The Secret of the Spirit World
What is the spirit world?
How does a prophet know the future?
About 100 years ago, Onisaburo Deguchi, a Japanese Shinto master gave an interesting answer to these questions.
Deguchi Onisaburo (1871-1948). He was a spiritual leader of religious movement in Japan in the early 1900s. He left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings. According to his followers, Onisaburo's prediction rate is more than 95%. Even today, his predictions are coming true, such as Apple Watch, Multicoptor, Maglev and so on.
According to Onisaburo, the universe can be loosely divided into two kinds of worlds, that is, the real world and the spirit world.
The real world has physical properties, whereas the spirit world has spiritual properties.
However, the relation between the real world and the spirit world is not parallel, but the two worlds have a specific relation.
In his writings, "The Story of the Spirit World", Onisaburo explained the relationship between the real world and the spirit world as follows:
Everything in this real world is a reflection of the counterpart in the spirit world.
In other words, the real world is the reflected image of the spirit world as the true image.
This is the reason why the real world is called as "Utsushiyo (the mirror world)" in Shinto.
Onisaburo also illustrated his philosophy by taking an example.
For example, suppose that you take a picture of Mt. Fuji, the height of which is about 13,000 feet.
But, the size of the photographic image of Mt. Fuji is about 2 inches square only.
In this case, the photographic image corresponds to the real world.
Similarly, the real world is a kind of mirror image of the spirit world.
Mount Fuji, which is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,400 ft). Mount Fuji is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains." It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan's Historic Sites. It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013.
Mechanism of Prophecy
Furthermore, with regards to the mechanism of the future prediction by second sight, Onisaburo explained as follows:
There is no sense of time in the spirit world, because it is beyond the time and space.
Therefore, an event, which I saw in the spirit world with second sight, may appear a few days later, 10 years later, or several hundred years later in the real world.
In some cases, I may also see an event from hundreds or thousands of years ago.
When I see events in the spirit world, those events come into my second sight uniformly and in parallel, without any distinction of time and space, light and dark, up and down, small and large, broad and narrow, and so on.
According to Onisaburo, there are no time and space in the spirit world.
However, this is not an Onisaburo's personal opinion, but a thought peculiar to Shinto philosophy.
A Modern Explanation of the Relation Between the Real World and the Spirit World
From a modern point of view, Onisaburo’s idea about the relation between the real world and the spirit world can be explained as follows.
In this explanation, assume that the spirit world corresponds to a cloud database and the real world corresponds to a monitor.
An image on the monitor is displayed based on the data in the cloud database.
The image displayed on the monitor has a specific relation of time and space.
In contrast, the data in the cloud database do not have such a specific relation of time and space, as shown in the following figure.
It is considered that there is a similar relation between the real world and the spirit world.
In this analogy, assume that the sprit world corresponds to the cloud database and the real world corresponds to the image displayed on a monitor, as shown in the following figure.
According to Onisaburo, there is a spiritual law that the same event occurs in succession from the spiritual world to the real world.
Onisaburo called such a spiritual law that controls the relation between the spirit world and the real world as “law of reflection.”
In accordance with the spiritual law of reflection, the event which a prophet saw in the spirit world is bound to occur in the real world.
Furthermore, it can also be considered that events preprogrammed in the spirit world will appear in the real world.
I think this is a kind of theoretical model of the spirit world in Shinto philosophy.
Mechanism of Future Prediction by Second Sight
Using the above theoretical model of the spirt world, the mechanism of the future prediction by second sight can be explained as follows.
Assume that you watch a video on a video hosting service, such as YouTube.
In this case, if you want to move to the end of the video, you have to drag the time/progress bar forward to the end.
However, if you can directly analyze the cloud database, which includes the original data of the video, you can know immediately the last scene of the video without dragging the time/progress bar forward to the end.
Similarly, if you can directly see any event preprogrammed in the spirit world, you can know immediately the event which will occur in the future in the real world.
That is the reason why a prophet can predict the future events according to Shinto philosophy.
By the way, after the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister, Takashi Hara, a young man asked Onisaburo,
What kind of ability is your second sight?
Onisaburo answered him as follows,
It looks like a picture on a movie screen.
But, it is difficult to judge the exact time when the event will happen in this real world.
As described above, it is an intriguing idea that there is no time and space in the spirit world.
It is considered that Onisaburo discovered this idea through his spiritual training, but it is a conventional idea which has long been known for more than at least 100 years in Shinto philosophy.
Amazing World of Japanese Shinto Philosophy
Until now, many unique ideas have been introduced to the world as Eastern Philosophy.
Most of them are based on Buddhism and Taoism which originate from India and China respectively.
However, I think that little is known about Shinto philosophy which originates from Japanese Shinto.
Therefore, I introduced a small fraction of the amazing world of Shinto philosophy.
June 20, 2018
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- Hiroaki Izuka (2007-2018) "Reikai Monogatari Net."