Be responsible for your karma

Things in our lives usually happen for a reason and as practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, we should take such opportunities to deepen our faith and overcome our karma, as well as do human revolution. Deepika Khorana did that and eventually achieved victories.

Today is another opportunity for me to share my victory with you all. This practice has really helped me to grow as a person in totality. It has also given me the opportunity to clearly reflect on my inner self and change from within.

After I was appointed as block chief, I can feel the difference in attitude towards my prayers.

Recently, I got an opportunity to go to US. This news made me happy, as well as sad.

Sad, as I was worried about my mom for I never stayed away from her.

I took the guidance and chanted a lot to be able to go ahead in the visa process and take this opportunity as a challenge. But my visa got rejected.

Again, I was happy and sad.  I would be with Mom but the visa rejection would hinder my growth in office.

However, I took it in my stride without getting frustrated and dejected.

I sat in front of the Gohonzon and chant to have a clearer picture in front of me. I was sure that my staying back was an arrangement of the Gohonzon.

After a few days, I met with an accident, which caused ligament fracture, and I was not able to walk for 10 days.

My hemoglobin (HB) was also very low which made me more worried to overcome this problem.

The moment the accident happened, the first thing that came to my mind was that what a great protection for me.

This is because if this happened in a new country, then there would have been a big problem.

I asked for 2 days leave from office and also asked for the permission to work from home for the next 15 days.

As a result to my earnest prayers, I got permission to work from home.

During these 15 days, I did a lot of appreciation daimoku, filled with deep gratitude to get such a kosen-rufu job. Also, I studied Sensei’s guidance and the Gosho.

After my leg recovered, I took the challenge to go to Chennai to encourage my member that I had shakubuku.

Despite my low HB, I never felt weak and never took a single leave from office because of this. I was able to balance my office, home and Gakkai activities.

I was a person full of grudges but this practice has taught me to accept whatever that comes my way and to become confident.

I started taking responsibility of my karma and prayed very earnestly for my own growth as a capable disciple of Sensei.

In Dec, I again got the opportunity to apply for the visa again and this time, I am happy to report that I got the visa.

My next challenge was to travel alone and to stay alone tin the US as my colleague did not get the visa.

This time I was more confident because I had full faith in the Gohonzon and I know I have the master key with me that will help me to handle all challenging situations.

The US trip was amazing as I visited gaikan there and was very happy to meet with the US members and got the opportunity to know about their experiences.

In my company’s office there, I received a very warm welcome and that made my stay very comfortable and enjoyable. I also got the opportunity to visit New York and Niagara Falls, which is such a beautiful natural falls.

I got to know about my hidden capabilities in the US and life has changed in many beautiful ways.

I cooked myself and took care for my health and came back with good memories.

Today, I can see a bright future ahead in front of me with lots of opportunities.

Now, I chant daily in spite of my busy working hours, studied VC and the Gosho, undertake various Gakkai activities and attend all the meetings. I never miss a single chance to encourage my members through the phone, home visit and online.

Now, I am determined to start working as a youth of Sensei’s vision, a youth who is never defeated. I am also determined to dedicate my entire life to walk the path of kosen–rufu as shown by my mentor.

“Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the finest of all varieties of medicine”

No matter what circumstances we face, regardless of how hopeless the situations may seem, we should continue to have absolute faith in the Gohonzon and chant strong daimoku. This is what Lucy Fong, a WD did, when faced with a life-threatening illness and together with her husband’s support, she finally overcame this negative karma.

Nichikan Shonin stated: “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the finest of all varieties of medicine. In other words, through our faith, each of us can individually exceed the limitations of all conventional and contemporary medicine and through the battle against any illness, we can grow as human beings overcome this illness and strive in body and mind for a transformation in our personal lives.

The power of Daimoku is enormous!

We don’t have to grieve about anything as we bring forth a courageous, valiant spirit becoming people with a core of unbending steel as we change the devil king into the shoten zenjin ( protective forces ) who protect the Mystic Law.

Your faith is like the waxing moon or the rising tide. Be deeply convinced, then, that your illness cannot possibly persist and that your life cannot fail to be extended! Take care of yourself and do not burden your mind with grief.”

I took up faith in 1983, 29 years ago. All these while being a selfish person; I have been practising solely for the benefit of my immediate family; whereby the Daishonin taught that we must practice for oneself and for others, and to have faith, practice and study.

My husband used to explain Buddhism to me, on how we can live a happy and meaningful life, but it always fall on deaf ears.

He said l will only be awakened if l myself encounter a big problem or when he is no longer in this world. This was really true. I was awakened after I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago.

In 2006, my husband suffered a terrible back pain which led him to go for a medical check-up.

At the hospital, there was this breast cancer awareness campaign. My husband insisted that l sign up for this check-up, as he knew l have been avoiding this for the past 2 years, due to my fear of having such sickness.

This is all the more so when I have already experienced a lump in my breast at an early stage. I realised that I have developed a phobia for sickness and death after l saw how my friend’s daughter died of cancer at the age of 19.

Due to the treatment, she is bald with certain part of her body rotten and the cancer developed to a cauliflower-look. From there, l always avoids every news or article about cancer.

So on 10 November 2006, my husband accompanied me to do a mammogram followed by a scan.

The results were unfavourable. The scan showed white spots in my breast and l was then referred to a surgeon to do a biopsy on me.

The results came back was negative. As the lump in my breast was very obvious at that time, the doctor suggested having the lump removed for further examination.

On the 13 November 2006, l underwent an operation to remove the lump which lasted for an hour and during the whole time, my husband was chanting for me outside the OT room.

The next day, the result confirmed that I was positive with breast cancer. The doctor advised me that it was better to remove the whole breast and lymph nodes as soon as possible.

I was shock!

I almost lost my mind, but with the calm manner from my husband, I somehow managed to pull myself together.

He later congratulated me and quoted a passage from the Gosho: ” If one’s heavy karma from the past is not expiated within this lifetime, one must undergo the sufferings of hell in the future, but if one experiences extreme hardship in this life ( because of the Lotus Sutra ), the sufferings of hell will vanish instantly.”

Life for everyone is a struggle against the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness, and death. Happiness is not in the absence of problems or worries; it is most important for us not to be defeated, no matter what obstacle we may face.

From here on, there was no looking back but with strong, earnest resolved daimoku in every breath of my life for a concrete decision.

Thanks to my husband’s hours of strong daimoku with me, which never stop giving me hope and encouragement, day and night and never leave me out of his sight for a moment.

He quoted this guidance from Ikeda Sensei to me on health and illness: “Sickness and death are unavoidable in life. To experience illness is not itself misfortune, but to be defeated by illness is misfortune. A critical illness gives one a chance to think of one’s death and reflect on one’s life. One can use the suffering of illness to face these deepest issues of life and death.

