Nichiren Daishonin, calmly observing the activities of the powerful figures of the day from the lofty standpoint of the Mystic Law pervading the universe, at the same time involved himself in the lives of people who were suffering and exerted himself on their behalf. President Makiguchi walked the same path. Rising above the madness of nationalism that had seized Japan, he voiced unyielding criticism against the government. What’s more, his actions spoke louder than his words.
President Makiguchi’s greatness lay in the fact that he went directly among the people and shared their struggles, all the while continuing to engage others in dialogue. According to the charges brought against him,Mr. Makiguchi conducted more than 240 discussion meetings amid wartime conditions (between May 1941 and June 1943), even while he was under the strict surveillance of the Special Higher Police.
When has there ever been a person of such courage and conviction who engaged ordinary people in dialogue and worked to realize kosen-rufu? President Makiguchi revived Nichiren Daishonin’s spirit of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land.” He was truly a great individual.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
How to enable all people to realize the wonderful potential inherent in their lives—this is the fundamental objective of Nichiren Buddhism and the Soka Gakkai movement. That is why President Makiguchi resolutely struggled against the devilish nature of power that aims to obstruct this endeavor. That is why he boldly remonstrated with the state. A religion that prostrates itself before the tyrannical power of authority sees people as nothing more than a means for bringing prosperity to the state.
President Makiguchi described the time as “the age of the evil of nationalism, the evil of the Latter Day of the Law.”26 He stood up with indomitable composure in a period when the entire country was swept along by power run amok. He continued to speak out for justice, never bowing to pressure, no matter how severe. He gave his life for his beliefs.
Japan plunged straight into the madness of nationalism. One person who challenged this direction head-on was first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. While the fierce winds of totalitarianism raged, he held high the banner of religious reform, asserting: “We have to lead the nation to great good. To do so is like making a landing in the face of enemy forces.” Though he was told by the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood to accept the Shinto talisman, President Makiguchi firmly refused, saying: “What grieves me is not the downfall of our religion, but to stand by and watch the entire nation destroyed before my eyes,... I fear the grief it would cause Nichiren Daishonin. Isn’t this the time to remonstrate with the state? What is there to be afraid of ?” This was President Makiguchi’s spirit.
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