The year 2013 saw many natural disasters. Typhoon Haiyan, the largest hurricane on record, struck the Philippines in November 2013, causing serious damage to Leyte island. The number of missing and dead surpassed 7,500 with about 4 million people still homeless.
On the 18th day of the same month, the volcanic eruption in the sea around Ogasawara islands created a new islet. As the volcanic activity continues, the island is now as large as the Koshien Stadium. Within 2 days prior and after the emergence of this new island, volcanic eruptions occurred in various parts of the world. In six countries and seven regions (as well as others), volcanoes such as the Colima Volcano in Mexico, Fuego Volcano of Guatemala, Mount Yasuru of Vanuatu, Mount Etna in Italy as well as Mounts Sinabung and Merapi in Indonesia erupted.
There were many local natural disasters in Japan as well. In September, tornadoes, that were unusual until a few years ago, occurred in succession in Saitama and Chiba prefectures. Then Typhoon No. 18 struck the Japanese archipelago with the number of dead and missing standing at seven. In October, Typhoon No. 26 hit Izu Oshima Forty-nine people died or remain missing due to the damage from landslides.
When People Lose Their Faith, Natural Disasters Occur
Some scientists claim that global warming is responsible for powerful typhoons and tornadoes, and that a decrease in solar activity has caused the worldwide increase in volcanic eruptions.
However, we must begin to comprehend that the real reason for such natural disasters is the “will of the Gods”.
When the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the Great East Japan earthquake occurred respectively in 1995 and in 2011, the Japanese government was being led by a leftist party that denied both God and Buddha. The connection between natural disasters and materialism rampant amongst the people must be considered and appears undeniable.
In the famous legend of Noah’s Ark, God caused the flood to sweep away the evil-doers of humanity. Buddhism teaches that if people make light of Dharma, natural disasters occur. Further, legend has it that Atlantis and Mu sunk into the ocean because they incurred the wrath of God.
Master Ryuho Okawa of Happy Science Group summoned the spirit of Amaterasu-O-Mikami, the Supreme Deity of Japan several times. In June of 2010, about eight months before the Great East Japan earthquake, Amaterasu had harsh words for the then ruling DPJ government, saying, “I wish not to turn this land into an evil country,” and “If you do not repent your ways, the Gods shall judge you.”
The fact that natural disasters continue increasingly to occur worldwide indicates that the gods are sending out warnings on a global scale. We must accept this fact humbly, restore our faith and a reverential attitude towards the Divine. This is the true course for humanity.