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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 46

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Seinosuke and Yasu renewed their determination after receiving this guidance from Shin’ichi.

They looked back on their lives since joining the Soka Gakkai in 1958. They had started practicing Nichiren Buddhism because they wanted to cure their son Hiroya’s heart condition, and their prayer was answered soon after.

About a year and a half later, a fire destroyed their noodle factory and adjacent home. They barely escaped with the clothes on their back, but were able to recover even then.

They had faced many trials, big and small. But they vowed to never lose faith in the Gohonzon and to dedicate their lives to kosen-rufu. They earnestly chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and shared the Daishonin’s teachings with others. Because of this, they could surmount everything and change poison into medicine.

“There is no way we can’t overcome this health crisis, too. Next time President Yamamoto comes to Kushiro, let’s show him our victory.”

With this resolve, the couple gave their all to their Buddhist practice.

Now Yasu was sitting with Shin’ichi and the others in her home. She happily explained that their gift shop was doing very well and that their son Hiroya was now married with two children.

Soon her daughter-in-law and granddaughter came home, followed by Seinosuke and their grandson. Seinosuke walked with strong, sure steps.

“Sensei!” he exclaimed, kneeling and bowing his head.

Straightening up, he started to say, “My brain hemorrhage …” but his voice trailed off, tears filled his eyes and he began to sob.

Yasu spoke for her husband, saying, “He’s doing so well now that it’s hard to believe he ever had a brain hemorrhage.”

Shin’ichi squeezed Seinosuke’s hand.

“That’s really wonderful. Those who strive in faith always win in the end. That is the teaching of Nichiren Buddhism.

“The correct path of faith lies in living your life with the Soka Gakkai, whose mission is kosen-rufu. That’s why you were able to overcome your illness.”

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