While it is absurd to reject medical science, the principal factor in overcoming illness is the patient and his or her “life force.” In medical terms, it is our capacity to heal ourselves. Life force is a mystic phenomenon that transcends human understanding. It is precisely because we battle with sickness that we are able to experience first-hand the best and worst in life, allowing us to forge the strength within ourselves that will never succumb. That time of struggle enables one to empathize with the suffering of the sick.”

Finally, I was strong enough.

Filled with the greatest courage of my life, I made up my mind, and with my husband, his doctor’s friend and leaders strong encouragement, l agreed to have the operation done without begrudging my life.

Through my understanding of Buddhism, this is my bad karma and I am very fortunate to meet the Gohonzon in this life to change all this poison into medicine.

On the 15 November, l had my second operation to remove the whole breast and lymph nodes. Before the operation, my husband was thinking how to convey this event to our children and if they will doubt the Gohonzon.

I called my children, and to our surprised, the first thing my daughter said was, “Mum, now 4 of us can walk together for kosen-rufu.”

At that time, she was studying in the UK. She gave me a lot of Sensei’s guidance, encouragements and actual proofs.

She said the only way to guarantee my safety and speedy recovery is for her to be more active in SGI-UK activities and to chant abundant daimoku for me.

My son (who was studying in KL) reminded me not to worry and that since Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the lion’s roar, what sickness can therefore be an obstacle?

After hearing that, I was very touched by my children’s encouragement because they have grown as a person and in their faith.

My husband and l were truly happy from the depth of our heart.

During this operation, which lasted 3 hours, my husband was chanting for me outside operation room. When the doctor came out, he showed him the lymph nodes and told him to keep his fingers crossed and prayed that the cancerous cells have not spread to other organs because if that happened, it would be life-threatening.

When l was awake after the operation, l felt a sense of joy and a surge of great life force from within me and I was extremely happy.

Members came to visit me at the hospital and I was still able to laugh and joke around with them.

Besides that, I was able to bring myself to the toilet without any assistance. Before I was being discharged, I had a party to celebrate my 42nd birthday at the hospital and the doctor was shock at how we were so joyous.

Within a few days, without a single dose of pain killer, I was back on my feet and able to do routine works. The power of daimoku is truly unbelievable; it gave me the strong life-force and high life condition that even at this sickest time, I am still so happy and lively.

Two weeks later, I went back for a medical review, which would then determine what kind of post-cancer treatment l would have to undergo, e.g. whether do I need to go for chemotherapy or other treatments.

During the time leading up to this review, my husband and I chanted abundant daimoku for the doctor to have the greatest wisdom and compassion to prescribe me the appropriate treatment.

However, on the day of my review, the doctor was whistling while he was examining me. He was in a very cheerful mood.

After that, he read my medical report and concluded that l did not have to undergo any treatment and just put me on oral medication for 5 years.  Under “normal” circumstances, he should sent me to an oncologist.

And to be double sure of his decision, he even consulted a top doctor in KL who specialised in breast cancer. He made that consultation immediately in our presence. I was overjoyed when the doctor in KL agreed to his decision that l do not have to undergo any further treatment, apart from taking oral medication.

This was truly my prayers being answered because I feared the most that I might have to go through chemotherapy treatment.

I was really out of words to express the joy I felt at that moment! By right, the usual procedure would be to have an oncologist to prescribe the treatment.

“Never does winter fail to turn to spring.” We must never lose sight of the Daishonin’s golden words and advance with a greater vow, an earnest resolve, to change all our bad karma into a great mission to prove the power of this Mystic Law and strive for kosen rufu, regardless of what difficulties we may encounter.

I truly have received the protection of the Shoten Zenjin and l believe this is all a result of our strong daimoku, my earnest resolved and vowed to the Gohonzon that l must change this bad karma into a great mission in my life and to propagate this Buddhism for kosen-rufu.

With my actual proof and vow l have made, l was able to shakubuku my mother, my two sisters to this wonderful power of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and one of them have received the Gohonzon recently. And even more fortunate, I was able to share my experience with my husband in Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur and Klang kaikan.

Finally, l believed, with our absolute faith in the Gohonzon and strives with the spirit of our Mentor, for the happiness of all humanity, we are able to transform all our karma into a mission, and our lives can be prolonged to achieve a total victory in this life for kosen-rufu.

Thank you very much.

Slow and steady wins the race

Sometimes it is not because our prayers are not answered; we are impatient and expect to see the results immediately when more time is needed. As what Satya Srinivasan (who contributed this testimonial) said, instead of expecting instant results, we have to continously chant daimoku and do gongyo with true conviction and perseverance in order to win over our toughest obstacles.

My name is Satya Srinivasan from Delhi, India. I was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism by my bother and started practising it in June 2011.

At that time, I was going through a very tough phase of my life as I lost my husband in August 2010 due to cancer. And now I have a sole responsibility of my daughter who is very young.

Other than my brother, I don’t have many relatives to look for support. He was also struggling with nose cancer which was a shock for my entire family, friends and dear ones.

The members at my brother’s place encouraged me to start practising this Buddhism. They assured me that my prayers would be heard and answered.

They transferred me to my block (Dilshad Garden), so that I am able to practice regularly. From August 2011, I started attending the meetings at Dilshad Garden district.

As usual, I was impressed by hearing the victories of other members. I started chanting for one hour daily mainly for my brother’s recovery along with my other wishes, which are equally important to me and my child’s happiness.

However, doubts started appearing in me three months after I started.

I was getting morally down why my prayers were not being heard. My brother’s health also got deteriorated due to chemotherapy and radio therapy.

Seeing his side effects, I got so demoralized that I even started to miss my gongyo and daimoku.

At this stage, I got guidance from a senior leader who asked me to practice sincerely and earnestly for at least one year. She also asked me to have persistence and perseverance.

I worked hard as per guidance and continued my practice further. I attended all discussion and Gosho meetings, which helped me to understand the Buddhist concept.

My daughter also attended these meetings and she is an active member of Cubs Division, which she is enjoying.

I am happy to report that I have strengthened my faith and my prayers were answered when my brother’s MRI and endoscope showed that there is no sign of his ailment.

I thanked the Gohonzon and pray with gratitude. It gave me courage and the confidence to continue with my prayers.

Today, I am determined to introduce Nichiren Buddhism to my friends and relatives who are suffering from similar deep karmas.

I am also determined to continue with my prayers and practice.

I take time out of my busy schedules to attend the Gakkai meetings and though I still have many challenges, I take myself as the story of Karp who kept on trying to achieve victories.

I have a strong conviction and faith that I shall surely win over my problems and become victorious. I am praying hard so that I can share my next victory by 3 May.

I started reading human revolution and the daily guidance of Ikeda Sensei.

Thank you.

