Gosho Passage August 2019 / 2019 年 8月御书文段

01 Aug

Nichiren Daishonin states in “Reply to Matsuno”:

There are many baby fish, but only a few mature to become full-grown fish. Although the mango tree blooms proliferously, few of its flowers turn into fruit. The same is true for humans. There are many who resolve to attain enlightenment, but only a few refrain from slackening in their practice and manage to achieve the true way. The aspiration of common mortals to attain enlightenment is often hampered by evil karmic influences and is easily affected by various conditions and circumstances. There are many heavily armoured warriors, but only a few among them are fearless when they go into battle.

宗祖日莲大圣人于《松野殿御返事》曰:
魚之子虽多,成鱼者少。
菴罗树之花虽多,结果者少。
人亦复如斯。
发菩提心者虽多,不退而入实道者少。
一切凡夫之菩提心,多受恶缘欺诳,遇事易变也。
如着铠之兵虽多,临战而不惧者稀矣。

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