How you see Onisaburo depends on where you stand.
The webmaster bases his perspective on Onisaburo's Reikai Monogatari ("Tales of the Spirit World"). Thus, some ideas posted on this site may run counter to the popular belief about this spiritual crusader and his group named Omoto ("Great Origin" or "Original Root"):


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Group names:Omoto, Kodo Omoto, Aizen-en, and others


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The group often changed its name for a particular purpose in a particular period of its history.
Founded on:Feb. 9, Meiji 31 (1898)


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Vols. 1, 12, 14 and 55 of the Monogatari specify this date. Some argue that Omoto was founded in Meiji 25 (1892), when Ushitora no Konjin (Kunitokotachi no Mikoto) possessed Nao Deguchi and made the famous declaration through her mouth ("The Greater World shall burst into bloom as plum blossoms at winter's end. Ushitora no Konjin has come to reign at last.").

But Nao was like John the Baptist, who came before Jesus. She prepared things for Onisaburo. Do you think John founded Christianity? Could be, but it is more natural to think it began with Jesus. Just because Nao began conveying divine messages does not mean she founded Omoto. Though she is loosely called Kaiso-sama (Foundress) today, the webmaster thinks the true founder is Onisaburo and Omoto's foundation is rooted in his initiatory experience on Mount Takakuma on Feb. 9, Meiji 31 (1898).

Incidentally, some say Nao made the declaration on Jan. 5, but Mr. Yasuaki Deguchi's research shows it is actually Jan. 10.

For free PDF downloads of the Monogatari, check out this webpage from the Aizen-en.
Founded by:Onisaburo Deguchi


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For the reason cited in the previous field, the webmaster would say the true founder is Onisaburo. Nao played a great role in heralding the faith, but she was more of a forerunner.

See Onisaburo in motion (The Aizen-en)

Incidentally, Onisaburo's Esperanto name is Onisavulo. Oni in Onisaburo means "people," sav means "to save," and ulo means "the one." Altogether, it stands for the "one to save people" = "saviour."
Scripture:The Reikai Monogatari


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Some count The Omoto Shinyu as another Omoto scripture. It is true in a way, but it also has some alarming factors in light of Vol. 7 of the Monogatari. This volume says Nao did not see the truth about Onisaburo's divinity until Sep. 8, Taisho 5 (1916) - this state is called miken shinjitsu ("state of not seeing the truth"). Based on Nao's writings when she was still in this benighted state, the Omoto Shinyu should be discouraged from being heavily relied on as a guiding principle.

Good news for the Shinyu readers. The Shinyu has a new life in the Monogatari as its selected portions are included in Vol. 60.

For free PDF downloads of the Monogatari, check out this webpage from the Aizen-en.
Chief deity worshipped:Kamususanowo no Okami


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This deity (Creator) is revered under different names in different faiths, such as God, Allah, and Heavenly Suzrain, but all refer to the Ultimate Cause of the universe. As in Vol. 47 of the Monogatari, Onisaburo chooses this name for the Creator based on kototama, a belief that a sacred power or spirit dwells in the words of the traditional Japanese language.

Onisaburo says a soul of a deity or a human can be divided into four portions depending on the soul's activity: nigi-mitama, ara-mitama, kushi-mitama, and sachi-mitama. The four soul aspects for Kamususanowo are Buddha (nigi-mitama), Bodhidharma (ara-mitama), Confucius (kushi-mitama), and Jesus (sachi-mitama). Citing this, Onisaburo says Shinto (not State Shinto), Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity share the same roots (See Vol. 6 of the Monogatari).

To remind you just in case, the webmaster is not saying all other deities but Kamususanowo are negligible. They are important too, but Kamususanowo is the most important. In fact, Onisaburo says when you pray, pray to the Creator.

For free PDF downloads of the Monogatari, check out this webpage from the Aizen-en.
Holy land:Taniha (Tamba) region of Kyoto, including Kameoka and Ayabe
Creator of the universe:Kamususanowo no Okami = Tenso (The Universe-Eternally-Standing-Deity)


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The Omoto literature including the Monogatari often mentions Tenso (Creator of the universe) and Kokuso (Creator of Planet Earth). Tenso is usually identified as Kamususanowo.
Creator of Planet Earth:Kunitokotachi no Mikoto = Kokuso (The Earth-Eternally-Standing-Deity)


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The Omoto literature including the Monogatari often mensions Tenso (Creator of the universe) and Kokuso (Creator of Planet Earth). Kokuso is usually identified as Kunitokotachi no Mikoto, ruler of the divine world of Planet Earth.

Also, Vol. 4 (The Shinji no Uchu) says Kunikototachi is the creator of the spirit world of a small cosmos including heavenly bodies in our solar system. 5.67 billion such small cosmoses constitute the Greater Cosmos ruled by Tenso (The Universe-Eternally-Standing-Deity). (The number 5.67 billion would be better off taken figuratively.)

For free PDF downloads of the Monogatari, check out this webpage from the Aizen-en.
Divine oath: Tenso (Kamususanowo) will descend to earth to help restore the reign of Kokuso (Kunitokotachi)


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In the age of the divinities, Kunitokotachi ruled the divine world of Planet Earth. But evil-minded deities made every effort to thawt his reign, and they eventually entrapped him into stepping down (See Vol. 4). When Kunitokotachi resigned, Tenso came down to earth and promised that when the time was ripe, Tenso would descend to earth to help reinstate Kunitokotachi as supreme ruler. The birth of Omoto is partly based on this oath.

For free PDF downloads of the Monogatari, check out this webpage from the Aizen-en.
Type of theim: Monotheism, polytheism and pantheism in one.


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Onisaburo says many deities (as seen in the Monogatari) are manifestations of the Creator, and they all converge back into the Creator. (How they manifest themselves depends on their specific purposes or missions.) It is like the folder hierarchy of a web server; when you open the "root" directory, it shows all other subordinate folders within the root, and when you close, the folders return to the root. (See Onisaburo's View on Divinity)
Three irreducible elements: Rei (spirit), ryoku (power), and tai (body, matter)


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Onisaburo says when spirit and matter unite, it produces a synergetic power. (See The Three Rules of Learning)




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