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"Translated to "Metaphysical Philosophy", Keijijogaku is an ancient religious philosophical tradition that encompasses a wide range of various customs and teachings. Centered around the concept of chi as a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous force of universal prominence, its various traditions, practices and beliefs largely stem from the early teachings of the legendary Seven Daimyo who are described as having possessed an understanding of chi that is rarely attainable. Modern Keijijogaku however, is said to be attributed to the refined teachings of the Keijijo Sanmittei, the official founders of the clan. Stressing spiritual harmonization with the world and its ambient chi, the religious philosophy is regarded not simply as a system of beliefs for the Keijijo, but as a guiding way of life. Almost entirely exclusive to the Keijijo Clan, Keijijogaku is virtually entirely significant to the lives and spirituality of every clansmen,disregarding very rare exceptions. Headed and taught by the Keijijo Elders, Keijijogaku is essential to the life of the Keijijo clansmen"
Fundamental Beliefs etc.
Keijijogaku possesses a variety of fundamental concepts that form the basis for the esoteric philosophical way of life. Above all things, chis is said to be of the utmost importance. Described as universal and of omnipotent depth and infinity, chi is regarded as the primordial, non-sentient, metaphysical force that is both the source and driving force of all that has existed, exists, and will exist. Universally essential for natural living things, it is believed by the Keijijo to be present in all natural living things, creating an innate metaphysical bond between all things that live. Stated as possessing no progenitor, chi is said to be universally eternal and the only true source of omnipotence. Traditionally, it is relentlessly insisted that chi is not a sentient entity, instead, a universal force of a metaphysical nature. Described as quintessential, Keijijogaku spiritualists believe that chi is absolutely essential for the natural state of the universe. Additionally, Keijijogaku practices the absolute rejection of deities and gods. Instead, it offers an alternative view, stating that what many believe to be gods and deities are in actuality, either extra-dimensional beings of great power, or transcendent entities that inhabit higher planes of existence. However, they are all deemed as not divine. Keijijogaku emphasizes that the only true divinity pertains to chi, a non-sentient force, and the only source of true divinity. As a result Keijijogaku rejects the existence of an absolute creator deity as well. Harmonizing with chi is a necessary practice that is achieved through spiritual meditation. By following the Keijijogaku path, it is believed that one can obtain true enlightenment and a peerless understanding and connection to the universe.
It is believed by a minority of Keijijo that the Zenku entity is the progenitor of all chi and thus predates creation itself. However, the widely accepted belief is that the Zenku is not the primordial source of all chi. Instead, an alternative is presented that suggests that prior to the Zenku's existence, the omnipresence of chi governed a universe overflowing with life, generating a cosmic imbalance. A spontaneous reactionary response from the universal chi resulted in the creation of a demonic metaphysical manifestation known as the Zenku. The primordial source of Yin Chi and Yang Chi, its existence was said to have imbued the universe with a wealth of Yin-Yang Chi, Yin responsible for creating life, Yang responsible for causing death, creating a balancing cycle in the universe. However, this view also claims that the Zenku's existence is no longer necessary for this balancing cycle to occur, stating that Yin-Yang Chi has since been hardwired into the fundamental essence of universal chi. While this view is largely accepted among those who follow Keijijogaku, it is rejected by a select few. However, an aspect of the Zenku that is accepted by all is that in spite of being directly created from the essence of chi, it is not divine like that which created its form. It s instead, said to be metaphysical in nature, and is viewed not as a demonic deity, but as a metaphysical catalyst that was necessary to establish the current fundamental spiritual laws that govern the universe.
The Seven Daimyo are sad to have been prophets of Keijijogaku, following an informal form of the philosophical religion. Their understanding of chi cemented the development of Keijijogak at the hands of the Keijijo Sanmittei who are viewed as prophets of the religion as well. They are respectfully thanked in ceremonial prayers in the Daimyo and Sanmittei temples, but are not worshiped as deities. Worshiping is not an aspect of Keijijogaku, the intellectual study of chi and meditation being its supposed equivalent. Keijijogaku is taught by the Keijijo Elders in the Daimyo and Sanmittei temples as part of their obligation as the clan's theocratic spiritual guides. The following are other beliefs that are fundamental to Keijijogaku:
- Kankyō e no keii: A practice that is characterized by spiritually respecting nature and the environment, it is achieved only through isolated meditation in the nexus of nature, a metaphysical state of mind defined by attaining a genuine and powerful link to the distinct chi found in nature. This is necessary as it is an initial step in harmonizing with the totality of chi.
- Rikai: This is an intellectual practice that is described as indulging in a variety of studious experiments and observations of chi and its fundamental workings.. The intensive studying of various philosophical concepts and amassing knowledge, it is a necessary step to achieving enlightenment with chi. The studying of metaphysics etc. is designed to imbue one with the necessary knowledge to properly comprehend and understand the true fundamental nature of chi, almost ensuring spiritual enlightenment.
