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MASTER RYUHO OKAWA’S
DHARMA LECTURES

Master Ryuho Okawa has conducted more than 2,900 Dharma lectures since the establishment of Happy Science in 1986 in both his native language in Japanese and also in English. Here, for Canadian viewers, we present to you a selection of his video lectures to enjoy and to deepen your wisdom on Happy Science’s teachings. If you wish to learn more, or watch other available lectures, please contact us.

MASTER’S LECTURE

It’s Not Only Now — UFOs in Ancient Times

“In the ancient Indian epic, Mahabharata, there is a clear depiction of Earth as seen from a UFO above. In the epic, there is a part about the destruction of an ancient Indian tribe due to a nuclear war. It is a scene that could never have been possible unless it was seen from the sky. So, there was a nuclear war in ancient times.”

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Why Are Aliens Visiting Our Earth?

“Why do space people come to Earth? That is because there are still things to learn on Earth. From the cosmic standard, the technology of scientific civilization on Earth is not cutting-edge; rather, it is certainly much inferior when seen from the average level of space people who can come to Earth from other planets. When it comes to the humanities and arts, however, the civilization on Earth is much higher in level than the cosmic standard, and these are what they have to learn right now. Spiritually scanning the emotions of space people, I find that many of them cannot understand some ideas in the concept of love that people of Earth have.”

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Aliens — Do Beings with Advanced Intelligence Exist in Outer Space?

“The universe contains trillions of galaxies outside the Milky Way, the galaxy to which the planet Earth belongs. So, it is almost impossible to believe that there is not a single planet with similar conditions and environment as those on Earth. It is more sensible to believe that planets with Earth-like environment exist in each galaxy. This being so, some people naturally imagine that there can be beings with advanced intelligence, just as those on Earth do, in the vast reaches of outer space.”

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Faith Beyond All

“It is particularly important for people who are aging and entering into the final phase of their lives to value faith. The older you get, the more I want you to be content with just having your faith at the end. Do not judge things as if you have actually become a god, such as only having faith when it brings you benefit and not having it otherwise. Instead, I hope you aim to achieve a state of mind in which you devote yourself to something great and be determined to ultimately choose faith over everything else.”

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Faith to Supreme God

“As the final form, we believe people must have the kind of faith that is like the sun above the clouds. We must have faith in God who nurtures, loves, and tries to guide all beings living on this earth. The Grand Master, who is the ultimate master in faith, or the Lord God, is El Cantare and only El Cantare. Please engrave this into your mind.”

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Protect Your Faith

“With courage, make up your mind and enter the path of faith. You may face various attacks from the secular world, from those with a worldly sense of values. You may also experience attacks in terms of what is higher or lower, what is preferred or disliked from a worldly value system. There will be many challenges in your path, including being tempted to do something because it benefits you, making decisions that either benefit or rob you in your work life, or facing conflicts that may occur within your family. However, once you have stepped into the bronze doors, you must have a strong will to protect your faith.”

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After Having the Faith

“However, after you have chosen to believe in it, make efforts and discipline yourself. Even when you are met with various temptations or trials, do not use them as convenient excuses for you to turn back. These temptations and trials are also opportunities for your own soul training.”

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Open the Door of Faith

“When it comes to religion, generally, people do not openly talk about it and they often seem indifferent. But many of them feel some kind of other-worldly power and believe in it. Everyone repeatedly reincarnates, so oftentimes he or she had encountered faith somewhere along the line. I hope even these people will try to push open the bronze doors. These doors may be heavy and may not be easy to enter, but I hope people will push them open and come in.”

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More Simple, More Honest And More Pure

“Believers must sometimes live in a way that is more simple, more honest, and more pure. It is important to live without hiding your faith, and live in a way you will not be ashamed of.”

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To Understand the Spirit of Self-Sacrifice

“Please know that those who live in a religious way must, at some point in life, turn away from things that bring them personal benefit and instead devote themselves to do something for the sake of others, for society, for the nation or for the world. At the very least, I want Happy Science believers to be happy, but please also remember that a religious spirit involves the sense of duty to hold back your personal desires and to give back to the world. This effort will also lead to your own evolution. Unless you understand this, you won’t understand the significance of the Real World, the heavenly world, or the World of Truth, no matter how much I teach about them.”

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To Be Spiritual

“When a new Truth is taught, the preacher is sometimes persecuted because the Truth he or she teaches does not conform to the values of the times. Many people in history submitted themselves to persecution and died, thereby showing their strong adherence to their convictions. The Bible even describes the following episode: when men had brought a sick man to Jesus, they could not enter the front door because of the overflowing crowd, so they removed a part of the roof and, using a rope, let the ill man down through an opening to have him cured by Jesus inside the house. Jesus chose such a path of self-sacrifice as he lived in those days. In order to demonstrate that humans are essentially spiritual beings, sometimes it is necessary to express symbolically that spiritual values lie directly opposite of worldly values which are commonly held to be good. When people only seek for worldly, materialistic progress and prosperity, they tend to drift away from their essential religious mind.”

