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2019年 03月 09日

31. Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin (1)

  Japanese edition.


It has been already the midnight.

The several torches lighted up the darkness in burning red at the door front of the residence at Nobutoki Hojo.

Yoritsuna Taira wearing the clothes of armor came out and rode a horse.

Nichiren came out of the residence after him.

Soldiers stand straight on both sides, and Nichiren goes ahead through the middle.

In the soldiers, there was the person who could not help feeling embarrassed to why a Buddhist priest would be beheaded. However, the order of Yoritsuna cannot but absolutely obey it.

They rode Nichiren on the barebacked horse.

The head group holding a torch left night Kamakura. Though it is not a battle, a large number of soldiers march in array at the midnight and go ahead through the road of Kamakura. It was a bizarre scene.

There is not the supporter near Nichiren. Disciples are arrested and are driven away and disperse, and only Kuma'o of the boy follows the back of the horse weakly. Kuma'o sobs while walking. This child has been undertaking Nichiren's miscellaneous duties since he was helped by Nichiren. That Nichiren is made to stand in the slough of despond. Will there be the child who father is taken away, and does not weep?

Kuma’o who encountered at the persecution of Tatsunokuchi become priest Nippo, carving words of the Grand Gohonzon which Nichiren erected as the purpose of in life in second year of Ko’an era later. It may be said that it is a very magical relationship.

The Hachiman Shrine appeared in front of Nichiren before long.

The Hachiman Shrine shows solemnly in the moonlight.

Yoritsuna alighted from a horse and lowered the head towards a Hachiman Shrine of God of the samurai. The vassals and the soldiers too form a row and lower their head.

Yoritsuna rode on a horse again, was the time when the entire army was going to advance.

Nichiren shouted.

"Please wait."

Soldiers heard the voice which prevented the army corps, and stopped step unintentionally.

“Has he lost his nerve at this end?”.

Yoritsuna cast such black looks at Nichiren. It is considered to be shame that a person is upset before death.

However, Nichiren was calming down.

“All of you need not be surprised. No other intentions. I should say to the Great Bodhisattva Hachiman last.”

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Nichiren scolded Hachiman in loud voice as soon as he went down from a horse, incredibly.

“The great bodhisattva Hachiman, are you true god?”.

The soldiers who formed a row were astonished and trembled. What a surprizing priest to criticize our tutelary god!

“Now I, Nichiren, am the foremost votary of the Lotus Sutra in Japan. Besides, there is no fault of even one to me. I have said the doctrine to save all the people of Japan from falling into the hell of incessant suffering for slandering the Lotus Sutra. Moreover, if the forces of powerful Mongol empire attack this country, can the Sun goddess and even great bodhisattva Hachiman remain safe and unharmed? In addition, when Shakyamuni Buddha preached the Lotus Sutra, Taho Buddha and the ten directions' Buddha and bodhisattvas gathered as like sun and sun, moon and moon, star and star, mirror and mirror.In the presence of the countless Heavens as well as the benevolent deities and sages of India and China and Japan, Shakyamuni Buddha warned all of you for offering a written pledge which should not treat the votary of the Lotus sutra rudely. Therefore, all of you submitted a written pledge individually. Because so, I, Nichiren does not need to say. Though it is time to achieve an oath of the written pledge immediately, why do not you appear here?”.

Loud voice of Nichiren echoes in a dark night.

Yoritsuna Taira was stupefied.

Finally, Nichiren shouted as if threatening.

"When Nichiren am beheaded and goes to the pure country of the Eagle Peak, I will dare to report to Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, that the Sun goddess and orthodox Hachiman are the deities who do not keep vows! Arrange it immediately if you think that you have a pain in it!”.

But the Great Bodisattva Hachiman was wrapped in darkness and was remaining silent.

Nichiren rides astride a horse again.

The entire army pushed forward a horse, but there were a lot of soldier who were shocked in wonder from desperate loud voice of Nichiren scolding Great Bodhisattva Hachiman which was the guardian god of the Kamakura Shogunate.

The military horse of Yoritsuna goes down the Wakamiya thoroughfare.

No one was under the moonlight.

This thoroughfare was opened because of an easy delivery of Masako of the wife of Yoritomo Minamoto, the generalissimo for the subjugation of barbarians, in old days. The soldiers pass to cut off the neck of the priest now.

Both lady Nichimyo and her daughter Otogozen were putting hands together here. Nichimyo who had divorced his husband for faiths behaves stouthearted, but, tears of Otogozen do not stop.

“Dear Nichiren saint!”.

Nichimyo neared a horse of Nichiren, but she has been splashed by a soldier.

Otogozen embraces mother. Two people sat down in the ground and prayed for the safety of Nichiren sincerely.

The armed forces continue advancing.

There was the group of the Buddhist priest of a black robe forward.

They have begun to chant Nembutsu towards Nichiren.

There is the person opening the folding fan and covering own face in them. The priest stared at Nichiren from the interval of the bone of the folding fan.

That person was very Gokurakuji Ryōkan.


To be continued to (2)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents


Note

Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin

Discarding the Provisional identity and Revealing the True Identity. Tientai preached it that Shakyamuni Buddha has had attainment of Buddhahood in the inconceivably remote past in the Life Span chapter of 16th of the Lotus Sutra. At the same time, Shakyamuni swept the provisional style which left the royal palace of the Buddha family and became a priest and attained Buddhahood under the indian tree. Nichiren Dishonin swept the provisional style which was called the reincarnation of Bodhisattva Jogyo at the time of the persecution of Tatsunokuchi and expressed that origin as the root Buddha in the latter day of the Law.



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