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Children Who Went to the Spiritual World, Book One

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Sep 3, 2018


The four chapters of "Children Who Went to the Spiritual World" tell the stories of four unique souls whose physical lifetimes on earth ended at a very young age. Masao Murata ascertained these stories after receiving letters from parents asking why their children had lived such brief lives.

In recounting these stories, Mr. Murata discusses past lifetimes as well as present, and spiritual existence as well as physical. He regards earthly human life from the broad and lofty perspective of our long-term spiritual development and evolution, always with an eye to the world peace prayer movement founded by his mentor, Masahisa Goi.

While there may be no pain greater than that of a parent who has lost a child, perhaps the stories in this book can help to shed light on the journey of the human soul—a journey that can sometimes lead to a child passing on to the spiritual world.

Sep 3, 2018

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Masao Murata was born in 1906 in Shiga prefecture, Japan. While serving as president of a small electric company, he spent his spare hours in support of the world peace prayer movement founded by his mentor and advisor, Masahisa Goi. When asked to describe Mr. Murata, Mr. Goi wrote: "During our association, Mr. Murata came to believe deeply in the love and protection of his guardian spirits and divinity. This lent much radiance to his prominent psychic abilities, and it deepened his experiences in the divine, spiritual, and subconscious realms which transcend the five senses... One of the wonderful things about Mr. Murata is that, despite his many mystical qualities, he never lets any trace of the mystical show through in his bearing and personality. At all times he is never anything but a delightfully natural, ordinary person." Mr. Murata authored several books in Japanese (translations of which are now in progress). He died peacefully at the age of eighty-nine and is affectionately remembered by his wife, colleagues, and friends.

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Children Who Went to the Spiritual World, Book One - Masao Murata

Children Who Went to the Spiritual World



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© 2018 Masao Murata

All rights reserved.

Originally published in Japanese as:

Reikai ni itta kodomotachi 1 (霊界にいった子供達 1)

by Masao Murata (Byakko Press, 1982 and 2000)

Translated from the Japanese by David W. Edelstein

Edited by Mary McQuaid

Consulting translators: Kinuko Hamaya and Miyuki Ohashi

Cover design by David W. Edelstein

Books by Masahisa Goi, Masami Saionji, Masao Murata, and others are catalogued on the Byakko Press website:




The Angel and the Mystery of the Red Tulip: Akira Uno’s Story

The Baby with a Rescue Mission: Yoshiyuki Naito’s Story

The Boy Devoted to Linking Souls: Kunio Niki’s Story

The Youth in the Ski Bus Accident: Yusuke Izumi’s Story


Appendix I

Appendix II

About the Author


We human beings are born in this world, and we live out our individual lives. To be born means that one day, we will die. We hope that each person will enjoy a long life, but unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see young people pass to the spiritual world ahead of their elders. When an infant, child, or young person dies, the profound sadness of the parents and other family members pains our heart, and reminds us of the fragility of life in this world. We can only pray that the missions of all those affected will be accomplished.

Among the readers of Masahisa Goi’s¹ books and those who have devoted themselves to putting his teachings into practice, a number of people have lost a child in an accident or through illness. Some of them recalled my previous book, Communications with the Spiritual World,² and wrote to me of their profound pain and sadness:

Our eldest son recently passed to the spiritual world. What kind of place is he in, and what is he doing there? As his parents, what can we do for him? We don’t know anything about the spiritual world, so we are respectfully asking for your help.

Your book Communications with the Spiritual World talks about the experiences of adults, but not much about those of children, so I hope you will forgive me for writing to you directly about this matter.

Reading letters like these, I was struck with an immense sadness. Each time, I would perceive the child’s circumstances in the spiritual world, and I would write back to inform the person about what I had perceived. I would explain some of the karmic causes that led the child to have only a brief life here on earth. Then, I would write in detail about how they, as parents, could offer their love to their child.

I also realized that there were probably many more such parents and relatives who did not send me letters. In the hope of alleviating their pain and sadness even a little, I decided to put together this book.

The phenomena that appear in this present world and those that take place in the spiritual world (the world after death) are both part of the same great flow of life. This great flow does not stop for even a moment, extending from the infinite past eternally into the future. In this flow, we human beings engage in an infinite process of evolution and self-improvement. Within this great life, our own lifetime on earth is like a single wave in the vast ocean. And yet, when we come into possession of a physical body here on earth, we get caught up in this fleeting manifestation—which appears and then fades away—rather than thinking of our eternal life. This is our great flaw as physical human beings, and it is a difficult one to overcome.

