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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 24

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

An ocean voyage is sure to encounter stormy weather and high waves. The same is true of life.

Even as Soka Gakkai leaders, we will face difficulties in life. We may struggle with illness, experience business failure or job loss, or suffer from family discord.

Human beings cannot avoid life’s inevitable sufferings. To live, therefore, means to grapple with them. There is no shame in having problems. Whatever troubles we have, we should just be our true, natural selves.

The important thing is to possess the strength to not be defeated, not give up and not falter in the face of any challenge. We should advance boldly and joyfully along the great path of kosen-rufu, firmly intent on changing our karma.

In closing, Shin’ichi said: “I am determined to protect all of you. My dearest wish and my vow is that you will become truly happy. Nothing else matters to me. I will end my speech today with sincere prayers for the success of our admirable Miyagi chapter leaders and the happiness of your families.”

The young men’s division members present then sang “Song of the New Century.” Their stirring, powerful voices soon had everyone singing along.

Written in Tohoku [northeastern Japan], the song came to be sung throughout the Soka Gakkai. It symbolizes Tohoku’s bright future. In everyone’s passionate performance, Shin’ichi saw a sun of hope rising over that northern region.

After the meeting, Shin’ichi invited the event staff and others to join him at the piano. Then, he played “The Three Martyrs of Atsuhara,” “Moon over the Ruined Castle” and other songs to express his appreciation.

A member of the young men’s division chorus group said: “Our chorus doesn’t have a name yet. Would you please give us one?”

Shin’ichi replied on the spot, “Let’s call it the ‘Unsung Chorus,’ for you are all unsung and unheralded true champions.”

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