THE ‘WINTER HILL’ GUIDANCE
Given by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda to members of the Transport division on 29th May 1989
“In your career, which is important in making a living, there may be a slump period. In your marriage and studies too, there are times when you may feel depressed. Such times inevitably occur in your life. The same thing can be said for faith. There probably will be many more times when you slacken in faith. You may get tired of doing gongyo or daimoku but this does not matter so long as you continue to embrace the Gohonzon because the Gohonzon is eternal. You should not commit suicide when things do not go well for you. Similarly, you should not discard the Gohonzon when you tire of practice. Therefore, it is not always necessary to chant a lot of daimoku as long as you embrace the Gohonzon.
“Similarly, when a man and a woman meet and fall madly in love with each other, if, after they are married, they argue and divorce, it all becomes meaningless. The philosophy embodied in the Gohonzon is one illuminated by the eternity of life. At times, you may hold grudges against your fellow members; at times, you may have a rest period in faith which of course is not really good, but it may happen. At times you may skip gongyo and not chant hours of daimoku but the most important thing is to continue to embrace the ultimate Law of life, which is the Gohonzon.
“You may experience deadlock, which is comparable to being at the foot of a mountain, but, as long as you have the Gohonzon, there will undoubtedly be times when you succeed in climbing the mountain. Once at the summit, you can fully enjoy the open expanses on every side. This is the principle of changing karma, through which you can ultimately experience perfect freedom, even in future lifetimes. A plant or tree with well-established roots will not wither in the absence of sunshine or nutrition. So long as it is deeply rooted it can always survive and grow.”