人気ブログランキング | 話題のタグを見る

日蓮大聖人『御書』解説

nichirengs.exblog.jp
ブログトップ
2022年 05月 21日

82. Three braves of Atsuhara leave for the Pure Land of Eagle Mountain.



A bitter battle continued in the prison of Kamakura.

All the peasants, except for three, including Jinshirou, were inclined to retreat. Seventeen peasants were blaming Kamihiro, Yagoro, and Yarokuro.

 They had once strengthened their faith with the encouragement of Hoki-bo, but their hearts tried once again to retreat.

“Why don't you listen to our master Yoritsuna? It is because of you that we have been thrown into this situation.”

“I've had enough of this. You're going to stay here for the rest of your life. If you persist in your stubbornness like this, there is no telling what Yoritsuna will do.”

“I can't even eat enough rice. This is the limit. I have done well so far. We must be satisfied. At this rate, we will all starve to death.”

It was a battle between Buddha and evil.

No matter what Jinshiro and the other three said, it was futile. They had no choice but to remain silent and endure. Three men were also approaching their limits.

 At this moment, the prison was quiet.

Yoritsuna's eldest son, Munetsuna, appeared.

Munetsuna quietly told them

“It has been decided that tomorrow, three of you, Jinshirou, Yagoro, and Yarokuro, will be beheaded.”

The peasants were astonished.

Munetsuna calmed the peasants who were ranting and raving.

“So what do you think? In exchange for execution, you must give up the Lotus Sutra. If you all abandon Nichiren and return to the Nembutsu, not only the three of you, but all of you, will be acquitted.”

The eldest son's eyes were kind.

The seventeen peasants nodded. Among the ogre-like samurai, this eldest man was the only one they could trust. He was actually protecting them in this way.

However, Jinshirou, Yagoro, and Yarokuro remained silent, their expressions stony.

The seventeen people stood by the three of them.

“If you go, who can we turn to? Let us return to Atsuhara. Do not abandon us. I beg you.”

They clung to Yagoro and Yarokuro as well, but they remained motionless, their faces stiff.

Munetsuna looked at the three with a disappointed expression on his face.

“You have no wives or children? If you continue like this, you will only be wasting your own lives. Do you think that I am lying? I will write an oath. Your three lives will be spared. Why do you remain silent?”

Jinshirou did not heed Munetsuna's words, but spoke to the seventeen men. His voice was clear.

“We have planted the seed of Buddha in the fields of our hearts. What are we going to do if we let them wither here? The seed is sown in the spring, and it will bear fruit in the fall. Water them with sincerity and nurture them carefully. Soon, the spring sun and gentle summer rains will fall. If you don't plant your own seeds, you will never bear fruit. No matter what hardships you may face, no matter what threats you may face, do not let the seed of the Lotus Sutra die out. This is my last will and testament.”

The peasants ranted, but Jinshiro smiled.

“Why do you cry? I am to be your fertilizer. You will live as witnesses that you have believed in the Lotus Sutra to the end. Yes, there will be those who receive and possess the Lotus Sutra in the future.”

Jinshirou gazes into the air.

“They will suffer great hardships just like us. When they do, they will remember us. They will remember us, who believed in the Lotus Sutra until the end. They are the ones who, undaunted by great hardships, chant the title ‘There is no other way to become a Buddha but through the Lotus Sutra.’ They are those who love the saints and think of their country, and once they have made up their minds, they are determined to carry them out. Such people appear as if they are rising from the earth. We will set an example for them. Just thinking about it is enough for me.”

 Jinshirou sat upright facing Munetsuna.

“Lord, you have informed it well, sir. I will give you my head, but I ask that you please help both Yagoro and Yarokuro.”

At this point, Yagoro beamed.

“What are you talking about, Jinshirou? We are sworn friends, aren't we? We’ll be together until the end.”

Yarokuro was also smiling.

“He was right. Throwing the Lotus Sutra away, for good or ill, is hellish sins. Jinshirou, are you going to let the merit of the Lotus Sutra be yours alone?”

The three took each other's hands in boundless joy.

Jinshirou murmured with tears in his eyes.

“We're all one mind, aren't you?"

"Exactly. At the end of the day, the three of us were united as one. It's all thanks to Nikko Shonin, isn't it?"

