted on Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, whom he first met in 1919.

    Consubstantial God undertakes salvation of the entire humanity, coming to various places, to different peoples in different ages, changing His name and spiritual particularities, and opening diverse teachings as necessary. This is the Oomoto main idea. As long ago as in his times, Onisaburo noted the following phenomena were observed in many religions: “True teachings grow decrepit”, “Almost all churches use God for some purposes”. At that, we, the Point of View analyst team, would like to dwell on such of his words:

 

Supreme God, changing His name,
comes to different countries for the sake of our salvation.

I wanted to change the world for many people, but failed to achieve absolute success. However, after some time a personality will appear who will be able to implement my will. He is the personality who will not only change the world, but also improve souls of many people bogged down in evil...

 

 

Prepared by Dato Gomarteli (Ukraine-Georgia)

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