The chapters of this book are responses to letters that I received, with each telling the story of one soul as it is born into this earthly world, fulfills its role here, and then returns to the spiritual world. I think this style will be the easiest for readers to understand. Because this book includes letters that were sent to me confidentially, I have changed the names of all those concerned.

Masahisa Goi

August 1967

The Angel and the Mystery of the Red Tulip:

Akira Uno’s Story

Letter from a father

For a long time now, I have not thought about the spiritual world, or what happens after death. I feel badly about it, but it simply hasn’t been necessary for me. I have paid the customary visits to our household altar and our family temple, without feeling much religious fervor. Instead, I have put all my efforts into attaining a conventional image of happiness.

I am an ordinary, insignificant ‘salaryman,’ with no special skills to speak of. Just recently, however, my twelve-year-old son Akira, our eldest, died suddenly of an illness he had contracted barely two days before. I immediately went into shock, as if I were being plunged into pitch darkness. I was unable to do my job, and I fell into a state of apathy, as though I had lost the will to live. In that state, I could not feel that my son had died. However, the harsh reality is that I can never again see, hear, or touch my son. In that world of darkness, an unbearably painful sadness, like falling to the infinite depths of the earth, covered me in thick layers. Within that darkness, I saw my small, pitiful self, searching for my departed son.

However, I don’t believe that Akira is really gone, and I don’t want to believe it. I don’t know how many times I tried to tell myself that he is still alive somewhere, but the harsh reality is that he will not return. And so, we held his funeral. How can I possibly endure this anguish that continues day after day? My wife has had a similar experience, though I think that her wounds are even deeper than mine. Once, she said to me, as if talking to herself: I can’t help but think that our son is alive in a world we cannot see. Maybe that is the spiritual world.

In the past, I neither affirmed nor denied the existence of a spiritual world. But now, I feel differently—I believe it exists. Or rather, I don’t know for sure, but it is my most heartfelt wish that it does exist. I have come to believe firmly in this spiritual world that my wife spoke of, and have become driven by the desire to learn even a little about it. I was at my wits end trying to find some material that would teach me about the spiritual world, when I remembered your book Communications with the Spiritual World. I bought the book, and read it in one sitting.

Like a blessed rain on my parched heart, the book restored life to my being. A world that I had not even thought about opened up for me, and little by little, I felt that I was coming to understand the spiritual world. However, Communications with the Spiritual World only discusses the world of adults, and does not touch upon the world of children very much. If there is a spiritual world for adults, I cannot help but think that there must also be one for children. It is my sincere wish that you might help me to understand what kind of world Akira is in now.

If he is indeed in the spiritual world, what, if anything, can I do to help him be happy there? I would really like to be able to do something for him, so I am kindly asking for your advice.

Akira was a strong, healthy boy, and he had never once been sick. He studied hard and did well in school. He was the apple of my eye, and, if I may say so, I was very proud of him. Am I resigned to accepting the fate of this irreplaceable boy, who was sent suddenly to his death by an illness that came on only two days before? Why would God take the life of such a healthy young boy? I am unable to see it as anything other than an intolerable act of merciless cruelty. Why is our family being made to bear this horrible fate? Why would the divinities do such a heartless thing? No matter how hard I try, I still cannot understand it. Do I have no choice but to resign myself to this fate? The harsh reality is that Akira is not coming back.

I want to believe that Akira is in the spiritual world. I want to know for sure that he is there. So, I am respectfully sending you this letter, with the sincere wish that you might spare some time to help me understand what kind of existence Akira has in the spiritual world, and what he is doing there.

Among the letters I receive every day, some, like this one, come from parents who have lost a child. In between the lines of their letters, I can deeply feel the extent of their sadness and pain.

Merging with their heartbreaking anguish, I go into a deep meditation, reflecting upon my teacher and mentor, the late Masahisa Goi. A stark black world stretches out before me, but soon I am ascending toward a world of light. Before I know it, the light captures my heart, and a world of calm, spring-like beauty unfolds before me…

There is a farm with livestock, and some houses scattered here and there. In the distance, beyond the hills, a white church is visible. Suddenly, I’m inside the church,

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