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Understanding the Religious Spirit of Self-sacrifice

“The common trait that can be observed from the lives of religious leaders in history and those with a religious spirit is that all of them more or less had the spirit of self-sacrifice. Today, more and more people cannot understand this concept, which is why they fail to understand religion, what it means to have a religious character, or the significance of the various activities of salvation that religious groups have been carrying out. If this spirit of self-sacrifice is properly understood, religious leaders will be prouder and more confident in carrying out their work. People observing religions, too, will come to revere and respect religion, and will humbly honor religious activities.”

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Power to Motivate Others: “You Are Wonderful!” Once A Day

“Be a person who can say to someone, “You are wonderful.” Just once a day is fine. This phrase will certainly motivate people. This being the case, try to be the one who offers these words to others. It is my wish that you develop such a system that automatically generates energy and courage.”

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What’s Waiting After Becoming Outstanding?

“I preach teachings that show how everyone can improve by polishing themselves and by making further efforts; this is so that the average person becomes capable of doing above-average work, the above-average person becomes capable of doing excellent work, and the person with excellent abilities becomes capable of doing prodigious work. Yet, the end goal is not to just help themselves. Once they reach a higher level, it is essential to give back to those around them. This is what I teach.”

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To Nurture Your Sensitivity

“People who do not understand others’ weaknesses, pain, difficulties, and sadness do not deserve to read literature, for example. They do not deserve to appreciate things like fine art. I believe people have to be able to understand the feelings of many others by the cultivation of such sensitivity and empathy.”

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Condition of Being a Leader — Be Selfless and Nurture Others

“To be a true leader, you need to consider how you can nurture others, or consider what you can do to help many others open their own paths, which is to walk even greater paths than that which they had imagined. Give every effort in this; then you will grow to be a true leader. It is essential to shift from “leadership based on selfish desires” to “leadership based on selflessness.””

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Life Giving Back to the People

“We must not live our entire lives just for our own benefit. Once you have come to a certain point, however, you must start to live a life to give back. You need to feel the obligation to give back to other people.”

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Unlimited Talent — How to Open a New Path in Your Life?

“Strangely enough, some activity in which you thought you had little talent in your early years may later develop into a path for you to walk as you have kept pursuing it. As an existing path broadens and extends out, a new path nearby will also open up little by little.”

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Did You Pass the Exam of Life Today? What Score Would You Give Yourself?

“It is destined that life given to us in this world is limited. In this limited life, what can I do? What is it that I can do in the timeframe of one day in this world? Can I give myself a passing score for the day? Did I do all I could?”

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Did You Pass the Exam of Life Today? What Score Would You Give Yourself?

“It is destined that life given to us in this world is limited. In this limited life, what can I do? What is it that I can do in the timeframe of one day in this world? Can I give myself a passing score for the day? Did I do all I could?”

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Just Take One Step Further — To Pass Difficulties in Your Life

“When I have the feeling that, “I cannot go any further,” I take one more step forward. Then, I take another. As I continue to take one step at a time in this way, I manage to pass the difficult point and things start going smoothly. I focus on how I can take one step forward. I am constantly thinking of how I can take a new step forward every day.”

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Homework You Set Before You Were Born — What You Need to Solve in Your Lifetime

“Being born into this world as a human, you may often wonder why you have been given the scenario you are now experiencing. But once you know how you have lived throughout your long history of reincarnations, and the plans for this life you had before you were born, including why you chose your parents, you will be able to understand the problems you are expected to solve in this lifetime.”

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Your Life Scenario – Prepared For You to Learn From

“Some are born as men, some as women; some are born healthy, some with disabilities; some suffer from serious illnesses, some from physical disorders at some point in life. But it is better to consider these experiences as individual scenarios prepared especially for each person; these are experiences worth going through in one of the brief journeys of life that can last about a hundred years.”

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What is the Existence Known as “El Cantare”?

“You also asked about what kind of being El Cantare is. El Cantare means the light of Earth. El Cantare is the spiritual being whose goal is to make the whole Earth shine brilliantly. El Cantare is a spiritual being who has the goal of bringing happiness to all living creatures on Earth. The core part of El Cantare’s consciousness has come down to Earth to live as Ryuho Okawa.”

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Lucifer — The Reason this Angel Fell into Hell

“A long time ago, there was an angel called “Lucifel”; he was one of the seven archangels. He was also called the “angel of wisdom,” “son of the dawn,” and “son of daybreak.” But he fell to Hell and became Satan, or Lucifer.”

