The Pilgrims’ Teachings
Their essential message, as they put it, is very simple- by loving we know God, who is love. This loving heart is the key to unlock the mysteries of life, reality and the very scriptures which speak of them. Without this, we are mere empty shells, yet to be realised. They feel that as they travel, the hearts of those around them are opened, on hearing their messages, which makes it all worthwhile. They also have a lot of ‘Apocalyptic’ teachings about the direction the world is heading, though to my mind these depend a lot more on how you understand the messages in the Bible, in such books as ‘Revelations’.
I can’t really imagine what people in Japan will make of their message. On the one hand, monotheistic religion such as Christianity or Islam is so rare here that many don’t even know of the God they speak of, even as an idea, though the pilgrims maintain that in everyone’s heart is the will to know their creator. Also, since there is little following of organised religion in Japan, people could be more open to a different message- those already having a religion often being hostile to those who differ from it (and the more similar the religion in this case, often the greater the friction as each feel the other is in need of some correction!).
Also, corrupt versions of such religions have done a lot of harm to the reputation of their original messages, people confusing God with religions which use His name without neccessarily following the teachings. Japan has generally been free of this, at least in terms of Monotheism, the belief in one God. Their aim is to publish a small book of their messages, which they recieve each day (though not every day), in both English and the language of wherever they find themselves. So naturally during their time here as well as other help, they have been looking out for suitable translators, though they are already learning Japanese as they go.
My feeling is that people in Japan really are in the mood for something new, something that will breath life into their often monotonous routines of rote work and learning. Yet at the same time, the sense that all is pretty much well as it is with no urgent need for improvement can cause the modern malaise, not of too much sin, but of too much indifference. My teaching would be that progress is ever ongoing and that even if things aren’t exactly tragic (though in some cases they are), they could always be that little bit better, that little bit happier. That greater happiness, that flourishing of life, is what it’s all about… not just survival!
For more on this subject, which falls outside the boundaries of Perfect Futures, please click this link to Cosmic Understanding, which deals with such spiritual themes in more depth…
Posted by Starfires on January 26, 2007