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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 31

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Josei Toda looked directly at Shin’ichi. “Postwar youth are becoming less and less patient,” he added passionately. “It’s a tendency that’s only likely to grow. To truly excel in any sphere requires years of training and perseverance. On the way, you will experience pain, frustration, hardships and disappointments.

“But when you overcome such challenges, your efforts will eventually flower and bear abundant fruit. At the same time, no matter how talented you are, all will have been in vain if you give up along the way.

“A Japanese proverb says that if you sit on a cold stone for three years, it will become warm. Only with perseverance will you grow into a person of real substance and ability.

“Looking at society, we see many talented young people who, lacking patience and persistence, give up as soon as they encounter some small difficulty. That’s a terrible pity. And that’s why I want Soka Gakkai youth to face everything head-on and develop patience.

“Shin’ichi, let’s foster capable people. Let’s build an invincible castle of capable people here in Tohoku. I know we can do it. After all, perseverance is the hallmark of the people of Tohoku.”

Twenty-four years had passed since that conversation between mentor and disciple. On the evening of May 28, 1978, Shin’ichi once again walked among the ruins of Aoba Castle where the statue of Date Masamune stood.

The lights of Sendai City glittered like jewels below, and the night breeze was pleasantly cool.

His mentor’s words “The Soka Gakkai must build its castle from capable people” echoed in Shin’ichi’s mind.

Many capable individuals had been striving energetically in Sendai and throughout Tohoku, and a magnificent castle of Soka was taking shape.

But in the light of Nichiren Daishonin’s writings, a great battle against unimaginable obstacles no doubt lay ahead on the path of kosen-rufu.

Taking in the night scene, Shin’ichi pledged in his heart: “No matter what happens, I will build an invincible castle of Soka to protect the people.”

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