Watch out. If you schedule a time for someone to come and pick up the scroll, they may try to throw you off balance by keeping you waiting or by skipping the appointment.
(I was never in Sokka Gokkai. But have been in a situation where a guru showed up half an hour late for a scheduled talk--despite my having seen the guy standing off to one side, half an hour before his scheduled talk, peeping out, spying on the auditorium full of devotees. He was early for that talk, yet deliberately arranged to appear at the microphone half an hour late--to build up anticipation.)
I can relate to this. This kind of behavior is manipulative control over others and, invariably, a sign of an individual with some personal, emotional issues. Lots of blatant, in your face, big time, bizarre personality disorders in the gakkai cult org.. For "normal" people with a good center of emotional gravity and balance in their lives, dealing with such individuals can indeed knock you for a loop, especially when encountering for the first time.
It's often a power ploy done by manipulative and self-centered people. I've learned in life to be wary of people like this.
Interesting that some coped with the tension by smoking pot.
Would be interesting to know if stressed out members of Sokka Gokkai suppress their suffering by resorting to lots of palliative massage or acupuncture treatments? It is possible to use massage and some acupuncture protocols the way others would use tranquillizers---for temporary relief of stress symptoms so as to remain in the diseased situation.
The inner circle around the Dear Leader must need all the palliatives they can get.
Wonder if there is a network of Sokka Gokkai body workers (massage, acupuncture, doctors willing to write RX for tranquillizers) all the to keep these inner circlers comfortably numb so they can remain in the hell realm?
Most of the people I knew dealt with cult org. stress by increasing their magic chanting time (one million daimoku, or some multiple of it, is the magic number) and immersing themselves deeper into gakkai activities or gakkai support roles (cleaning bustudans, kaikans, etc.). They dig deeper into the magical thinking and dysfunctional (delusional) dependency.
Is all the fortune baby stuff based on the Gosho?
It's gakkai cult mystical nepotism, invented for psychologically hooking people deeper into the cult org.. It hooks the kids by making them feel ultra-special and it hooks the hardcore believing parent(s) by instilling into them the need to practice harder and more seriously "for the sake of their family."
As the mis-fortune baby grows up, the "responsibility" is eventually shifted onto them to stop "relying" on their "parent's mystical fortune" for their well-being and happiness, and to start creating their "own", by becoming a hardcore cult devotee themselves. The ideal goal, of course, being that they repeat the cycle, continuously, with their own children, grandchildren, and so on. It's an attempt to lock familial generations to cult shackles.
Disassociation from comfortable relationships can be difficult, especially when family members are still in, but whatever you think you are losing (most of the "friends" are fake anyway) is more than made up for by the freedom and personal integrity that you gain.
This is so
true. I will also add my personal perspective to this as well:
What I once thought to be "comfortable" relationships turned out, in fact, to actually be uncomfortable ones (I just didn't realize it at the time I was in them).
I've found that their is always just something a little bit "off" with gakkai members.