“Complaints erase good fortune, grateful prayers build happiness throughout eternity”

Rather than complain about life and the difficulties that befall on our lives, we should chant with determination and strong faith in the Gohonzon and strive on in our Nichiren Buddhism practice. Only then can we emerge victorious and win.  Despite being a single parent and facing the possibility of unemployment, Pooja, a WD from India, strives on with her faith and overcame the challenges she faced.  You can also read her first testimonial by clicking here.

“Complaints erase good fortune, grateful prayers build happiness throughout eternity”.

This is the first line which I read in Kaineko’s story and it has always been with me from the year of my joining BSG in 2009.

Good morning everybody, I am Pooja Bajaj.  After separating from my husband whom I loved the most in 2006, I was left with my little daughter, a lot of uncertainties and questions.

I used to always blame him for ruining our lives.  Joining SGI, chanting daimoku, meeting people who have the selfless mission of spreading joy and happiness in everyone’s life gave me the wisdom to the concept of cause and effect.

I courageously and happily took the whole responsibility of my situation, determined to fight the challenges of a single mother and achieve victory.

I stopped blaming my husband for my situation and developed true compassion for him and started chanting honestly for his happiness.

I also got good job as a training manager in an online search engine company with very good salary that caters to my family and daughter’s livelihood.

Things were going well till last year when suddenly in Nov 2010, I came to know that the company was winding up its office in Delhi and I have to search for a new job.

I was tensed but was not broken. I had my faith in the Gohonzon to fall back on.  I remembered the concept which I once studied that I have the power to change poison into medicine.

I was really disturbed but I focused on my chanting for a kosen-rofu and stable job. I took this problem as an opportunity to practice more sincerely, remembering that no matter what, keep chanting.

I started exerting myself to participate in Gakkai activities especially, for Cubs Division meetings.

Around Christmas, I got a call from one of the best school of Delhi for an interview.  I was selected and accepted the job offer as this school is well-known, in spite of a lower salary and lesser job profile.

I joined the administration department of the school but at the same time I was determined to upgrade myself for a teacher’s job. I also participated in nursery teacher training for the same reason.

After joining the NTT training course, I found it very tough to cope up with managing long working hours, my daughter’s studies, lengthy assignments and Gakkai activities.

Ikeda Sensei said, “If everything is smooth sailing right from the beginning, we cannot become people of substance and character. By surmounting paining setbacks and obstacles, we can create a brilliant history of triumph that will shine forever. That is what makes life so exciting and enjoyable. In any field of endeavor, those who overcome hardships and grow as human beings are advancing towards success and victory in life.”

I started writing my assignments late till night, and used the evenings for my Gakkai activities and my daughter’s studies.

Also, I started to wake up at 4 in the morning to chant as I realized that in evening, I could not chant for more than 10 to 20 minutes.

I encouraged my daughter to actively take part in Cubs Division meeting where she became emcee twice with ultra-joy and happiness.

I was overwhelmed to hear her determinations which she wrote during the New Year’s meeting of Jan 2012.

I also made a point to call all the members in my block to encourage and talk to them even if I am not able to visit them personally.

As our mentor guide us by saying that, “While it is important to win, it’s even more important to remain undefeated no matter what happens.”

Today, I am happy to report that I completed my NTT course successfully with an A grade in Nov last year.

I was determined to upgrade myself from my current profile, so I started applying in different schools.

I went for interviews in almost all the schools I was targeting. I was even called for the second rounds at a few schools that happened very successfully.  However, none were reaching the final results with a positive outcome.

My seniors and fellow members in faith told me to pray for specific targets with dates and to increase my duration of daimoku.

I also took the initiative to encourage the Women Division members in my block to buy the New Human Revolution publications and attend study meetings on it, which happened in Jan.

Also I got an opportunity to do invigilation duty for BSG examination, which I did with great joy and happiness.

I am happy to report that just after a day of this examination, I got the confirmation from a school to join immediately as an administrative officer and counsellor from 9 Feb.

Today, I am determined to practice till the last moment of my life, walking the path of mentor and disciple with Ikeda Sensei.

I am also determined to live by the Soka values throughout my life.

“Our every effort turns into an ocean of benefit, an earth of good fortune”

All the efforts we put in for kosen-rufu and Gakkai activities will reap good fortune and contribute to our prayers being answered.  Annie, a YWD fought hard and did her best, together with studying the Gosho, and eventually achieved a surprise victory.

Good morning everyone. I have been practicing this life philosophy for 7 years during which I have got tremendous benefits of all sorts – material, relationships, and most important, the change in myself, what we call in Buddhism, human revolution.

I am happy to share with you today, my recent experience in faith. Last year I got an opportunity to go to California for a three-month long project.

I was very excited till I heard the news that the duration may be cut down to one month. Apart from loss of time to see a new place, it also meant being financially less comfortable as we were getting paid a daily allowance/per-diem basis there.

At the same time, I found that the Soka University of America (SUA), a university founded by our mentor, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, was in California as well. I was deeply determined to visit the university no matter how much time or money I had.

My first victory came when, due to my mother’s firm prayers and long hours of daimoku, my trip kept getting extended and my roommate too started chanting with me.

After many obstacles, I finally booked my tickets for SUA. Mom got to know of someone from our chapter studying in the university – a kind and sincere YWD, who invited me to stay with her.

Through her, I met other students who were a refreshing lot – youth with a mission, to excel in their chosen fields and contribute to other’s happiness. She encouraged me to visit the World Peace Centre in Santa Monica the next day.

I faced many obstacles during the trip, such as ending up in a different city while travelling to the World Peace Centre, missing my flight back home the next day and spending a lot of money.

Ikeda Sensei said, “Encountering obstacles for the sake of Buddhism in this lifetime guarantees that we will achieve enlightenment.”

Thus, taking these devilish functions as an indicator that I am on the right path, I persevered in my activities. My trip lasted a good two and a half months, full of great memories and friends for life.

On coming back to India, my next challenge was financial as after some calculation, I found that I had overspent my allowance and would have to pay the company at least two months of my salary.

I told my mom about this and she was touched and started praying very strongly that I should not have to pay anything.

My prayer about this was more of a strategy that I should be done paying XYZ amount as knowledge of the company policy, the fact that we were in a recession and that the amount was not small, kept entering my rational mind.

All my friends had their finances settled within the first two months, i.e. in November and December. My case, however, kept getting delayed. All the while, my mom maintained her firm prayer that I should not have to pay anything.

During this time, we had the contribution meeting.

Every year, I keep a target of contribution. This year, the target could have been affected by the anticipated heavy expenditure.

But I was determined to fight harder and not adjust my targeted amount. I am happy to report that I was able to contribute the set amount.

I fought hard, campaign after campaign, zadankai after zadankai. I chanted daimoku, studied the Gosho, and participated in every meeting in some way or other along with my job and other responsibilities.

