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2018年 11月 25日

26. Nichiren Pray for Rain Hard. 6

         Japanese edition


The farms have finished drying under hot weather.

One farmer moved a pail with a tool of balance.

The contents of the pail are the water which he drew from the well. He carried it any number of times from sunrise to sunset. It was for the sake of a precious farm. Still that is insufficient.

The farmer put a pail while being drenched with sweat. The water does not reach half.

A baby approached to there and was going to drink water. The child had been dry, too.

“Dad, water,water”.

The farmer noticed a child, but it was late. The child has knocked over a pail.

Father rushed in wonder and scooped the water which flowed, but the water was breathed in to the dry ground.

He pushed away a child unconsciously. The baby weeps loud.

That sound startled him and his composure in part returned.

The wife came there and protected the child and rebuked a husband in tearful voice.

“What are you doing to your child?”.

The wife holds a baby in her arms and enters the house. There was old mother who couched upon the bed in their house.

While the farmer heard a baby cry, he crouched down in a ground and swatted the soil many times.

His tears flow like squeezing it. On the back of the hand which grasped soil, tears fell down drop by drop. He already reached the limit of his patience.

However, how can these things be? The farmer noticed that drops of liquid were either falling into ground around.

He was surprised and looked up at the sky.

He saw a piece of cloud was in a head.

The rain came pattering.

His strength had come back. He came alive.

“It's rainy!”.

The farmer went home hastily.

"It's rainy, it is raining!".

The wife, the child, mother who was sleeping looked up to outside.

It rains quietly. This was like honeydew which quenched all. The sky became the slightly cloudy weather and drops of water came falling slowly.

The people appeared to the road without thinking. All of they were exposed to the rain with joy.

In the pond, a crowd looked up at the sky and has been making a fuss.

“Rain, it rains!”.

The whole sky is covered in a gray cloud in a moment.

There are a person embracing each other, a person bursting into tears and a person washing a face with rain.

Shijo Kingo and Toki Jonin who prayed rejoiced hand in hand, too. Ota Jomyo who is calm and composed always is filled with tears.

The voice of the daimoku still echoes while the drum of the Hokibo sounds.

Thunder made a sound along with light then. The roaring sound shook the ground, and a shout of joy became still more high-pitched.

The crowd noticed a figure of Nichiren before long.

He is chanting the daimoku absorbedly. Even if it rains, even if is not rain, he is praying hard. The present phenomenon called the rain was not a problem and his figure seemed to teach that attaining Buddhahood in the future was important than anything. The crowd took the headgear and sat straight not minding rain, and getting wet in the ground, and they all put hands together at the same time. The emotion of thanks for Nichiren let people work so naturally. Nichiren before eyes was the savior whom they should look up to as God or living Buddha for them. The beginning was simple curious spectators. They were the people who totally did not have the faiths of the Lotus Sutra. But all public around the pond has begun to just chant it aloud to a drumbeat.

“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo…”.

The people surrounded Nichiren who got wet in the rain and sat down on a poor straw mat. They had integrated with both the monk and laity of Nichiren's sect this day as though they were part of it.


To be continued to 27 'Omen of the Great Persecution'.


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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