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2019年 03月 09日

31. Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin (2)

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  The shore of current Shonan continuing to Tatsunokuchi. The front is Enoshima Island.


Moonlight lighted up the Pacific which depressed in a dark night.

The party of Nichiren finally arrived at the Yui beach.

Here was the shrine. That was the Shrine to enshrine Kagemasa Gengoro who built the basics of Kamakura.

When they turned here to the right and were going to go ahead through the road of the Enoshima Tatsunokuchi (the mouth of the dragon), Nichiren called to them again.

"Wait for a while. There is the person who should tell. Come on, Kuma’o”.

Boy Kuma'o came running immediately.

"Kuma'o, summon Sir Shijo Kingo".

The boy saw the eyes of Nichiren, nodded, ran with flying feet at full speed toward Kamakura.

For him Nichiren was worthy of respect than a foster parent and was the teacher of his life. It became his life itself to accompany Nichiren. Death is approaching that Nichiren.

Kuma'o felt intuitionally that Shijo Kingo could save Nichiren from the predicament of this desperate situation. He ran like jumping in the air towards the residence of Kingo feverishly when he thought it.

Light was burning in the residence of Shijo Kingo.

Kuma’o arrives at long last. The knees of Kuma'o could not stand anymore. He shouted at the top of his voice towards the light of the residence.

“Lord Kingo!”.

The door open, and Kingo who had a candlestick appeared. Kingo was cautious at midnight, but he swallowed the situation as soon as he identified as Kuma'o.

“None other than Kuma’o! Had anything happened to the holy priest?”.

The boy told in a tearful voice.

“The saint is calling for you. He was kidnapped by the soldier of Lord Yoritsuna.”

“Damn it! Where is the priest now?”.

“He is before the Shrine in the beach of Yui”.

Kingo put Kuma'o in the house, and he began preparations immediately.

He tied up the hem of the kimono and wore the sword. And he was going to go out in high spirits, but Nichigan-nyo of the wife appeared in front.

She embraces the daughter.

Nichigan-nyo sat straight.

Kingo bent his knees slowly, too.

“Sorry. It is a serious affair in the saint. I must go. It may not come when I return”.

The wife is smiling strangely.

“I had prepared. You are most brave among the disciples of the Nichiren saint indeed”.

“It was a pride I made you a husband, too. Sorry. Thank you in advance for Tuskimaro”.
Kingo went out barefoot and shouted to the moon.
“Please, please guard saint Nichiren!”.

Kingo went to the beach of Yui at full speed. In addition, three brothers of Kingo who heard the matter followed.

Nichigan-nyo who was left embraced the daughter and cries in the same way towards a night sky.

“Please help both saint Nichiren and Yorimoto, Shijo Kingo!”.

Kingo who arrived at the scene watched that Nichiren who rode a horse under the moonlight was surrounded at the Yui beach by the soldiers.

The soldiers were surprised at Kingo and prevented him with a Japanese halberd first. However, Yoritsuna Taira soothed the excited soldier.

“Be still! Be still! Let that man go through. This is the advent of Shijo Nakatsukasa Saburo Yorimoto of the third-ranked bureaucrat who is the best disciple of Nichiren”.

Yoritsuna displays contempt. Kingo of the Nichiren sect is famous even between the samurais of the Shogunate. Yoritsuna permitted the last encounter of the teacher and disciple.

Kingo had the reins of the horse.

“Were you not hurt? The unworthy disciple was on time somehow”.

Teacher Nichiren was unexpectedly smiling.

Tonight, I will be beheaded. This is what I prayed for during these several years. In this sahā world (note), I have been born as a pheasant only to be caught by hawks, born as a mouse only to be eaten by cats, and born as a human to be murdered attempting to defend my wife and children from enemies. Such occurrences have befallen me many times more than the number of dust particles of the earth. However, I have not lost my life even once for a Lotus Sutra. In this life, I am born in poor, and unable to discharge filial duty to my parents and unable to requite country's favours too. This time I will devote an own neck to the Lotus Sutra and offer that good to my deceased parents, and will give the rest to the disciples and patrons. It was just today's occurrence that I said to you at the residence in the night of the day when we had a trial”.

Yoritsuna Taira having waited for a while gave the entire army an order powerfully again.

“We go to Tatsunokuchi from now!”.

Several soldiers who have a torch at the top. Army corps surrounding Nichiren following them advance.

YoritsunaTaira let army corps go by here and returned to Kamakura.

The work of Yoritsuna was over, there. He return to the own residence after this and should wait for a neck of Nichiren. It is unbecoming that the Shogunate butler assassinate a person under cover of darkness. He only entrusted common soldiers afterward.

It was clear long autumnal night. A piece of moon and innumerable stars glisten in the sky.

The steep mountains are to the right. The very large Pacific is to the left.

The horse with Nichiren is pulled by the reins which Kingo has and goes ahead through the shoreline solemnly where the sound of the tide does not stop.


          continued (3)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents


(note)

Saha world

It is the human world full of a suffering. It says land to endure or the world to endure. It is Sanskrit, and Saha is translated as enduring or enduring well. In addition, Saha is the world where the Lotus Sutra spreads. Buddha says in the 16th Life Span chapter of the Lotus Sutra; "I always preached in the Saha world, and I teach, and led them. In addition, I led all creatures to virtue at the other countries of hundreds of millions, and gave profit”. In other words, it is the Buddha's land related with Shakyamuni Buddha, and it would be said that Saha is the earth of the meaning of the narrow sense. In addition, the representation called the other countries of hundreds of millions shows that there is innumerable Buddha's land where Buddha appears in this space that is the universe.

"The Orally Conveyed Doctrines say: Saha means the propagation that the authentic bodhisattvas spread Myoho-renge-kyo by the power of the large fortitude. The fortitude exists in the land of tranquil light. There is Shakyamuni Buddha in the mind of this fortitude. Saha means the world of the patience”.



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