May 3, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

3rd May
MAY 3 is our initial starting point, and simultaneously, the day we make our final declaration of complete victory. It is the grand anniversary which celebrates our efforts to realise a golden age of supreme spiritual triumph and glory. May 3 is invincible, unshaken by raging tempests. May 3 is filled with jubilation and ever-victorious hope. May 3 is the day which our friends around the world rejoice, celebrate and deepen their determination to keep striving for kosen-rufu.
WHEN one dedicates himself/herself to the Gohonzon and advances in practice for the sake of his/her own enlightenment and for kosen-rufu, then, without doubt, he/she will become capable of truly loving others, and others in turn will say to themselves that there is something about him/her that shines.
BY arousing sincere faith in the Gohonzon of the Three Great Secret Laws inscribed by Nichiren Daishonin, and striving to chant daimoku and propagate the Law, you can tap the power of the Buddha and the Law inherent in the Gohonzon and transform the negative karma in your life. Everyone can thus attain Buddhahood.
COURAGE and effort are extremely important, for they lead to glory and victory. Life is like a marathon. Even if you should fall a little bit behind the others during the race, there is no need to be impatient; as long as you win in the end. The person who breaks the tape at the finish line is the true victor.
ONLY after surviving the harsh trial of winter can seeds burst into fresh growth in the spring time. Similarly, only by surmounting hardships can we be victorious in life and savour real, lasting joy. Conversely, if we shun difficulties and lose our challenging spirit, then we will be left with in the end is failure and regret. Therefore, please blaze a trail through the “forest of difficulty” we find ourselves in and that tomorrow we work again energetically for kosen-rufu.
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May 3, 2015
Taking to heart the Daishonin’s words,
“This is my vow, and I
will never forsake it!”(*)
let’s continue to carry out the
promise we made as a youth.
Those who do are the true victors.
(*)”Opening of the Eyes, Part Two,” WND I p. 281

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