This document presents legal proof of the validity of the one and only organization inheriting the spiritual line of Koutama Okada, founder of the World Divine Light Organization (Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan). This is the only organization officially and legally sanctioned to use the Mahikari name and the symbol known as Goshinmon appearing below. -- From documents on record in Tokyo District Court.
July 29, 1974
There had been a previous request to Reverend Sekiguchi from Mr. Masakatsu Amano, advisor of the order, to serve as the mediator with Keiju Okada, and on this day Mr. Amano delivered a document (court material) which is believed to have been created with the will of Ms. Okada. According to this document:
"Reverend Sekiguchi shall be referred to as the Second Oshienushi, with the Reverend ranked highest in both the seating and the entry/exit order at the monthly ceremony of the headquarters, and the Saishu to be conducted by Reverend Sekiguchi as Oshienushi. He shall retain his current ranking as Representing Officer, with the Second Oshienushi to be added to the standing officers."
According to this document presented by Amano as well, it was
revealed that Reverend Sekiguchi would occupy, as the First Oshienushi
had, the first seat of the holy area as the Oshienushi, with Keiju Okada
to occupy the second seat of the holy area. Thus, it was clear that
Reverend Sekiguchi would be treated as the Second Oshienushi. The
action by Keiju Okada to install herself as Representing Officer in
spite of this is none other than an absurd proposal which ignores
Article 6 of the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan Rules. Reverend Sekiguchi
demanded that the registration of Ms. Okada as the Representing Officer
be struck from the records, with that intention duly communicated to
her. (pg. 24)
August 1, 1974
With a memorandum allegedly written by the First Oshienushi having been discovered in the Atami Motomitamaza residence of the First Oshienushi, Keiju Okada showed this to Tomomori, Yamamoto and other close associates. These associates took this as being the writing out of a divine command.
With one part of this memo reading "Give the Yonomitama to my daughter," they arbitrarily interpreted this as meaning that Keiju Okada was the Second Oshienushi. In other words, the "Yonomitama" in the memorandum was linked to the "Omitama" which the First Oshienushi placed on Keiju Okada on June 13, with this further leading to the assertion that the Yonomitama was in fact the Omitama to be used by the Second Oshienushi. Under this interpretation, the invisible "Mitama" was viewed in the same context as the pendant style "Omitama," in an attempt to use this to falsely substitute for the Second Oshienushi.
Moreover, this is clearly an assertion which contradicts the last wishes of the First Oshienushi, as reported in the words of Keiju Okada herself, to "make Mr. Sekiguchi the Second Oshienushi," and was also inconsistent with the fact that the "Second Oshienushi Omitama" was handed over to Reverend Sekiguchi. Clearly, this was a pronouncement which sought to utilize whatever means possible to overturn the facts conveyed directly by Keiju Okada on June 25. (pg. 27)
August 4, 1974
The monthly ceremony of the headquarters was convened at the Tokyo Distribution Center at Haneda, with Oshienushi Sekiguchi taking the first seat as Saishu, and Kouko Okada attending in the second seat in the holy area. The close associates of Kouko Okada who had begun to assert that she was the Second Oshienushi failed to make any public declaration of that stance at this particular point in time.
August 18, 1974
The nationwide group leader conference was held in the vicinity of
the Shinobazunoike district of Ueno in Tokyo. With the First Oshienushi
having served as the chairman of this gathering while he was still
alive, Second Oshienushi Sekiguchi took over that role on this occasion,
with the conference brimming with emotion as a result.
September 1, 1974
The monthly ceremony of the headquarters was convened at the Gotanda Wholesaler Center in Tokyo. It was from this point on that Keiju Okada began to strongly assert that she was the Second Oshienushi. After failing to reach settlement with Reverend Sekiguchi about the issue of the Saishu at the monthly ceremony of the headquarters, Official Chief Matsudaira substituted as the Saishu on this occasion. This was truly an abnormal situation, and with the various district guidance department directors being directly exposed to such negative conditions they realized that the problem within the headquarters concerning the position of the Oshienushi had grown serious.
