Bharat Soka Gakkai


May 28th, 2007

— TO MY FRIENDS —

The ‘Oneness of Mentor and Disciple’ is
the fundamental path for us to follow!
Let’s cherish and sincerely look after
each and every precious member of the SGI
who so honestly and wholeheartedly advances along this path!

May 28th, 2007 — DAILY GOSHO —

“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone. The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs.”

(On Persecutions Befalling the Sage – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Page 997) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, May 28th, 2007

May 28th – June 3rd, 2007 —- WORDS OF THE WEEK —-

It is vital that when leaders speak to their fellow members

they are earnest and serious, showing their utmost sincerity

with the wholehearted courage of a lion king!

So first let’s really challenge such a “leaders’ revolution” so that

everyone can have the momentum towards victory!


March 14th, 2007

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March 14th, 2007 — TO MY FRIENDS —

The cheerful and bright optimism of women

is indeed the driving force of our advancement

and the very source of hope for us all!

Let’s make sure to express our heartfelt respect and appreciation

to all of our SGI women members!

Together, let’s advance towards the summit of victory!

March 14th, 2007 — DAILY GOSHO —

“The greater the hardships befalling him, the greater the delight he feels, because of his strong faith.”

(A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 33) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, March 14th, 2007

March 15th, 2007 —- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Citing the Lotus Sutra, the Daishonin asserts that ‘one who summons up one’s faith and chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with the profound insight that now is the last moment of one’s life’ (WND-1, 216) will savour immense inner peace and tranquillity when they die, protected by a thousand Buddhas. This is the meaning of a correct and steadfast mind at the moment of death. In other words, those who strive in faith with the spirit that now is one’s last moment are on the path of attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime.

“…To strive in faith with the spirit that now is our last moment is to earnestly give our all to the present, determined to have no regrets even if this moment should be our very last.”


A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun

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March 12th – 18th, 2007 — WORDS OF THE WEEK —

The Daishonin states,

“If the spirit of many in body but one in mind

prevails among the people, they will achieve all their goals”*

Aiming together towards victory for kosen-rufu,

let’s try to hold discussion meetings that are embraced with harmony

and filled with the spirit of March 16th (Kosen-rufu Day)**!

* “Many in Body, One in Mind” – WND, page 618
** For the history of March 16, Kosen-rufu Day, refer to The Human Revolution, Volume 12, “Successors” chapter

March 12th, 2007 — DAILY GOSHO —

“Being so fiercely hated merely for trying to give advice that would save the country, I suppose that, when I was pardoned from exile, I should have left Sado and hidden myself somewhere far off amidst the mountains or by the seashore. But instead I went to Kamakura, because I hoped to explain the situation one last time to Hei no Saemon, and thereby save those people who might manage to survive an attack on Japan.”

Reply to the Lay Priest Takahashi – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 608) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s speech, Seikyo Shimbun, March 11th, 2007

March 13th, 2007 —- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“This auspicious date,

March 16th —

our members will never forget
the history of Soka
engraved therein.

“An organisation that treasures the pivotal turning points in its history is strong. It will always be filled with a fresh, springtime vitality that enables it to renew itself and continue to grow, unaffected by the changing times.

“March 16th is the day of carrying on the fighting spirit to achieve kosen-rufu; the day of rising up valiantly with the pride of champions of justice; the day of setting forth towards total victory in the shared struggle of mentor and disciple.”

SGI Newsletter No. 7125, SGI President Ikeda’s Editorial from Daibyaku Renge, the Soka Gakkai monthly study journal, Day of Immortal History: March 16th, translated Feb 27th, 2007.


SUNDAY, March 11th, 2007

— TO MY FRIENDS —

The Daishonin states,
“Be millions of times more careful than ever.”*
Today again,
(let’s make sure to take all the necessary precautions)
so that the day passes without any type of accident or incident occurring!
This is the corner stone for victory.

* “The Hero of the World” – WND, 839

— DAILY GOSHO —

“I, Nichiren, have also put my trust in this deity, and in this manner have carried on my struggles in Japan over the past several years. Already I have the feeling that I have achieved victory.”

