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A Reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga. (Letter for Expostulation) 1. 兵衛志殿御返事(諫暁書)一

A Reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga. (Letter for Expostulation)

November 20, 1277. Fifty-six years old.

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 Myokakuji Temple in Kyoto City possesses page 16. Others possess two lines of fragmentary documents of the end of page 11.

Above sentences are described with green.


The two forwarders you sent have arrived here, they sent various offerings and I received it. I also read the letter about your sincerity which the priest Ben had written.

In this letter I advise you about what is most important. In the beginning days and middle days of Buddha's Law, the world did not lose power because saints and sages appeared frequently, and the heavens protected the people. In the latter day of the Law, however, people have become so greedy and strife occurs incessantly between ruler and vassal, parent and child, elder and younger brother, and all the more so among people who are unrelated. When such strife occurs, the gods of heavens abandon that country, and then the three calamities and seven disasters begin, or one, two, three, four, five, six, or seven suns appear in the sky. Plants and trees wither and die, large and small rivers dry up, the earth smolders like charcoal, and the sea becomes like boiling oil. Eventually flames arise from the hell of incessant suffering, reaching the heavens of Brahma, filling the atmosphere. When such a thing happens, the world runs into ruin finally.

Everyone, regardless of wise or vulgar, considers it natural for children to obey their father, for vassals to be loyal to their sovereign, and for disciples to follow their teacher. However, it always appears that the people who got drunk with the liquor of greed, anger, and foolishness, betray their sovereign, despise their parents, and scoff at their teachers. You should read again and again the previous letter in which I explained that people should of course obey their teacher, sovereign, and parents, but should when they commit wrongs, admonishing them is actually being loyal to them.

This time, however, your elder brother, Munenaga, was again disowned by your father. I told your wife when she came to visit me here Munenaga would be certain to be disowned again, that you, Munenaka, were uncertain, however, and that she should be prepared for the worst. I think that you will fall from your faiths this time. I never raise objection against your falling from faiths. However, you must not blame me, Nichiren, when you have fallen into hell. It has nothing to do with me. A fire burns out even a thousand-year-old field of pampas grass and makes into ashes in the blink of an eye, and that the exploits of a hundred years may be destroyed by a single word. This is the order of nature.


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