I have a question, MARTH.
There is a story about Jesus Christ that he said, “Please forgive them as they don’t know anything.” when he was about to be crucified. I wonder if the people became happy by being forgiven.
MARTH:
That’s an interesting question. I think only Jesus became happy. He knew the true self and lived a life of love until he died. And he prayed for happiness and safety of the people who were there. He may have known the reason why they behaved as such. He may have known they were suffering from insecurity and their pains.

I think Jesus accepted the people who ruin true self. Therefore, he may have accepted that they did wrong. He may have prayed for their happiness, success, victory and improvement.
However, selflessness, in other words, the true essence is necessary to achieve them. They themselves should have returned to love for it. We human beings haven’t realized it. I feel very sorry. Jesus must have understood it very well. I think he may have prayed for them so that they would not be punished by God or their own universe. Unfortunately, however, they needed to return to the true self to be happy and safe… However, they fought, lied, cheated, killed, and followed the strong or corrupted people because of pains and sufferings caused by emotional damages in childhood.

I’m certain Jesus tried to forgive and love the people who would kill him as he understood their pains very well. Otherwise, Jesus himself would have been ruined. He was the only person who became beautiful and happy. I imagine other people must have fell into even more painful life…

Unfortunately, the ego cannot be beneficial in the universe. The people who killed Jesus in those days may continue suffering for generations after generation for thousands of years. It is because they will transmit and succeed a sense of separation, which comes from the strong ego for generations. The reason why we continue having pains and bad luck is that we have been living a life of the ego, conflicts, fear and separation, which is against our true nature. Even in the modern days, princes and nobles are suffering for this reason…

If you commit murder, kill someone who is connected with the universe, cheat, attack, torment and revenge yourself on him, you will receive a terrible punishment. And you will surely transmit values of the ego, separation and suspicion for generation after generation. If you teach your children a value of separation, or of conflict, and tell them of the consequences, all of them will strengthen their doubts. And they will make a very painful life and world.

Then, what should we do? We need to realize profoundly that we are wrong as our value of separation and ideas of the ego don’t fit the universe and the true essence. We need to be free from our illusion of separation. It doesn’t matter whether you call it a meditation or a self-witnessing. It is no use in knowing many names unless you practice it. It is such wrong idea of separation and a completely wrong illusion if we see ourselves as God, love, the true self and the whole universe.

You need to realize that you should return to the true self, to the whole universe to create a life of peace, comfort, love and bliss. It is the only reality. The ego is nothing but a preconception of humanity and a wrong belief. When we realize it sincerely, every trouble, pain and suffering will be gone. And your original beauty will start shining…

You may be listening to “The Earth Song” while reading this article. It says that children of love, which is the true quality of humanity, cannot be rotten to the core. They cannot follow someone strong and corrupted, someone great and superior seriously. If they become corrupted, they may not be able to live because of pain. They cannot follow the evil at the bottom of their heart though it seems favorable for them. Children of God can only live honestly even if they sleep in freezing night, or if they abandon a status, fame and everything. The children of love, of the true self may not be able to live well. They can live only in purity…
Everyone knows profoundly it is the only way he can shine out. The world needs such awareness now. Many people are suffering in the ego system. They are wondering what is wrong. They are wondering why they suffer in spite of all their fine judgment of the ego.
MARTH

You will see everything if you take such viewpoint. The universe is powerful. The whole universe, Atman has such strong force. Therefore, we can trust the world. It is an obvious and abiding scientific fact that you are its child, a child of God. If it is true, you will punish yourself when you don’t live as such. That will be true even if Jesus returns and says he will forgive you… No other person can forgive you. Only you can make you happy when you realize the true self and return to the universe…
MARTH

MARTH:
The other day my record company told me,
“We will release a Christmas gift music. Please write something special for the release. “
I said, “What! Do you want me to write a Christmas message?”
“That’s right!”
So, here I am…

When I think of Christmas, I immediately remember beauty of warm yellow or orange lights on the trees… There were only such colors in the past, so my memory is as such…
Recently I had a chance to do a recording in Prague. I was fascinated by beauty of the light in the town.

