Transforming the darkness that besets humankind literally means transforming the destiny of humankind. The twenty-first century may be said to represent the crossroads at which all humankind must cast off the transient and reveal the true. If the world’s destiny cannot be changed, then this century will turn out to be even darker than the last. In that scenario, humankind will have no future. The present age of hardships and ordeals represents a golden opportunity for all people to awaken a new global awareness.
Nichiren Buddhism teaches the necessity and the possibility of discarding the transient and revealing the true for all humankind. Therefore, I believe the Daishonin’s teaching is a necessary and indispensable religion for humankind in the twenty-first century. I also firmly believe that it is the mission of the youth of the twenty-first century to demonstrate this.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
The “transient” to be cast off is weakness; it is cowardice. The Daishonin, by manifesting his “true identity” of courage, demonstrated for all people the principle of “casting off the transient and revealing the true.” It is by standing up to all hardships with determination, by making the Daishonin’s courageous spirit our own, that we can actualize this principle.
The more we struggle, the more power we can draw forth. Faith is the means for drawing forth this hidden treasure. Great hardship leads to attaining enlightenment. Great persecution ensures that we will quickly become Buddhas.
We don’t face difficulties only after having deepened our faith. Rather, it is by facing difficulties that we can polish our lives and develop invincible, diamondlike faith. No matter what worries or sufferings we may have, it is important that we pray honestly about them to the Gohonzon. Through chanting daimoku, we can overcome any suffering. This might seem like just a subtle difference in the order of things, but whether we can really do this is decisive.
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