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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 58

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

One man at the restaurant, a block leader, was having a hard time financially. His seafood processing plant had suffered a huge setback a year earlier (in 1977) when the U.S. and Soviet Union announced an exclusive fishing zone extending 200 nautical miles (about 370 kilometers or 230 miles) from their shores. His business slumped [due to the accompanying drastic reductions in Japanese fishing quotas] and he was forced to close his plant. He now made his living selling pickled sansai mountain vegetables.

He had six children. Two of his sons attended Soka University, and his youngest daughter was in the third grade. Despite his challenges, he refused to give in and kept working hard, hoping to one day send his youngest daughter to a Soka school.

Shin’ichi said to him, “Thank you for sending your children to Soka University all the way from Shibetsu-cho.

“They will without a doubt come to appreciate your efforts and grow into fine young adults. Great leaders of the people often emerge from struggling families. Though your sons are far away, you can connect with them through chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

“As for your business, keep researching, using your ingenuity and putting your all into it. Never think that things will just somehow turn out. It’s important to steadily win the trust and confidence of others.”

Through the toughest of circumstances, Soka Gakkai members have practiced hard and shown wonderful proof of victory. Their accumulated efforts have built the invincible bastion of Soka.

Shin’ichi wanted to do whatever he could to encourage this family. He purchased 20 five-gallon (18 liter) cans of pickled sansai mountain vegetables.

“You can send them to me little by little, as they are ready. There’s no hurry. Anyway, no matter what happens, never lose sight of the path of faith.”

Shin’ichi thought, “If just one person, if this one family stands up, my trip to Shibetsu will have been a success.”

He continued to pour his energy into meeting and encouraging members. He also visited a coffee shop to speak with the member who owned it.

Shin’ichi felt a chill and started shivering. When he took his temperature back at the Hokkaido Training Center, it was 38.5 Celsius (101 Fahrenheit).

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