#PLATFORM OF RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION, ALEPH
Issued on February 4, 2000
Revised on July 26, 2000
Revised on August 24, 2001
We really want to maintain our wholesome and lawful spiritual
life and at the same time establish harmonious relations with local residents.
We hereby enact this platform with unshakable resolution to make a fresh
start. We therefore request for support of as many people as possible.
1. How Religious Organization Aleph Came into Being
We deeply regret and feel very sorry that the Aum Shinrikyo-related incidents
including the 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack have caused a lot of
Most Aum Shinrikyo followers, who were not involved in the incidents,
were sure as well as hoped it would turn out that the Religious Corporation
Aum Shinrikyo has nothing to do with the incidents.
As trials proceeded, however, it turned out that members of the Religious
Corporation Aum Shinrikyo were involved in the incidents.
Consequently, on December 1, 1999, with the sense of moral
obligation, the non-registered religious group Aum Shinrikyo, which was
formed after the cancellation of registration and dissolution of the Religious
Corporation Aum Shinrikyo, officially expressed their deep apology to
the victims and the people of the nation. At the same time they expressed
their intention to cooperate with the bankruptcy administrators foundation
for Aum Shinrikyo in compensating for damages inflicted upon the victims.
After a careful examination, we reached the conclusion
that the Aum Shinrikyo leader, Mr. Shoko Asahara, might have been involved
in the incidents.
Then we came up with the idea that we should dissolve the existing system.
With a new vision of the future, which was derived from the reflection
on the past conducts and from the understanding of the incidents, we thought
we should transform ourselves into a brand new organization.
And here today we announce the foundation of Aleph, a new religious organization,
and appeal for participation to those interested in and supportive of
its purpose and objective stipulated below.
2. How the Group Looks at the Incidents and Corresponds
(1) Aleph and its members understand that members of the former Religious
Corporation Aum Shinrikyo were involved in the incidents and that the
then Aum Shinrikyo leader, Mr. Shoko Asahara, might have been involved
(2) Aleph and its members shall never justify the incidents by any means.
(3) Aleph and its members shall never get involved in similar incidents.
(4) Aleph and its members shall completely leave the resolution of the
incidents to the legal system including the court.
(5) Admission to Aleph of those involved in the incidents shall be approved
only when they feel deeply sorry for their crimes and swear in writing
that they will never repeat the similar incidents.
3. How Aleph Corresponds to Those involved in the Incidents
Aleph shall sincerely execute its contract with the bankruptcy administrators
foundation for Aum Shinrikyo dated on July 6, 2000. Its members shall
cooperate with it in the execution of the contract.
Note: The contract between Aleph and the bankruptcy administrators foundation
is for Aleph to help the foundation compensate to the victims for the
damages caused by the Aum Shinrikyo-related incidents on the basis of
its deep regret about the incidents. The contract was officially recognized
by the Tokyo District Court of Japan.
4. Strict Prohibition of Unlawful Activities
The members of Aleph shall do their best to abide by the laws and ordinances
of the society and shall never engage in unlawful activities including
wounding and killing, to say nothing of indiscriminant mass murder. Should
a member commit an illegal act, the member shall not be allowed to express
an objection even if the person is deprived of his/her membership of Aleph.
5. The Teaching of Aleph
1) Out of the teachings of the late Aum Shinrikyo organization, Ancient
Yoga, Early Buddhism, and Mahayana Buddhism are the sources of the teaching
2) Aleph shall never adopt the parts of the teaching that are said to
be dangerous because they are said to have had something to do with the
incidents. (Hereinafter these parts of the teaching are called for short
as "teaching likely to be dangerous") Aleph shall discard "the
teaching likely to be dangerous" for good.
3) The scripture of Aleph shall be compiled on the basis of its teaching.
Aleph shall see to it that all the members understand this without exception.
4) The members of Aleph shall never put "the teaching likely to be
dangerous" into practice. Should any of them do it, the member shall
not be allowed to express an objection even if the member is expelled
5) As for "the teaching likely to be dangerous", Aleph shall
set up a task force to examine and select the teaching so that the elements
at risk in the future can be rooted out as many as possible.
6. Definition of the True Victor who has attained Supreme
Enlightenment and the Position of former Aum Shinrikyo Leader Shoko Asahara
We believe that the Lord Shiva and other Buddhas (the True Victors) are
beings who have attained Supreme and Complete Enlightenment. In our definition,
any human beings who are still alive cannot be the ones who have attained
Supreme and Complete Enlightenment. Former Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko
Asahara has left us a lot of things. These include interpretations of
Yoga and Buddhism scriptures, detailed methods for practice, initiations,
and so on. We adopted only those that are irrelevant to the incidents.
He is not the representative, a board member, or even a member of Aleph,
who can exert influence on Alephs decision making process.
7. Establishing Harmonious Relations with Local Residents
The non-registered religious organization Aum Shinrikyo, suffered from
fierce opposition across the nation and ended up being strictly restricted
by the so-called Antisubversive law and like.
The members of Aleph shall take this seriously and shall learn their lessons.
Backed by the idea of Mahayana Buddhism, the members also shall make their
efforts to make themselves understood and accepted by local residents
as member through peaceful means such as dialogues.
Besides, in case the facilities are suspected as belonging to former Aum
Shinrikyo, a private organization neither controlled nor protected by
law, they shall be opened to local residents, or even brought down or
left when necessary. Thus Aleph shall weigh public welfare by trying to
remove local residents' unrest and to promote better understanding each
Furthermore, Aleph shall make its effort to reform the closeness of its
predecessor and to achieve the following targets.
1) Democratic management of the system based on the consensus of the members;
2) Adoption of beneficial instructions and advice from outside;
3) Clean accounting;
4) Official announcement of the locations of its footholds.
8. Managerial Bylaws
Bylaws necessary to the management of Aleph shall be provided in separate
The members of Aleph shall hereby firmly swear that they humbly look back
on the past and make their utmost effort to fulfill the purposes stipulated
in this Platform.