Startled by this development, the guidance department directors held
a meeting after that, with Mr. Matsukichi taking administrative
responsibility to prepare a resolution which stated: "We request
reconfirmation of the fact that Reverend Sekiguchi is the Second
Oshienushi, and integration of the Second Oshienushi and Keiju Okada."
Guidance department directors Marui, Iwanaga and Uo served as delegates
in traveling to the residence of Keiju Okada in Atami Motomitamaza.
However, their written resolution was ignored. In addition, they were
told by the close associates of Keiju Okada that the "Omitama" that
Okada received from the First Oshienushi was truly the "Second
Oshienushi Omitama," with the directors eventually choosing to withdraw
from the site.
September 7, 1974
A written communication in the name of "Representing Officer and Oshienushi Keiju (Kouko Okada)" was distributed to the leaders of the dojo (seminaries) nationwide, conveying the stance that the order had nothing to do with any communications sent out in the name of Oshienushi Sekiguchi from there on. While up to then the problem of the "Second Oshienushi" had been discussed only by a limited number of members on either side, this communication rendered it impossible to handle the negotiations within the inner circles alone.
On the basis of the divine command through the last wishes of the
First Oshienushi, it had already been decided that "Reverend Sekiguchi
is the Second Oshienushi," while an announcement to that effect had been
made in the presence of over 10,000 executive kumite and honored guests.
Yet in spite of this, Keiju Okada calmly issued the personal assertion
that she was the Second Oshienushi, on the pretext of the mistaken legal
measure of the "Representing Officer registration."
September 18, 1974
As Keiju Okada would continue to legally occupy the position of the
Second Oshienushi for as long as the "Representing Officer registration"
was not withdrawn, Reverend Sekiguchi was forced to proceed through an
attorney to begin legal procedures. Through this sequence of events,
the "Provisional Deposition to Protect the Position of the Second
Oshienushi" was filed with the Tokyo District Court.
September 26, 1974
The Tokyo District Court summoned both parties, and used "questioning" to consider the assertions of both sides. The Reverend Sekiguchi side related the actual progression of events up that point, and issued the contention: "The registration of the Representing Director in the name of Kouko Okada is a mistaken procedure, which we wish to have corrected." The Keiju Okada side replied: "It is not true that Mr. Sekiguchi was named as the Second Oshienushi. Furthermore, he was not given the Second Oshienushi Omitama. The contentions of Mr. Sekiguchi are totally contrary to the facts, with Mr. Sekiguchi seeking to take over the order through a coup' d'etat."
With the assertions of the two sides thus totally opposed in this fashion, and showing no room for compromise, the Tokyo District Court determined to handle the issue as a problem which could not be resolved through the "questioning" format, and hold a court session to begin the arguments.
December 5, 1974
The first examination of witnesses took place on this date. Appearing in court were Reverend Sekiguchi, along with senior directors Kaneko, Kudo and Uematsu as witnesses. From the opposing side were Keiju Okada, along with bureau chief Yamamoto, senior directors Tomomori and Arima, junior director Tomita and other witnesses. The testimony from both sides continued to be heard through several sessions, extending until April 10, 1975. While the witnesses from Reverend Sekiguchi's side testified on the progression of events as they occurred, those from the Keiju Okada side distorted the facts in an attempt to gloss over the developments to date, with each individual on that side delivering contradictory and inconsistent depositions.
Furthermore, testimony was presented that the announcement made by
Keiju Okada at the headquarters on June 25, 1974 regarding the
Oshienushi referred to the "delegate and assistant to the Second
Oshienushi," that what was presented to Reverend Sekiguchi the following
day was a "substitute use Omitama," and other astounding statements far
removed from the facts.
