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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 21

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Shin’ichi Yamamoto continued, “By sharing their joys and sorrows, not only mentor and disciple but fellow members, partners and siblings strengthen their bonds and let the beauty of their spirit shine through.

“This is also the reason for the Soka Gakkai’s warm camaraderie and strong unity.

“In our kosen-rufu activities, we will certainly face difficult challenges that become pivotal moments. Members who persevere and encourage one another to keep going, to not be defeated and who win victory after victory together, share an invincible bond. They forge lasting friendships.

“Among your friends and fellow members, some may suffer from illness, financial troubles, family discord or other hardships. Some may have even had their families or relatives turn their backs on them.

“We have a mission to listen to their problems, pray for their happiness and talk with them about Nichiren Buddhism. And in fact, that is what we have always done. We have shed tears with them, studied the Daishonin’s writings and chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo together, and persistently offered encouraging words. As a result, many have stood up in faith and overcome their difficulties.

“Those who encourage and share in others’ struggles and joys also deepen their conviction in faith and savor great benefits.

“For those receiving encouragement, meanwhile, a fellow member who empathizes with and supports and guides them in their most difficult time is a friend without equal, a person to whom they will be forever grateful.

“The most valuable treasure in life is the experience of struggling beside others, encouraging them and inspiring them until they awaken and act with strong faith. I hope you become people of whom countless others will say, ‘I will never forget that person for facing my problem with me and chanting for me’ or ‘Thanks to that person, I am happy today.’ There is no greater honor for a human being. Such a person is a champion of life worthy of the highest respect.

“The Soka Gakkai organization is formed of such heart-to-heart connections built through personal guidance and encouragement.”

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