There are no more formidable enemies than evil rulers and priests of erroneous teachings acting in collusion. Evil rulers wield both material and social power. To go against that authority could lead to personal ruin and possibly even death. Priests of erroneous teachings, meanwhile, wield religious authority that exerts a powerful influence over people’s hearts and minds.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
When the Daishonin witnessed this happening among his followers, he must have wondered why they would flee at such an important time when he had managed to expose the wrongs of powerful adversaries. Of those followers who criticized his stand, he writes: “They are being as ridiculous as fireflies laughing at the sun and moon, an anthill belittling Mount Hua, wells and brooks despising the river and the ocean, or a magpie mocking a phoenix” (WND, 306).
It goes without saying that we mustn’t invite antagonism or resentment as a result of actions that go against reason or common sense. Nevertheless, when we correctly spread the Law, obstacles will arise without fail. In fact, if they don’t, then we are not upholding the correct teaching. Though everyone may know this in principle, when persecution actually occurs, those without strong faith will discard their practice.
Courage and strong faith go hand in hand. Likewise, cowardice and doubt are connected on a fundamental level.
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