On the other hand, as for the rulers of the country who had persecuted him on account of the Lotus Sutra despite his complete innocence of breaking any law of society, the Daishonin says: “I have . . . encountered a ruler who will enable me to free myself in my present existence from the sufferings of birth and death” (WND, 44). He goes so far as to express gratitude to the ruler as a person “to whom I owe the most profound debt of gratitude” (WND, 43) for having made it possible to carry out his practice for attaining Buddhahood. He is utterly indomitable, while maintaining a spirit of supreme humanism.
Every time he encountered persecution, the Daishonin became stronger and more formidable. That’s because he manifested within himself the “life force of the Thus Come One” to stake his life on his struggle for the Law.
In a letter to Shijo Kingo, the Daishonin states that the votary of the Lotus Sutra who overcomes great persecution is the Thus Come One whose life span is immeasurable.
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