Ikeda Sensei said, “When we base our lives on the great wish for Kosen-rufu, regarding each effort like dew entering the ocean, or soil being added to the earth, then our petty lesser selves give way to the greater self that shines with eternal victory. Our every effort turns into an ocean of benefit, an earth of good fortune.”

I felt these words manifest in my life when last month finally, the finance team contacted me about my trip’s financial status.

I am happy to report that I was informed that not only did I not have to pay a single penny out of my pocket, but that the company owed me money. That too an amount worth two months of my salary!

This was truly mystic as that was the amount I had anticipated I would have to pay.  The amount was credited in my account a day before 3 July, Mentor-Disciple day.

I would like to close with this Sensei’s guidance, “Nothing is wasted in faith. One never loses out. Please be confident that all your efforts to help others and promote Buddhism are accumulating immense treasures of good fortune in our lives.”

I have learnt from this experience the power of strong prayer, the way my mother prayed, and the power of making an offering unbegrudginly.

I am determined to have strong prayers, and not compromise on my targets.

I am determined to make each offering joyfully, be it of time, effort, or money to kosen-rufu and chant daimoku with joy at being able to practice with my mentor.

Lastly, I am determined to achieve my academic and family targets by September and share my victory with my mentor and my comrades in faith.

“Press on with even stronger faith and conviction”

Ikeda Sensei said in one of his guidance: “When we encounter obstacles and persecution, it is all the more crucial that we exert ourselves with even greater determination. The more tempestuous the wind that buffets us, the more we must press on with even stronger faith and conviction. This is the behaviour of a true disciple of Nichiren Daishonin.” In overcoming her karma, this YWD from the Philippines faced many challenges, including a chronic depression due to an unfortunate incident in the past. Despite the hardships she encountered, the YWD continues to chant and move forward in her faith.  This is an open letter she wrote to President Ikeda, which she would like to share with everyone.

Dear Sensei,

I can’t thank you enough for propagating the Mystic Law to the rest of the world. I am a Young Women’s Division member from Cebu, Philippines. I started chanting five years ago.

I remember that when I came to the SGI center in Cebu, I was depressed, alone, and unhappy and you can even say that I was dying.

I had suffered chronic depression as long as I could remember.

In 2007, a few months before I started chanting, I suffered a nervous breakdown when something happened that would remind me of my childhood. You see, when I was four years old, a mentally challenged relative molested me.

What made things worse was the fact that my parents eventually found out. Probably because of shame or because of guilt, they pretended that nothing happened. I was kept as a dirty family secret.

For years I lived in shame, guilt, sadness and unhappiness. I grew up introverted, depressed, unhappy, and alone and you can say suicidal.

Although I never attempted to kill myself, I constantly thought about dying. In fact, I prayed constantly that I would die.

My life was miserable.

My entire existence was filled with suffering and pain. It is not an exaggeration to say that I never experienced happiness until I started chanting.

Of course, it would be many years of chanting, before I would be able to really smile and be happy.

Just one month before I was introduced to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, I found myself in the psychiatrist’s office. She saw that I was shivering uncontrollably and crying.

I told her that a relative of mine had tried to court me. What made it so unbearable for me was the fact that what was taking place reminded me of what happened to me when I was four years old.

I was 29 years old at that time but the pain of being molested was still fresh on my mind.

You can call it mystic or perhaps it was really my destiny to chant, but believe it or not, the psychiatrist mentioned unfamiliar Buddhist terms to me.

She said, “In Buddhism, they call this repeated pattern, ‘karma’. It is your karma to be molested as a child and it is happening again with your other cousin. Your karma is to have your relatives be sexually attracted to you. What you need to do is to have your family karma cleansed so that the next generation will not suffer the same fate.”

I was a product of almost 15 years of Catholic upbringing and education. Although I had heard of the word ‘karma’, it was the first time that someone explained to me the concept.

What was so strange was that my own psychiatrist was telling me something about Buddhism. This was not the first time that this happened. My sister introduced me to concepts of Buddhism in early 2000 but she studied Hinayana Buddhism.

In 2005, one of my patients (I used to be a Physical therapist volunteer at a hospital) told me about Buddhism. She practiced Pure Land Buddhism though but I remember I read the books that she gave me. I also remember buying a book about Shakyamuni Buddha in the year 2003.

When my psychiatrist mentioned Buddhism, I really couldn’t understand how it was relevant to my condition. She told me that I might need to take anti-psychotic or anti-depressant pills.

She warned me however that I may become suicidal and may even attempt to take my own life. She told me that I would have to take it for two years but would have to be monitored because I may kill myself within those two years.

I thought about taking the pills but I knew in my heart that taking anti-depressants was not the solution.

I had seen one of my relatives spiral into depression when she started taking anti-depressants.  I just took the sleeping pills and brain vitamins that she prescribed to me. After two or three sessions, I stopped going to her.

One month later in March 2007, I would be introduced to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo through my female cousin.

Her husband who is half-Filipino, half-Japanese was introduced to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo by a Japanese member who was visiting the Philippines at that time.

When my cousin told me to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo so that my wishes would come true, I didn’t hesitate. I started chanting almost immediately. Never did I imagine that chanting would totally change the entire course of my life.

Unfortunately, change didn’t happen overnight. I was one of the ‘lucky’ members who would experience great problems the moment they started chanting.

I can laugh about it now when I look back.

The obstacles and negativity that started coming out were relentless and lasted for years. As I am now approaching my fifth year of practice, I am able to see that it was for the best.

The first years of my practice allowed me to chant like no other member has chanted before. I was exhausted from work but still found the time to chant for two hours.

There were times that I would sleep on the floor due to exhaustion.

I chanted, chanted and chanted.

I had no other recourse because symptoms of my depression became stronger and stronger.

I could only rely on your words of encouragement to get me through the day. I would read your guidance and encouragement before and after I chanted.

Your guidance and the guidance of other members have encouraged me to never give up on chanting.

One member in particular is the SGI member who I will always be indebted for the rest of my life. She is an Indian Member and is a member of the Bharat Soka Gakkai in Mumbai.

She told me to work on the technical aspects of my chanting and gongyo. Call it mystic, but she was never meant to stay in the Philippines for three years.

For some strange reason, her studies were extended. She shared to me everything that she knew in the three years that she was here.

She left in early 2011 as I was in the process of finally overcoming my battle with depression.

I am so deeply grateful for that SGI member. I am also deeply grateful for you, Sensei.

If you had not created this organization, I would never have met a wonderful person such as that Indian SGI member who never gave up on me.

One of my wishes was to be able to feel gratitude. This wish has come true as I approach the fifth year of my practice.

Growing up, the concept of gratitude was alien to me. I could never be grateful for the life I was given.

