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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 22

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Everyone listened intently with a strong seeking spirit.

Looking around the room, Shin’ichi saw many members he had fought alongside in his youth. Their faces were etched with wrinkles now, their hair graying.

Shin’ichi decided to talk about health. “There’s something I want to say to the men’s division in particular—that is, please take good care of your health.

“When you reach your 50s and 60s, though you may still be young at heart, physically you may not have the energy you once did. I hope, therefore, you will make your health a priority. It’s important to pray to the Gohonzon earnestly and with a resolve to be strong and healthy for the sake of kosen-rufu.

“Please stay healthy so that you can support and protect our members, the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, and demonstrate the greatness of Nichiren Buddhism. I want you to take good care of yourselves, enjoy your lives and live fully to the very end.

“There may be times when you feel a little tired. You may try to tough it out, thinking, ‘I have strong faith, so I’ll be fine!’ when what you really need is to get to bed early and recover your energy. That’s just a sign of vanity. By overdoing it, you’ll only exhaust yourself and possibly end up on your back for a long time.

“If you have high blood pressure, for example, don’t think you can cure it through faith alone and avoid seeing a doctor. Get a checkup right away, follow your doctor’s advice and look after yourself.

“Of course, prayer is important. When you base yourself on prayer, your doctor will serve as a great protective force. But when you’re exhausted, it’s fine to just chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo three times at the end of the day.

“The sooner you rest, the sooner your strength will return. Then you won’t cause your family or your fellow members to worry. Using wisdom to create the highest value is the way of a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism.”

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