Nichiren Daishonin, calmly observing the activities of the powerful figures of the day from the lofty standpoint of the Mystic Law pervading the universe, at the same time involved himself in the lives of people who were suffering and exerted himself on their behalf. President Makiguchi walked the same path. Rising above the madness of nationalism that had seized Japan, he voiced unyielding criticism against the government. What’s more, his actions spoke louder than his words.
President Makiguchi’s greatness lay in the fact that he went directly among the people and shared their struggles, all the while continuing to engage others in dialogue. According to the charges brought against him,Mr. Makiguchi conducted more than 240 discussion meetings amid wartime conditions (between May 1941 and June 1943), even while he was under the strict surveillance of the Special Higher Police.
When has there ever been a person of such courage and conviction who engaged ordinary people in dialogue and worked to realize kosen-rufu? President Makiguchi revived Nichiren Daishonin’s spirit of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land.” He was truly a great individual.
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