In my childhood, my family lived in a placed called Azabu in Tokyo. My father was a public servant. Mothers on both my father’s and my mother’s sides, in other words, my grandmothers had lived in Azabu for generations. I went to the same elementary school which my grandmothers learned. After my father died, when I was studying Awajishima Island where my grandfather of my father’s side was rooted, I found a group of people just next to Onokoro Shrine near Jindai moved to Azabu.

According to a historical writing found at an Awajishima shrine, a group of seamstresses who presented hemp kimono to the imperial family moved to Edo (Tokyo). Ieyasu Tokugawa, the shogun, ordered them to sew hemp kimonos for samurais. Then I came to realize how my grandparents met for the first time. They were from the same area.
I felt invisible wish of the ancient Jewish leaders who never harmed others even if hurt at the shrine. I think Christmas day must be a day when we think of the beautiful man who never kills others even if killed.

My family has had roots in Motoazabu (in Tokyo) for generations since then. It was very close to an area which the movie“Always Sunset on Third Street” took place. The people of my generation were brought up watching the similar scenes of the movie.

And there was a church on the way from Moto-azabu down to Azabu-juban. I think it was a church of the salvation army… The yellow lights during Christmas season were very beautiful. I remember I felt religious when I was a child. It was not because of the lights, but because Jesus was absolute love, he was killed by the corrupted society in spite of his innocence, and that he was allowed to enter into the heaven forgiving everything with love. I think this is my understanding at that time. Such memory in my childhood is still in my mind when Christmas season comes.

I still like the old color of light, which I know as champagne gold, during Christmas season. I noticed especially the lights in the old town of Prague were very beautiful when I travelled Europe some time ago. Maybe there was only such color of lights in Japan in those days.

And there was a Christmas tree at a church, probably of the salvation army. I remember clearly even now that I felt so divine. It becomes very cold in Japan when Christmas comes every year, yet very serene; lights are beautiful, crowded with people, become cheerful, yet full of divine atmosphere. I’m not familiar with any religion, but I feel religious. This is my most outstanding memory during Christmas time. I wished I wanted to be like a man of the beautiful heart who never harm others even if hurt by them if possible.

Talking about my family, both my father’s and mother’s sides are Buddhists of Kukai’s Shingon sect and Zen Buddhism. They also managed a shrine. I think my family has had Japanese ancient religiousness. However, I neither wanted to become a public servant, nor wanted to belong to any corporation, to any religion, to any organization for unknown reason.

It is because I am a servant of the whole universe and its member. I just wanted to be with my fellows in the nature. And it hasn’t changed yet. My profile goes like this, “I don’t belong to anything within. Neither do I belong to any country, any religion, any political groups, any psychological associations, and any philosophical organizations. If I have to say who I am, I am nothing but a part of the whole being.” Tokyo, Azabu, names of the places I just mentioned are only what we call them as such, and in reality, it is unknown and mystical in my understanding.

However, I love Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with any group or any organization. He didn’t belong to any group or organization. He was killed by the corrupted world as he lived a pure life. However, he loved the people and forgave them. I imagine he must have been happy when he returned to Atman, God, love or whatever you call it. He was happy to return home because he was blissful as he had kept his purity, love and justice.

Mere child as I was, I thought a beautiful man had returned home just as he was when I saw the Christmas tree. I feel the same still now. I cannot but feel it is wonderful that a man of the beautiful heart, a child of the whole universe, of God and children of love live a pure life without belonging to and part of the corrupted. He must have felt joyous that he could pursue a life of purity and justice even if he had to be killed. And I feel he may have felt he could return home, he was loved and embraced by the beloved Source, Love, God, Atman, dear universe and dear Atman.

I think it important for us to let his wishes bloom in our heart during Christmas season. He who pursued his life with the beautiful heart, not affected by any organization or society.
For this reason, I will send you this chorus music as a Christmas gift for you.

