Friday, July 6, 2018

Faith of Prosperity and a better Brazil

There is this legend, that I’ve heard many times when I as a little kid, about a very advanced culture hidden in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, pretty much like the Black Panther city of Wakanda, which was conceived and built by a very beautiful and intelligent Japanese woman surrounded by wisdom and magic. This legend haunted me for a long time, I even drew it in my first grade school notebook, I remember that when I was doing the drawing, my father was watching a Soccer game of the World Cup, (possibly in the year of 1974), and every year that there are Brazilian games in the cup, this woman come back to my mind together with the whole story.

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To the left, the drawing I made of Teruko Sato when I was a child - to the right, the drawing I made on the day of Brazil's victory over Mexico - a day of great happiness for Brazilian people

 I don’t know exactly how this all started, as I lived in a house with more than four grandmother’s brothers and sisters, all of them from my paternal side, I never found out exactly who told that story, whether it was true or not. It is a fact that from this point onwards I may have been so interested in Japanese culture and believed that if we used Japanese elements, we might have had a better Brazil ( it is important to mention that here in Brazil we have the second largest colony o Japanese people outside of Japan).

Now, as it is the time of Brazilian games in the World Cup, I decided to put an end to the mystery and I started to investigate this wise Japanese lady in the Amazon Rainforests - I must say that it started as a frustrating investigation, nobody knew about her, not even Google.

I have tried other aproaches in my research, maybe this incident has something to do with the Soccer World Cup. The only thing I found was the incredible story about the death of Chico Xavier (Xavier was a very respected religious leader – read more about this day  ), with Euripides Higino, his adopted son. "Chico Xavier always said he would disincarnate (‘to die’ as regard to Spiritist point of view) on the day that Brazil would partying and that I would not have time to think about his death. " That was exactly what happened, Chico "disembodied" on the very day that Brazil was on the party of the conquest of the fifth WC Championship, on June 30, 2002.

Ok, but what does this have to do with the Japanese Lady from the Amazon Rainforest?

Actually, I do not know, but I like the idea of seeing Brazil as a uniform mass of minds in a single, happy spirit.

If we look at this crowd of happy Brazilians from a kardecist spiritist point of view, this seems to be a good energy, of a great volume - and it was with this thought, that I’ve decided to take a ‘energizing pass’ at a spiritist center, at exactly this time of year, this would make me receive a huge vibratory charge of good energy) - that's where the big coincidence comes in!

Since I had no spiritist center near where I was working and the match of Brazil was about to start, I decided to stop at the Johrei Center in Vila Mariana (a neighborhood in São Paulo) while I was waiting for the pass, or rather to receive Johrei, I heard some ministers talking about one lady named Teruko Sato, the first woman to bring the culture of the Meishu-Sama’s enlightenment to Brazil.

At that time I even shivered with such a coincidence, but the coolest was yet to come. Meishu-Sama believed in the construction of earth paradises, beautiful and inspiring gardens that increase the well being and spiritual energy of humanity - with that, the place chosen for her to start her work... wow! It was in a city called Manacapuru in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

At that time I interrupted the ministers and students who were talking to each other and then told them about the legend I had heard, about the secret civilization in the Amazon rainforest and the coincidence, "there is no such thing as coincidence," said the young man, “as like in spiritism, we believe that all this event had already been architected in more evolved plans, as happened with the passage of Chico Xavier”.

As the explanation went on, he smiled and disappointed me a bit when he said that ther was not a Wakanda-type nation of Messianic church in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, "however, Mokiti Okada (岡田茂吉), the church's founder, who bears the honorific title of Meishu-Sama - 明主様, (Lord of Light), idealized rather a more evolved society, which builds teh so called ‘Holy Grounds’ around the world - beautiful places with nice architecture, clean technology and a great degree of development and harmony with the environment, as if they were islands of happiness and elegance amidst the chaos of the planet. The Mokiti Okada Foundation develops research in agriculture, environmental recovery, healthy and affordable individual agriculture, healing and education and also encompasses the Ikebana Sanguetsu school which teaches the pragmatic principles of Mokiti Okada's philosophy through the ancient art of floral arrangement.

For me, Teruko Sato (佐藤輝子 who adopted the married name of Yoniyama 米山) is a living legend, the little information I had as a child made me create a fantastic story, with miscegenations of Brazilian and Japanese ethnicities, with extraordinary and sustainable technology , which may well have been true, but Teruko Sato's real life, which is also very little known by the IMM's own devotees, has attributes that surpass fantasy.

Sato's story was revealed in an issue of the Japanese newspaper Izunome No. 72, written in Japanese, and I'll post the original text in Japanese and my translation - please feel free to correct me in any translation errors.









いでいっぱいで、父母と別れて淋しいとか、こわいとか、ー人でどうとかいう悲観的な考えは一切浮かんできませんでした 。しかし、船の上から見えるのは毎日海だけ、激しい船酔いのため数日間梅干しとお粥のみで過ごしたこともありました。途中米国ロサンゼルスに寄港して燃料食糧その他を補紿し、南米へ向けて出航。パナマ運河を抜け、一路大西洋へと向かいます。



そんな生活の中、みんなが寝静まった夜、私は一人蚊帳の中から星空を見上げ、 "どうしてこんな所に来てしまったのだろう......。



Manacapurú - 62miles from Manaus in the state of Amazonas
The left is Mrs. Yoneyama (Teruko Sato with married name) and the right
Michiko Yamande, leader of the Zuiun district - May 1953





First mission in South America, the beginning of a new life as an immigrant
Translation of the first part.