(On Consecrating an Image of Shakyamuni Buddha Made by Shijo Kingo – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 685) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s speech, Seikyo Shimbun, March 11th, 2007

—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Mr. Toda said that no matter what the difficulty or situation, it is vital to stand up and face it with a sense of personal responsibility. The Gakkai would never have become the organization it is today through schemes or clever manoeuvring. If the cause is right and just, stand up alone and fight for it!”

SGI Newsletter No. 7134, Entering the Essential Phase of Kosen-rufu,
December 22nd, 2006, translated March 8th, 2007


THURSDAY, March 8th, 2007

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— TO MY FRIENDS —

Today again,
let’s continue to advance by doing our utmost
towards achieving all of our goals and targets!
Let’s make every possible effort
to open up a great path towards complete victory
for the sake of our friends’ happiness and
the peace and prosperity of our local community!

— DAILY GOSHO —

“Have profound faith. A coward cannot have any of his prayers answered.”

(The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1001) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, March 7th, 2007

—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Nichiren Daishonin writes: ‘A person of wisdom is not one who practises Buddhism apart from worldly affairs’ (WND-1, 1121). Society is the place where Buddhist practitioners put their faith into practise and carry out their activities. As such, contributing to society itself is part of their proud mission.”


Daily guidance

March 6th, 2007 — TO MY FRIENDS —

Let’s leave behind the type of history

that people will praise and applaud.

Now is the time to achieve even greater victories

than we have ever done before!
March 6th, 2007 — DAILY GOSHO —

“The voice carries out the work of the Buddha.”
(Ongi kuden – Gosho Zenshu, page 708, The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 4) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s essay, Seikyo Shimbun, March 6th, 2007

March 7th, 2007 —- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Buddhism teaches the law of cause and effect operating in life, a reality that no one can escape. If you carry out your Buddhist practice steadfastly and do your utmost for the happiness of others, no matter what happens, all of your efforts are certain to become great benefits and good fortune in your life.”


WEDNESDAY, February 28th, 2007

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

WEDNESDAY, February 28th, 2007

— TO MY FRIENDS —

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The Daishonin states,
“Not once have I thought of retreat.”*
With the strong resolute spirit to never retreat, no matter what,
let’s do our utmost to protect our fellow members!
Let’s carry through with our determination to pursue justice to the very end!

* “The Great Battle” – WND, Vol. 2, page 465

WEDNESDAY, February 28th, 2007

— DAILY GOSHO —

“Words are what give expression to the distinctions that are thought of in the mind.”

(The Unanimous Declaration by the Buddhas of the Three Existences regarding the Classification of the Teachings and Which Are to Be Abandoned and Which Upheld – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 2, page 843) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, February 28th 2007

THURSDAY, March 1st, 2007

—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Break down barriers and create something new! Lead a life filled with the true spirit of justice and true humanity! Let’s advance with this spirit.”

SGI Newsletter No. 7124, 4th SOKA GAKKAI HEADQUARTERS LEADERS MEETING–PART 1 [OF 2], Break Down Barriers and Create Something New! Feb 8th, 2007, translated Feb. 23rd, 2007


February 27th, 2007

February 27th, 2007 — TO MY FRIENDS —

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Together, let’s open up the century

in which all mothers can be victorious!

Let’s also sing out loud and clear,

of a new age where people can truly become happy!

February 27th, 2007 — DAILY GOSHO —

“When you shake your head, your hair sways; when your mind begins to work, your body moves. When a strong wind blows, the grass and trees can no longer remain still; when the earth shakes, the seas are atremble. Thus if one can move Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, can the grass and trees fail to respond, can the waters remain calm?”

(Concerning the Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha Fashioned by Nichigen-nyo – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 2, page 811) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, February 27th 2007

