President Toda’s gaze was fixed solely on the happiness of all humanity. He was not looking to merely expand the religion. His state of life was far broader than that. I can still hear the words that he spoke so many years ago [on April 7, 1952]: “I will become the pillar of Japan” means the sovereign. “I will become the eyes of Japan” means the leader—the teacher—of the country. “I will become the great ship of Japan” means the parent. With just a millionth part of this spirit of Nichiren Daishonin, who possessed the three virtues of sovereign, teacher and parent, let us exert ourselves to bring happiness to the people of Japan.
Addressing the youth present, Mr. Toda conveyed his plan to realize kosen-rufu in Asia and the entire world. Everything began with the vow to lead all people to happiness. President Toda’s impassioned determination to achieve this has made the Soka Gakkai what it is today.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
The public proclamation of the Daishonin’s teaching was also an expression of his great vow to realize happiness for all people and fundamentally relieve suffering in the Latter Day of the Law. Without grasping this, we cannot understand the Daishonin’s true intention in so vehemently denouncing the various Buddhist schools of his day.
The Daishonin calls on us to carry on the struggle he initiated, which is the very wellspring of kosen-rufu, and never allow its flow to cease. He also instructs us to enable as many people as possible to receive the boundless benefit of the Mystic Law, for therein lies the brilliant path of peace and happiness for humankind. From the vantage point of the eternal future, we are still in the pioneering stage of kosen-rufu. It is only recently that kosen-rufu has begun to expand around the world. Let us courageously advance with renewed awareness of our responsibility to lead the way in this age.
Nichiren’s “great and encompassing” compassion is revealed in his struggle to protect the Law in order to fundamentally lead the people of the Latter Day to enlightenment. It is also demonstrated in the fact that in the midst of enduring incredible persecution, he revealed Nammyoho-renge-kyo, the seed for attaining Buddhahood, enabling all people to achieve enlightenment. The benefit of striving for the Mystic Law, he declares, will last for ten thousand years and more, for all eternity.
Only when we pray with the great wish to realize kosen-rufu are we truly living in accord with the spirit in which the Daishonin inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon for the sake of all humanity. When we do so, the immense life-state of the Buddha responds. That is why the faith upheld by the members of the Soka Gakkai yields boundless and infinite benefit.
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