MARTH

Q: I lost my beloved partner just recently.
I can hardly eat because of grief.
What would you say about loss, and about death, MARTH?

MARTH:
Death and loss of the beloved, and our own death. The loss of self… I feel there are only two possibilities to overcome them. One thing is, to realize this world is not real… This world is not a reality. It is some kind of manifestation of Atman. We can call it God. We will get rid of death if we find this world is unknown and mystical place, neither a reality nor this world is certain, definite in a scientific way.

If it is not this world, there is the other world. To die or to lose somewhere like the other world… Are we really able to die in the other world? Or, do we dream of something like a dream? Do we see an illusion as if we were dead or have lost a beloved? I feel we cannot die in the other world if this world is not this world but the other world. And we will allow us to change eternally with such awareness…

Another possibility we need to realize is that everything is connected as one. Is there any death if everything is connected as one? A man lives in an illusion of the ego. It is not the true self. The true self is no self. It is one being. However, we live our lives believing in the ego. And we started to believe in languages and naming during our childhood. Everything on the earth has a name.

It separates us from the truth; everything is connected as one. We are obliged to feel separated because of names although everything is connected as one in reality. It is neither true nor essential, but it is a belief of the ego. It is an idea of the ego. The reality is that everything is unknown, connected as one. This world is not real, but unknown and mystical. We are forever connected as one…
What does it mean that some part dies within the whole existence? Or are we really separate from it? Some part of the existence is dead, it is gone. However, it is eternally changing one being… And this world may not be a reality, either… When we realize it profoundly, we will enter into the eternity beyond death. The ego will not remain after death. It is an illusion from the beginning. That’s the reason why we suffer when we live in an illusion of the ego. It is because only the ego knows death. And when we live with the ego, our heart will be broken. This is the reason why successful people who live with the ego will all lose in the end…

We need to live with the true self if we want to really succeed, to really prosper and to really become wealthy within this unknown and mystical world. That is, we are in the world of oneness, unknown and mystical place.
When we realize that everything is connected as one, we are in incredibly mystical space, and that it is not this world but the other world, we will be able to overcome death and separation…
There is no separation between the self and the other, and the beloved. We are eternally one connected being. We need to realize we are connected with everything (love) to overcome death. And we will be truly healed when we realize that it is not this world but unknown and mystical. Such awareness is more necessary than anything…

MARTH

Q: I have a question to you. I think we have a value it is good to follow the strong among us… I don’t like to think it better to take sides with the strong and beneficial rather than treasuring whether it is right or wrong… What is your opinion about it, MARTH?

MARTH:
The answer is quite clear… All the people have the true quality of love, Atman and are part of God… And this is the answer… Follow your true self, but someone else or someone stronger…
Otherwise, there will be no challenges in your life… We are born into the world as a child of the whole universe, of love and of God…
And to live with your true quality will be a great love and a challenge for everyone. You just live with love of your true self (of oneness) wherever you are born to. It doesn’t matter whether it is filled with the evil or it is corrupted. And to see the true quality of all the beings and to live with it will be a challenge, a joy and a pride for all the people. To live with your true self will be a real gift to yourself as a child of the whole universe and a great pride for you…

Our ego is made of separation. However, it is not the true self… Separation is an illusion. Our true quality is love, oneness and divinity. That is Atman, the true self. Then, how we live will decide itself naturally… The best way to live, and how we can be great and brilliant are common to all… Everybody can be brilliant when he lives with the true self and in love…

If we stay as the ego mind and our consciousness deteriorates, we become fearful… Then, we will decide things out of fear. Therefore, we are too ambitious to take sides with the strong and beneficial… However, it won’t work well as we expect. We will definitely ruin ourselves… The best choice for everyone is to be the true self. We will feel magnificent joy when we live with the true self. You just live in justice even if the whole world is evil, even if they sold their souls to the evil. To live with the true self must be a real charm of your life, beautiful life of your truth and a big challenge for love…

