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2019年 03月 10日

31. Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin (5)

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                      Comet Encke from Wikipedia

In addition, there is the scholar who supposed this phenomenon from the scientific standpoint.

Hideo Hirose who was the director of Tokyo Astronomical Observatory and was the professor at Tokyo University said that the true shape of this bright metal was the piece which a comet dropped namely a meteor.

That day, September 13 in 8th year of Bun'ei era (1281) is October 25 of the present by the solar calendar. According to Nichiren, just before the luminous body appeared, it was pitch-darkness, could not see the face of the person too. He says this time is 'before dawn and still too dark'. When Hirose calculated in the operative list of heavenly bodies, estimated time of the execution thought at about the time of moonset, or at least before 4:00 a.m. because the time of moonset of the day was at 3:44 a.m..

Furthermore, Hirose thought that the luminous body belonged to meteoric swarm of Aries and Taurus. This meteoric swarm is active in the late October, and this is because it often produces a bright meteor. The base producing this meteor swarm is Encke's comet. This comet revolves around the sun with a period of 3.3 years. A small piece (a meteor) which it dropped along the orbit falls to the earth, Hirose said that it has saved the life of Nichiren. 'The big achievement beneath the flash of meteoroid - Nichiren and stars. 1973.'

In any case the luminous body had uncovered a plot to bury Nichiren in darkness.


Shijo Kingo was astonished of getting over the predicament of the desperate situation, was running up to the teacher to joy of the safety.

“Saint! What is most important is that you are safe.”

However, we do not know why, Nichiren did an unexpected action.

He scolded the soldiers who scattered in fright.

“Here, why do you shrink from this sinful prisoner? Come closer! Come closer! What could you do if it dawned? You must hurry up and execute me, once the day breaks, it will be unsightly!”.

It is a strong spirit terribly.

But the soldiers bent the body to grass and sand and shook with fear without being able to move. Even if they were valiant in the fight, they were coward about a mysterious phenomenon to death.

Nichiren still calls to them being angry.

There was no one to answer it.

The sun which shined then appeared from the far-off horizon, and day broke.

Nichiren was exposed to the direct rays of the sun and sat with his legs bent beneath in the sandy beach.

And he put hands together towards the sun, and he chanted the title of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and prostrated himself to the ground.

Waves are breaking on the shore.

When Nichiren who prostrated himself got up the waist, solar rays lighted up the whole body of Nichiren.

Shijo Kingo, disciples and the believers of Hokibo and others trembled with this style, run and prostrated themselves to Nichiren himself.

The heavens are filled with the sun of the first genesis and light up Nichiren and his disciples.

Nichiren leaves feelings of this time in the letter which he addressed to Shijo Kingo nine days later as follows.

“In this life, as the votary of the Lotus Sutra, I was sentenced to banishment and death. The place of the banishment is Ito, and the capital punishment is Tatsunokuchi. Tatsunokuchi in Sagami country is the place where I, Nichiren, threw away own life. How can it be inferior than the Buddha land? This is because the reason is already the reason of the Lotus Sutra. The Sutra states, “there is the only Law in the countries of Buddha of the ten directions,” it will be this meaning. The only Law preached with this text of the sutra is Lotus Sutra. The others do not exist except the Lotus Sutra in the Buddha countries of the ten directions at all. This is because Shakyamuni says so. ‘Removes the teachings of the means of the Buddha’. If it is so, every place where Nichiren meets a persecution will be the land of Buddha. Japan in the saha world, Sagami country in Japan, Katase in Sagami country, Tatsunokuchi in Katase, are where Nichiren put his own life. Because he gave his life there for the sake of the Lotus Sutra, Tatsunokuchi deserves to be called the land of tranquil light (note). This might be what the chapter of "Supernatural powers" states; “Whether in a garden, a forest . . . or in mountain valleys or the wide wilderness . . . Buddha has entered nirvana on these places.”The Tatsunokuchi Persecution’


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(Note)

the land of tranquil light.

