The Second Spiritual Leader’s Anniversary Memorial Day Service took place at the headquarters altar room on January 24, 2021.
The Second Spiritual Leader, Nidai-sama, succeeded Meishu-sama to the position of Spiritual Leader, Kyoshu, on March 30, 1955. Through missionary visits to all regions across Japan, she came in direct contact with the members, and loved dearly by many like an affectionate mother, she passed away on January 24, 1962.
As we members commemorate Nidai-sama’s anniversary of death, let us impress the following message from her into our minds.
Nidai-sama’s Message – August 10, 1959 (excerpt)
Something that our members must be aware of, something they must not forget, is where lies the authority to teach. The phrase “authority to teach” should not be used lightly. However, I would like for the executives and church directors who have important offices in the church to keep in mind where the authority to teach lies as you study the teachings.
As the word Kyoshu literally indicates, it means the “master of the teachings.” During Meishu-sama’s lifetime, he was the founder of the religion and the master of the teachings at the same time.
The paramount leader and person responsible for how to guide and educate the members is the Kyoshu of that time. In other words, Kyoshu decides how to interpret, compile, unify and disseminate the teachings.
This authority of Kyoshu is the official authority designated by God, so to speak. After Meishu-sama passed away, he sets forward from the spiritual realm his wishes of the construction of a heaven on earth through Sekai Kyusei Kyo’s current Kyoshu. His will and wishes are reflected onto my heart and the general outline of the teachings are revealed through me.
For this reason, as a follower of this church, when pursuing the study of the teachings, I would like you to fully understand that you are always studying under the teaching authority of Kyoshu.