The Sukyo Mahikari Organisation
The Sukyo Mahikari Structure
The international headquarters of the organisation are located in Takayama, Japan. Regional headquarters are located in Latin America, North America, Australia, Singapore, Europe and Africa. There are Sukyo Mahikari centres in more than 75 countries.
Roles within the Organisation
Courses are organised for people wishing to assume responsible roles within the Sukyo Mahikari organisation.
History of Sukyo Mahikari
Sukyo Mahikari has its roots in an organisation that Mr Kotama Okada founded on 28 August 1959, to promote Mahikari practice. This was in response to a revelation he received from Creator God on 27 February 1959.
Mr Okada's heartfelt desire was to help people live in a more God-centred and spiritual way based on the universal principles that God established at Creation. In this way, people will be able to fulfil God's prayer for humanity, which is to create a Heaven on Earth, a world of peace and harmony. He said that it is God's greatest joy to see his children happily co-operating with each other and living fulfilled lives.
Mahikari spread from Tokyo to other parts of Japan. It was then introduced to countries abroad. In 1971, Mahikari was introduced to Europe, and from there it spread to Africa and the Caribbean.
On 13 June 1974, Mr Kotama Okada appointed his adopted daughter Keishu as the second spiritual leader in accordance with a revelation from God. Ten days later, on 23 June 1974, Mr Okada passed away.
However, soon afterwards, there was confusion and misunderstanding about the succession within the organisation. Mr Sakae Sekiguchi, a senior director of the Mahikari organisation, went to court to support his claim as the rightful successor to Mr Okada.
On 23 June 1978, Ms Okada announced that she had formally registered Sukyo Mahikari as a religious organisation, with herself as its spiritual leader. She said that her first priority was to construct Suza, the World Shrine (Sekai so Honzan), where Creator God could be enshrined.
In July 1982, the Tokyo High Court recommended that there should be an amicable settlement between Mr Sekiguchi and Ms Okada. The two agreed to respect each other and not to interfere with each other's activities.
On 3 November 1984, Suza, the World shrine, was inaugurated by Ms Keishu Okada in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
On 5 October 2002, Ms Okada announced that she had appointed Mr Koya Okada as her representative, and that he would take over most of her responsibilities.
Within the organisation, Mr Kotama Okada is usually called Sukuinushisama; Ms Keishu Okada, Oshienushisama; and Mr Koya Okada, Oshienushisama Odairi.