EACH morning and evening, I am earnestly chanting daimoku for our members in Japan and around the world, with the prayer that they will not be defeated, that they will absolutely triumph. I would like every single member without exception to be a great victor. This is my true and honest wish.
A river meanders but never stops. This is the natural way of things. Similarly, if you make continuous efforts, your personality will improve slowly but steadily. The key is to keep moving forward and never stops.
IF your fighting spirit is destroyed, the palace of your heart will also crumble into ruin. Just as water leaks from a damaged vessel, your benefits and good fortune will drain away. It is precisely because we want to prevent this from happening that we continue to encourage one another to fight on in our struggle.
STRUGGLE is the unchanging reality of life and of the universe. Therefore, we must not be defeated. In our daily lives and in the movement of kosen-rufu, it is imperative that for the sake of ourselves and our juniors, we wage a thorough going struggle and achieve victory. Then we will become persons of belief and practitioners of Buddhism in the truest sense.
OUR way of faith based on the Mystic Law leads to the attainment of kosen-rufu to benefit all people throughout the ten thousand years and more of the Latter Day of the Law. It is the way to create a new era in the history of mankind, one based on respect for the dignity of human existence. This is the mountain of kosen-rufu on which we venture our lives.
NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin’s gosho, Letter to the Brothers.
April 24, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
Aim to be the most wonderful and
outstanding self that you can be
and unremittingly continue your ascent!
Faith means having the heart of challenge,
to be fearless, and to take action toward
your personal growth and development.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.