The three laughed high in the prison. Seventeen peasants joined hands with the three.

Jinshiro told Taira Munetsuna, who was standing still.

“I am very grateful that you have taken the trouble to come all the way here. However, we call a person like you a bad friend. Please leave us.”

Munetsuna turned with a look of disbelief on his face and went out.

It is said that the three did not sleep at all that night, chatting and laughing, and truly enjoying themselves.


On the morning of October 15, Kouan 2 (1279), the three braves were summoned.

“The organization of the Lotus Sutra in Atsuhara, Jinshirou, Yagoro, and Yarokuro, come in!”

The peasants began chanting the title with tears in their eyes. The chanting was mingled with sobs. The prison was filled with the sound of the mysterious Law.

Under a bright sky, the three men, bound by ropes, sat upright with their eyes covered.

A smile of satisfaction appeared on the faces of the three men, and a sense of tranquility filled the ground. They were now free of any worries.

It was at that moment.

From outside the house, they heard the exclamations of Jinshirou's wife and children.

“Father!”

"Dear!"

Hearing this voice, Jinshirou's heart shook violently.

From the time of the oppression to the present, there has not been a day that goes by that he did not think of his wife and child. But he had fought his heart against his heart until now. But when he heard the voices of his wife and children, who were dearer to him than life itself, he was shocked.

(Would I die like this, leaving my wife and children behind?)

Jinshirou wept with regret. A headwind swirled in his mind, and he was about to retreat.

At the same time, he remembered the words of Nichiren Daishonin.


 "'Although they do not seek emancipation, emancipation will come of itself.' Although I and my disciples may face various persecutions, we will reach the world of Buddha in accordance with nature, as long as we will not doubt in our minds. Do not doubt even if the heavens do not protect you. Do not be discouraged even if you are not at peace now. Though I have taught this to my disciple day and night, all of them raised doubts, and have abandoned their faith. Foolish people forget what they have promised when the crucial moment has come.

 Because you feel pity for your wife and child, do you grieve at the thought of parting from them in this life? In countless rebirths throughout the infinite long past you have had a wife and child, but parted from them in every life. Did you unwillingly part from them? Or did you part to pursue the way of the Buddha? These are the same partings. If so, you rather remain faithful to your faiths of the Lotus Sutra to go to the Spirit Mountain and should lead your wife and child there.” ‘Opening of the Eyes.’


It was a passage that was on the lips of everyone who was a student of Nichiren.

Jinshirou was no longer upset, which was strange even for him. He had awakened from his hesitation and made up his mind. This interval was momentary.

A smile appeared on Jinshirou's lips.

The three of them talked to each other while their eyes covered over.

"Jinshirou!"

“Oh, Yagoro.”

“Where are we going to go now that we've been beheaded?”

Jinshirou's response was brisk.

“The sage Nichiren says that a thousand Buddhas will come to meet us.”

Yarokuro was amazed.

“A thousand Buddhas, huh? That's very encouraging.”

“And they say that you will not be afraid and that you will not fall into the evil way, but will go to the Pure Land of Spirit Eagle Mountain.”

Jinshirou was the last to speak.

“Yagoro, Yarokuro. See you again!"

"Oh!"

The three braves quietly cocked their heads.

The warriors nervously came behind them.

In Kai, Nichiren was praying to the Great Gohonzon. Moreover, the whole congregation chanted in unison.

The three began to chant the title. Their voices echoed in the sky.

The sword was raised high in the air and swung down, and the voices of the three men stopped.


Inside the prison, seventeen peasants grabbed the bars and shouted like mad.

“Behead to me too!”

“I, too, shall die here!”

The guard thought the peasants had gone mad and ran away.

 The two men, Taira no Yoritsuna and his son, passed by each other and flinched at the oddity of the situation.

Yoritsuna ordered.

“What a bunch of people! Behead them all!”

The second son, Tametsuna, drew his sword, but the eldest son, Munetsuna, hung on.

“Father, please think about this. If we behead all the peasants, the verdict is clearly ours to lose. What will the world say of us who blocked the mouths of the peasants? Lord Kamakura will take us to task as well.”

Yoritsuna whipped his eldest son, and for a while, he was furious.

