To Kingo and his brothers who had now also joined him, the Daishonin patiently explained the significance of this great persecution, saying: “Tonight, I will be beheaded. This is something I have wished for many years” (WND, 767). Kingo resolved to commit suicide at the Daishonin’s side if his teacher should be killed.
It was a sublime drama of mentor and disciple. Persevering along the supreme path of life no matter what may happen, ready to give their lives together for their convictions — this image of mentor and disciple must have left a powerful impression on everyone present, regardless of their religious beliefs.
By that point, the minds of the soldiers must have been completely shaken. “Just what kind of criminal is this?” they were probably wondering. “Can it really be right to execute him like this in the middle of the night?” “Are we about to commit some wrong that can never be redeemed?” It would not be at all surprising if this was how they felt.
It is often said that life is a drama. This scene of mentor and disciple, like a great artwork on display before them, could not have failed to make an impression, even on these battle-tested soldiers of eastern Japan.
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