IT is important to live true to yourself. If you become strong, then no matter how trying your present situation may be, you will not be daunted by it. Even if you are struggling financially now, as long as you continue making efforts based on faith, you will eventually find that you have the money you need. Even the most painful and difficult situations will, when viewed from the distance of time, seem like the events of a dream.
THOSE who have let power and popularity gone into their heads lead empty, vacuous lives. Fancy titles and accolades are ephemeral. But the names of those who strive earnestly for the people’s happiness and welfare, undeterred by criticism and personal attacks, shine ever more brightly as the years go by.
IT is those who make the mentor’s heart their own and put that into practice in reality that are truly great. Wherever you may be, whatever your position, as long as you realise this truth you will be able to conduct yourself admirably as a disciple.
WHAT is important is that you will not be defeated by the inner tendency to despair over your circumstances. Just as not to suffer misfortunes is to be fortunate, not to be defeated is to win. No matter what happens, you must absolutely not allow yourself to be defeated. That is what faith means.
IN faith, one must not be swayed by cowardice. Those who are shaken from the correct path of belief by the eight winds of worldly glories and sufferings and abandon faith can in no way be called followers of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth.
April 8, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
Take precautions in a time of
extreme fluctuations in temperature.
Pay special attention to maintaining
your health and advance,
abound with vital life force!
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.