I was born in a small town south of Okayama on February 4th , 1936 (Showa / 昭和 - 11 is the year 1936). In mid-1945, at a time when the Messianic Church and its members had the nickname "Ohikari-san". In front of my house there was a family of Messianic Church follower, as my mother was sick, they use to come to give her Johrei, in 1952, we became members. Every month, the minister in charge of the Church use to give us lectures about the Spiritual World and the ancestors, the kind of stuff that we don’t learn in school, and then, I’ve reached the age of majority.

Towards departure

It was the year of 1945, the minister of this religious unit told us the reports of the missionaries Yamane the reports of the minister Kiyoko Higuti and Haruhiko Ajiki in Hawaii and the United States. Listening to these stories, little by little, I began to cultivate the desire to dedicate myself to the diffusion of these teachings abroad, following the example of Minister Higuti. At that time, I learned that my family planned to immigrate to Brazil.

Aware of this possibility, Minister Yamane made a request to the Meishu-Sama, who immediately said, "Give her the image of God and Ohikari to take with her." In response to this response from Meishu-Sama, my certainty of going to Brazil was strengthened even more. However, during the immigration application process, my mother was afflicted with a vision problem that delayed our departure.

As a well-known family wanted to migrate to Brazil and needed to increase the number of people for the job in hand, I opted to board before my relatives. Only God knew at the time that the separation from my family would be longer than I had imagined...

Light and hope in my heart

On September 25th , 1954 (Showa / 昭和-29), at age 18, I embarked on the ship America Maru that left the port of Kobe, I left Japan to Brazil, taking with me the strong desire to serve Meishu-Sama .

I’ve never felt pessimistic, fear or sadness to depart alone. During the trip, the time I spent on the high seas was not easy, for long days I had to eat umeboshi (梅干 し - Chinese preserved plum) and Kayu (お 粥 also called congee, it is a cooked rice soup with meat) daily because of the seasickness caused by the sea voyage. After a break in Los Angeles to get some supply, fuel and groceries, we crossed the Panama Canal, arriving to the north of Brazil, in the port of Belém. We were transferred to a Brazilian ship and we went up the Amazon River. Since leaving Japan, two months had passed. We arrived at the colony of Bela Vista, located in the state of Amazonas, district of Manacapuru, after a trip of 1,400 km. Until we got to the farm, it was necessary to walk about half a day. The place was in the middle of the forest, on either side of the clumsy road lived some families of settlers who sought to establish themselves there. There was no housing, water, electricity or facilities needed for everyday life, the reality there was quite different from the one I had in Okayama.

Immediately, the men began to tear down trees to build settlements, and the women dedicated themselves to preparing food. Due to the tropical climate insects and mosquitoes use bit us day and night. We face many challenges in this age of adaptation. Groceries arrived regularly in a shop, located in a village that could only be accessed by boat, it take one day to carry everything in huge bags, women and children worked and were always sweaty, bubbles formed in my hands and then burst, we put towels to mitigate the pain, we slept at night in the middle of the logs, we heard several noises of animals, it was imperative that the fire never go out during the night, we did not know when and by what animal we could be attacked, we lived in days of inexhaustible fear and tension.

習志野浄霊センター - 米山晃子Narashino Johrey Center - Akiko Yoneyama - Teruko Sato

Moving away from deep depression

In the midst of this harsh reality, at night, while everyone was asleep, I used to look at the stars through mosquito nets and cry, wondering, "What have I come to do in this place?" ... I wanted to serve Meishu Sama and came to the middle of the forest, to live a primitive life, without light or water. Did Meishu Sama abandon me? Why do I have to go through so much suffering? Are my parents looking at these same stars? Why did I come alone? Does Meishu Sama know about me here?

On the other hand, I was thinking about my mission. "Perhaps I can minister Johrei to the settlers ..." I began to minister Johrei to those who had the flu or with eczemas. However, they did not believe that I could heal illnesses, simply by putting my hands up towards them.

The daughter of the family I was with start to spread rumors that I had mental problems, or something like that. Faced with such contempt, I decided not to talk about on Johrei or religion anymore; I began to work even more and chose to move away from the family with whom I came to Brazil. I lived with families who were in need of labor, skimmed the backyards of the houses, planted and made roasted sweet potatoes to serve them.

Facing that, I thought, "If my mother comes, she will surely be sick with so much discomfort, the delicate hands of the brothers and sisters who grew up with the books, could not stand the hoes, if they come here, my family will be ruined.

So, I wrote to my parents asking them to "give up coming to Brazil because I go through so many difficulties here." A few months later, after my letter arrived safe and sound in Japan, I received a letter back with my mother's reply, it sounded like a miracle, taking into consideration the reality in hand.

