Seek the Light


An excerpt from - The Light from the East:

On August 15, 1945, about fifty followers had gathered in Hakone from all over the country for their regular meeting with Okada.* That morning the radio repeatedly broadcast word that there would be an important announcement at noon. Okada asked everyone to listen with him. Solemnly he took his place along with the others seated in front of the radio. Exactly at noon, for the first time in the history of Japan, the emperor spoke directly to all his subjects when he announced the end of the war. Among the group that day were some to whom Okada had said that Japan would lose the war. Yet the news of defeat in the war to which all the nation's strength and resources had been devoted left most of the people shocked and stunned. There was a long silence. Then, as his speechless, anxious followers looked toward him, Okada said, "In reality, this is good news. Japan will become a better country." Having said this, he left his seat. His words, spoken in a normal tone, made a strong impression on the leaders and followers, each full of sadness. The next day he said to those who gathered for a meeting: "I cannot say so openly, but this result actually deserves celebration. " The followers realized that with the end of the war a time might come when Japan would be a right-minded country. They felt rel