For me to feel gratitude not just for my life, but also for my mentors in this practice, is such a big deal for me. I know that I am alive today, only because I chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

I have already started to chant to lead a life full of value. I have already chanted that people who need Nam-myoho-renge-kyo would seek me and I would find them as well.

I have introduced Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to all of my friends, officemates and relatives.

Some of them have already started chanting. Two relatives received their own Gohonzon. One office mate also received a Gohonzon in 2011 after three years of chanting.

I still can’t see the complete picture yet. I haven’t achieved everything I had set out to do.

Unlike before, I am more hopeful for the future. My greatest benefit is the inconspicuous kind, the kind of benefit that I had lamented when I started chanting.

In fact, I openly complained about it. I would say, “Why are most of my benefits the inconspicuous kind? Why can’t I be like the other members who have visible benefits? Why can’t I see my benefits with my own eyes?”

I realize now that having strength, courage, compassion, determination, perseverance and patience should be the benefits that ALL members should chant for.

They are the best kind. Although you can’t see these benefits, you can certainly feel them.

I can’t see my benefits but I feel them. I feel that I am a more confident person. I feel happier and more determined.

What I can see though is that I have started changing the course of my life from one filled with misery and from one filled with hope.

During the first years of my practice, I would always repeat the Gosho passage and the passage that you would always emphasize in your Buddhist encouragement.

The passage goes something like this: “Winter always turns into Spring.”

For someone like me who has experienced Winter all her life, I am hopeful for when my life will turn into Spring.

Words can’t express my gratitude.

That is why as an act of gratitude, I always do my part in spreading the Mystic Law to everyone that I meet.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

Do your human revolution and winter will turn to spring

There is always a tendency to blame others for the problems we faced, rather than examining if these problems were actually caused by our actions/behaviours, directly or indirectly. Instead of having this attitude when facing the possibility of a divorce, this member did her human revolution, deepen her faith, chanted stronger daimoku and participated in kosen-rufu. Eventually, she saved her marriage. You can also read her first testimonial by clicking here.

I started chanting in June 2011, daily for at least 1 to 2 hours, sometime even more than 2 hours. I took up faith with Nichiren Buddhism because of the relationship with my husband.

I have been sincerely practicing daimoku with precise prayer. 6 months ago, I was suffering from a broken relationship with my husband.

I was very sad, as I do not wish to have such broken family/relationship and I always wish to give my children a very harmonious family.

When I was almost about to give up the relationship, a Soka Gakai member gave me a lot of support, sharing her experience on how she overcame and rescued her marriage through Nichiren Buddhism.

The problem that I faced was not a simple one. It was the results of family and relationship issues, personality and job pressure from both parties.

All these created the reasons for divorce.

I took up faith in Nichiren Buddhism and made the decision to take up the challenge to rescue marriage life.

A week after I started chanting sincerely, my husband sent me a message telling me “he need more time to do the best on family, and hope to have my understanding on him”.

It was a miracle from daimoku to the Gohonzon. The divorce did not proceed. Thus, I continued to increase daimoku daily to clear my karma.

I know this was my karma, which caused my husband to be under depression in a “world of darkness”. I vow to change my karma; to turn winter into spring; to change poison to medicine.

Through the chanting, I know everything happened with a reason.

It seemed like my life took the path to take up faith in Nichiren Buddhism because of this marriage issue. Through the chanting, my relationship with my in-law also improve and we become closer day-by-day.

Chanting to the Gohonzon is like a mirror reflecting ourselves; we become aware of our weaknesses.  I started to change my weakness and do my human revolution to build a better relationship with my husband.

Even though the divorce is out of the way at this moment, the problem between us could not be simply resolved overnight.

However, I never give up every bad thing that happened in my life. I continue with my strong prayer, attend weekly meeting and do kosen-rufu.

I believe deeply in the Gohonzon that I will turn my life to spring in one day soon.

“The process of changing poison into medicine begins when we approach difficult experiences as an opportunity to reflect on ourselves and to strengthen and develop our courage and compassion. Suffering can thus serve as a springboard for a deeper experience of happiness. From the perspective of Buddhism, inherent in all negative experiences is this profound positive potential.”

Whenever bad/worst thing happened, I would chant to the Gohonzon with a precise prayer.

“Apologize to the Gohonzon whatever I did wrong in previous time and current time, I must turn the poison into medicine.”

As a result of this unwavering faith, all bad circumstances improve for the better without any expectation.

Through chanting, I started to change my personality, thinking and attitude. Before I took up faith with Nichiren Buddism, I like to nag my family members and at my husband for not helping with the housework even he was back from work and was very tired and feeling down.

After chanting, I now have a positive thinking.

Before, I like to compare others’ husbands with mine but after chanting daimoku, I learned that nobody is perfect. I have to accommodate the weakness of my partner, cherish the life that he has given me – this is a true love towards my husband.

I know that I need more daimoku to get my husband out from a “dark” situation.

Even though I know he was very close with a married woman (she was going through a divorce with her husband), I never give up our marriage.

I continue chanting to and have deep faith in the Gohonzon. I will turn winter to spring soon. I chanted sincerely to the Gohonzon that my hubby will be able to apprehend the situation clearly and correctly.

With precise and strong daimoku for a few months, he did not contact that woman anymore.

I am really thankful to the Gohonzon and the faith in Nichiren Buddhism. Nowadays, our relationship become better day-by-day, and we are planning for our new baby soon.

I am sending a lot of daimoku to my husband everyday whenever I am chanting. I pray to the Gohonzon that I want my husband to be a capable leader and contribute to kosen-rufu.

Nichiren Daishonin stated, “If both of you unite in encouraging their [your husbands’] faith, you will follow the path of the Dragon King’s daughter and become the model for women attaining enlightenment in the evil latter Day of the Law” (MW-1, 146).

My first testimonial was published on this blog on 12 Nov 2011. I would like to share more with all the members and wish that my testimonial could help everyone to handle their relationship problem with their family/husband.

I wish everyone would have great wisdom from chanting daimoku.

Remember – Do not give up even we are facing any problem/obstacles during our daimoku to the Gohonzon.

The problems that happen in our life are our negative karma and we have to chant strong daimoku whether we are sad or happy.

For those Soka members who need my help and advice, you can probably give me your email, contact number in the post, I will try my best to contact you.

Note from the Editor – For those of you who wish to contact the member who contributed this testimonial, please send your email/contact details to actualproof[at]yahoo.com {[at] = @} and we will forward it to her, so that your contact details are kept confidential.

Unflagging faith

In one of President Ikeda’s guidance, he said, “There are no obstacles that cannot be overcome by chanting daimoku. There are no deadlocks in Buddhism. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the “wonderful means” for breaking through all obstacles and opening up our lives limitlessly with courage and composure. That is why the Daishonin urged, “Employ the strategy of the Lotus Sutra before any other.” ” (MW1, p246) This is what a WD did. With unwavering faith and strong daimoku, she managed to help her husband achieved an important victory, which they were unable to for many years.