I rapidly ripped the envelope, I was taken with emotion, it was so good to know that my parents had not forgotten me there; but the letter also brought me the sad news of Meishu Sama's ascent to the Spiritual World. Then I felt that he was looking at me, I cried a lot in mourning, it took too long for the sadness to pass.

The Turn of Destiny

One day, in the middle of my work at the farm, Mr. Naito told me that he needed people to work with him. So, again by boat, I left for Monte Real in the district of Itacoatiara, near Parintins AM, taking with me the image of God and some Ohikari, he said that someone wanted to hire me.

I went on another boat trip, carrying imperial clothes for Mr. Naito, and I chugged at a deserve, managed by Misuno-san.

I worked during the day and during the night I tried to study Portuguese, under the precarious light of a lantern. Initially, I had many difficulties with customs, language and food compared to life in Japan. However, that place was for me the paradise on earth, comparing to the life I had in the previous colony, in Bela Vista, everything had changed for the better.

Mr. Shigaru's sweet wife treated me like a daughter. I learned the service and, in the midst of a new environment, again I endeavored to spread the Johrei, and to my delight, my stories began to be heard.

This time I had changed my mind, now I could talk about Johrei, I tried hard to explain, although people often scratched their heads without understanding very well, but even so, little by little, more purified, people would better understand the proposal of all that.

Mission from Japan

Some time later, more news arrived, I received a correspondence from my mother telling that after the rise of Meishu Sama, Mr. Yamane, a minister named Nobuhiko Shoda asked me to go to Curitiba ( a urban metropolis in the south region of Brazil) with him.. .

Translated by Luiz Pagano


 Inspiration and joys of faith by Chico Xavier

 As you may know, dear reader, I consider myself an Omni Religious, I believe, study and respect all religions and I value the good in all of them, I should start by saying that I had already been to Uberaba and personally met Eurípedes, adopted son of Chico Xavier.

Chico Xavier or Francisco Cândido Xavier, born Francisco de Paula Cândido on April 2, 1910 was a holy figure from Brazil, of the highest religious and cultural importance, a philanthropist and spirit medium who changed the doctrine of faith in Brazil and in the world.

It was December 8, 2011, I had coffee and some pão de queijos (brazilian style cheese bread) with him, who kindly showed me all the rooms, told me stories about Chico, showed me the tree that he (Chico Xavier) had planted himself in the backyard, as well as the whole complex, very simple but perfectly functional, that he had built to help as many people as possible, with him and another group of ten people, I went to help cook and serve the more than a thousand needy people in a huge dinning room.

The fact is that, after that day, my life has changed a lot, especially when it comes to my goals and how to reach them with joy.

I truly believe that the best way to create an evolved society in every way is by proactively mobilizing ourselves in this, we should start by being inspired by the examples of people like Mokiti Okada, Teruko Sato and Chico Xavier - to promote the moral improvement of people at the same time. around us and at the same time, in addition to providing conditions of dignity, we promote the physical and structural development of the group, considering each member as universes in themselves, as well as important, reliable and talented links, part of a society that gives pleasure to work for the common good and for each individual, separately.

Luiz Pagano and other volunteers helping in the kitchen of the Spiritist Center Prece, by Chico Xavier in Uberaba - the happiness of helping those in need is unparalleled.

Chico used to say to his closest friends "I want to die in a day of great happiness of Brazilian people" which actually happened!

The first book psychographed by Chico Cahvier was Parnassus Beyond the Tomb (Paraíso de Alem Túmulo - SOUTO MAIOR, 1995:31) from 1931, the book brought together 203 poems dictated by 38 deceased poets. Anticipating a very difficult journey, he wrote in the preface "I know I will be the object of commiseration or laughter, but some will find solace in my book" - and many people did so!!  Chico left his terrestial life leaving 412 psychographed books in 54 years of mediumship and 92 years of life, the cause of death was cardiac arrest, without pain and suffering around 7:30 pm on June 30, 2002, at the very end of the International Soccer World Cup, ten hours after Scolari's team brought the fifth victory to Brazil - on that day, because he may have anticipated the future or because the future had graced him with his wish, the whole of Brazil was celebrating in great joy at the moment of Chico Xavier's death.

 With that in mind, I took advantage of the energy of today's victory, when people are celebrating with the glory in a great and plural spiritual vibration, the size of our country, and I decided to redo the drawing by Teruko Sato (illustration below)... my Teruko Sato.

In my art, she is the Japanese woman who adopted the indigenous culture in her paintings and clothes. In my personal universe, this evolved culture, Nipo-Tupiniquim even has a name, it's called yvyturokai (pronounced something like "wovo churo kui" - the first two 'Ys' have a sound similar to the ~ of the word 'SAO' - and means PARADISE in Guarani –, a place where people are well educated and well educated).

In my drawing, Teruko Sato (佐藤輝子) from my personal universe, dances gently on the cut trunk, as I drew in my childhood, in harmony with the forces of the forest, has a pink Amazon river dolphin to his left and a Tucuxi (grey Amazon river dolphin) on her right - she looks pretty much like an Avatar: the last air bender anime character.

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