"Very well, three men's beheadings will be the end of it. But we will surely win the verdict!”

In response to this situation, Hoki-bo Nikko, who had been encouraging the local peasant believers, immediately sent an express messenger to report the situation to the Daishonin in Minobu. Hoki-bo's letter arrived at Nichiren the following day, October 17, at rooster time (around 6:00 p.m.).

 Nichiren saw this letter and immediately wrote the following letter, which was sent to Hoki-bo on the same day at dog time (around 8:00 p.m.).


Your letter, written in the hour of the cock [5:00–7:00 p.m.] on the fifteenth day of this month, reached me in the hour of the cock on the seventeenth day of the same month. I heard that when the accused of the three braves of Atsuhara were subjected to the wrath of the officials, they chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is no trifling matter. I am sure that the ten demon daughters entered the soul of Heino Saemon himself and must have tested the faiths of these practitioners of the Lotus Sutra. For example, it is similar to the way in which the Snow Mountain Boy and King Shibi once had been tested.

This is the reason that Shakyamuni, Taho Tathagata, the Buddhas of the ten directions, Bonten and Teishaku have vowed to guard the practitioners of the Lotus Sutra in the five hundred years after the Buddha's annihilation two thousand years. The Dairon says, “can change poison into medicines.” And Tendai says that “the poison is changed into medicines”. If the word of Myo is not empty, it should without fail deal out merits and punishments to them.

Hoki-bo and the others ponder deeply on this meaning and should accomplish our purpose of the trial. Finally, you must tell the Heino Saemon, "Have you forgotten what the saint told you when he had been punished for you in the Bun'ei era? The calamities the sainthood predicted at that time have yet to come to an end. Notwithstanding that, do you intend to invite the punishment from the ten demon daughters again?!".

Respectfully yours,

Nichiren

At the hour of the dog [7:00–9:00 P. M.] on the seventeenth day of October.

A reply to the saints and the others.

When saying these things, everyone will surely say that there is no sin on our side. Also, it becomes clear from the punishment that Daishin-bo fell from his horse. And everyone will fear if it becomes clear that he died. This is a precious arrangement of the heavens.

For that reason, all of you should not be afraid. So long as all of you remain firm in mind, I am sure that various circumstances will concur. This time, I will send you Awaji-bo as a messenger.” ‘Reply to the Saints.’


 In this letter, Nichiren marveled at the fact that the three braves of Atsuhara were chanting "Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo" until they were executed, saying that it was "not a trivial matter" and praised them "as if they were children of Snow Mountain in the Buddha's previous life who threw themselves on demons to hear the half-verse chant of the sutra.

 In fact, the only other Nichiren followers who were executed for their faith in the Lotus Sutra were the three braves of Atsuhara, except for Nichiren in the Tatsunokuchi. Five disciples and lay believers, including Nichiro, were imprisoned at the time of the Sado exile, but they were not executed. In addition, this document is addressed to "the saints and others". In fact, it is addressed to Hoki-bo Nikko, but all other letters are addressed to "Hoki-bo". In a reply to Hoki-bo Nikko's disciples, Nisshu and Nichiben, who both encouraged the farmers of Atubara, Nichiren wrote in a letter dated October 12 of the same year, "This letter is addressed to Nisshu, Nichiben, and others." (Reply to Hoki-bo)

Nichiren only addressed the lady Nichimyo as the "Saint" in the past, and the others only wrote the "Wise Ueno" in response to the lord Ueno. In a letter to Nichiro, who was imprisoned during the Sado exile, his addressee's name is also given as "Lord Chikugo. Not a single letter to his disciples, who could be considered his relatives, is addressed to the "saint".

 Therefore, it is strongly supposed that the letter from Nikko was, in effect, a letter from the three braves of Atsuhara, entrusted to Nikko by the three braves of Atsuhara, and that it was a title "saint" given by Nichiren in condolence for the three braves who died in the persecution.





by johsei1129 | 2022-05-21 10:48 | LIFE OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)
トラックバックURL : https://nichirengs.exblog.jp/tb/32678053
トラックバックする(会員専用) [ヘルプ]
※このブログはトラックバック承認制を適用しています。 ブログの持ち主が承認するまでトラックバックは表示されません。


<< 83. Three brave...      81. Nichiren Er... >>