Hi everyone, today I am sharing with you yet another visible victory of how every wish is fulfilled when you practice Nichiren Buddhism and the Mystic Law.

My husband is working for a prestigious company and heading the sales for a region. His profile and his hard working nature combine to make him super busy with a hectic lifestyle.

In private banks, we have performance-based appraisals and promotions, especially the performance in the last quarter matters the most.

All these years at the company, we have seen a very strong karmic pattern that, whenever the month of appraisal and promotion come, despite being the top performer for the first 8 months for all ranks, my husband’s performance would drop in the last few months of the year.

This would push his promotion by another 6 months or a year.

This pattern really used to upset him and despite doing all his best, he could never achieve the high level of performance in the most important months.

I used to challenge the situation every time, but somehow rather than chanting for his promotion, I tend to end up chanting for him to be happy and be able to get stronger to change his karma.

In December 2010, he could not get promoted as he was not recommended for the promotion, even though his performance this time was very good in the last quarter.

This meant that the karmic pattern we thought was delaying the promotions was not the reason; there had to be something else.

I really prayed to understand how his office works. And yes, I got the answer. It was the perception of individuals involved in making things happen.

There and then in the beginning of this year I am determined, that my husband’s seniors of him need to be changed and I sincerely prayed for them to see the best in him, which was usually ignored because he is a very quiet person.

Strangely after 3 months, my husband started to report occasional incidents of his seniors appreciating him and taking care of his family obligations.

I also prayed determinedly for his promotion to happen, be whatever the karmic pattern. I was so confident that I declared to him that nothing at all could stop his promotion this year.

As June approached, which was the month of promotion, his performance was also fine but for some reason, the appraisal got delayed by two months as the company wanted to change some policies.

I kept praying for each individual’s happiness who were making these policies and encouraged myself with following lines from Toda Sensei: “So, with unflagging faith, enjoy the great benefits of the Gohonzon as your desires direct you. No prayer gets unanswered. You can attain any wish.”

This was exactly my attitude of “unflagging faith”. But the moment he submitted his appraisal form, his performance started to reach the bottom in the most important criteria.

Ups and downs there were but he had never touched the bottom position ever in all 9 years at his company. July, August and September were the tough months but nothing changed.

It looked like as if he was glued to the bottom position. Nothing was working for him…..

The company kept delaying the promotion exercise, which gave us hope that things would change by then.

As Sensei said, we must “never be defeated by the visible”.

Here I was testing my own faith. That if my heart is true for kosen-rufu and if my faith remains unflagging, then this is the proof I wanted to testify my own self.

His promotion looked impossible though.

One day in October 2011, while he was going to office, I just looked at his tortured body and a depressed face. The sight of him was enough to get me running to the Gohonzon, and out of deep concern, I chanted in earnest to see a smile on his face for daimoku was my only solution.

Suddenly, the same day in the evening, he came to me with a big smile, which I had not seen for 6 months, that something strange happened in the office.

He said that even though he was placed last in the entire criterion, the overall scores the company’s HR considered ranked him in third place.

He is still in a dazed as to how that could happen.

I believed that this was a result of the changes in the company’s policies. I continued to chant with confidence for his promotion and finally during last month, the news of his promotion arrived and to top it all, it was backdated to June 2011!

We were overjoyed and thanked all his seniors. I did not know if I could break the karmic pattern of bad performance in the important quarter but his promotion shows how important strong faith and daimoku are, to overcome our lives’ karma.

My daimoku reached and touched everybody’s life in his office; those who were directly or indirectly involved in getting him promoted.

With this experience, I am determined to change another impossible thing in his office affecting the entire organization, thus deepening my commitment for kosen-rufu.

Prayer is the Essence to Victory

President Ikeda said, “It is important that our prayers be specific and concrete. Being vague and unfocused when you chant is like shooting an arrow without looking at the target. When you chant, it should be with a strong and passionate resolve to make your prayer a reality. To have the attitude, “If I chant, everything will be all right” is just wishful thinking. Earnest prayer – prayer infused with one’s whole heart and being – cannot fail to be communicated to the Gohonzon.”  This was what Elsie Cheong, a WD member from Singapore, did when she was faced with the challenges she faced.  Everytime she encountered an obstacle, including a life-threathening one, Elsie would chant with strong prayers to overcome it to show actual proof of her practice.

I have been practising Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism for 27 years and I must say that my practice of faith has brought very significant transformation in my life.

When one person in the family becomes ill sick or encounters a mishap, all in the family would be worried sick. I vividly remember the day I started chanting out of desperation and incredible panic when my elder son, Adrian, then seven years old, had an accident at school.

He tripped and fell, hit his head and sustained a fractured skull. He was rushed to the hospital and directly to operation theatre.

After a week, the wound turned septic and a second operation was carried out. Unfortunately, he was allergic to the muscle relaxant and fell into a coma.

The Best Decision I Ever Made
At that point, I recalled that the strength of my parents was their practice of Nichiren Buddhism.  My mother encouraged me, “To change your karma, and to realize the full recovery of your son from his head injury, you must embrace this wonderful Buddhism and not despair! Believe in the immeasurable power of faith in the Mystic Law!”

After chanting the daimoku of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo together with my parents and members from the district over a period of time, Adrian gradually began to recover and eventually, was give a clean bill of health by the doctor.

Through this experience, I was absolutely convinced of the greatness of the Mystic Law and in December 1984, I received the Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.  It turned out to be the best decision I have ever made in my life.

My parents had taken up faith in the Daishonin’s Buddhism in 1975 in Malaysia when my father had a stroke and was half paralysed as a result. Through diligently carrying out the practice of faith, study and practice, he eventually recovered and even accepted leadership responsibility in the SGI organization in Malaysia.

The year 1995, was an eventful year for me. That year, my father suffered another major stroke and passed away peacefully.

For the first time after my father’s passing, I began to have a deeper understanding of the Buddhist concept of the eternity of life and the true meaning of Buddhahood.

Shortly thereafter, we moved to Australia and settled in Sydney. This was a dream came true as I have always wanted to live there, and where I knew my children would have a good education.

Things seemed set for a blissful future. We made a group of wonderful friends and enjoyed ourselves together.

Despite outward appearances that I was doing fine in life, in actual fact, it was not. Complaints and ingratitude quietly emerged.

As a result, I suffered chronic insomnia and started taking sleeping pills and anti-depressants. My practice became inconsistent and gradually led to my poor emotional and physical state.

My life condition was at an all-time low.

My Experience with Cancer
In the summer of 1995, two months after the death of my father, I had a car accident. Although I was only driving at a moderate speed, I skidded and slammed head-on into a bridge.

