Yes, there is no proof that chanting can achieve the "impossible". That is like New Thought, [skepdic.com
] it doesn't work, and its a trap.
Since it doesn't work, people keep coming back and back for more guidance.
It is a vicous cycle, that hooks people into the group sometimes for life. Its somewhat similar to Christian Science, in that way, you get mentally trapped.
If you succeed, its due to the chanting.
If you fail, you did not chant hard enough. Ya gotta chant better and harder!
(this is a very common technique, used by many Gurus)
I can guarantee you that Ikeda knows this 1000x better than you or I. He claims 13 million members, but that is probably exaggerated, but they do have a lot of members.
So controlling millions of people is not easy, but Ikeda knows how to do it very well.
No one can prove this, but you can bet your last dollar that Ikeda does NOT chant in private. He may do it in public, but there is no way he does it in private. He knows chanting doesn't really do anything.
Ikeda is a Man of Action, he's a corporatist warrior. Did Julius Caesar chant?
honestly, its very clear he uses the Buddhist ideas as a fig-leaf, as a way to passify and manage his millions of minions. hey, that's how Roman emperor Constantine used Christianity, and remember the "opiate of the masses" idea. Those in power at the top, they know all this stuff.
Classical buddhism has nothing to do with this SGI stuff.
SGI clearly is an international corporate structure to manage large masses of people. Guess who is the self-appointed Emperor Pope of SGI?
It is sad that the average SGI member could be somewhat on a hamster wheel, and making Ikeda richer by the hour. He's probably a multi-billionaire.
Here's a new one...
Billionaire Buddha of Bling.
Daisaku Ikeda -- statesman, billionaire, god
Anticult, when I read this, it was like a light clicked on. I suddenly had a much better understanding of WHY I feel more at peace since leaving SGI. SGI encourages you to think that you can change ANYTHING in your life through the power of chanting -- no matter how impossible. This sounds encouraging and empowering at first. But then, after you've chanted and chanted, sought "guidance" from your leaders, worked harder for the organization -- done everything that your leaders tell you to -- and you still don't achieve your goal -- then what?
Some years back, I was encouraged to "show my faith," and chant that a young relative be healed of Type I diabetes. Well, I chanted and chanted and chanted -- and guess what, she still has it. So I was told, and began to feel, that my faith wasn't strong enough, that I'd chanted with doubts. I was letting my family and my faith community down.
Then I thought some more. People chant and pray for a lot of things. Lotus's mother-in-law surely chanted that her husband would stop drinking. During a war, people on both sides will be chanting and praying for victory. There have been many seriously ill SGI leaders and members who have been chanted for by many members -- and these individuals have still died! Some things are just not possible, no matter how hard you chant, pray or wish. Telling people that their misfortune didn't end because "you didn't chant enough," or "you didn't chant with the right attitude," is just ignorant and cruel. You have no way of knowing what their attitude was -- and how much chanting DOES it take to cure diabetes, alcoholism, or cancer? Twenty hours, a hundred hours, five hundred hours?
Since Ikeda is, according to SGI, the perfect Buddhist, maybe HE should publicly chant for impossible things like the terminally ill to become healthy and peace in the Middle East. I mean, he's Super Mentor! How could HE have a bad attitude and not enough faith? And if he's successful, just think of how many new converts SGI would get -- as well as strengthening the faith of those who are already members! Just imagine the wonderful publicity for SGI.
As for my relative, the more realistic, and empowering attitude is to say, that yes, she has diabetes. No, we don't like it, it's unfair, but that's how it is. We will do everything possible to help her manage the diabetes so that she can have a healthy, active and productive life. We will keep informed about the disease and new advances in treatment. We can support diabetes research and education so that some day there may be a cure -- or at least, advances that make it easier to live with. THIS, to me, is so much more productive than encouraging the family in this fantasy that if we can only chant enough (and with the right attitude, of course!), our girl will somehow magically be healed of diabetes.
When I can think like this, I feel more free and at peace. I'm not beating myself up because I can't achieve the impossible. Instead, I'm focusing on the truth -- and what I really CAN do. Trying to do the impossible is very stressful! Do Ikeda and the other SGI leaders mind if you are stressed, and feel inadequate, when your chanting for the impossible doesn't work? Of course not -- the more stressed you are, the more you'll chant, seek their guidance and work for the organization -- in a fruitless attempt to relieve the stress they put on you in the first place! What a vicious cycle it is! How did I not see this before? People can run and run for years, like a hamster on an exercise wheel -- running to the point of exhaustion, and not going anywhere!