His spirit was to always speak out for justice in the name of protecting the people. This must have also been the spirit resonating in the Daishonin’s life. In “The Rationale for Writing ‘On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,’” the Daishonin states, “I say all this solely for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the Law, for the sake of others, not for my own sake” (WND, 164). He did not seek personal status or honor. The Daishonin put his life on the line to speak out on behalf of society, the Law and the people.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
The Daishonin’s lofty spirit was beyond the comprehension of such people. Judging the situation with their own craven minds, those priests surmised that the Daishonin must be trying to ingratiate himself with the powerful just as they were doing. Because of the darkness of their own hearts, they feared the Daishonin, who had neither status nor power, and persecuted him both covertly and overtly. Evil people fear their own shadows. This is true today as well. Those who groundlessly slander a person of justice are only projecting their own evil deeds and spreading false rumors accordingly. But even in the face of continuous persecution, the Daishonin did not retreat a single step. He resolutely fought the negative forces that threatened to plunge the people into suffering.
When the Daishonin speaks of secular rule and the Buddhist Law, the meaning is completely different. He is referring to them in their original sense, not just in terms of the appearance of authority and influence. The Daishonin’s Buddhism is a teaching for the people. In this context, secular rule refers to the fundamental principles that support society, as well as the systems that actually make those principles a reality. It encompasses all functions of society, including politics, economics, education, and art. Buddhist Law refers to the essence of the Buddha’s teaching; it is the Mystic Law that enables all people to realize happiness. Buddhist Law is not limited to the narrow province of one school or sect; it is the compassionate heart of the Buddha that pervades the entire universe, as well as the spirit of the Buddha that is endowed with the three virtues of sovereign, teacher and parent to protect, guide and nurture people. Buddhist Law is the foundation for the advancement of human beings and society.
That is the true spirit of remonstration. To speak out based on compassion for all people. To give one’s life to speaking out for the welfare of the people and for justice. This is the correct path of a Buddhist.
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