True Intention of Nichiren – PART 3

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Showing the Great Hokke Mandala with “Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami” written large in the center, Nichiren said to the two leading disciples that, though he respected Shaka in India, he respected Japan much more, and that he prayed to God at Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮) before founding his sect for with the hope that he wanted to lead all the people to Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami (天照太御神)through the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. Then he added that he was going to begin to teach people the faith in Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami, so he wanted them to cooperate with his plan lest his followers should be confused.

  • disciple 弟子
  • respect 尊敬する
  • cooperate 協力する
  • lest S+V SがVするといけないから

They were very much shocked to hear this. They complained by saying how much efforts they made to propagate his teachings through hardships in the face of oppression by the government. It was their only hope that the Lotus Sutra is the best of all the Buddhist scriptures. They got angry, and said “You don’t understand this. Our organization has become big in exchange for many lives of your disciples.”

  • complain 不平を言う
  • effort 努力
  • propagate 広める
  • oppression 弾圧
  • exchange 交換

The amount of money his followers donated was already huge at that time. The disciples agreed that they couldn’t approve of Nichiren’s plan ever which would ruin his teachings and organization and that they had to prevent his plan by all means. I feel that they kept mixing a small amount of poison into Nichiren’s meal over a long period of time.

  • donate 寄付する
  • approve 是認する
  • prevent 妨げる
  • by all means なんとしても
  • meal 食事

Though Nichiren knew what they were doing, he had the meals without saying anything and his body became weak gradually. Why? Because he felt sorry for many disciples who were killed because of the faith in him. Nichiren was the founder of a big religious organization, but he was very kind person as well who never clung to his position or life, always caring about the nation and his disciples.

  • gradually  徐々に
  • sorry すまなくて
  • cling 執着する
  • nation 国家

Nichiren entrusted with them three Great Hokke Mandalas and a document on the faith in Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami. But, they burnt them all after he passed away. The organization was reorganized by them and developed with them being the leaders. But later, they, with the secret in mind, broke with each other and split the organization, founding their own sects each.

  • entrust 預ける
  • document 文書
  • break 仲違いする
  • each それぞれ

Out of fear of having killed Nichiren to cover up his true intention, they became abnormally afraid of visiting Shinto shrines and prohibited their believers from visiting any shrines. A holy spirit of mine have told me their names, but I won’t tell you here. The karma of this incident has existed to this day.

  • fear 恐怖
  • true intention 本意
  • abnormally 異常に
  • prohibit 禁じる
  • incident 出来事

Nichiren aspired after the Great Sun God, or Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami, beyond the Lotus Sutra. I hope that all religious organizations or groups that believe in Nichiren consider the facts that he visited Geku of Ise Grand Shrine for as many as 100 days before founding his sect and that the name of Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami is written in any Hokke Mandala. And I want them to know Nichiren’s true intention.

  • aspire after A Aを目指す
  • consider  よく考える
  • as many as A Aもの

This is an imaginary story in my brain. I’ll dedicate this story to Nichiren, the true patriot who lived through his turbulent life in this world.

  • imaginary 想像上の
  • dedicate 献上する
  • patriot 愛国者
  • turbulent 激動の

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