His words, “What greater joy could there be?” perfectly sum up his attitude. How can one develop such an immense state of life? How can a human being achieve such greatness? There is no greater mystery than this. I am confident that this is the power of making a vow. When we dedicate our lives to fulfilling our deep pledge and to correct ideals, our hearts
develop limitlessly. Buddhism speaks of a “pledge from the remote past.” Such a pledge is the foundation that
enables us to drive away darkness and live in accord with the essential nature of phenomena. Specifically, this means a heart that yearns for the happiness of oneself and others and for the accomplishment of the great vow for kosen-rufu.
Absolutely nothing can obstruct the spirit of a person who has awakened to this original vow. Though one’s body may be cut down, absolutely no one can destroy one’s spirit. Such is the power of a person who lives a life of compassion. Even if facing hellish circumstances alone, such a person fears nothing. Rather, those around someone so completely free of fear may feel a sense of trepidation.
It could be said that Nichiren Daishonin’s lifetime of facing one great persecution after another proves that the power of a thoroughly developed human spirit is eternal. With his entire being, the Daishonin declared, “Behold the greatness that a human being can attain!”
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