In “The Teaching, Capacity, Time, and Country,” he says: “As I, Nichiren, ponder the truth of the Buddha’s words, I realize that these three types of enemies are indeed real. If I allow them to remain hidden, then I will not be the votary of the Lotus Sutra. Yet if I cause them to appear, then I am almost certain to lose my life” (WND, 53).
He also states: “If I do not call forth these three enemies of the Lotus Sutra, then I will not be the votary of the Lotus Sutra. Only by making them appear can I be the votary” (WND, 53).
We can take it that, seeing the first signs of the appearance of the third of the three powerful enemies in the Izu Exile, the Daishonin gained still deeper confidence that he himself, because he was battling the three powerful enemies, was indeed the votary of the Lotus Sutra who would lead the people of the Latter Day of the Law to enlightenment.
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