WE of the SGI who propagates the Mystic Law are the emissaries of the
Buddha and the emanations of the Daishonin. Consequently, no matter how tumultuous the times, we who are equals of the Buddha will never be unhappy or defeated by hardship. That is why I hope, whatever happens, you will always keep pressing forward, ever forward, in high spirits.
AGE is not an excuse for giving up. If you allow yourself to grow passive and draw back, it is a sign of personal defeat. There may be a retirement age at work, but there is no retirement age in life. How, then, could there be any “going into retirement” in the world of faith? The Mystic Law is eternal, spanning across the three existences of past, present and future, and one of the benefits of faith is perennial youth and eternal life.
WHEN viewed from the long perspective of a whole lifetime, or from the eternity of the three existences of past, present and future, the prayers we make based on faith in the Gohonzon will all be answered without the slightest doubt. Our earnest ichinen of faith will definitely bring forth clear results. That is precisely why faith is of such fundamental importance in all things.
I would like to say that you should each strive to become the foremost person in some field of endeavour. To contribute to kosen-rufu, a person must have some kind of special ability at his/her disposal for that purpose. You must train yourself and develop your ability to the degree, that you can become a person whose contribution is essential to the advance of kosen-rufu.
JEALOUSY is one of the ugliest of emotions; it causes people to deviate from the correct course of action and leads them to destruction.
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April 4, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
It takes courage to win
in kosen-rufu and in life.
When the going is rough,
brim with an invincible spirit
and steadfastly maintain strong faith.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.