February 28th, 2007 —- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“In… The Eternal City by the British author Hall Caine (1853–1931), a tale about the lives and struggles of a group of young revolutionaries…we find the words: ‘A throne broad-based on the love of the people [is] strong and right.’ The people are the most important. A great path forward can only be opened if they are the foundation. Nothing is more important than the people.
“Here’s another passage from the novel: ‘Initiators are always martyrs.’ This is true of anyone who starts some great endeavour, who takes the lead–it was true of Mr. Makiguchi; it was true of Mr. Toda; and it’s true of me, as well. A martyr is someone who refuses to think of his own comfort but gives his all for a cause he believes in–and then is abused and persecuted as a result. I realised every single one of Mr. Toda’s dreams and goals without the slightest exception. That’s one thing I wish to make perfectly clear.
“Throughout history, anyone who has tried to do good has been envied and attacked. It’s a great crime to stand by silently and watch this taking place without speaking out to denounce it.
“Rossi was a young man of the strongest convictions: ‘What a power in martyrdom! [The ancient] Roman Emperors, Roman ladies, Imperial people—what were they now? Only dust and ashes. But the martyrs were alive!’ Who cares about those whose greatness is only superficial or fleeting? It is the martyr–the person who is true to his beliefs no matter what–who is truly noble..”
SGI Newsletter No. 7124, 4th SOKA GAKKAI HEADQUARTERS LEADERS MEETING—PART 1 [OF 2], Break Down Barriers and Create Something New! Feb 8th, 2007


DAILY GOSHO

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February 26th, 2007 — TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin states,
“If the spirit of many in body but one in mind prevails among the people,
they will achieve all their goals”*
By having perfect and indestructible unity,
let’s show all of Japan and the entire world
a glorious drama of the victory of mentor and disciple.
* “Many in Body, One in Mind” – WND, page 618

February 26th, 2007 — DAILY GOSHO —
“It must be ties of karma from the distant past that have destined you to become my disciple at a time like this. Shakyamuni and Many Treasures certainly realized this truth. The sutra’s statement, ‘Those persons who had heard the Law dwelled here and there in various Buddha lands, constantly reborn in company with their teachers,’ cannot be false in any way.”

(The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 217) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, February 26th, 2007

February 26th – March 4th, 2007 —- WORDS OF THE WEEK —-

Truly capable individuals are raised in the midst of challenges and struggles.

Let’s help support our fellow members with clear and specific targets,

by giving them warm encouragement

and by chanting earnestly for them

so that they can confidently challenge and achieve all of their goals!

Let’s all strive together to build the type of solidarity and unity that

will achieve

truly great victories!
Genuine people of ability are fostered
amidst struggles.
Let’s strongly pray and send
heartfelt encouragement to
our fellow members, aiming
for concrete goals.
Let’s gather our forces and create a team
with conviction of ultimate victory.


Daily Guidance Feb, 26 2007

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— TO MY FRIENDS —

Let’s make a fresh new start to each day

by doing a rhythmical gongyo and

chanting refreshing daimoku,

just like a galloping white horse!

Brimming with vital great life force,

let’s be victorious and successful!

* “Any discipline has its basic practice. Take judo or fencing, for example. Similarly, the basic practice of our faith for the attainment of happiness is gongyo. A person who seriously practices gongyo and chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo each day may seem no different in the beginning from one who is lax in these areas. However, three, five or seven years later, unmistakable differences will emerge. Our aim is to change our karma and carry out human revolution, but the only source of power for accomplishing this is gongyo and Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is why Nichiren Daishonin tells us, ‘Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo’ (WND, 4).

“In addition, a person’s attitude in doing gongyo reveals itself in how that person lives. A person whose gongyo is weak will lack vital energy and will lapse inevitably into a feeble way of living. If you do gongyo only as if it were a chore or out of a sense of obligation, it will be hard for you to feel joy in your faith. Therefore, let’s encourage one another to do a refreshing and rhythmical gongyo, like a mythical white flying horse galloping through the sky. Together let’s aim to do a superb, powerful gongyo each day, one that will move the entire universe and is infused with our earnest prayers.” (Human Revolution, Volume 12, “Declaration” chapter)

— DAILY GOSHO —

“Only by defeating a powerful enemy can one prove one’s real strength.”
(Letter from Sado – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 302) Selection source: “Myoji no Gen”, Seikyo Shimbun, February 25th 2007

February 26th, 2007 —- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Hardships enable us to grow. The imperfections and impurities of our lives are purified through faith. Buddhism teaches that ‘earthly desires lead to enlightenment.'”

SGI Newsletter No. 7124, 4th SOKA GAKKAI HEADQUARTERS LEADERS MEETING—PART 1 [OF 2], Break Down Barriers and Create Something New! Feb 8th, 2007,