It is also called as the land of eternal tranquil light. One of four land which Tientai preached in the Commentary on the Meditation Sutra. It is the country where true Buddha lives. The eternity means an permanent innateness or the body, and the word 'tranquil' means Nirvana and the emancipation, and the light is a meaning of the wisdom to light up the diverse aspects. The territory of Buddha's eternity, Nirvana and wisdom is the eternal land of the tranquil light.

 However, Shakyamuni Buddha preached in the Tathagata life span chapter of 16th of the Lotus Sutra. "Since that, in this saha world, I have been always preaching and educating". In other words, he revealed that the saha world was the land of the eternal tranquil light namely.

Nichiren Daishonin preaches it that the address of a person maintaining a marvelous Law is the land of the eternal tranquil light.

“Now, when Nichiren and his followers chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, they are revealing that the phantom city is none other than the land of the treasure. All of mountains and valleys and plains where we live are the land of eternally tranquil light”. ‘Seven important points in the Parable of the Phantom City, Orally Conveyed teachings



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31. Sweeping the Provisional and Revealing the Origin (4)

                         

                      Japanese edition


The horse with the messenger of Tokimune galloped off the shoreline. But it was slightly late.

The party of Nichiren has already approached to the stone's cast of Tatsunokuchi.

Enoshima Island was seen in the distance under the moonlight.

Kingo mused over memories of the past while pulling the reins of the horse of Nichiren.

He recollected the encounter with Nichiren.

When he met for the first time, Kingo turned on Nichiren. The smile of the teacher who received it gently.

The day when he entered a faiths, he pleased Nichiren.

A figure of Nichiren pleased to embrace his child.

And Nichiren's love which is deeper than the parent whom he received when it was said that he become a witness.

All of these are dear at this time of day.

Kingo was indulged in sentiment more and more.

(Oh, it was so. This person has been my master and was a teacher and was father. I just surely understood it.)

Kingo recalled the verse of the chapter of the metaphor changing itself into the castle in the Lotus Sutra that Nichiren taught then.

“They are always born with a teacher together in the various Buddha's land.”

There was the light of the place of execution forward before long.

The soldiers make noise.

"The priest came."

Soldiers surrounded the horse of Nichiren.

Kingo was prepared for it, but here he was moved to tears and he shouted to Nichiren at the top of his voice while catching the reins.

“Priest, it is last time in this world!”.

Kingo cried aloud.

He was usually the 41-year-old man who was obstinate and a short temper.

However, he cannot stop that tears.

Nichiren who rode the horse watched Kingo with eyes of the affection. However, he scolded Kingo severely with the face of the severe father the next moment.

“What a miserable samurai! Kingo, why do you not laugh at this joy? Why do you break the promise?”

Kingo kneels while catching the reins and does not stop crying.

Nichiren was the severe teacher until the very end. He scolded the disciple even in such situation. But there is not such the pleased thing elsewhere if he thought of the mind of Kingo who is going to die for Nichiren together. However, the moment to receive the greatest turning point is approaching to the votary of the Lotus Sutra of the latter days of the Law, now. At that time, what occurs? Nichiren had been predicting it. But the fact is not handed down to afterworld correctly if there is not a witness there.It may vanish to the bottom by angry waves of the history like a seaweed is.

Nichiren scolded to disenchant Kingo.

(Never say die, Shijo Kingo! Look well.)

At around 3:00 a.m. in the present, it was the Ox and the time of Tiger.

A straw mat is spread under moonlight and the light of the torch. The headsman waited there.

Nichiren sat erect on his knees on a carpet, put hands together.

Hokibō and other disciples finally caught up with the priest.They took out Buddhist rosary and have begun to chant the title with tears. Always stouthearted Hokibo could not hold back a line of tears.

Shijō Kingo sat erect on his knees in the back of Nichiren. And he stripped to the waist and pulls a sword out of the sheath slowly. For following his master.

The word of command was given.

“Get set!”.

Nichiren chanted it aloud.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, ”

The headsman advanced to the left back of Nichiren and pulled a sword slowly and raised it highly.

It is this time.

Light reflected to the sword from somewhere.

The headsman doubted it and stopped the hand.

The light was from the other side of the sea, darkness of the Pacific of the Enoshima Island direction.

A white luminous body of the size similar to a full moon comes here slowly.