MARTH

Postscript
When we try to excel others, beat them, become strong, great or famous, have high education and acquire qualifications, our ambitions of separation (the ego) will be enhanced… Our conflicts, fights and fear will be enhanced, too. And some women try to be liked and loved by such great man, bear his child and gain a status, fame and money…
However, did these men and women become truly happy? Napoleon, Nobunaga, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Yang Guifei, Marie Antoinette and so on? All of them were tragic. Let’s find the successful people with such ambitions and sense of separation if there were any.
After all, the true quality of humanity is love. It is oneness. Any trial to stand out from the existence, to become superior to others or our inferiority complex are negative illusions.
If you take it seriously, fight with others to become somebody, your life will be filled with pains, fights and fear because you create psychological time then. Your original bliss and happiness coming from the true self will be lost at that time…
You may become a deceiver, a sly person, a fighter.
You may ruin your beautiful life, which should originally be wonderful. People believe they can be happy if they stand out from others. However, it is not true as it doesn’t fit your true self.

The truth is that we don’t have to become somebody, and we are God, love and Atman as we are, as part of the whole universe.
I wonder if humanity will be able to live a truly magnificent life when we live as such.

MARTH

Q: Let me ask you a question, MARTH. I feel there is a common opinion in the world that wealthy people, or affluent people do something evil. Is it true? And I wonder if everyone will be a good person but become poor soon in the world…

MARTH:
Ha, ha, ha… It’s a very interesting question. Please excuse me for laughing!
First of all, all the awakened people who lived a life of oneness such as J. Krishnamurti, OSHO Rajneesh, Werner Erhard, Maharish Mahesh Yogi and many others are all beautiful and wealthy… OSHO had many jets and Rolls-Royce, too…
The problem is not about wealth. It may be a lack of oneness… What will happen to a person who lost his true quality of oneness, to a child of the whole universe who lost love? Everyone is naturally a child of God and an embodiment of love. Our true quality is as such. However, the people brought up in such environment where those premises are missing, when they seek after a fame, honor and money, they will naturally get funds and power with a value of separation…
As a result, they will lose true happiness and wonder why they are suffering… They will feel no bliss. They will cause troubles and problems to awaken themselves. Eventually, all their acts will be egoistic. They will ruin themselves because their acts don’t fit the universe and their true selves… Unfortunately, there is no doubt about it in the world of the divine loving essence…

Therefore, if you say, “All the wealthy people are evil”, there will be no people who want to be wealthy, nor will beautiful leaders be gone from the earth. Within such unfavorable criticisms, the people who want to succeed even still and try to become wealthy out of fear of the ego, will suffer with a sense of separation… As you mentioned, all the people of the pure and essential quality will neither want to become wealthy nor try to start a good business, when they are told “Wealth is bad”. I think this is the biggest tragedy for humanity…
We need to start ending the ego, return to the true self of oneness and love and live such a life. And they, who are of the New Age and of the spiritual and healing world, and who have trained themselves thoroughly should be deeply aware of the true self, act accordingly and become wealthy… Those people should launch a wonderful business, produce such products as to contribute to the true quality of human beings, become a manufacturer of incredible products, and become amazing doctors or civil servants, and become a businessman, a farmer and various other things of the incredible love and the quality of oneness…
The people who are awakening to the quality of oneness of love should create a beautiful world of oneness. If they work hard for it, true peace will be born to our planet. They should be wealthy for this reason… Having wealthy people around us should mean all the good things for us are created for our planet earth… Otherwise, the people who desperately seek for a status, fame, money and everything out of desires of the ego, by the self without a sense of oneness, without the true essence, will be mentally ill. And they will beat themselves and suffer because their true self is also love…
They insist to awaken them up as they are also children of God. And they will ruin themselves as they wish to return to the true self, to love… They will send them messages for waking themselves up, like Nobunaga did… as Alexander the Great did… However well you deceive you, you will ruin yourself if you act out of a value based on victory or defeat, fight and separation. You will be ruined by your own true self and love…

