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Leader of Aum Shinri Kyo Cult Documented His Doomsday Prophecies

May 16, 1995 GMT

Here are excerpts from the writings, speeches and statements of Japan’s doomsday guru Shoko Asahara, head of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult.

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``I think we are the most scientific of religions.″ (TV interview, 1989)

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``Training that doesn’t lead to supernatural powers is hogwash! The Venerable Master will show you the secrets of his amazing mystic powers. Seeing the future, reading people’s minds, making your wishes come true, X-ray vision, levitation, trips on the fourth dimension, hearing the voice of God, etc. It will change your life!″ (Advertisement for Asahara’s book ``Secrets of Developing Your Supernatural Powers,’` 1989)

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``I hereby declare myself to be the Christ. ... Incidentally, there is something I feel keenly when I read the Bible: it is the inaccuracy of the wording. This is the very reason why the beings who practice Christian teachings do not understand the true meaning of the Bible, hence are unable to practice the right way, the path to attain the Holy Heaven.″ (From ``Declaring Myself the Christ,″ 1991)

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``Four days ago, while on the astral plane, I had a vision I was absorbing radiation. I was experiencing the nuclear war that will inevitably occur between 1997 and 2001. ... Without doubt, the final war will occur. And it will happen between 1997 and 2001. Where will it happen? That will be the Middle East. The Gulf War was a forerunner to it.″ (Speech to followers, 1992)

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``Japan will become a wild land. Why? Nukes. ... This will occur between 1996 and January 1998. Allied forces led by Americans will be at the center of it.″ (Lecture at Osaka University, 1992)

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``I believe that in the end a super-big laser gun will be developed. When the power of this laser is increased, its contents are converted to plasma. Thus a perfectly white belt, or sword, can be seen. This is the sword referred to in the Book of Revelations. This sword will destroy virtually all life.″ (Speech to followers, 1993)

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``If you live to see the year 2000, you will certainly look back on the Japan of today with nostalgia. Because Japan will be nothing more than a charred wasteland. (Speech to followers, 1994)

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``Disciples, the time to awaken and help me is upon you. ... I am waiting for you to become my hands, my legs, my head and help me accomplish my salvation plan. Let’s carry it out and face death with no regrets.″ (Radio message, March 21, 1995, the day after the attack on the Tokyo subway)