Saturday, April 4, 2009

The True Intention of Nichiren - Part 2

Nichiren has been claiming the Shika Kakugen (四箇格言) criticizing other Buddhist sects that all other teachings were evil, leading to no-attainment. His passionate propagation reached the ears of Bakufu (government) who were believers of another Buddhist sect. Nichiren was arrested for his antigovernment activity. He received a beheading death sentence. At the execution ground of Tatsu-no-kuchi, when he was going to have his head cut off, it is said that two balls of light came to the ground trying to disturb the execution.

With my psychic vision, I can see that the executor attempted three times. The first two times, the executor heard a strange sound from the light balls that scared him off. He still attempted the third time but was paralyzed and couldn’t move his arms at all. The officers were troubled by this unusual incident and reported to the Bakuhu. When the message was delivered to the Bakufu, some of the officers witnessed the light balls at the government house as well. The Bakuhu announces to stop the execution.

When Nichiren from sitting on the execution ground, he was repeating “Namu-Kanzenon-Bosatsu, Amaterasu-Ohomikami.”As it has been documented in the Hokkekyo, those who are calling for the Kannon shall be protected by the power of Kannon and no sword can come against it, and with no doubt, Nichiren believed that he cannot be touched. Those thoughts of his had attracted the light balls that are spirits sent through the light of Amaterasu-Ohomikami.

Nichiren, although able to avoid death, was condemned to exile. During his time of exile, he had the time to look back on his own behavior. And when his time was over, he started writing a Hokkekyo mandala. Later in history, when a sect was established after his belief, the organization had made his madala as their principal image. Usually a statue of Buddha is placed on an altar, but in his sect, the mandala was placed. The divine body was replaced with letters. On the madala, the letters“Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō”(南無妙法蓮華経) was written in the center. Around those letters, names of bosatsus were placed. Curiously enough, just one name from a Shinto god was placed on this same mandala. It was Amaterasu-Ohomikami. This signifies the intention of Nichiren.

In his early stage of writing the mandala, Nichiren wrote Amaterasu-Ohimikami at the lower end of the scroll. As the time passes and his sect grew larger, he began writing Amaterasu-Ohomikami on the higher end of the scroll. But he never explained the reason to his disciples. When his sect had grown big enough, his final intention appears on the mandala. He wrote Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō in very small letters, in a shape of a lotus flower on the lower part of the scroll. And wrote Amaterasu-Ohomikami in large letters on the center of the scroll as if she was standing on the lotus flower. When two of his closest disciples saw this mandala, they were astonished. They followed Nichiren for many years as a Buddhist. They were also established in their position in the organization as leaders. After seeing this mandala, they made an unexpected move. To be continued…

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live

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