By steadfastly enduring the adversities that arose in the wake of the Sado Exile, his followers achieved a genuine relationship of oneness of mentor and disciple.
The same is true in the history of the Soka Gakkai. When first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, an elementary school principal, suffered repeated transfers that were tantamount to demotions [owing to his refusal to kowtow to political leaders seeking to wield authority over education], Josei Toda, a fellow teacher, moved with him and continued to work beside him. As a result, they strengthened their bond as mentor and disciple. After they were imprisoned [during World War II for opposing the dictates of the militarist government], Mr. Toda alone vowed to carry on President Makiguchi’s sacred work.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
The purpose of religion is to elevate people and make them stronger. We can gauge the true value of a religion by looking at its practitioners. As the Daishonin says, “Nothing is more certain than actual proof ” (WND, 478). Moreover, the real power of a religion becomes all the more apparent in times of adversity.
The benefit of the Gohonzon is infinite and inexhaustible. It is so boundless and immeasurable that the immense benefit you have already received thus far cannot possibly begin to compare. The supreme benefit of the Gohonzon is the change of destiny for all humankind, and it is the faith of the Soka Gakkai that is bringing forth this benefit.
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