As the Daishonin states in his conclusion to “The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind,” the Gohonzon is the embodiment of the Buddha’s compassion. If we pray to the Gohonzon without taking any concrete action for kosen-rufu, however, the immense compassion of the original Buddha will not infuse our lives. It is when we are “of the same mind as Nichiren” and we become Nichiren Daishonin’s disciple — that is to say, when we stand up with the same determination as Nichiren Daishonin to accomplish kosen-rufu — that his immense compassion flows like a great river within us.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
President Toda told me many times about that day. He shared with me the irrepressible joy he felt on that occasion. This was the point of departure for his unprecedented propagation of the Gohonzon, an accomplishment unrivaled in the seven hundred years since Nichiren Daishonin’s passing. Because of President Toda’s vow and his desire to lead people to happiness with this Gohonzon, the spirit of Nichiren Daishonin has now spread throughout the world.
In all of his efforts for kosen-rufu, President Toda started from the Gohonzon. That was the key to everything. The dawn of kosen-rufu occurred in the middle of the night on July 3, 1945, on the day of his release from prison. It started from my mentor’s modest room.
Depicted in the Gohonzon is not just Devadatta, the person who committed acts of the greatest treachery against Shakyamuni and was tormented by the most extreme suffering. Rather, in the Gohonzon we see a Devadatta illuminated by the light of the Mystic Law, who has become a votary of the Law and takes on the unique mission of harmonizing in the world of Hell. The Buddhahood of this one evil person, Devadatta, opens the way to Buddhahood for countless evil people.
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