Unless we strive with the spirit of not begrudging our lives, we cannot protect the interests of the people. Let us engrave in our hearts the passage, “Strive to expose the wrongs of powerful adversaries, never begrudging your life” (GZ, 1589). True victory cannot be achieved unless we struggle against devilish forces and expose the wrongs of powerful adversaries. First Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi declared that we should actively seek to bring such devilish functions out into the open.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
The world of Buddhahood manifests itself in our lives when we continuously struggle for kosen-rufu, summoning forth courage and challenging ourselves, and when our energy flags, summoning forth courage again and spurring ourselves on to further effort. Without the power of the world of Buddhahood, we cannot triumph over formidable adversaries.
Kosen-rufu is a struggle against devilish forces. It is a struggle that cannot be won with halfhearted determination. The Daishonin himself was repeatedly subjected to harsh persecution, including exile and near execution. During the Atsuhara Persecution, a number of his followers were beheaded.
In a writing titled “Embudaichu Gosho” (On Jambudvipa), the Daishonin states: “I pray that my followers will be cubs of the lion king and never incur the ridicule of packs of foxes. Strive to expose the wrongs of powerful adversaries, never begrudging your life, just as Nichiren.... It is rare indeed to meet with such a lion” (GZ, 1589).
The Daishonin urges his followers to practice “just as Nichiren” (GZ, 1589) and to “spread the Lotus Sutra as he does” (WND, 994). Disciples who wait for the mentor to do something for them are disciples of the pre-Lotus Sutra teachings. True disciples of the Lotus Sutra are those who struggle just as the mentor does.
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