Bodhisattva Never Disparaging continued his struggle and ultimately prevailed. If justice remains silent, evil will flourish. To persist in reproaching evil until people themselves awaken to a sense of regret is to act with compassion.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
Shakyamuni thoroughly reproached Devadatta’s evil. There is no doubt about that. It is by denouncing evil that we can cause such people to open their eyes. That is because hearing voices resounding with the justice of the Mystic Law has the effect of activating the Buddha nature that lies dormant in an evil person’s heart. But because such a person’s heart is covered with a thick, rocklike crust of ignorance, a weak voice will not reach it. It takes a voice of censure, one that strictly takes evil to task, to break through this hard crust and illuminate the Buddha nature.
The Daishonin says: “In the final analysis, unless we succeed in demonstrating that this teaching is supreme, these disasters will continue unabated” (WND, 1114). Accordingly, in the struggle between the devilish nature and the Buddha nature, it is the mission of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth to be victorious, no matter what. If the Bodhisattvas of the Earth do not triumph over evil, the world will forever remain locked in a cycle of unremitting evil. When we win over evil, the Dharma nature manifests and a harmonious world of the oneness of good and evil is realized.
The Bodhisattvas of the Earth appear and establish the object of devotion in “a time of conflict” is itself eloquent testimony to the fact that Buddhism is a teaching for peace and human happiness.
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