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What Happens When You Are Possessed? Key Signs

“When you are possessed, your body will feel heavy and you will always feel gloomy. Should you be constantly possessed by evil spirits, this state of depression will continue and everything in life will look grey and dark, including your future. You will believe nothing good could come your way. Both good and bad happen in everyone’s life, but you will react violently to negative things and respond less and less to what is positive. Somehow, you must break out of this vicious cycle.”

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How Hell is Born — Evil Spirits Attach to Your Negative Emotions

“All of you must have felt some sort of delight at someone else’s misfortune, even the slightest amount. No one can deny this. You must have smiled inwardly or felt relief at seeing someone fail or fall into misfortune. These are the very moments that attract evil spirits to you. Evil spirits can hook their rope ladders and climb out of Hell onto this feeling of delight at the failure or misfortune of others.”

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How Evil Spirits Possess You — Beware of a Negative Mindset

“Hell is a dark, merciless and excruciating place. It is far from being a bright or joyous world. To escape the suffering and pain for even a little while, spirits in Hell come out into this world to possess people, who have the same tendencies as them, whose minds contain anger, hatred and jealousy. While they possess people, they can feel as if they are alive. For that purpose, they come out into the world, possess the living, and ruin their lives.”

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The Science of Future — Exploration into the Unknown & Faith

“Please know that, without faith, you cannot go beyond the wall that stands between this world and the other world. This is the truest form of science. It is the science of the future, the science of happiness, the science of the spirit world. This is science, which encompasses the mystical. Science is a mind that explores. It is a mind that never denies the unknown, but seeks it. It does not go against the age of knowledge that we inhabit today. There is nothing to be ashamed of because it is a new form of science that is facing forward, into the future.”

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Happiness begins with you

“There are a few points want to make that will provide you with hints for finding happiness. The first thing I’d like to say is that the person who determines your happiness or unhappiness in life is you. Please understand that you, and no one else, can decide your happiness or unhappiness. Let me put it another way. Every day, when you wake up in the morning, please rouse your conviction and tell yourself, I am the one who decides whether or not today will be filled with happiness. It all depends on me.”

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What makes you strong and courageous?
— The Power of Faith

“You will face moments in life, when you feel lost and don’t know what decision to make. This world is filled with temptations that only add to the confusion. When you feel lost in life, ultimately choose faith. Resolve to choose faith. People who choose faith are by no means weak. By choosing faith, you are proving that you have courage. It takes great courage to believe in something invisible, and to devote your life to unseen values.”

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The Meaning of Sufferings in Your Life

“No one can completely avoid facing difficulties, adversities, setbacks, broken relationships, and events that bring deep sorrow. So it is essential that, while living in such pain and suffering, you strive to make your mind shine ever more beautifully. Some people dwell on the hurt and pain that other people have caused them. Others plan their lives around taking revenge on those who hurt them. But it is a great mistake to live that way. This world is a place for you to gain all kinds of experiences. So, in these experiences you must cultivate your mind to become a rich, rounded, and beautiful heart.”

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Returning to the Afterlife — What is Most Important?

“As I mentioned earlier, part of God’s light is within you. In other words, it means that your physical body is not who you really are, but your soul, which resides your body, is your true self. Please grasp this Truth. I’ll explain this in a different way. When you die, the only thing you can take back with you is your mind. There is nothing else that you can take with you. You can take none of your material possessions in this world, including your house, your money, clothes, not even your academic achievements or worldly status. They cannot be taken with you. Your mind is the only thing you can bring to the other world. And the clarity or purity, the beauty, and the richness of your mind are what will be evaluated.”

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How to Save Yourself with Self-reflection

“I teach to study Buddha’s Truth and to practice self-reflection while you are still living in this world, because in some meaning, this practice is a principle of salvation. Instead of having to reflect upon yourself after you pass away and fall into Hell, you have the power to save yourself now, if you reflect on yourself according to Buddha’s Truth you have learned. Many religions simplify their teachings and make salvation seem easy so that they can spread their teachings farther and with less effort. However, it is essential for everyone to understand by himself or herself who he or she is, and should be, even at the personal level. This is the teaching of self-reflection, which means to “save yourself by yourself”. And please know that the practice of self-reflection will erase the sins you’ve committed in the past.”

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What You Will See After Death & Need for Self-reflection

“Happy Science teaches that we should reflect on ourselves to know if our way of thinking, our thoughts, deeds and words are proper or wrong in the light of the Truth. This self-reflection isn’t to blame or hurt yourself. It is to make you happy. Everything you experience in life, including all the thoughts you’ve ever had and all the things you have ever done, are recorded in your mind. When you leave this world and travel to the other world, your life will be shown to you much like a film in a movie theater. People who guided you, or your deceased parents, friends or former teachers will come to watch this film about your life, condensed into about an hour or two. You will not be alone to watch this, but with these people. And when you finish watching your life movie, you will be able to judge by yourself whether your life was right or wrong, a success or a failure. Observing the reactions of others will also help you in this.”

