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Monday, August 31, 2015

It is apparent that the people of the Soka nation neither adhere to nor protect the teachings

"The Benevolent Kings Sutra says, 'For a thousand ri around the seven disasters will not occur.' And the Lotus Sutra says, '[I will also shield and guard those who uphold this sutra], making certain that they suffer no decline or harm within the area of a hundred yojanas.' If the ruler of a nation propagates the correct teaching, then he is certain to be rewarded with results such as these. And if the people of the nation adhere to and protect this teaching, then how could any great disasters occur within their families? Again, the eighth volume of the Lotus Sutra says, 'Their wishes will not be in vain, and in this present existence they will gain the reward of good fortune.' And it says, “In this present existence he will have manifest reward for it.' And also, “He will in his present existence be afflicted with white leprosy.” And again, 'Their heads will split into seven pieces.' And in the second volume, 'If this person [should slander a sutra such as this], or on seeing those who read, recite, copy, and uphold this sutra, should despise, hate, envy, or bear grudges against them, . . . When his life comes to an end he will enter the Avīchi hell.' And in the fifth volume, 'If people speak ill of and revile him, their mouths will be closed and stopped up.'”

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