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2018年 06月 25日

17. Persecution of Komatsubara that Nichiren Suffered a Wound in Forehead (1)

              Japanese edition

         


Time passed, and it became the times of Bun'ei. Nichiren became 43 years old, and a decade had passed since the declaring the establishment of the sect.

It was summer night of July 5.

Kamakura was fast asleep, but the huge comet like the skull of the person appeared in the night sky.

The people called this a vast comet of Bun'ei. The present times and the difference, the people had been afraid of a sign of extraordinary phenomena of the sky.

A tail of the light grows to a lot of pitch-black night skies. It seemed to stick to darkness of the deep black.

People point to it.

They look up at the comet uneasily and are frightened.

Nichiren either glared at a night sky.

It was certainly a harbinger of the disaster. Saicho of the Great Teacher Dengyo who erected the high sanctuary of Mahayana sutra in Enryakuji Temple of Mt. Hiei four hundred years ago says.


“If is not Mahayana sutras, why can we remove the seven disasters of the world? Why can we extinguish the great disaster which happen from now if it is not a priest of bodhisattva?”. 'Letter to Shimoyama'.


Although the Lotus Sutra that is the utmost importance of Mahayana sutras spreads, it is not a scale as one country. Nembutsu sect which he concluded to be the one evil on the 'treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation' has been not exterminated. Nichiren alone appealed for two disasters, the revolt from within and the foreign invasion, but the Shogunate answered him by a banishment. He was permitted but nobody listened to him.

They rather laughed. Gokurakuji Ryoukan became a leader of them in Kamakura and sneered at him. Ryoukan is receiving the protection of Shogunate. His base was different from Nichiren who both did not have magnificent temple buildings which attracted people and was persecuted from the Shogunate. Nevertheless, the struggle of both believers was intense. Therefore, Ryoukan who felt a crisis denounced Nichiren in every key from the pulpit.

Nichiren was troubled about this omen.


"The comet went out of the east on July 5 in the Bun'ei first year [1264], and the light extended to about whole country. This is either an unprecedented ill omen since the world began. The scholar of Buddhism and non-Buddhism does not know the origin of that ill omen, too. I became more grieved and even distressed". "The Origin on Writing 'the Treatise for the Peace of the Land'".


Tokimune, Yasumori Adachi and Yoritsuna Taira who were in the hall of the regent stared at the comet which came flying in a night sky.

Only 13-year-old Tokimune stares at a night sky uneasily.

Yasumori muttered.

"There had never been such the comet. Is ominous."

Tokimune said like a soliloquy.

“Let the Yin Yang fortune-teller divine this”.


        Continued to (2)


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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