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What is Real Wisdom?

“What is the Principle of Wisdom? It is about gaining the wisdom which allows you to clearly explain the relationship between this world and the other. It means to have a precise knowledge and perspective of life which will also remain good in the other world. In other words, it’s about having a spiritual understanding of life. It’s to live every day checking upon yourself, how your life is seen and evaluated in the eyes of God and Buddha, to know if you are living correctly.”

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The Right Way to Live

“To prove the existence of the spirit world is the first step to enlightenment, so it is truly important. The spirit world does exist, and your journey back to the original world begins now. Please tell people of this truth. The second important point is to know whether your life and your way of living thus far has been attuned to Heaven, or directed toward the worlds of Hell. My mission is to let you be able to make  judgements about this by yourself. “

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Master Okawa’s Incarnation — I Return Only Once Every 3000 Years

“Please remember that I send a part of myself to Earth only once every three thousand years. Thus, the teachings I deliver to people on Earth must last three thousand years. It is with this sense of duty that I’m trying to teach you fundamental Truths in a simple and uncomplicated way.”

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The Spirit World Does Exist

“Humans live not only in this terrestrial world, but a vast spirit world exists beyond this world and envelops and encompasses the Earth. To understand and accept this fact is the very first step toward enlightenment. Knowledge of this other world brings us to the realization that God also must exist. The world beyond is our true home where we all return after death. From this Truth, people discover that Earth is a place where our souls undergo training or a type of discipline.”

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The Principle of Progress

“The last principle is the Principle of Progress. This principle teaches us not to keep our enlightenment or our happiness to ourselves. Instead, we should make efforts to spread that happiness to the rest of society, the country, and other parts of the world. This principle encourages us to foster positive and constructive dreams and thoughts and to do what we can to create a Utopia on Earth.”

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The Principle of Love

“What is the Principle of Love? People tend to seek love for themselves from others. This, however, will not lead you to Heaven. This is my teaching. The path to Heaven isn’t found by taking love from others. This is the path of giving love to others. To love other people. It means to love brothers and sisters who are living in the same age, without any considerations or expectations of personal gain or loss. What does it mean to love? To love is to recognize the beauty in other people. To love means to encourage others to live splendid lives, and not to focus only on your own life. To love is to feel joy when you see someone else find happiness, become smiley and affluent, and enter the right path.”

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The Teachings of Happy Science form the Next Global Religion

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “Live Wisely as a Human” and explores the theme of how to live as a human being. What transcends advanced science? Why is faith and knowing the reality of the spirit world so important? Why is Happy Science necessary for humanity now and in the future? Find out in this video.

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One Source, One Planet, One People

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “The Laws of Justice” in the chapter on The Laws of the Sun and God’s Justice. It clarifies the differences between angels, prophets, gods, ethnic gods and the universal God—the Creator. What is the relationship between the major religions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Islam? Is everything from one source? Find out in this video.

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Love Resides in You

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “The Power to Spread Love” and teaches the key mistake that people make about love. What is true love? How can we practice it? Should we give love with conditions or freely? Where does love actually come from? Find out in this enlightening lecture.

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Bringing Peace to the World

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “The Decision Toward Peace” and teaches the importance of faith over false ideologies such as Marxism, materialism and atheism. Do human beings have a divine nature? Is there such thing as reincarnation? How does this relate to protecting the world from darkness and war, and help to build a world of peace? Find out in this lecture.

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What You Need to Know to Escape from Hell

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “The History of Hell You Never heard” and reveals the reality of Hell and what to do to escape from this world if we fall into it after we depart from our physical existence on earth. How can we return to Heaven? Find out in this revealing lecture.

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We Need More Real Believers

This Dharma lecture highlights reveals more about the mission of Master Ryuho Okawa and the God of the Earth, El Cantare. What should real believers of El Cantare do? How about those who have found Happy Science but have already forgotten their aspirations in life? And for those who have yet to awaken and are in need salvation? Find out in this lecture.

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Discover Your Light Body and Become an Angel

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “On Happiness” and is part of a contemplation to guide you to becoming an angel in this lifetime. Learn about your four bodies and your light body that can connect you to the world of angels. Watch and contemplate on this enlightening lecture.

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Distinguish Selfish Desire From Sacred Desire

This Dharma lecture highlights is from “The Meaning of Love” and is part of a contemplation to guide you to practice true love taught at Happy Science. What is selfish desire? What is sacred love? How can you become closer to Heaven? Watch and contemplate on this heartwarming lecture.