16. Change of seasons
As I mentioned in the last item, Oomoto will be entering another so-called Golden age at this time time that we are dealing with. Onisaburo survived the death sentence, and came back to the land of the rising sun, where the sun did actually rise for him the next day... Such an age for Oomoto a Golden Age (from the mid 1920s, and through the decade following), of course reflects also on our one and only...
with brush the size of a mop
(In the photograph in this item you can see the immensity of these outstanding works of art...)
Onisaburo had his way with people, I guess like any spiritual leader has in his or her special way. Just with Onisaburo sometimes it seemed like really, he did what impulsively he felt like without calling on the opinions that people would have about him. In Hebrew we have a saying: He has no god!, funny to use it for such a religious being, but this sentence just comes up in my mind the more I read about him... This expression means to me: he does as his heart desires!
You might remember that on the introductory item I mentioned the Universal Love and Brotherhood Association, founded by Onisaburo in 1925. This was too an enormous leap forward making this period in Oomotos history so golden. Onisaburo ordered headquarters to be established in Europe, the Far East, America. The principles were bringing friendship and harmony to the whole human race. Soon institutions such as the Aizen Hall, Aizen Club, Aizen Clinic, and others sprang up in various countries.
I always find it encouraging to hear of such organizations springing up in our world full of fear, hate and aggression. As a graduate of the International Relations department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, may I just mention on this strange stage, how I love N.G.Os!
(Sorry a bit emotional there!) It was also a golden age for Oomoto in terms of the worldwide publications, that appeared in untraceable numbers.
To tell you the truth I hope you are still there with me. But you know, reading this book is like talking about life, sometimes: No news is good news! (A concept that I definitely adopt as an Israeli...). What I am actually getting at is that this item is not as juicy as the others I guess.
In this period, and we are talking about Onisaburo as a middle aged man, he also went into a mass production period in a wide range of arts, including movies, plays, poetry and calligraphy.
Actually one of the things that captured quite few peoples hearts (from my experience here) was when these people, (mostly people of western monotheistic concepts), entered the Oomoto sanctuary in Kameoka, and found the Noh theater stage inside the shrine. (This is quite rare also in Japan), I think this is a beautiful thing, and what I am getting at here is that art is for, me as well, a way to connect with the divine.
In chapter 33, we also find a sub chapter dealing with Onisaburos spiritual state. Here are mentioned things such as Onisaburos prophetic, spiritual dreams:
For example, he had dreams in which he saw eight moons and seven suns in the sky, or dreams of crossing wide rivers. The former refers to the seventh of August, and the latter suggests that he would be able to come through some kind of difficulty safely.
Onisaburo had many and various dreams, and later recounted that:
Every night while I was in the house of detention, god showed me dreams. I longed for night to come so I could sleep, as it was my only solace. I counted the dreams I had in prison, and altogether they came to 3,552. (ch 33)
It is also said that he had the ability to hear someone is thinking without the person ever opening his mouth. Another ability of his is presented also here in chapter 33:
When a sick acquaintance became a subject of conversation, he might say (he, refers to Onisaburo), There is no hope for him. When asked what he meant, he would reply, I can smell death.
As mention here in the book, he not only had a spiritual eye or third eye, but also a third ear or spiritual ear, and nose. I personally liked this analogy.
So anyway, you know we are now in somewhat of a change of seasons, both here in Japan, and in our story, cause I promise you these are the last beautiful days before the winter wind starts blowing in...
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