Most people gain no real understanding, merit, or benefit in the Soka Gakkai. Rarely, an SGI believer, due entirely to the causes he or she has made in the past, will appear to experience some benefit and merit despite SGI's erroneous doctrines, practices, faith, and mistaken object of worship. This is like playing the karma lottery. The Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Daishonin promise good fortune in this life and a fortunate birth in the next to 1000 out of 1000 persons. If you wish to manifest the same fortune and merit as Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren Daishonin, you have to have the same faith and practice as they. It is impossible in the SGI because SGI faith and practice differs from theirs. SGI's Sangha too is different from Shakyamuni Buddha's and Nichiren's. In the Sangha of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, when you buy a ticket, you are buying an admission ticket to the Ceremony in the Air, not a lottery ticket to enrich the Soka Gakkai business suited priests.