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|ON DISHARMONY IN THE WORLD
Reverend Raido Hirota
In Nichiren Daishonin's treatise, the "Rissho Ankoku Ron," he says, if you
oppose True Buddhism you will have disharmony with your parents, brothers,
sisters and relatives. In the Latter Day (the age we are in) there will be illness and
trouble with the economy, and anyone who tries to fix the problems will be
unsuccessful. These troubles will be widespread, occurring everywhere. Doctors
will try to cure diseases, but can't. They will try to treat wounds that never heal.
There will be more sickness than can be cured. Wars will breakout. People will
fall into the four lower worlds (Hell, Hunger, Animality, Anger). Even if you are
fortunate to be born human, you and your country will be embroiled in wars.
You, yourself, will learn how to kill. That's the kind of life you'll have. This
teaching, expounded by Nichiren Daishonin, was based on the teachings of
Shakyamuni Buddha. What is happening today is exactly as Shakyamuni taught.
If human beings view the world as strong versus weak, rich versus poor, big
versus small, and feel that these distinctions are important in their lives, then
society will be confused and eventually our civilization will collapse.
Nichiren Daishonin said that we cannot eliminate our desires. But we must realize
how foolish we are if we think, "I am the best," "stronger is better," etc. Such
thoughts add to the confusion. That's why we must practice
Namumyohorengekyo and have strong faith.
In the "Rissho Ankoku Ron" Nichiren Daishonin appealed to the Kamakura
government, warning that if the nation continued to worship the wrong religions,
there would be disease and pestilence, other countries would invade Japan,
natural disasters such as earthquakes would occur again and again, and there
would be irregularities in the heavens. Of course, long ago the Japanese believed
that comets were a bad omen, and were frightened when they occurred.
Nowadays, science has proven that illness, earthquakes, comets and the like are
natural occurrence and not a result of religious belief. Scientists ridicule people
who are afraid of scientifically proven phenomena. Nevertheless, Nichiren
Daishonin pointed out hundreds of years ago that human life and the environment
are interrelated. Yet to scientists, an earthquake is an earthquake, a comet is a
comet, and sickness is sickness. Each are separate and independent of each other.
Just because you chant, there is no immediate possibility of having a world free of
war, disasters and hardship. But if each of us who believes and practices true
Buddhism were to stop practicing, society would worsen.