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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 51

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

The day before the young men’s division meeting in Kushiro, while cutting the grass to feed the cows, Sugayama still pondered what to do.

It would take him three hours by train to get to Kushiro, but he didn’t have any money.

“The members want me to go, but how can I?”

Now and then, he looked up at the sky and let out a sigh. He took the postcard out of his pocket and read it again and again. Each time, the feeling that he should go grew stronger.

When he got home that evening, he lay down to relax. He pictured the faces of his fellow members in Kushiro.

“We’re waiting for you!” “We believe in you!” “Stand up!” they seemed to say. Sugayama got to his feet.

“That’s it! I can go by bicycle! I can’t let my circumstances hold me back. I want to meet with everyone and hear about President Yamamoto.”

These thoughts filled his heart.

“If I leave now, I should get there in time.”

He hopped onto his bike and set off decisively, as if throwing off his hesitation. The road was unpaved. He tightened his grip on the handlebars to make his way over the tree roots without falling.

There were no streetlamps or lights from people’s homes. The moon and stars were hidden behind a thick veil of clouds. Guided solely by his bicycle’s headlight, he pedaled furiously. The further he rode, the more labored his breathing became.

But telling himself that his fellow members were counting on him, he resolved to not give up. Energy surged through his legs as sweat dripped from his forehead.

When others believe in us, we can find courage and strength. The Soka Gakkai is a harmonious realm in which people come together and help one another develop and grow through such trust.

He pedaled for four or five hours.

Then something cold hit his face. He looked up into the darkness. It had started to rain.

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