July 24, 1975
On this date the Tokyo District Court handed down its judgment on the "Provisional Deposition to Protect the Position of the Second Oshienushi." Under this ruling, the statements of fact made by the Reverend Sekiguchi side were wholly recognized. This ruling included the following key points:
- It is a fact that at the headquarters on June 25, 1974, in the presence of headquarters senior and junior department directors and district guidance senior and junior directors, Keiju Okada stated that the First Oshienushi "named Reverend Sekiguchi as the Second Oshienushi."
- It is recognized as fact that on the morning of June 26, before the altar at the headquarters, Keiju Okada handed over the "Successor Oshienushi Omitama" to Reverend Sekiguchi.
- It is recognized as fact that at the July 13 "Funeral Ceremony for the First Oshienushi-sama" at the Nihon Budokan, with over 10,000 persons in attendance, there was an announcement to the effect that Reverend Sekiguchi had received designation as the "Second Oshienushi."
- It is also a fact that at the monthly ceremony of the headquarters of July 14, Reverend Sekiguchi served as Saishu in the capacity of the Second Oshienushi.
- On July 18 a discussion was held at the headquarters first conference room regarding the treatment of Keiju Okada, with Reverend Sekiguchi being referred to as "Oshienushi" or "Second Oshienushi" at this time, and no one present raising any objection to this title.
- At the August monthly ceremony of the headquarters as well, Reverend Sekiguchi served as Saishu in the capacity of the Second Oshienushi.
- If the intention of Keiju Okada was to deny the aforementioned facts which were announced, and/or assert that it was actually Keiju Okada who was the rightful Second Oshienushi, there were any number of opportunities to make such corrections. However, absolutely no such action was taken at any time.
While these points were recognized as representing the facts, none of the contentions made by the Keiju Okada side were recognized:
- The announcement made by Keiju Okada on June 25 is not recognized as a contention meaning "delegate and assistant to the Second Oshienushi."
- The meaning of the "Yonomitama" divine command is not recognized as a designation of Keiju Okada as the "Second Oshienushi."
- According to the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan Rules, designation by the First Oshienushi is sufficient qualification as the second Oshienushi.
Following the listing of these grounds given for the judicial ruling, the following conclusion was issued with regard to the position of Reverend Sekiguchi:
"Based on the aforementioned information, judging from the credible evidence which has been submitted, on June 13, 1974 Reverend Sekiguchi was named by the First Oshienushi to serve as Second Oshienushi of the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan. Accordingly, based on the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan Rules, there is no choice but to recognize Reverend Sekiguchi as the Representing Officer."
In this way, the court ruled that "there is no choice but to recognize Reverend Sekiguchi as the Second Oshienushi and the Representing Officer." With regard to the provisional disposition, it turned down the request for the disposition, and went on record with the following stance: "Because of the lack of any credible evidence that the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan is currently in a state of extreme confusion or disorder, the court does not recognize the need to institute an emergency provisional disposition" (the term "credible" refers to the strong conviction on the part of the justices).
The aforementioned ruling stated that there was no choice but to recognize Reverend Sekiguchi as the Second Oshienushi, although there was also a sense of inconsistency in that Keiju Okada was not halted from undertaking the position of Representing Officer. However, there were also clear projections that a victory would result for Reverend Sekiguchi at the next stage of the trial.
Based on this, and dissatisfied with the "Provisional Deposition to Protect the Position of the Second Oshienushi," Reverend Sekiguchi immediately initiated the procedures for an "appeal" at the Tokyo High Court. In early August, meanwhile, the procedures for the principal suit (the confirmation of the position of the Second Oshienushi) were undertaken at the Tokyo District Court.
February 24, 1977
Early March 1977
Dissatisfied with the aforementioned ruling of the Tokyo District Court, Keiju Okada filed an appeal with the Tokyo High Court.
March 31, 1977
Dissatisfied with the ruling of the Tokyo District Court on the "Provisional Deposition to Protect the Position of the Second Oshienushi," Reverend Sekiguchi had previously filed an appeal with the Tokyo High Court. The ruling on this appeal was handed down on this date. The principal text of the ruling is as follows.
