President Makiguchi stated the following in the guiding principles of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai: “The Soka Kyoiku Gakkai shall neither be a gathering devoted to selfish individualism based on a myopic worldview that ignores the welfare of others, nor a gathering ruled by the fallacious dictates of totalitarianism that divests the individual of his identity. Instead, it shall take as its highest honor to be a living testimony to a truly holistic way of life that is based on a correct and undistorted worldview, and that aspires for both the self and others to dwell peacefully in a Land of Tranquil Light.”
By “myopic worldview,” he meant the egoism to think only about personal gain. “Totalitarianism,” on the other hand, indicated the sacrifice of the individual for the sake of one’s state or ethnic group. In contrast to these, the “correct and undistorted worldview” that President Makiguchi espoused referred to the path of striving for the happiness of oneself and others. By “holistic way of life” he meant creating harmony between the individual and the whole. He was talking about a situation in which each person, while bringing his or her potential to full bloom, strives at the same time to contribute to the peace and prosperity of society in its entirety.
President Makiguchi did not stop at mere ideals; rather, he aimed to realize them in society and prove their validity. He understood that this was possible through the Daishonin’s Buddhism, the great teaching of value-creation that reveals the fundamental Law of life. Herein lies the departure point of the Soka Gakkai.
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