I am Dhruva Das Munshi and have been practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism for around 9 years now.
I describe my life in two parts – one is pre-August 2006 era and the second part is post 17 December 2006.
What a turnaround it has been. Life was an equation I never understood. No matter what I did or tried, it continued going in one direction – down, down and down. The prime age of my life was virtually lost in wilderness of being repeatedly defeated by circumstances, situations and a factor called luck.
I was born with a silver spoon as my father was a senior government official and we got every comfort on a platter. I had my education in the best schools and colleges across the country.
Later on, I too joined the government on a good scale. The pinnacle of my service was when I became the youngest Personal Staff Officer of a former prime minister and perhaps those were the best days of my life. But, suddenly what happened to me I could not fathom yet – I resigned from the government and became jobless.
With no job, my wife was the sole bread earner. One could understand our financial condition, which was at an all time low. I tried my hands in many ventures but failed every time. I used to feel too ashamed to sit at home but I did not have any money to go out and attend interviews. I even thought of committing suicide.
In August 2006, one of my closest friends put in a lifetime’s effort into persuading me to practice Nichiren Buddhism. After hours of discussion and arguments, she finally dropped a quiet bomb, saying, “Your life will change 180 degrees.” For that I had no argument.
My first benefit was within a week. My wife who had been sick for more than six months was completely cured and resumed her job as a Nursing sister and the money problem was solved to a certain extent.
Within a month, I got a petty job which took wings and I became the Chief Operating Operator of a financial giant without any knowledge or experience. It became possible because I am a BSG MD and this gave me enough strength to do 3 days of work in 1 day CONTINUOUSLY and CONSTANTLY.
Sensei said that “charging forth with single minded purpose is the spirit of youth”.
Within a year, I purchased a flat in a place like New Delhi and won the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini award, a coveted award for social work in 2009. I also won the Lal Bahadur Shastri award for my contribution to the media and was nominated for the Cambridge Year Book of Who’s who for my services for the economically backward youth in 2010.
One of the most glorious achievements was that on 10 January 2008. I gave up my smoking and drinking habit of 35 years without any withdrawal symptoms. It was possible only due to my chanting, which gives me a lot of strength.
This attracted many of my friends. I introduced more than 50 of them to this wonderful practice and all of them have had wonderful experiences.
Then the whole roller coaster came to a halt and all the devils attacked from all sides in 2010.
Nichiren Daishonin told us “not to expect good times, but take the bad times for granted”.
Moreover he said, “As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere.”
I lost my vision of left eye in February 2010. In June 2010, I was diagnosed with cancer. The attack was complete.
In the meantime, I was given leadership position and I exerted to my maximum to make my district the best district. I regularly chanted for hours together, read at least one gosho per day with a member and encouraged members to subscribe to Value Creation and study with me.
Not even a single day went without a home visit, which usually took place at 6:30 am due to uncertain evening timings. I never ever missed my gongyo and attended all meetings.
I expressed my deep gratitude to all my leaders for encouraging me.
I took up the challenge of cancer and took a VOW to prove the Law. I fought for exactly four years against cancer, chanting abundant daimoku, sometimes 8 to 10 hours per day for months together and on 25 July 2014, the doctors gave me a clean chit.
I AM FREE FROM CANCER.
I am absolutely free of the dreaded disease.
On 15 March 2015, I started a library of Gakkai and other books and it was inaugurated by our Area leader. This is just to encourage my members to study. The library is open on weekends.
I was praying for a kosen-rufu job for an engagement after my fitness to spend my time constructively and I got an offer with the help of a shoten zenjin. I got the exact profile I was praying for.
I joined my new assignment on 20 January 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer of a group of companies. It is a gift from Gohonzon for my services in Bangalore between October and December 2014, which is as follows:
On 23 October 2014, I had to go to Bangalore and during the flight, I prayed to get connected to a BSG member. My grandson helped me in getting connected to the Ram Murty Nagar district in Bangalore.
But my mission started on 28 October 2014. I received a call from one of my old shakubuku friends whose son was admitted in a renowned neuro-sciences hospital in Bangalore for acute depression and wanted me to chant for him.
On learning that I was in Bangalore, she requested me to visit the hospital to chant with her. I went to meet her the next day. After gongyo and daimoku, she invited the parents and guardians of other patients to talk to me and I explained the greatness of the Mystic Law to them.
Among them was a Brigadier, whose 18 years’ old daughter was in a very bad condition. I impressed upon the parents and guardians that this low life condition can be transformed only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The son of my shakubuku friend was cured within a week and was discharged from the hospital.
Within this one week, I was introduced to many people for whom I regularly visited the hospital and encouraged the patients who were mostly in the age group of 18 to 25 years’ old and their guardians.
During this period, I introduced three nurses and one doctor to this practice who acknowledged that whatever I was doing was incredible. Medical science had no answer to it. On most of the days I did 10 to 15 gongyos per day with those patients or with their attendants.
I am proud to report today that by merely chanting daimoku and doing gongyo, 20 patients were cured. All these youths along with their guardians and parents are practicing Nichiren Buddhim today.
Now, for the icing on the cake –
During one of my interactions with the daughter of the Brigadier, I told her that I would leave Bangalore on 29 December and that she must be cured before that and give me a farewell party. In the meantime, she started doing gongyo and daimoku.
I am proud to report that she has recovered fully and was discharged on 29 December, the day of my departure from Bangalore.
My joy knows no bounds. I felt happier than when I was declared free of cancer. I had no words to express my gratitude to the Gohonzon. It strengthens my conviction that all our prayers are answered.
Today I feel that the Gohonzon has extended my life span only to serve those youths. And as a reward for my service to those youngsters, Gohonzon presented me with my present job.
President Ikeda assures us that: “The power of one genuinely committed individual can surpass that of a force of one million”.
Striving in rhythm of my mentor, I am determined to use my life to foster society’s next generation of leaders, instilling them the hope and courage to become a force for change in their own lives. I am determined that every action I take on behalf of SGI, for my fellow members and Ikeda Sensei will be victorious no matter what.
I would leave no stone un-turned until victory is a reality.