Sunday, November 13, 2011

Enjoying Peace and Security...

I love what President Ikeda wrote in the latest New Human Revolution

In the Lotus Sutra, we find the words, 'They who have heard the Law will enjoy peace and security in their present existence and good circumstances in future existences' (But various obstacles arise in the path of kosenrufu, and life is a battle against our personal karmic destiny. 'Enjoy peace and and security in their present existence' doesn't mean that life will always be smooth sailing, with no troubles or challenges. It describes a life-state in which, even when we experience difficulties and trials as fierce as angry breakers, we can courageously and serenely overcome them, never retreating a step.

Triumphing boldly in life, come what may, is the true meaning of enjoying peace and security in our present existence. What matters is being able to experience in our final years that our life has been one of peace and security in our present existence after having triumphed over the storms of adversities that may have marked our previous years. To achieve that, we must never stray from the Soka Gakkai or abandon the Gohonzon, no matter what, and continue chanting Nam-myo-ho-renge-kyo and striving courageously for kosenrufu as long as we live.

***and later***

Shin'ichi concluded his speech, "We are living in very hard times, but I sincerely hope that all of you will always make chanting your top priority and advance in triumph with a rich life force, dignity and good cheer"

Chanting Nam-myo-ho-renge-kyo fills one with courage, joy and conviction, and brings about the blossoming of great benefit, which, in turn, gives rise to even more courage, joy and conviction. Everything starts with chanting.

-Daisaku Ikeda-

"Bold Struggle" Vol. 23 Chapter 4, Installments 42-53, World Tribune Oct 14, 2011.

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