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2019年 03月 22日

32. Escape from the Crisis (3)

 Japanese edition

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           The Venus from Wikipedia


September 13 of the next day of the grand persecution was going to finish in this way, but an unimaginable phenomenon happened again.

It is said that a star came down in front of Nichiren.


“It was the night of 13th. There were scores of warriors stationed around my lodging and in the large garden. Because it was the middle of September, the moon was very brightly. I went out into the large garden and chanted there the verse of the “Life span” chapter toward the moon. Then, I spoke about the faults of the various sects and chanted the sentence of the Lotus Sutra roughly. I said: ‘To begin with, you, the moon of the heavens, are the emperor of the beautiful moon, and you participated in the ceremony of the Lotus Sutra. When the Buddha expounded the ‘Treasure Tower' chapter, you of heavens received his order, and in the ‘Entrustment' chapter, when the Buddha fondled your head with his hand, you vowed, ‘We will in detail respectfully handle these things Buddha has commanded'. You did not have an opportunity to fulfill the vow you made to Buddha if it were not for me. Now that you see me in this situation, you should hurry joyfully to receive the sufferings in place of the votary of the Lotus Sutra and carry out the Buddha's command and fulfill a result of your vow. It is strange that you yet do not show anything of sign now. If nothing happens to this country, I will never return to Kamakura. Even if you do not intend to show signs for me, why are you going on shining with such a complacent face? The Great Assembling Sutra says, ‘The sun and moon no longer shed their light'. The Benevolent Kings Sutra says, ‘The sun and moon leave their regular courses'. The Most Victorious King Sutra says, ‘The thirty-three heavens become furious'. The moon of the heavens, what do you do? The moon of the heavens, what is your answer?”. I blamed him in this way. At that time, as though in sign, a large star bright like the morning star fell from the sky and hung to a branch of the plum tree of front of me. The soldiers were astounded and jumped down from the veranda, prostrate themselves in the large garden, or escaped behind the house. Before long the sky clouded over, and a fierce wind started up, raging so violently that the whole island of Enoshima seemed to roar. The sky shook, echoing with a sound like beating a drum”.


How should we interpret this unbelievable phenomenon?

It is said that Hideo Hirose of the above-mentioned astronomer thought that is connected with the maximum luminance of the Venus instantly when he read this sentence. When a planet approaches the earth most, the maximum luminance is a phenomenon that the planet reflects solar light and shines strongly. In fact, when Hirose professor calculated in heavenly bodies use list, the Venus in September 13 had been reaching the maximum luminance, and it became clear to have been giving off light of one hundredfold of the star of the first magnitude.

When we look from the earth, we can observe the Venus only in the early morning and the evening. These are the morning star and the evening star. It is the Venus in most cases that is said to be the first star.

Because it was seen to the west of the evening on that day, it was the evening star. The calculation either accords to it, after sunset, the Venus was seen more than two hours. Because sunset of the day is about 5:00 p.m., this star descent is estimated to being from sunset to about 7:00.

And Hirose interprets the happenings of that night in this way.

“Nichiren who could escape from a difficulty of the early morning of 13th enters Echi and night came on after he encouraged disciples in one room of the residence of the lord of a manor of Sado. They were worry. What kind of next decision would be given to them? Therefore, Nichiren appeared to the garden for discussing it with the heavens when approximately one hour passed after dinner. There was a cloud in the west sky, so the stars did not be seen, but the east sky was clear and the moon on the thirteenth night of September was appearing. When the discussion reached climax, a cloud of the direction of the western plum’s tree drifted away and the Venus of the maximum luminance shined and manifested itself suddenly, all of them of the guard that had feared the fireball of the predawn of the same day were besieged by fear again. Probably this will be the truth of the extraordinary phenomena in the second heavens' uproar. The sound he heard from Enoshima would be that the waves or something before the storm were particularly strong. I think that it is unrelated to an astronomy phenomenon”.

We should include the vast comet of the Bunei era first year (1264) if we point out the relations of Nichiren and the heavenly bodies. Nichiren often preached the appearance of this comet and appealed for a national crisis.

Hirose professor says.

“I think that Nichiren who was stimulated by a natural disaster and activated activity came to believe the congruence of himself and the heavenly bodies. There is not the person who enhanced significance of the heavenly bodies faiths than him”.

Gentle sunlight shined to the mansion of Honma Shigetsura. Nichiren and disciples will stay here for full one month.

On the other hand, Kamakura was at the height of the dispute.


Continued to ‘33. Nichiren Receives the Second Banishment to the Island of Sado’.


Life of Nichiren. Vol. 1. Contents



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