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31st January

THE high position of a king or general means nothing in the realm of death. The fate of one who ignores this truth and betrays the correct teaching of the Law because of an attachment to worldly desires is both incredibly pitiful and foolish. Nichiren Daishonin warned us to consider this carefully and have faith in the Mystic Law. No one can escape this strict Law of cause and effect.

THIS life is infinitely precious. Eternity is decided in this lifetime. True victory or defeat in life comes at the moment of death. Those who staunchly persevere in faith are eternal winners. This is the principle of attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime.

NOT advancing does not mean standing still. It is actually equivalent to moving backwards. In faith, there is no sense of "this is good enough". The arrogance in having this thought leads to laziness, and eventually to the cessation of one's practice.

KOSEN-RUFU is a supreme eternal task. It is a sublime undertaking to save mankind, and we are now building the foundation. The honour and fortune each of you gain by attending to this difficult task will shine throughout the three existences of your life. There is no happier or more honourable way to live.

REGARDLESS of the great pains which one may have taken for the sake of kosen-rufu over the course of many years, if at some point one abandons faith, everything that one has accomplished will in the end come to nothing. In effect, it is like multiplying 100 by a factor of zero.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.