President Makiguchi said: “We must clearly distinguish between believers and practitioners. While there is no dispute that those who believe [in the Mystic Law] will have their prayers answered and realize benefit, this alone does not qualify as bodhisattva practice. There is no such thing as a self-centered Buddha who simply accumulates benefit and does not work for the well-being of others.
“Unless we carry out bodhisattva practice, we cannot become a Buddha. In other words, a person of genuine faith is a practitioner who serves others with the spirit of a parent. When we carry out such a practice, however, devils will vie to obstruct us.... A person of minor good who lives only for himself definitely will not be attacked by devils. In contrast, when we lead the life of major good of dedication to the bodhisattva practice, devils will arise without fail. It is by the appearance of devils that we can tell that someone is a genuine practitioner.”
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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