–TO MY FRIENDS–
Proud members of Tokaido(*)
who gaze upon the majestic Mt. Fuji–
Hold high the banner of justice and truth
and boldly give a lion’s roar!
Together, let’s ensure the resounding
victory of the people!
(*) In the Soka Gakkai organization, the Tokaido Region comprises Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.
ABOVE all, if you are a follower of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, you must have a firm resolve in faith. You must fortify your heart with the armour of forbearance to endure the onslaught of difficulties which we are bound to face.
KOSEN-RUFU will advance to the extent that you talk about the Law and share it with others. How can one speak about the Mystic Law in a way that captures and penetrate the hearts of others? It is not figures of speech that touch the other person’s heart, but one’s sincere cry of belief.
WE must put our heart in rhythm with one another and have a profound sense of responsibility for our mission; we must pray, contemplate what must be done, and then act. If our hearts are distanced from one another, we can achieve nothing.
IN the Gosho we find the passage, “If you light a lantern for another, it will also brighten your own way.” In an aging society, the spirit of lighting a lantern for others is very important. In the end, it means brightening your own way as well.
THERE is no need to lament when criticised for doing good. This is even truer with regards to our efforts to introduce Buddhism to others, an act of the highest good. Nichiren Daishonin also said that we should rejoice when we encounter obstacles. This is the SGI spirit.
NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin’s gosho, Letter to the Brothers.