"What is that?"

The Enoshima whole glistened weirdly under their eyes.

Soldiers exclaimed.

Light lighted up the face of each soldiers without a sound, and all the place of execution of Tatsunokuchi became like noonday.

“That appeared!”

The headsman fell down and prostrated himself and the soldier screamed and dispersed. The samurais alight from horses and join their hands while shaking. There was either the person who crouched down on a horse.

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                           From Biography of Nichiren Daishōnin

Various opinions were said about the persecution of Tatsunokuchi from old days. Thunder fell at a moment when beheaded, or a sword was broken into pieces. These are said as if it were true, but that truth is just what I wrote this.

'On the Buddha's Behavior' which Nichiren wrote is the only detailed historical materials about the luminous body.

“An orb as bright as the moon burst forth from the direction of Enoshima Island, going across the sky from southeast to northwest. It was almost before dawn on 12th day and still too dark to see anyone's face, but the radiant object clearly illuminated everyone as like a bright moonlight. The headsman fell feeling blind. The soldiers were filled with panic. Some ran off distantly, or some jumped down from their horses and huddled on the ground, or others crouched on their saddles.”

The soldiers broke up around the place of execution. Only Nichiren and Kingo, Hokibo and other Nichiren's disciples and believers of the same discipline have stayed.

It was a miracle.

This dramatic occurrence may think the reader to be a made-up story.

In fact, this is not the first advent of the luminous body.

There is the same record of the luminous body in 'the Mirror in the East' which is the official record of the Kamakura Shogunate. It was June 20, 1182, 50 years ago from this day.

“At about 8:00 p.m., a shiner appeared around the Mt. Tsuruoka. It flew on the side of the foreshore and the light extended to approximately 10 yards and did not disappear for a while.”

Tsuruoka is the place of the Hachiman shrine which Nichiren scolded. It is said that the luminous body went towards the sea from here. In contrast, the shiner of the Tatsunokuchi appeared at midnight of about 3:00 a.m.. In addition, the approach course is contrary to 50 years ago, it is flying towards the island from the Pacific.


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Gosho 光日房御書 Letter to Konichibo

ましていわ()うや日本国の人の父母よりもをも()く、日月よりもたかくたの()みたまへる念仏を無間(むけん)(ごう)と申し、

To compound matters, I had denounced the Nembutsu—which the people of Japan revere more deeply than their own parents and more highly than the sun and moon—as the karmic cause that leads to the hell of incessant suffering.

In addition, I had denounced the Nembutsu which the people of Japan respect more deeply than their own parents and more highly than the sun and moon, and I said it is the cause that leads to the hell of incessant suffering.

禅宗は天魔の所為(そい)、真言は亡国の邪法、念仏者・禅宗・律僧等が寺をば()はら()ひ、念仏者どもが(くび)()ねらるべしと申す上、

I attacked the Zen school as the invention of the heavenly devil, and the True Word school as an evil doctrine that will ruin the nation, and insisted that the temples of the Nembutsu, Zen, and Precepts priests be burned down and the Nembutsu priests and the others beheaded.

I attacked them saying that the Zen sect is the acts of the devil and the Shingon is an evil doctrine that will ruin the nation, and I insisted that the Shogunate burn down the temples of the Nembutsu, Zen, and religious precepts priests and should behead the Nembutsu priests and the others.

最明(さいみょう)()・極楽寺の両入道殿を阿鼻(あび)地獄に()ち給ひたりと申すほどの大禍(だいか)ある身なり。

I even went so far as to assert that the two deceased lay priests of Saimyō-jiand Gokuraku-ji had fallen into the Avīchi hell.

Moreover,I picked Hojo Tokiyori and Shigetoki of the two deceased lay priest and expressed they had fallen into the Avichi hell. I am such a sinful human being.

(これ)()程の大事を上下万人に申しつけられぬる上は、(たと)そら()()となりとも此の世には()かびがたし。

Having voiced such serious charges to all people both high and low, whether or not I had spoken in error, I could never again rise in the world.

Because I had voiced such appeals to all people of the high rank and bottom, whether or not I had spoken it in error, I can never again appear to this world.


つづく Continued


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