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2019年 07月 06日 ( 1 )


2019年 07月 06日

A Reply to Lord Ikegami Munenaga. (2) (Letter for Expostulation) 兵衛志殿御返事二(諫暁書)

Your father, Saemonno Tayu, now seems to have become an enemy of the Lotus Sutra, yet your elder brother, Munenaga, will become one of the votaries of the Lotus Sutra this time. You will think only of what is before you and will obey your father, and delirious people will praise your filial devotion. The samurai Munemori obeyed his father's tyrannous commands and was beheaded at Shinohara. Shigemori disobeyed his father and passed away earlier than father. Which one of these is a filial devotion? If you obey your father who is an enemy of the Lotus Sutra and abandon your elder brother who is a votary of the sole teachings, does it become the filial devotion? In any case, finally, you should resolve to pursue the Buddhahood single-mindedly same as your elder brother. Your father is like King Majestic, and you brothers are the princes Jozo and Jogen who had led their father. Though past differs from now, the principle of the Lotus Sutra remains the same. Recently the lay priest of Musashi threw away his vast territory and his many vassals in order to retire from all worldly affairs. Even if you ingratiate yourself with your father for the sake of a small private estate, neglect your faiths, and fell into the wicked paths, you should not bear a grudge against me namely Nichiren! Though I repeat, I feel that you will discard your faiths this time.

I state this out of pity because, though you have been faithful until now, you may fall into the wicked paths. If, by one opportunity out of a hundred or a thousand, you should decide to follow my teachings, then confront your father and declare: “Since you are my father, I should by rights obey you, but because you have become an enemy of the Lotus Sutra, I would be unfilial if I obey you. Therefore, I have resolved to break with you and follow my elder brother. Even if you disown him, be aware that my thought is same as older brother!”. You should not have even the slightest fear in your mind. Though a person had been believing in the Lotus Sutra from the far-off past world, the cause that he could not attain Buddhahood is this. Changes certainly occur in the ebb and flow of the sea, the rising and setting of the moon, and the time in which summer, autumn, winter, and spring give way to each other. When a common human being attains Buddhahood, it is the same. When the hindrances being called the three obstacles and four devils will appear, the wise rejoices, and the foolish person retreats.

I have long been waiting to tell you this, either through my own messenger or by the other means. However, I am grateful because you had sent these messengers here. I think that, if you were about to abandon your faiths, you would not have sent them. Thinking it might be, I am writing this letter.


Continued to (3)


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by johsei1129 | 2019-07-06 10:22 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)