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To My Friends

January 18, 2023

“Effort and challenge” are words

  that describe the spirit of youth.

My treasured friends who exemplify 

  the spirit of “from the Indigo,

  an even deeper blue,”(*) 

  let’s win this day with courage!

(*) “Hell is the Land of Tranquil Light,” WND I, p. 457 

The allegory of the indigo plant is often used to indicate the disciple growing to surpass the mentor or to describe how deepening one’s practice leads to strengthening one’s faith. This expression is based on a passage in the classical Chinese work titled “Hsün Tzu.” “Great Concentration and Insight” reads, “From the indigo, an even deeper blue.”

Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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