I found someone who claimed, “I’m O.K. because I am a devil” the other day. It’s not true, and he is not O.K. He just happened to learn it. In reality, however, there are only beings of quality of love on this planet… There is no devil but love (a child of God) that is not able to realize his true nature… Everyone is part of God, love and incredibly talented in reality. And we are born here with important mission of the whole universe. However, we are not aware of it.
Therefore, we live a life based on fights, competitions, separation and various other egoistic matters… This is the reason why we hate and eventually beat ourselves. I think the time will come when we finish it… when all the people awaken to their own love and divinity, return to their original self, thoroughly realize their true nature is love and create a beautiful world together. I think now must be such time for us. I believe a wonderful world will be realized… and incredibly beautiful lives and societies will surely be born to this planet…
And then, for the first time, we will discover wonderful artistic talents in us, which are unique to humanity, who has a different role from other animals… Our music will be quite different… It will be music to regain a sense of oneness for humanity, to take us back to love and to let us stay pure at heart… The same will be true to our architecture… It will be transformed to let us be connected as one… It will not be something out of a sense of separation of the ego that makes us win others, excel them, ruin them, attack them and so on.
Things to make all the people happy will be created. That is, the wealthier people are those who are wonderful and working hardest of all… The people who are not so wealthy may be those who haven’t developed their beautiful talents and powers given from God yet… Wonderful people will naturally become wealthy… And the wealth owned by the people who make them suffer with egoistic things within separation will eventually be replaced by something wonderful created by the beautiful people…

As my father was a public servant, I am a servant of the whole universe. And all the public servants of the world will create an incredibly good country, incredibly peaceful and safe country, an honest, fair country filled with beautiful hearts, where everything they do will be rewarded.
Artistic people of the beautiful heart, and the people of a country of the similar talent will engage themselves in art of oneness (of the true essence and love). The functionally good people like us Japanese will offer excellent functional beauty and functional quality to the world. I cannot but feel that incredibly healthy foods, wonderful medicine, something wonderful and healthy will be born so that we can live a truly happy life…

P.S.
The people who are true to their original self, loving and regain a sense of oneness will create everything wonderful; develop every beautiful project including national ones. And we should even appreciate, support and encourage such incredible leaders of the world. Yes, we are about to see such a wonderful world open to us… Humanity will surely enter into a new era, and you are one of them. It doesn’t matter whether you haven’t lived as such in the past.
When you live with your true self, the heaven, God, the whole universe, nature or whatever you call it, everything beautiful will rejoice and support you…
MARTH

Q: We have learned that we will perish if we lose in this world, we will be useless and attacked if we lose. However, your talk sounds opposite to me. Would you talk in details?

MARTH:
You are right. I am talking about the opposite… Desires of the ego such as the ego wins, the ego improves, the ego benefits, the ego, the partial self are all against love, which is the true nature of humanity. To be in harmony with the existence… we call it “Wa-suru (to harmonize)” in Japan…
It is not about the self, which is part of the existence, not to stand out itself. When we let the self become smaller, so that it doesn’t benefit, it doesn’t win, it doesn’t excel. In other words, when we treasure others and stop things such as we take from them, rob them, attack them, destroy them, kill them, we will finally return to our innate original self… It is said we will truly flourish, and the self; part of the existence will truly win, benefit and improve, and that everything will be wonderful then… We call it “wa-suru (to harmonize)” in Japan.
When we are in harmony, when we don’t boost the self or the ego, the whole universe will support us and everything goes smoothly. This is the benefit of “Wa-suru (to harmonize)” and its value. I feel the ancient Isaiahnagit, the people of the Jomon-era and those of Mu had the same value…
And I think our country had such culture and civilization in the ancient times. Japanese are considered to be peculiar by the people who value competitions and separation. And it seems they may not to be aware that they are descedants who have such values at all… I also didn’t know it until just recently. On the contrary, I was not interested in it at all.
Now, I understand many things, including the secrets of this country… And why have we lost important things? I wonder if it is because of the values based on competition, comparison and separation such as the self, which is part of the whole existence, benefit, the self wins, and so on. It is called individualism which came from the civilization of the separated self. Then, we will be attacked by Atman, the true self, the gods, the divine, which are the whole existence, and everything to “awaken”… Our hope for the prosperity of the self (part of the existence) will be interrupted, and our ambitions of the ego, desires, expectations and everything will be destroyed…
This value has been conveyed as a folklore in Japan… I wonder if such values can be found in many places in the world. That’s because the self is an illusion, and so is a separation. They don’t exist in reality. The victory of the self, which is part of the existence, is an illusion… The victory is always for the whole universe… Love always exists in the whole universe. When we live as the part of the whole universe, in other words, when we live with non-self, the self, which is truly part of the existence and each part of the existence will become wealthy, prosper, and make a sustainable success… That is the law of the universe. However, it has become difficult for us to realize it as we human beings are conditioned with a sense of separation.
Our societies made of such value that the self, part of the whole existence, should win ought to be as such. Unless we see through it, our happiness, joy, development and success of the self, which is part of the whole existence, may be impossible.. This is how I feel.

