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2019年 07月 12日 ( 1 )


2019年 07月 12日

A Reply to the Saints. 聖人等御返事

A Reply to the Saints.

October 17, 1279. Fifty-eight years old.


Your letter, being written in the hour of the bird [5:00–7:00 P. M.] of the fifteenth day of this month, reached me in the hour of the bird of the seventeenth day of the same month. I learned that when accused [the three braves of Atsuhara] received the wrath of the officials, they chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. I am sure that the ten demon's daughters entered to Heino Saemon himself and must have tested the faiths of these votaries 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. Or an evil demon might have entered to the Heino Saemon himself. This is that Shakyamuni, Taho, the ten directions' Buddha, Brahma and Shakra have vowed to guard and protect the votaries of the Lotus Sutra in the fifth five-hundred-year period. ‘The treatise on the great perfection of wisdom’ says “can change poison into medicines”. And Tientai says that “the poison is changed into medicines”. If the word of myo is not powerless, it should without fail deal out merits and punishments to them.

Hokibo and the others ponder deeply on this meaning and should accomplish our purpose on the trial.

Finally tell to the Heino Saemon, "Have you forgotten what the sainthood told you when the sainthood appeared before you to answer charges against the saint at 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 of the ten demon's daughters repeatedly?".

      Very truly yours,

      Nichiren.

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

A reply to the sainthood and the others.


When saying these things, everyone will surely say that there is no offence on our side. Also, that becomes clear from the punishment that Daishinbo fell from his horse. And everyone will fear if it becomes clear that he died. This is arrangement of 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 to give us the success.

This time I will send all of you Awajibo as a messenger.



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by johsei1129 | 2019-07-12 06:57 | WRITING OF NICHIREN | Trackback | Comments(0)