"The original judgment (of the Tokyo District Court) is hereby withdrawn, and it is tentatively determined that Sakae Sekiguchi is the Representing Officer of the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan religious corporation.
The duties of the respondent Kouko Okada as Representing Officer of the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan religious corporation are tentatively suspended."
September 24, 1977
Dissatisfied with the March 31 ruling of the Tokyo High Court concerning the "provisional disposition," Keiju Okada had previously filed for a "special final appeal." However, on this date (six months after filing) a ruling was handed down which dismissed this final appeal as "having no grounds."
As occurring in the sequence of events described above, Keiju Okada lost in the "provisional disposition of the Tokyo High Court as well, and also lost in the principal suit of the Tokyo District Court. Then, with the finding against her through the "final appeal dismissal" at the High Court, she effectively suffered defeat in all of the cases. Accordingly, there was absolutely no anticipation of victory in the "appeal" filed with the Tokyo High Court in early March of 1977, with this procedure undertaken simply as a means of stalling for time.
As proof of this statement, in preparation for the (likely) "defeat" in the case, the Keiju Okada side filed with the Gifu Prefectural Office for permission to establish a separate religious order under the name of "Sukyo Mahikari," and registered that order as a religious corporation in June 1978. While the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan was founded by the First Oshienushi through divine command, the Sukyo Mahikari order was established on the basis of human intellect as a means to prepare for the consequences of defeat in the court case. As such, it is a religious order with absolutely no connection to the First Oshienushi.
Furthermore, because the Keiju Okada side was fully aware that their own assertions were based on absolute falsehoods, they realized that they were destined to a suffer a legal defeat in court sooner or later. Based on this understanding, they repeatedly appealed to the court for "settlement arbitration." To both the Tokyo District Court and the Tokyo High Court, a combined total of four such applications for arbitration were filed, with each one ending in failure due to the conditions on the Okada side. In fact, of the eight years which this case required, about four years were spent in such arbitration. Reflecting back at the current point in time, it can be seen that all of these arbitrations were attempts on the part of the Okada side to stall for time, while they had absolutely no intention of actually reaching a settlement in that manner.
As for the Reverend Sekiguchi side, with each mediation from the court, they immediately submitted sincere proposals for arbitration. In sharp contrast were the actions of the side of Keiju Okada, which despite being the ones who requested this arbitration in the first place, delayed the indication of any conditions for several months, and in the end submitted such insincere conditions that even the presiding justice was appalled. Then, after halting the court deliberations for 20 months and finally reaching mutual agreement and on the verge of signing, their side three times violated the pledge to appear in court for that signing, and finally rejected the agreement in the end. This totally irrational tactic to draw things on was repeated again and again, to the point that even the justice was thoroughly angered.
Finally, however, the delay strategy was rendered impossible, and with the ruling finally due to be issued and fully aware that their defeat was inevitable, they went ahead and filed a request with the court for a final "settlement arbitration." Accordingly, while the recommendation proposal expressed by the presiding justice was extremely severe in content, and effectively represented a defeat for the Keiju Okada side, they at last had no choice but to accept that recommendation.
The above has been a description of the circumstances surrounding the announcement of the Second Oshienushi following the Ascension of the First Oshienushi and the startup of the court case, as well as a summary of the falsification of the facts which led up to the establishment of the settlement arbitration. This text is based on the "facts" as recognized by the court through the testimony of both sides, the evidence presented and other background. As in a criminal case in which the evidence is adequate, no investigations were conducted in which confessions were coerced, or claims presented with regard to statements made by the parties involved which were actually never made.
This was a civil case in which the facts were self evident, the evidence was gathered in adequate fashion, and testimony was provided from witnesses from both sides. For this very reason, with regard to the facts, the Tokyo District Court, the Tokyo High Court, and the Supreme Court all issued consistent rulings that the statements made by Reverend Sekiguchi were correct. With regard to the realities, therefore, there is absolutely no room for suspicion. This means, in short, that the Keiju Okada side made false allegations to the court throughout the case, from start to finish.