If we, the self, which is part of the existence, have such desires as we want to win, become a great person and so on, everything will be completely opposite… We have such a proverb in Japan; “Never expect (the ego) to win. You will lose if you expect.” We need to add the words, such as, “the ego” or “the self (as part of the existence)” to it. Without such value of separation, people will become incredibly amazing, and they will be great leaders within true love and sense of safety…
On the other hand, if you become a leader based on the illusion of the separated and boosted ego, you may create a destructive society and destroy yourself… I think you’d better not be as such… There is true happiness in this world. Therefore, if we tell juvenile delinquents and problem children that they don’t have to win, they don’t have to benefit and it is all right to “harmonize”, they will return to their original beautiful quality…

I am fortunate enough to have been brought up under such upbringing and in such environment since childhood. I came to know such self-help training in my youth, and have been familiar with them ever since. I also have examined scientifically. I cannot but feel there will be a great future for this planet earth. That is because I profoundly realize that we have only chosen a wrong path due to our illusions of the separated ego… I think humanity will bring themselves the great experiences if the world goes for the direction of the true quality…
Unfortunately, we are living in the societies where we believe in separation… Everybody is trying to win over others who is truly the self, beat them, excel them, fight with them, and improve the self, try to become a great person. This is so sad.
I’m sorry that the people of the world are believing in it and suffering within cultures of separation, in the societies where the mass media value the separation…
In the ancient times in Japan, in the time called Jomon, people treasured “wa-suru (to harmonize)”, the quality of oneness and that everything in this world is divine. Such era has continued for tens of thousands of years in peace… The civilization may have been called Mu, or it may have been named Jomon by the modern men. In either way, it was a civilization of “wa-suru (to harmonize)”.
We may look separated as each individual. However, the ancient people considered the world that every substance is connected as one, everything is made of the same things, everything is connected as one, in other words, everything in this world is children of God like cells in our body, and like every cell is ourselves.
However, it is truly a scientific fact. Humanity will discover it through science soon. Or, there may be many people who have found it already. They may have not been able to reveal it because of their fear for the societies.
It is often the case that athletes, scholars and students feel fruitless, painful or think something is wrong with them when they win. The people who appreciate them are only the ones who had been suffering from the inability to win or their fans. I think this is a proof that they are the children of the whole universe, the children of love, and the children of Atman…
The whole universe never accepts that the ego, the self (as part of the existence) wins, excels others. Love never accepts it. Maybe this is the answer to it. The reason why you feel fruitless when you win or excel others is because you are God, love and something beautiful. I wonder if your love, which is your true nature, warns you by making you useless when you destroy or harm others… I think humanity will go into a completely new realm when we prove it scientifically.
In other words, we will not be able to create beautiful and incredible societies and civilizations, nor be able to live in an inspiring world without it… I cannot but feel the lesson for all of us is whether we can regain our innate quality, return to live with the true essence for these several years.

And you don’t have to believe in such value as MARTH tells you… There may be some people who try to examine it. I am only dreaming a dream of the beautiful and peaceful world realized on this planet earth in the future.

MARTH