Also, has anyone's life improved from leaving the Soka Gakkai? Has anyone become happier from leaving the SGI?
I admit I was one of those members who, for the most part, sincerely chanted when problems came up, when I needed major benefits, and nine times out of ten, I received the answers to my prayers--and then some. So I felt my faith was validated and was happy with it. Since stopping the practice, I've noticed that benefits I would have attributed strictly to SGI, well, they are still here. They still come into my life. And then some.
Since stopping activities after realizing the hard, cold truth, I've felt at times like an orphan adrift. Feeling betrayed by the organization I sincerely believed in. The daily discipline which brought me energy and happiness, I can no longer do with a true heart. It's hard to maintain that full-on when you are at cross-purposes. Something's got to go.
But there is a new sense of happiness brewing---the peace of knowing that I have listened to the voice inside and am living true to myself. Relating to the world outside of SGI has given a new perspective and acceptance of people and their own belief systems. That it's okay to have different views! And the world won't collapse if you do! It is still a process and some days are better than others, but one should not live a lie. That is not happiness.
Happiness has never been the sole propriety of the Soka Gakkai.