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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 45

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

The car picked up speed.

“Please let me know if there’s anyone along the way we should call on. I don’t know when my next visit will be,” Shin’ichi said to Tahara.

“Thank you.”

The first place Tahara suggested was the home of Seinosuke and Yasu Ishizawa in Nakazono-cho, Kushiro. The Ishizawa family ran a gift shop selling ornaments and other items.

Shin’ichi rang the doorbell.

Yasu opened the door and exclaimed, “Sensei!”

At the sight of Shin’ichi, she was left momentarily speechless.

“Good evening! I’m sorry to stop by unannounced.”

“We … we’ve all been chanting for your and Mrs. Yamamoto’s safe arrival.”

“Thank you. The clouds suddenly lifted, and we were able to land. It was all thanks to your daimoku.”

“Wonderful! By the way, Sensei, my husband has completely recovered, and our shop is flourishing.”

Eleven years earlier, in August 1967, Shin’ichi had attended a leaders meeting at the Kushiro Community Center, where he had met and encouraged the couple.

In September 1966, Seinosuke, then the North Kushiro Chapter leader, had suffered a brain hemorrhage, which left him paralyzed on his right side and his speech impaired. His second son, Hiroya, who had just graduated high school and was preparing for his university entrance examinations, gave up his studies to take care of
the family business.

A doctor told the couple that they should consider themselves fortunate if Seinosuke could ever use the toilet unaided again.

“I’m a Soka Gakkai member! I won’t be defeated!” Seinosuke thought.

He chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo wholeheartedly and worked hard at his rehabilitation. Gradually he recovered until he could at last walk on his own. When he heard Shin’ichi was visiting the Kushiro Community Center, he and his wife hurried over to see him.

Shin’ichi said to them with conviction: “No prayer to the Gohonzon goes unanswered. I am certain you will make a full recovery. I hope to see you in good health the next time I come to Kushiro. No matter what, please live long.”

Conviction stirs conviction. Guidance is the work of awakening another’s faith through heart-to-heart connection.

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