One day in 2002, my mother got home from work and went to a nearby hospital that night, saying "I feel groggy and have a fever." She was diagnosed as having a cold and came home, but could not move the next morning.
She was taken to a medical center by ambulance, and was diagnosed with "the Guillain-Barre syndrome." "The illness progresses rapidly, and she has only a week to live. So please be prepared for it," the doctor said, but she pulled through somehow.
It is said that only one in 200,000 people fall "the Guillain-Barre syndrome," and it is a terrible serious illness that damages motor nerves medically. Since there was no sure treatment, the mother was staying in the hospital only for undergoing rehabilitation every day, receiving dialysis and being put on an intravenous drip. Then she recovered that she could go to the bathroom in a wheelchair somehow in three years. However, she couldn't even crawl because she couldn't put her strength into finger-tips. So it was very inconvenient every day.
Last April, I was led to a round-table talk by Mr. Minamikawa, a former colleague, and talked with the teacher of the branch. The teacher taught me the cause of an illness/disease and the fearfulness of harmful effects of medicine. When she/he gave me Johrei, I felt my lower back grow hot, and strong power. The hope that "if my mother also receives Johrei, she might be able to stand and walk" crossed my mind. I decided to take a chance on Johrei.
Mr. Minamikawa gave her Johrei the next day. Although I had given up that she would never be able to walk again, having met Mr. Minamikawa again made me strongly hope that she could walk somehow. I told her that it was my lifetime request that she had Mihikari-sama for my last filial piety.
When I had a meal with her the following day, she was pleased that she could eat with a rice bowl today. I was really impressed by it, and shared in the joy with her. Then she was allowed to be linked to Meishu-sama and join Kyusei Shinkyo faith.
As I received Johrei from my mother, my lower back pain went away, and I hardly got tired even if I sat straight. And I lost about eight kilograms in weight in half a year when I refrained from taking sweets. I was also allowed to be linked to Meishu-sama and join Kyusei Shinkyo faith in May. I have practiced Johrei mutually with mother every day since then. She got so that she could rise to her feet from the wheelchair herself and do the dishes in the kitchen by the grace of God. The other day she said, "I can walk backward," and showed it proudly holding onto the handrail.
And mother and I really hoped and prayed that my younger sister and her children would experience this wonderful miracle. Then the sister asked us, "I am worried about my children, so I want you to listen to me."
I immediately asked Mr. Minamikawa to lead my younger sister and her daughters to the branch. They were taught by and received Johrei from the teacher of the branch. And they were all allowed to join the faith.
The younger niece was absent from her high school temporarily because of schizophrenia until just a few months ago. She was told that she had to repeat a year because of her poor attendance, and so she was in a very difficult situation to take the examination for junior college at that time.
However, we experienced an unprecedented miracle that she got to be able to go to school a week after joining the faith, and her attendance just was enough, and she passed the junior college without recommendation. Moreover, her way of talking was cheerless until the day before the initiation ceremony, but her way of thinking and talking and her behavior now became bright and hopeful. So I am surprised by her changes every day.
In addition, my sister's fingers of both hands were bent from the first knuckle, and she was in pain, but the finger shape now returned and the pain also eased.
When the older niece worshiped at the "Goshinden" (the sanctuary) of the sacred ground (the headquarters of Kyusei Shinkyo) or the church on the day of the ceremony, there were several times that tears suddenly welled up out of her eyes and flowed without stop.
My brother-in-law was killed instantly in a traffic accident at the age of twenty. The teacher of the branch told us that our household alter should be dedicated to "Obyobu-Kannon-sama" and we should hold a memorial service for the repose of our ancestors. We asked for dedication at once. Preparing the Buddhist alter and family memorial tablet, we invited the teacher to my sister's home and were allowed to be duly carried out the dedication on February 3rd. Thereafter I was so happy to hear that the Buddhist altar became very bright and all the sister's family were pleased.
The next day the older niece was able to worship at the "Goshinden" at the ceremony of the beginning of spring until the end without shedding tears. I realized that our ancestors received the Divine Light.
My mother always really hoped that she can worship at the "Goshinden" of the sacred ground once. On June 15th, the "Chijyou-Tengoku-sai" (the ceremony of the Heaven on Earth) a year after joining the faith, she was able to walk up the stairs to the "Goshinden," but slowly, step by step with her own feet, and her wishes were granted. Mother, of course, Mr. Minamikawa and I also were moved greatly together and our hearts were full of gratitude, and it became an important treasure.
I will make an effort for doing Johrei to and guiding as many people as possible, with pride and confidence so that I would be able to become open, cheerful, and a man full of altruism through faith from now on.