OUTLINE OF OOMOTO 3
3. HOLY SCRIPTURES OF NAO DEGUCHI
After her release, Nao’s hand while holding a traditional Japanese writing brush, started to move automatically with ease – writing characters. Nao had naturally been very illiterate.
These writings dating back from this period are now referred to as the prophetic books of the Oomoto religion, and were written during a period of 27 years – ending in the autumn of 1918 when Nao Deguchi passed away.
They are all written on common Japanese writing paper and reached nearly 10,000 volumes in number. There are 20 sheets in each bounded volume.
Nao’s cramped handwriting is clumsy to the amateur’s eye. However, those who are experts in calligraphy invariably admire the unusual hand.
The sentences composing the context are one and all powerful and positive, as to the importance of the scriptures, they are miraculous.
If you once grasp their true inner meaning you will understand that such a document could not have been merely the literary work of an illiterate old woman living in the remote mountains of Tamba province in Japan.
They contain the mysteries of the universe, the future of the world, the divine organization and plan, the relation between God and man, profound prophecies and warnings, the mysterious truth of Heaven and Earth, complete teachings and the like, all of which are beyond that of human knowledge.
The great theme, which runs through the scriptures, is the reconstruction of the greater world, and the establishment of the heavenly kingdom.
The spirit of reconstruction is one of the greatest characteristics of the Oomoto religion. Oomoto would entirely lose its significance if this were left out.
Reconstruction is sometimes expressed as such phases as; “great cleansing” and “washing of the world” or “opening the gate of the (R1) celestial rock cave,” but they all have the same meaning: That is; the purification of the universe, that of each land, each world, each country, each city, each town, each village, each family and each person. R1- (Ama-no-Iwato - Literally means "The cave of the sun goddess" or "heavenly rock cave". In Japanese mythology <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_mythology> , Susanoo <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanoo> , the Japanese god of storms, was the one who drove Amaterasu <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaterasu> into Ama-no-Iwato. This caused the sun to hide for a long period of time).
Mankind cannot fulfill its mission of establishing a heavenly kingdom, which is the great aim of God- under present conditions; therefore it came to pass that God gave a new revelation to humanity through the medium ship of Nao Deguchi.
He (God) is admonishing us to repent so as to meet his wishes for there shall be the reconstruction – That is a great spirit cleansing and washing in the universe, lands and people before the kingdom of God can be established.
For seven years after 1892, Nao prophesied and warned of many things both orally and in writing, among which the most important point was that a great true man should appear in order to accomplish God’s work in the reconstructing the world and establishing the kingdom of God himself.
Just as John the Baptist was waiting for Jesus Christ to come, Nao proclaimed that not only was she the communicator of a divine revelation but that after Nao – a great true man would appear who would teach and guide the world to salvation.
Seven years later in the autumn of 1898 he who suddenly visited Nao in Ayabe was none other than Onisaburo Deguchi.