Encouragement

The Farther the Source, the Longer the Stream

Having Faith That Is Deep and Firm

water-flowing_gettyimages-553343955“The deeper the roots,
the more prolific
the branches.
The farther the source,
the longer the stream.”

“On Repaying Debts of Gratitude,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 736

 

 

 

Having Faith That Is Deep and Firm

SGI President Ikeda writes: For us, “the deeper the roots” and “the farther the source” means to have faith that is deep and firm. With the power of faith, we can definitely triumph over any of the three obstacles and four devils[1]The three obstacles and four devils: Various obstacles and hindrances to the practice of Buddhism. The three obstacles are 1) the obstacle of earthly desires, 2) the obstacle of karma and 3) the obstacle of retribution. The four devils are 1) the hindrance of the five components, 2) the hindrance of earthly desires, 3) the hindrance of death and 4) the hindrance of the devil king. that may assail us in the course of our life struggles and in our work for kosen-rufu. If we maintain a strong sense of purpose and determination to fight for kosen-rufu, we will see negativity or devilish functions for what they are and prevail over them. Belief is the sharp sword that cuts through any and all obstacles.

In addition, “the more prolific the branches” and “the longer the stream” indicate that if we have courageous faith to remain undefeated by obstacles, we will enjoy not only success and prosperity in our own lives, but our victory in turn will form the foundation for the success and prosperity of our descendants for generations to come. (The Hope-filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 230)

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1. The three obstacles and four devils: Various obstacles and hindrances to the practice of Buddhism. The three obstacles are 1) the obstacle of earthly desires, 2) the obstacle of karma and 3) the obstacle of retribution. The four devils are 1) the hindrance of the five components, 2) the hindrance of earthly desires, 3) the hindrance of death and 4) the hindrance of the devil king.