SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda Visit Nagano
They viewed an artwork with the opening lines from President Ikeda’s autobiographical novel The New Human Revolution.
NAGANO, Japan, August— SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda in August 2017 visited the Soka Gakkai Nagano Training Center in Karuizawa, Japan, where they viewed an artwork with the opening lines from President Ikeda’s autobiographical novel The New Human Revolution: “Nothing is more precious than peace.”
President Ikeda wrote of his profound ties to Karuizawa: “Karuizawa is the place where, [on Aug. 14, 1957], eight months before my mentor’s death, I resolved to write The Human Revolution to transmit, without error, a record of [second Soka Gakkai President Josei] Toda’s life and spirit for future generations. It is a place rich with boundless memories of the vow shared by mentor and disciple” (The New Human Revolution, vol. 1, p. ix).
A poignant meeting with President Toda in Karuizawa on Aug. 14, 1957, was the inspiration behind his pledge. That day also marked the 10th anniversary of his first encounter with Mr. Toda.
President Ikeda fulfilled his promise to his mentor, working between 1964 and 1993 on the 12-volume series, The Human Revolution. The novel begins on July 3, 1945, the day when Mr. Toda emerged from prison during World War II, and concludes with events surrounding President Toda’s death.
In 1993, President Ikeda began writing the sequel, The New Human Revolution, which centers on the history of the Soka Gakkai following his inauguration in 1960 as the third president. Currently, President Ikeda is completing the 30th and final volume in the series.
Reflecting on both monumental works, President Ikeda writes:
“The disciple inherits the mentor’s pledge and seeks to actualize the mentor’s vision. Unless I wrote of the efforts of sincere disciples to expand kosen-rufu in the real world— the very essence of the oneness of mentor and disciple—it would be impossible to make known the true greatness of Mr. Toda and [first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo] Makiguchi. Having reached that conclusion, after finishing volume 12 of The Human Revolution, which described the period leading up to Mr. Toda’s death, I began to write The New Human Revolution. Through this latter work, I wanted to outline the correct path of the oneness of mentor and disciple, and ensure the eternal flow of kosen-rufu for the sake of the peace and happiness of all humankind. And I continue to write The New Human Revolution so that I may leave a clear record of the formula that will enable the Soka Gakkai—the driving force for kosen-rufu—to endure forever.” (Aug. 30, 2013, World Tribune, p. 5)