Within minutes, the ambulance arrived and took me to the hospital. The paramedic and police said the accident could have been a fatal one as my car was a total wreck.

However, I was only treated for shock and drowsiness. My blood test showed traces of tranquilisers.

I used to think that since I was practising Buddhism, my life would be smooth-sailing and I had nothing to worry about; this was a misconception of this practice of faith which I did not realize and amounted to disrespect for my own life.

The accident was the start of more unhappiness. I refused to identify many unresolved issues, which was damaging to my well-being.

Feeling depressed and exhausted most of the time, routine tasks assumed mountainous proportions. I lost weight and noticed that my hair was falling out excessively.

My practice continued to slacken further.

Then, came the fateful day in May 1996. Till today, it remains painfully etched in my mind.

I received the shattering news that I had cancer. “But I never smoke or drink!” was my first thoughts. I could not accept it.

My tongue and neck soon became noticeably swollen. The prognosis looked bleak and I was told that perhaps the cause of my sickness could be traced back to some 16-18 months ago when I started experiencing tremendous mental stress.

Despair and helplessness pervaded my entire being. I was in a state of denial couple with shock and disbelief. What I feared most, “cancer”, was in my body!

When I was younger, I had a very unpleasant experience which led to my phobia of cancer.

My sister-in-law, whom I had little affection for, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thereafter, she isolated herself in depression. I told her about Buddhism and chanting but she chose not to believe.

As I witnessed her suffering, it dawned on me how cancer could plague and destroy a family’s happiness. And the worst thing was the fact that cancer could happen to any one, rich or poor, young of old, men, women or children alike.

Sadly for my sister-in-law, the cancer spread throughout her body and she died a miserable death, leaving behind two young children.

After this incident I thought to myself, “If cancer strikes me, I would kill myself rather than experience the suffering it brings.” That was how much I feared cancer.

I came home from the consultation, angry with the Gohonzon and myself. At that point, I started to doubt my practice, “Will I ever be able to overcome my illness through faith in the Mystic Law?”

My family was also badly affected. Thoughts of death raced through our minds and all we did was shed tears as we extended loving assurances to one another.

The doctors said they would try their best to treat the cancer but the shock I experienced could not be treated. No matter what they said, they could not give me hope or courage.

At that moment, I suddenly recalled the many experiences shared by fellow members and how they overcame many of life’s adversities based on power of daimoku and how they changed their lives.

Actual Proofs are the Best Encouragement
I immediately sought guidance from my senior in faith. She encouraged me by quoting one of Daishonin’s writings: “Believe in this mandela with all your heart. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?” (WND-1 p 412)

She told me to chant sincerely and not to even think of death as that would be allowing negativity to seep into my prayer and my life.

As the day to my surgery drew nearer, I increased my chanting, strongly supported by my family and fellow members.

I chanted for strength and courage to go through this ordeal with composure and confidence instead of despair.

I resolved that now is the time to change my karma. Based on earnest prayers, I refused to succumb to this illness. I wanted to win and work for world peace and give my time to support others in similar predicaments.

However, I was worried sick about the cost of the surgery and hospital bills as my health insurance had in fact expired.

But with my good fortune and protection from the Buddhist gods (protective forces in the universe), we found a Professor who specialised in Head and Neck cancer in one of Sydney’s best teaching hospitals.

He gathered a team of medical doctors, including a neck surgeon, a plastic surgeon who specialised in micro-surgery, a dental surgeon and a team of interns to carry out the operation.

Every expense, radiation and post-operation treatment, like dental treatment was fully covered by the government. What good fortune!

With this, my battle against cancer began.

During the operation, the cancer in the tongue and thirteen lymph nodes from the neck were removed; a piece of flesh was taken from my left arm to repair half of the tongue as well as four back molars were removed to give space to my new tongue.

The surgery took twelve hours. I was in the hospital for three weeks; the first week in intensive care and the rest for various treatment and speech therapy. What followed was seven weeks of daily radiation.

My mouth and throat were inflamed and was filled with painful ulcers. My lower face was burnt and swollen; tissues and muscles were destroyed, including my salivary glands.

I was very sensitive to my own mortality and quite often gripped by a fear of a relapse. Cancer and its treatment have a tendency to invoke powerful negative emotions.

While my anxiety was often suppressed, feelings of anger, self-denial and depression could not be contained.

As I chanted daimoku on the hospital bed, I told myself that if I had to die, I must have a painless and peaceful death.

If I still had a mission to fulfil in this world, then I must have the strength and courage to fight and show actual proof of the power of the Gohonzon.

But as I chanted, I felt a surge of courage and hope welling forth from the depths of my life. I decided, on my own accord, that cancer was not a death sentence.

I realised that happiness or unhappiness, it all decided by myself and that I must base my actions on my practice of faith. By so doing, I would definitely win and be victorious.

Through this experience, I began to realize that I am the main player in how I respond to illness and it is crucial that I must take ownership for all outcomes in my life.

I summoned forth the courage and strength and made a vow to dedicate my life for the realization of kosen-rufu.

Slowly but surely, I treaded the path to recovery.

There were ups and downs during the process but one thing was for sure – I was recovering for sure.

With daimoku and faith as my pillar of support, warm and constant encouragement from my family and fellow members, I was finally able to recover fully.

I have been cancer-free for 15 years now and have since received profound benefits and protection for my family.

More Actual Proofs of Faith
In 2008, we received more amazing benefits and actual proof. My daughter, Emily, was ready to have a baby after five years of marriage.

I chanted for her to conceive before the year ended. My daughter could not really believe that my Buddhist practice would actually help her in any way.

For this reason, I was determined that to show actual proofs to my daughter. On December 28, three days before the “deadline”, Emily found out she was pregnant. It was a fantastic news for the family.

My adorable granddaughter, Alexa, is now a bouncy and happy twenty-four- month-old bundle of joy.

My husband, Tet, supported me all the way through my ups and downs in life and has now joined me in organisation activities after witnessing the change in me and the family.

At the beginning of 2010, Emily confided that she would like to have a baby brother for Alexa and could not stop worrying if it would happen again.

The opportunity came for me to once again offer prayers based on faith to manifest the beneficial power of the Mystic Law.

Again, I set a goal for my prayers to be realized latest by November, in time for Alexa and the new-born baby to attend the Fortune Baby ceremony which takes place on National Day, August 9, 2011.

I knew in my heart it has to happen and did not allow any doubt to creep in. November 28 brought actual proof again and my grandson was born prematurely on June 30, 2011but in time for the Fortune Baby ceremony. He is a healthy and robust little bundle of joy.

Looking back, it is truly amazing to see how far I have come in health, family and achieving my dreams.

