The Daishonin states, "Not once have I thought of retreat."* It is by our continuous efforts to traverse the waves of hardships that we significantly revolutionise our lives. Let's all live out our lives to the very last moment by fulfilling the vow that we ourselves have made!
*The Great Battle - WND 2, pg 465
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application.
Nichiren Buddhism is indeed the world's most hope-filled philosophy. Whoever continues to study it to the end is a true champion. At the same time, to all of those who are helping those taking our Buddhist study exams, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind and caring support!
When the seasons change like they are now and there is a wide fluctuation in temperature between day and night time, let's wisely take every precaution not to get sick. By maintaining good health, first and foremost, let's continue to advance together!
Those who are dedicated to fostering capable individuals are in fact the truly capable ones! By protecting, assisting and praising our fellow members, let's inspire them wholeheartedly with warm encouragement. Let's always cherish and respect each and every person!
To our uncrowned heroes and heroines who deliver the Seikyo newspaper every morning, thank you all so much! The brilliance of the good fortune of the Mystic Law shines forth in your noble strides of faith!
The days are beginning to get shorter. Be extremely cautious of traffic accidents especially when night begins to fall. Remember that negligence and carelessness are our biggest enemies. Let's make it a point to verbally remind each other so that we can all stay absolutely safe.
"Strengthen your faith day by day and month after month."* Our faith is the powerhouse for propelling us forward to take on challenges and to improve and progress. Let's break through any tendencies we have had to slacken or to slide back into old habits.
Wherever there is a mother's smile, a blossom of happiness is found. Every dialogue that our Women's Division members engage in is a hope-filled path to peace. Hip hip hooray for our "suns" of the SGI (our Soka mothers)!
To all of those who are challenging to take the SGI Study Exams, please have the strong confidence that everything you are learning through all your hard efforts, will become a valuable asset in your life. In our daily activities, let's try to engrave the teachings of the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin!
"It is said that where there is unseen virtue, there will be visible reward."* All of our hard work and selfless dedication for the sake of achieving kosen-rufu definitely turns into benefit and good fortune. Cheerfully, boldly and with unwavering determination, let's walk the path that we ourselves have chosen.