According to our mentor there can be no other happiness greater than Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. It is the supreme form of buddhist practice which carries you to a state of extreme joy which cannot be known until experienced. In fact, the first and the last step of human revolution is Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.
We don’t just sit and wait for the changes to happen by themselves but we evoke the changes by chanting Daimoku and activating our inner strength to exert a positive effect in our environment. As for the beginners, initially one may not have enough faith to believe what potential a mere small Sutra could possess but one should continue to do the chanting till the changes are visible, having faith that it will definitely happen one day.
This thing is explained by Daishonin through analogy of our mother bird and an egg. In the beginning there is no life inside the egg but only liquid. But the mother bird continues to warm the egg sitting on it for hours. Without even receiving a single signal of life for many days. This happens only because she has strong faith that she will be rewarded with a small baby if she continues to do that. Gradually the beak, eyes and feathers are formed. Eventually, the baby bird comes out and can be seen flying in a few days as efficiently as the mother bird herself.
Similarly, a firm believer continues to chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo till he reaches a high life condition and the positive changes become visible. And do not forget my children! You will have a lot to learn from the teachings of our mentor available to us in form of their writings and scriptures. They will help us derive perseverance from the lessons they had learnt by the challenges they have faced constantly.
The wisdom thus derived is like a flambeau which has to be passed on as a baton to all others who need it. So you have to convert it from practice to mission. It is not suggested to keep it within yourself, else it will not bear the desired fruits. Drishti and Sunaina were able to understand the things easily as Sulochana had explained everything in a very simple language. Sunaina asked Sulochana that why was this mission important for the mankind. Sulochana replied, “There is so much suffering in this world and most of the people keep accepting the suffering as a result of the sin without knowing the way to change it. In fact, they are inhibited that it cannot be changed. Instead of taking charge of their own problems, they keep waiting for some Saviour to come and rescue them. Whereas, the fact is quite contradictory.
Daishonin taught us that nothing and no one can save you if you are not willing to get up and take charge of your own problems. Your present problems are the fruits of some seeds sown by you in past. Start with the acceptance that the cause was you yourself and nobody else. It is your life, hence you yourself have to take the lead. Don’t encage yourself with excuses of inability. You will first have to liberate yourself from this ‘vicious circle’ and apart from taking the responsibility of the faults made by you must have a will to rectify them for experiencing a better life condition.
Sunaina was listening to all this very keenly but Drishti, being a child was inquisitively looking here and there, still pondering over the story hidden behind all the paintings depicting various life phases of Buddha. Looking at her innocent gaze Sulochana diverted her attention back to the conversation and asked her, “ Drishti! You look very interested is knowing the stories behind these paintings! Do you want to know more about Siddhartha aka Shakyamuni?” Drishti chuckled with joy as this was exactly what she was thinking about. She nodded her head in an innocent affirmation. Sulochana started narrating the life story of Siddhartha, who later became known as Gautam Buddha or Shakyamuni.
“Siddhartha was a beautiful child born in the royal family of the rulers of the Shakya, King Shuddhodana and Queen Maya. In the very beginning of infancy he lost his mother just weeks after his birth. We could say that contrary to our belief or presumption, he had a turbulent start of life though being born with a silver spoon, he was provided with the very luxurious life as a prince where he was always surrounded with many attendants at his disposal, who left no stone unturned to provide him all the comforts which he deserved.
The magnitude of this splendour can be known by the fact that he had a different palace for each season, built accordingly. He was not supposed to leave the palace during the summers. To protect him from the scorching heat, his attendants would always be ready with parasols to provide him shade whenever he had to go out in sun.
Despite all this luxury, he grew up as a very sensitive and spiritual being. He would often be found delving into the realms of his mind, sitting beside the pond in a pensive mood, introspecting to discover the possible causes of the sufferings human beings have to undergo during the circle of life and death. He often said, “No matter how young and healthy we may be, disease, suffering and death always cross our path inevitably.” He often asked himself that this suffering was an inseparable part of life still why did people look at it with disgust? According to him this was not a correct attitude towards life.
Some incidents pulled him into a dilemma that being heir of the kingdom should he become a king and look after the welfare of his subjects or should he rather become a sage renouncing all the possessions and serve the whole humanity with his spiritual wisdom. As we all know, he chose the latter and abandoning everything in pursuit of true happiness, even his beloved wife and his newly born son.
Sulochana paused her narration and pointed towards the painting depicting his renunciation ceremony in which he was shown leaving the palace at midnight without informing anyone. In the next picture he is shown cutting his hair with his sword and giving away all his princely ornaments and clothes to his attendant accompanied him on the bank of Anouma river.
He seemed a little sad doing all this but the urge of his pursuit was so strong that nothing could dissuade him from his aim. Sulochana was narrating the story of life of Buddha to Drishti and Sunaina in such an elaborate manner that all the questions in their mind which arose looking at the painting, were getting answered one by one themselves.