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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 52

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

The rain fell harder. After a while, Sugayama noticed a mound by the road—a large haystack. He stopped his bicycle and burrowed into the hay to take shelter. Soon the rain lifted.

He resumed his journey. When he was thirsty, he ate some wild grapes he found growing by the road.

Finally, dawn arrived. The city of Kushiro appeared through the morning mist.

“I will see everyone soon!”

He was relieved. Then suddenly, all his strength drained from him and he felt exhausted. He stopped his bike, lay down on some nearby grass, stretched out and immediately fell into a deep sleep.

The bright sun awakened him. He had slept a couple of hours and felt refreshed.

He set off again at a good pace, arriving in Kushiro around 8:00 in the morning.

He had traveled well over 100 kilometers (62 miles) in a single night. His face was covered in sweat and grime, but his heart was light. With his strong seeking spirit, he had surmounted his weakness.

Everyone at the meeting welcomed this champion from Betsukai with resounding applause and cheers.

They learned the true spirit of the young men’s division from his example. That fighting spirit reminded them of the bright sun rising over the Hokkaido wilderness. They were deeply moved.

At the meeting, Sugayama was appointed a young men’s division unit leader, a position on the front lines of the organization.

That night, he got back on his bicycle to return to Betsukai, his body light, his legs strong, his face flushed with inspiration and resolve.

A single youth in Betsukai had stood up, awakened to his mission from the remote past. The actions of one person taking initiative in their family, workplace or community will spread to many more, like flowers blooming in fragrant profusion. That is the unchanging principle for realizing kosen-rufu.

His job at the dairy farm was very demanding, but Sugayama chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo earnestly to not let his circumstances defeat him. He tried to be as efficient and productive at work as possible and made time for Soka Gakkai activities.

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