We tend thing we have to define ourselves the way we have defined ourselves based on the way other people have defined us in the past. But to think like that is functioj of pure evil. We don’t have to keep being who or what we were. It is not easy to change our self and to proceed being whoever we want to be and do whatever we truly want to do. But that is precisely what true freedom and independence is. It means taking the harder path. It means giving hope, faith, goodness, optimism and self possibility a chance. It means taking sharp focus of ourselves at every moment and seeing what we believe os impossible because it hasn’t happened till now and seeing what we are continuing to do even now even now to sabotage ourselves, to recognize that everytime we fuck up we think we have to keep fucking up in order to be consistent. And it means changing that pattern and daring to get it right, to go for what we believed impossible. We don’t chant Nam myoho renge kyo to get benefits. We chant Nam myoho renge kyo because it makes it so much easier to make that hard choice at each and every moment to consciously be the self we truly want to be, unfettered and throwing off the chains we shackled ourselves in for eons, to believe not in our falling short selves but in our true happy, completely winning selves and to make this our lives work, to be the person who makes so many others around us happy along with ourselves and thereby build the world of peace the human race has failed at no matter how educated or wealthy people were. They failed because they didn’t have the unsurpassed powerful teaching of Nam myoho renge kyo whereas we will succeed because we do and because we will use it from this moment on and never compromise ourselves again. I know it sounds strict and hard but it is too amazing and fulfilling to pass up in favor of life of compromise and never ending conflict in this world.
I use Nam myoho renge kyo to stand up to the powerful because I don’t have any of the manipulation tools they have. All I can harnass is the even more powerful force of aligned nature and integrity. No army or empire have withstood integrity when harnassed by an aligned and clear minded group of people no matter how small. In fact, all armies and empires have been brought down by such. Today, because the world and society is moving and changing at such a frighteningly fast speed, the law of Nam myoho renge kyo is the one and only thing that can enable humans of truth and integrity to stay strong and integrated and bring the forces of evil. Trump’s very clever ability to brilliantly manipulate the corporate/Wall Street induced stupidity of more formerly cultured and intelligent people than ever through mainstream and social media–even that! is no match for those aligned and strengthened by Nam myoho renge kyo, the universe itself! Because the stupidity Trump and the corporatocracy depend on desperately needs people who cling to outdated thought and cultural paradigms and patterns that are ill matched for the tidal wave of present reality and change, his reign is doomed from the start and great Wall that is a Street is going to fall and crumble fast soon. We must brave and never give in. Fear makes you lose your integrity in a heartbeat and fall into hell together with the manipulated and stupidified.
Q: I have a question. I have heard and experienced that if you a cause toward someone, the absolute strict law of cause and effect will automatically cause them to return the cause as an effect in your life. But does that mean I have drink their poison and pray in their religion in order to open them up to trying my health beneficial drink and chanting Nam myoho renge kyo?
A: Yes it is true that the law of cause and effect is strict and absolute. But you also have to look at the motivation for your cause because that is where the law of cause and effect operates. If your motivation for giving is to get something in return, that is very different from giving to increase the good causes in your life and attain enlightenment. Even though your mouth may not say you expect quid pro quo (something in return), it is what is in your heart that will be communicated to the other person and they will feel your pressure on them and that is what you will get back despite the fact that you want their happiness and good health. So it is not a good idea to drink an unenlightened man’s poison in order to get them to drink your life saving potion. Rather it is enough to talk to them with sincerity about what you know to be true and communicate your sincere concern for their life. That is all they will feel, not the particulars of what you are saying. When President Ikeda met his mentor, Josei Toda, Buddhism was the last thing he was interested in and he did not like religion at all. But he felt Sensei Toda’s concern for his life which was communicated through his sincere and always honest words. As a result, 11 years later, March 16, our Sensei inherited his Sensei’s mission, along with several thousand youth, to spread the amazing teaching, practice and philosophy of enlightened living throughout the world and show that as dire as things may be, there is a true alternative to how to live happily amd sustain our fragile world. You don’t have trade a church visit to get back your friend to an SGI meeting. That will only sew confusion in your heart and their heart. You just have to speak sincerely and with conviction and joy about Buddhism and let them do what they want. People are definitely listening up now to those who befriend them with sincerity and conviction. The desperate clinging to old ways that they were brought up in that has prevailed until recently has given way to a feeling on the part of so many people, especially young people, that the old and established ways are not working and fully satisfying their thirst for something meaningful. The fields for shakubuku are now ripe and fertile for planting. But a jihadist suicide killing terrorist has the same chance to win the hearts of these seeking people as we life loving Buddhists do. Therefore, if we hold back, we are potentially responsible for mass violence and mega-death. We must bravely and boldly speak out as much as we can and leave no stone unturned. We must find these young people ripe to receive answers to the troubled slate of reality they’ve been presented. Let us use this 59th anniversary of our Sensei’s receiving the mission of happiness spreading to firmly grasp this weighty yet so fulfilling baton in our own hands and pass it on to so many youth who are hungry for it. Come on, don’t be stingy with your life. The world is a Titantic moving ever closer and more quickly to that iceberg of climate change and nuclear armaggedon than we can even imagine. This is no time to relax.
As long as I’m alive, I will stay young. Whether it’s nurturing the next generation, fighting for equal justice for all or awakening people to the beauty of their lives, I will be totally vibrant and alive. What I was too scared, too sick and too overwhelmed to do for too long, I will be doing 3-fold for a very long time ahead. I dare all you 20-year, 30-year olds, to try to keep up with me.