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17th March

DO not stop striving until you achieve victory! Even if you are tired, never give up, never give in! Never forget your vow! This is the Soka Gakkai spirit. I hope you will all devote your lives to the great struggle to achieve the mission of kosen-rufu with the same determination.

YOU cannot truly grow, if you are always flattered and spoiled by those around you. You must resolve never to avoid hardship. If anything, you should have the spirit to go out of your way to find challenges and difficulties. The ultimate victors in life are those who have undergone and triumphed over hardships.

A coward in the end will be miserable. Nichiren Daishonin said, "A coward cannot have any of his/her prayers answered." (MW1, p246) No matter how much you may practice faith, if you are cowardly, then your prayers will not be answered. Even if you have the mighty sword (of the Lotus Sutra), unless you unsheathe it and wield it boldly, you will not be able to cut through anything.

A person who tries to control others through exercise of authority or through scheming is base at heart. In the end, such a person is certain to fall prey to his/her own schemes and wind up leading a miserable life. You must definitely not become the kind of person who, addicted to power and authority, arrogantly looks down on others.

WE were born into this world as disciples of the true Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin, to fulfil our pledge for kosen-rufu. It is our natural responsibility as Buddhists to work for the happiness of many people. The purpose of our daily activities lies in how we exert ourselves for the sake of those who are suffering.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.