As a result, it is repeatedly recorded in the written ruling that the testimony from Keiju Okada and others on her side "was not credible."
With Keiju Okada having gone along with the schemes of her close associates to carry out the registration with her name as the Representing Officer, she personally created the origins for the confusion in Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan. In the court case, furthermore, in order to protect her own position she distorted the truth in addressing the judge, and continued to made statements filled with contradictions.
It stands to reason that a true person of the religious order, if indeed believing themselves to be correct and the rightful Second Oshienushi of the Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan, she would speak the facts as-is, no matter how disadvantageous it would be in the eyes of the court, and then leave the rest to the workings of Su God. Are the actions of calmly presenting testimony filled with deception in order to win out in the court case, and then when realizing that defeat was certain forming a separate religious order to prolong one's own situation in any way worthy of someone supposedly in service to Su God?
Furthermore, Keiju Okada and her close associates told the leader kumite that the "Yonomitama" portion of the memorandum of the First Oshienushi signified that Keiju Okada was the Second Oshienushi, and also asserted this stance in the court case. In the court case, at the outset only the "Yonomitama" portion was submitted by the Okada side, although this was ignored by the court on the grounds that it was impossible to form any judgments on the true meaning without seeing the passages before and after that portion.
Subsequently, the passages before and after the portion in question were in fact submitted to the court, and it would appear that the justices devoted serious research to the fact of whether or not that text truly signified what Keiju Okada insisted. As expected, however, the conclusion finally drawn was that these passages did not comprise the contentions made by Keiju Okada.
In reality, the other portions which were submitted after that were attached with a memorandum in which the First Oshienushi summarizes the entire process. This contained the passage: "I wish to inquire about the relationship between the holy place and earthquakes, the incident of eruption the commencement of the construction." These were items about which the First Oshienushi inquired to Su God, and with the content conforming to this as well, it was written in a hasty hand. Upon reading the entire text, it is clear that the "Yonomitama" portion does not comprise a divine command which designates the Second Oshienushi, and the justices also chose not to adopt this in the end. (We also have the full text of the memorandum in our files, which will be disclosed to any interested parties upon request.) (page 46)
In this way, therefore, while Keiju Okada did not personally receive designation as Second Oshienushi, encouraged by her close associates she suddenly sought to occupy that position. Furthermore, with absolutely no recognition of that assertion by the court, and with the conditions growing clear that her side could only lose in the case, a separate religious order by the name of "Sukyo Mahikari" was established by those in her vicinity, with Keiju Okada convinced to sidestep into that organization. What's more, Keiju Okada falsified that man-made religious order as being "established by divine command," and then went on to misrepresent herself as the only earthly representative of Yonimasu Ohamatsukami, and the spiritual successor to the First Oshienushi. The kumite of Sukyo Mahikari had absolutely no idea that the religious order was built on this fabrication, and inevitably fell under the illusion that they were kumite belonging to the religious order founded by the First Oshienushi (Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyodan). Furthermore, they remain under that fallacy to this day.
If the central element of the upper ranks of a religious order solidify a fabrication of the truth, the cloud of this falsehood will naturally flow down to those below, and be manifested in the form of poor communications and cloudy atmosphere within the headquarters. Furthermore, as this situation makes its way down to the end-level dojo, mutual distrust between the leaders and various criticisms will come to run rampant. In other words, contamination upstream leads to pollution downstream as well. With the overall order covered in a cloud of delusion caused by the sense of falsehood, it will be no easy task to maintain a clear and serene will of kamimuki. To those of you reading this document as well, we would imagine that you can feel the truth of this statement through the medium of various different phenomena. To those of you who have now learned the truth on the basis of the facts involved, we entreat you to once again devote keen thought to the question of whether it is really possible to continue to maintain the correct will of kamimuki while being engulfed in the midst of deception.
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