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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 23

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Nichiren Daishonin writes: “The wise may be called human, but the thoughtless are no more than animals” (“The Three Kinds of Treasure,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 852). Wisdom is crucial if we are to live with true human dignity and advance kosen-rufu. What’s more, Soka means “to create value.” As Soka Gakkai members, we tap our creativity and ingenuity to lead meaningful lives each day.

Shin’ichi next spoke about striving in faith for a harmonious family. He shared the story of a women’s division leader whose husband decided to start practicing after many years out of a wish to overcome an illness.

“If those who practice Nichiren Buddhism chant earnestly,” Shin’ichi said, “then their family members who don’t practice are sure to embrace faith in the Mystic Law someday. There’s no need to be impatient.

“Of course, it would be great if everyone in your family had strong faith. But some of you probably have spouses or partners who aren’t members, or you may be the only one in your family who is practicing and engaging in Soka Gakkai activities.

“Some of you as leaders may feel guilty or embarrassed because your children don’t have strong faith. Others may even criticize you for it.

“But don’t let that get you down! There is no need to be ashamed. Everything has a deep meaning. The important thing is to strive and chant earnestly each day for your children to embrace faith and become happy.

“The problem would be if you allowed your children’s not practicing cause you to lose conviction in faith, discourage you or make you reluctant to take part in Soka Gakkai activities. That would mean succumbing to devilish functions. Whatever happens, don’t become disheartened or feel bad; rather, keep giving your all with confidence and strong life force.

“You can also focus your energy on warmly encouraging the younger generation around you and do your best to foster them into successors!”

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