Most of all, I have emerged more courageous and stronger with each obstacle I surmounted. I have also realized with my life that prayer is the essence to victory.

If it were not for my illness and challenges, I would probably not have been honoured with my current life as a Buddhist.

Therefore, I now see all that has happened to me as an opportunity to turn poison into medicine.

Life is never without challenges, I know there will continue to be obstacles along the way but I remain undeterred as I know that I am able to overcome them all through my Buddhist practice.

The sweat of our efforts becomes the greatest treasures of our lives

When we practised without any doubt in the Gohonzon, regardless of what happen in our life, even at time when our prayers do not seem to be answered at those moments, something better will eventually materialise. Ronmi Bora, a YWD from India, did not have any reservations about Nichiren Buddhism and was rewarded in the end.  She shared this testimonial with her fellow members on 16 July and it was a significant day for her.

A very good morning to everyone. Today on 16 July, I, Ronmi Bora would like to share my personal deep insight in Faith in the Mystic Law.

Nichiren’s philosophy indeed have opened the doors of positivity and confidence for me and made me believe that “every dark cloud has a silver lining”. I am indeed privilege to be a part of Soka Gakkai family.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to my dear friend, Chayanika from India, who introduced me to this life changing philosophy and practice.

And I still remember my first encounter with the Mystic Law 3 years ago, when I chanted for the first time in front of the Gohonzon for 40 minutes in Mumbai without even knowing the actual interpretation of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

But gradually, I have evolved from an ignorant girl to a headstrong and optimistic YWD and there has been no looking back.

And my journey so far has been really enthralling and truly my each day struggle for human revolution has been so worth the rocky ride.

One of my favourite quotes from the VC (our Soka publication) is a quote from Nichiren Daishonin: “Today there are people who have faith in the Lotus Sutra. The belief of some is like fire while that of others is like water. When the former listen to the teachings, their passion flares up like fire, but as time goes on, they tend to discard their faith. To have faith like water means to believe continuously without ever regressing.” (WND-1,899)

In similar context, I relate my growth in faith because it took me a while to take the initiative to be an active YWD who wanted to encourage others and set an example through faith, study and practice.

There are numerous victories during my journey so far but the most significant that I want to emphasis today was finding a kosen rufu career.

In 2009, I was going through a real tough phase but an article in one of the VC and Sensei’s guidance on depression made me realize the importance of the maxim, “ Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

There was a time, when I had made few significant causes and strived earnestly with dedication towards Gakkai activities as well, and really wanted to pursue my kosen rufu career, which is to do MBA from a well-reputed university abroad that meet my budget.

Mystically, things were falling into place and I have secured admissions in few overseas colleges with scholarships but narrowed down to a certain university in Singapore for which I did my R&D. Moreover, while doing daimoku and home visits, my thoughts were constantly on that college.

Within a span of time, I was assured admission so I had quit to my job and relocate to my hometown in India last year in October and was all set to go to Singapore.

I had made all arrangements and even education loan was about to get processed.

But faith and destiny had other plans as at the last minute, I was told that the university is refusing me admission on grounds of shortage of work experience by a few months, which was really unethical since I was not being informed earlier of this criterion.

To add more misery, my father was hospitalized due to high sugar but I never doubted my faith and the power of Gohonzon though my days were gloomy.

While in the hospital, I held my father’s hand and chanted daimoku.

I had called up few Gakkai leaders in India and shared about my bad phase but everyone said it happened for a good reason and for overall betterment in future because it is said no prayers goes unanswered in faith.

My faith in this Buddhist practice kept me going during this terrible phase of having stressful days and sleepless nights and incessant flow of tears.

I had pulled up my socks and became very strict with myself regarding regular morning and evening gongyo, daimoku and home visits as I was determined to change poison into medicine and not to succumb to devilish attacks.

I also read the Gosho online and a couple of excellent books by President Ikeda, Discussions on Youth and New Human Revolution.

Mystically, in end of October 2010, I came across reputed overseas counselors in my hometown who suggested that I study in a prestigious institute abroad but the deadline was very near.

I struggled but managed to send a few excellent essays. Most importantly, a very essential document transcript was compulsory and required for the application.

There was not enough time as this document was in a college in Mumbai where I graduated from but I am now living in region in India far away from there.

But I chanted wholeheartedly for things to fall into place because I did not want to lose this chance to be admitted and have a gap in my education.

The institute indicated in an email that they would not evaluate my application without that transcript.

I had complete faith that daimoku is the only key to overcome this challenge.

Hence, in the nick of time, I managed to get the transcipt without even going to Mumbai as I had the help of Shoten Zenjin (Buddhist Gods) in form of my great friends who sent it to me.

Today, I am happy to report that within a week of submitting the transcript, I am admitted into a very reputed overseas institute, AIT, which is located in Pathumthani province, Thailand.

Pathumthani means the City of Lotus – how amazing and mystic is that and I shall be able to accomplish my long cherished dream of doing a quality global MBA.

In fact, I felt that this institute is better than the university in Singapore, which was my first choice.

Also, my father’s health has improved.

Hence, the power of Gohonzon is unlimited and I am forever grateful to the Gohozon for protecting me throughout.

And, also to add icings to the cake, I received an email from that Singapore university that because of my special case, they are refunding my application fees, which was actually non-refundable and also have offered me admission for next intake that I had happily declined.

SGI has been always been my biggest strength because life is tough living away from my family.

Recently, I had an unexpected but tremendous victory by securing a summer internship in my dream company.

I want to emphasize that from my journey in SGI and my varied experiences is a few vital points – I have learnt and evolved as an individual with tremendous growth in faith; with 100% commitment and ichinen to remain undefeated amidst negative forces; and by having very strong doubt-free faith, one is bound to achieve pinnacles of success because those whose lives are dedicated to the Mystic Law are champions of change who shoulder the future and that faith is the engine, the power source for our Human Revolution.

Each one of us has a mission in this lifetime that only one can fulfill.

I had a mission in my hometown and the rejection from the Singapore university was a blessing in disguise.

My faith deepen and get the career I always wanted for a long time in Bangkok.

Hence everything happens for a good reason and when one chants Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, one is bound to get tremendous protection from Buddhist gods and break any kind of deadlocks.

Buddhism teaches that the Lotus Flower blooms beautifully in muddy water. In this way, no matter how dire our circumstances are, without doubting the Mystic Law we can enjoy lives of wonderful value.

Hence, I am determined to flourish wherever I go as an ardent disciple of my Mentor, President Ikeda, and will always uphold the mission of kosen-rufu as a true Boddhisatva.

Last but not the least, I am really delighted to share my experience today on 16 July as co-incidentally it happens to be my birthday and it is also Buddhist Lent Day in Thailand.

Hence the circumstances I encountered the Mystic Law indicates that I have a strong mission in faith and also I have yet miles to go before I sleep.

Thank you.