- Rakuen: In Keijijogaku, there is no Hell nor Heaven as it is traditionally thought of in Western religions. Instead, the religious philosophy teaches that where one transcends to is entirely dependent on their closeness to universal chi. Rikai is necessary to obtain an intimate understanding of chi and establish a close spiritual relationship with the metaphysical force. Should one possess a powerful spiritual bond with universal chi, they are upon death, not risen to a heavenly realm, but their spiritual consciousness is instead made a part of universal chi at its nexus. Achieving this form of absolute spiritual connection to universal chi releases one's spiritual consciousness from earthly pains etc. granting them what is believed in Keijijogaku as true paradise.
- Zetsubō: Much like Rakuen, Zetsubo is what the Keijijo believe to be Hell. It is not a fiery dimension of eternal suffering. Instead, it is described as a spiritual state of mind characterized by great mental and spiritual despair and suffering that continually plagues one's disembodied spirit. This eventually leads to what the Keijijo believe to be the worst pain and ultimate form of suffering which is complete detachment from universal chi, resulting in a state of mind of absolute mental suffering due to being forsaken from chi. This state of mind is known as "Oblivion", a conscious state of nonexistence. Zetsubo is for those who have completely forsaken their connection to chi. Alternatively, those with an ordinary connection to universal chi are trapped in a cycle of rebirth until one either increases or forsakes their connection to chi.
- Ikikata: The path of life that the Keijijo take, it is characterized by a life of martial discipline, the relentless training and practice of martial arts being seen as a method of obtaining greater control over chi and strengthening one's bond with universal chi. One is instructed to adhere to patience, spiritual refinement, and rational thought. Ikikata stresses the enjoyment of physical life.
The various moral beliefs and ethical values of Keijijogaku are unlike those in many of the world's religions and philosophies. They are not the conventional moral beliefs that the common man agrees with. While the preservation of nature is key to strengthening one's spiritual bond with universal chi, Keijijogaku Ethics details that one must always take the course of action that benefits the majority. As a result, this places the Keijijo's ethical values in a space of moral ambiguity. Should the eventual result of an action or a series of actions ultimately benefit the many, be the actions as morally questionable as they may be, it is the logical course of action to take according to Keijijogaku Ethics. It is stressed that the world is not black and white, and is populated by shades of grey as well. It is also stated that morality is subject to change and that it is not absolute like a universal physical law, as well as being relative and alternating between cultures etc.
Places of religious and philosophical significance, the Keijijogaku Temples are infrastructures built in zones of spiritual concentration. Harboring immense importance to the Keijijo, there are a variety of different temples, serving different purposes. All temples are decorated with unique candles lit by esoteric flames that metaphysically stimulate the spiritual chakra-points of those nearby in order to achieve superior spiritual harmonization with universal chi. All Keijijogaku Temples are headed by the Keijijo Elders however, the most important being the Keijijogaku Elder Temples. Meticulously decorated with Keijijo Geijutsu symbols and brlliant architecture, the Keijijogaku Temples are as follows:
- Daimyo Temples: Equal in size to the Sanmittei temples, the Daimyo temples are infrastructural buildings in which the Keijijo clansmen give their thanks to the teachings of the Seven Daimyo. This is accomplished by spiritually paying their respects to statues of the legendary Daimyo. Several temples have been erected, however, certain temples may pertain to a specific Daimyo, the followers of said temple believing that whatever technique is attributed to the Daimyo will bring them closest to universal chi.
- Sanmittei Temples: Temples dedicated to spiritually paying one's respects to the Keijijo Sanmittei for developing Keijijogaku into what it is today, the Sanmittei temples are used for meditative sessions of spiritual significance, similar to prayers, these meditative sessions are designed to aid visitors in harmonizing with universal chi and establishing a more intimate relationship with the non-sentient metaphysical force.
- Keijijogaku Elder Temples: Religious infrastructures where Keijijo clansmen of all ages are taught the origins, fundamentals, and all things pertaining to the Keijijogaku religious philosophy. Headed by the Keijijo Elders, these temples are the most frequented as clansmen go there to seek spiritual guidance from the Elders who serve as the clan's theocratic leaders. Using the Book of Keijijogaku which is fabled to have been written by the Keijijo Sanmittei, the Elders teach and spiritually enlighten the Keijijo.
There are alternative views to Keijogaku. The most prominent being that universal chi creates an omnipotent metaphysical entity by establishing a chi-based bond with all existing living things, and that divinity is nonexistent as opposed to the fundamental life-force of living things. Another alternative view is that the Zenku is the nexus of universal chi manifested in a neutral corporeal form without the divinity of universal chi.