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2019年 07月 01日 ( 1 )


2019年 07月 01日

Letter about the Day before Yesterday. 一昨日御書

Letter about the day before yesterday.

September 12, 1271. Fifty years old.


I was very pleased to have an opportunity to meet with you the day before yesterday. There are people alive in this world and there are no people who do not think of the next world among them. The reason for the Buddha's advent in this world was to devote himself to rescuing living beings.

Ever since I became a priest, I have studied the various doctrines of Buddhism. I have already understood the true intention of Buddha's incarnations and have obtained the summary which I could release from the sufferings of birth and death. That summary is very Myoho-renge-kyo. Reverence for sole teachings has brought prosperity to the three countries [India, China, and Japan]. Who can doubt a fact that is so simple before the eyes?

And yet, because people have turned their backs on the correct path and followed the erroneous road, the sages have abandoned the nation, therefore, the gods of justice get angry, the seven disasters occur one after another and the four seas do not becalm.

In our present days, all submit to the authority of the Shogunate and everyone gives high esteem to samurais. And I myself was born in this land, why can I not worry about the fate of the country? Therefore, I wrote 'The treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation', and I offered it to the lay priest Saimyoji of the deceased through the lay priest Yadoya. In recent times, the barbarians of dog have raised a clamor, the foreign enemies have designs on our country. The predictions that I made years ago had come true recently. T'ai-kung Wang undertook to invade the Yin realm because West Earl had treated him with due courtesy, and Chang Liang weighed how to overthrow the Ch'in dynasty because he was moved by the sincerity of the king of Han. These people both grasped the situation of times and gained a honor. Within a narrow tent they were the people who were able to devise strategies that assured victory a thousand miles away. 

A person who can foretell the future is a sage minister having the six ability. A person who propagates the Lotus Sutra is an emissary of various incarnations of the Buddha. And I opened the texts of the Lotus Sutra and Nirvana Sutra and have understood the intentions of Buddha, furthermore, what I predicted with regard to the future has now for the most part been verified. Although I may not compare with the wise person of past times, among people of after ages, I am an uncommon human. The spirit to understand the Law and to worry about the nation should be most warmly welcomed. However, by the slander and false statement of those who espouse wicked doctrines and wicked teachings, though I have for long cherished sentiments of the utmost loyalty, I am yet not able to achieve my smallest hopes. Moreover, as a result of the displeasure I developed at my recent visiting, I am now most distressed to think that its aims may be all the more difficult to accomplish.

 If I may state my thoughts, unless climbs Mount Tai, one cannot know the height of the sky; unless descends into the deep valleys, one cannot understand the thickness of the ground. That you may understand my own intentions, I submit to you the one scroll of 'the treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation'. The writing expressed therein are a drop in the ocean, I'm not giving it my all intention.

At present, you are like the pillar and crossbeam of the nation. Why are you going to lose the talented people of a whole country? Please give us your reconsideration above all, and it will be vital to repel a foreign enemy. It is called loyalty that one makes the world peaceful and safe, and it is filial duty to make a nation peaceful and safe. I do not state this for my own sake. I state this for the sake of you, for the sake of Buddha, for the sake of gods and for the sake of all human beings.

Very truly yours,

Nichiren.

The twelfth day of September in the eighth year of Bun'ei[1271].           

Respectfully presented to Lord Heino Saemonnojo.



Original Text.  Table of Contents.



by johsei1129 | 2019-07-01 06:43 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)