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2018年 09月 29日

25. The Showdown by the Rain in Gokurakuji Ryoukan and Nichiren.

               Japanese edition


It is the eighth years of Bun'ei era. Nichiren had become age 50 years old.

The sun glared down relentlessly.

The fields have begun to dry up.

The air was full of flying grit.

The horse which lost weight became limp.

A sweaty farmer digs soil with a hoe, but the soil like sand has no response. He gave up plowing soil.

A drought began in every field. The people recalled the great famine and the major contagious disease forcedly of the spring in the first year of Shogen era of ten years ago.

A farmer patted each leaf anxiously. And he looked up at the bright red sun bitterly.

The people in Kamakura hung out at the shadow of a tree and the house under the scorching sun.

Everybody watched the sky reproachfully.

The Shogunate's vassals of Yasumori Adachi, Yoritsuna Tairano and Hojo Nobutoki were gathered to the Tokimune Hojo's mansion. Everybody is busy to wave a folding fan.

While Yasumori was embarrassed by the hot weather of summer, he finally started the meeting.

“Informations that famine widens to the countries are arriving us frequently”.

Yoritsuna plays along.

“The land stewards either weaken. They lend a seedling and the money to a farmer, but it becomes decisive both to go under together when it does not rain at all”.

Nobutoki is tempted and follows them.

“A battle of irrigation happens in each place. This became difficult in addition to Mongolia's matter”.

Yasumori asked Tokimune.

“The messenger of Mongolia comes to Dazaifu again. what should we do?”.

“Let it go. Is famine than it. Is there not any bright idea? The minds of the people will be confused more and more if is a bad harvest again this year. It is time when a country must be in one now. It is more than Mongolia's issue. Rack your brains”.

Like Nobutoki Hojo was waiting, he expressed it.

"My lord, what are your thoughts on letting the priest Ryoukan of Gokurakuji pray?".

Nobutoki is a wealthy supporter of the temple of Ryoukan and is a person of Nembutsu sect.

Yasumori clapped his hands.

“That's true! There was the priest Ryoukan. He is an expert of praying for rain. He has the remarkable results too. If is that Buddhist priest, he is good at bringing rain”.

“My lord, please appoint the Buddhist priest Ryoukan by the instruction of the Shogunate. If we do so, it becomes fortunate for both lord and the Shogunate”.

Yasumori sensed it as the consent and commanded.

“Summon the priest Ryoukan to the administrative office immediately”.


Gokurakuji Ryoukan arrived at the parlor of the government office soon. Su'obo and Irusawa Nyudo of the disciple wait near him.

Yasumori Adachi and Nobutoki Hojo entered the parlor with a clear white imperative sentence in a hurry.

Yasumori read aloud the imperative sentence that Tokimune wrote paraph at just beforetime.

“The countries are damaged by a drought. It is not the real intention that our Shogunate is confused by it. Therefore, we give thou Gokurakuji Ryoukan an order for a rainy prayer. The grains abundant harvest is the wish of the monarch and is a request of people from ancient times. Express a efficacy of the Law and work for people for the Shogunate”.

The answer of Ryoukan is respectful.

“Those are precious words. I have received your order. I think that it is not easy to bring rain, but I would heartily like to pray Amida to be able to answer hope by all means”.

Eyes of Ryoukan and Hojo Nobutoki met.


Continued to 2


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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