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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 42

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

The vice women’s leader then introduced another member present and said, “Her husband died and she has been raising their five children alone.”

“That must be very difficult,” Mineko remarked. “Do you live far from here?”

“My home is on the other side of the mountain, and it takes about 50 minutes on foot. If I take the shortcut through the forest, it’s about 30 minutes, which is what I did today. I’m afraid to walk that route by myself, though, so I brought my daughter with me. She’s a young women’s division member.”

With an embracing smile, Mineko said: “So you always walk long distances to participate in Soka Gakkai activities. In your sincere seeking spirit, you are like Sage Nichimyo, who traveled all the way from Kamakura to Sado Island to visit the Daishonin with her daughter Oto.”

Her eyes widening in surprise, the woman said: “Who me?” Laughter filled the room.

Mineko smiled warmly. “All the efforts we make in our Buddhist practice will bring about a beautiful flowering of benefit in our lives without fail. No matter what happens, please never let anything defeat you. Your children will follow your dedicated example and grow into fine young people.”

Mineko then said to a woman holding a baby: “You’ve got to keep a constant eye on them when they’re that little, don’t you? How old is your baby?”

“Four months.”

“Raising children is hard work, but they grow up before you know it. I hope you will treasure each moment and foster your child into an outstanding successor of kosen-rufu. We can learn a lot from our children. By raising them, we grow, too. Our children are sometimes our ‘teachers.’”

“My kid’s my teacher?!” someone blurted out. Everyone burst into laughter.

“You are all so cheerful,” Mineko said to the women’s leader. “I’m overwhelmed. Cheerfulness is a sign of both friendship and unity.”

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