When Professor Teruo Higa's lecture was held in Niigata in October 1996, Ms. Narumi, who had been my business acquaintance, talked to me running a construction company. The next morning, she visited my company right away. At that time, my wife was in a hospital with terminal cancer of the large intestine caused by scirrhous stomach cancer. Partly for that reason, she recommended Johrei to me with her whole heart.
With a light heart, "I feel bad if I do not receive Johrei just for once," I received it for the first time from Ms. Ito, who was in charge of the subbranch. As I was given Johrei even half in doubt, I felt good and relaxed so much I dozed off. However, I was not yet ready to join the faith, Kyusei Shinkyo, at that time.
Two months later, her life under medical treatment for a year and three months ended, and she died at the young age of forty-five years old. "I want to live for another ten years or at least five," her words are still recalled clearly. I was fifty years old then. She was in charge of accounting and sales and was the most irreplaceable support of me. I had already lost my parents and had no children, so I was left alone at last.
I became addicted to drinking. Definitely, it was no good for the health. I damaged my brain more than the liver, could not judge good and evil and was often unable to think properly. My emotional ups and downs were also intense, and the unstable condition continued. I lost all interest in my life.
One day, Ms. Ito telephoned and asked me, "Kasai-san, how's it going?" I answered, "Not well. I'm so depressed that I want to commit suicide," and then she invited me, "I'll give you Johrei, so would you like to come over?"
I visited her at home straight away. Then, I, who was strangely emotionally-depressed and only thinking negatively like that, was restoring myself while I was receiving Johrei. Even I myself curiously felt very much that I'm getting better.
I had felt resistance to religion and could not step into it but was allowed to join Kyusei Shinkyo in August 1997. Still after that, at the beginning I did not grow accustomed to it and could not believe easily, yet I sometimes received Johrei.
In October 2003, as the bid system was revised significantly and collusion is prohibited, it became difficult to receive a construction order. It was all I could do to receive one order for about thirty million yen in a year. I was worried about whether I would carry on doing my business or try to move to a different one, so that my stress kept on building up.
Perhaps due to that, in March 2005, my blood sugar level was 242, and the hemoglobin A1c value was 9.3, so that I was diagnosed as having diabetes without doubt. The doctor recommended me to enter the hospital, but I had a job to do and so I obtained consent by visiting the hospital twice a month.
Medicine was prescribed but I did not take it because I had understood well about harmful effects of medicine by that time. Above all, I went to the subbranch and received Johrei. I paid so much attention to my diet that I counted calories by myself, and went to a swimming pool and took a brisk walk for exercise. As the result, half a year later, my blood sugar level dropped to 124, and the hemoglobin A1c value to 5.6.
A pharmacist was also so surprised and said to me, "It is rare that diabetes get better so early like this. Please do speak to our patients as a lecturer." I had a hard time to decline the offer. I was grateful for wonderfulness of Johrei again.
Fulfilling worship at the sacred ground twice a month for the first time in 2006, I fortunately achieved an outstanding feat of getting two orders of sewer works in Niigata city to start at the end of January of the following year on the same day, and it was much talked about among the construction industry. "Because you went and worshiped," said a salesperson of my company, and I was very glad and profoundly grateful that I was being protected by Meishu-sama. Further, when I was staying to worship at the church for two nights for the first time, I was able to receive a large order.
My aunt, who was a dancing master, taught it to those of the subbranch for a dedicatory entertainment at a spring grand festival in 2009, and taking this opportunity, I was allowed to do Johrei to her. She was glad that her head and back was warmed and was allowed to join the faith Kyusei Shinkyo in June. I was really happy and grateful for that I led somebody to the faith for the first time.
I am deeply grateful again it is thanks to protection and grace of Meishu-sama's Divine Light and teachers' encouragement that my company and I have managed to survive in the turbulent times.