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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 32

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Striving—striving with all one’s might. Striving wholeheartedly for the sake of treasured fellow members.

On the afternoon of May 29, Shin’ichi traveled from Miyagi Prefecture to neighboring Fukushima Prefecture, his first visit there since March the previous year. No prefecture leaders meeting or other large gathering was scheduled during his stay. He aimed to spend as much time as possible talking with central leaders, offering guidance and encouragement to create fresh momentum toward the future.

Shin’ichi arrived at the Fukushima Culture Center (present-day Koriyama Central Culture Center) in Koriyama City at 4:20 in the afternoon. There, he attended a dinner meeting with local headquarters leaders and other representatives to commemorate the center’s first anniversary. He spoke with them as they enjoyed a meal of curry and rice together.

Significant progress had been made in Fukushima over the past year. Members had united around the young prefecture leader, Norio Shiba, and held a number of successful events, including a prefecture general meeting. The year’s activities were showcased in a display of 20 photographs in the second-floor lobby.

Admiring the photos before dinner, Shin’ichi had said to Shiba: “Fukushima has achieved remarkable growth. Everyone I’ve met here is so bright and cheerful. That is very important. Victory in the realm of faith, simply put, comes down to whether everyone is practicing joyfully.

“Data such as propagation results and discussion-meeting attendance is necessary to assess the state of the organization. It is also valuable for planning activities. But numbers alone do not give a complete picture of the realm of faith.

“When we meet members, we need to discern whether they are practicing joyfully or just going through the motions out of a sense of obligation. From this, we can see the true state of the organization. The Soka Gakkai exists to enable all members to feel joy and conviction. That is also why we have leaders.”

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