On December 10 2017, in Kyoto in Kansai region, the Kyoto meeting was held grandly. Following Awaji and Kosaka in Osaka, this was the third time to hold in Kansai region. Fellow members in Kyoto had voiced strong wish that the meeting would be held, and it came true. On the very day of the meeting, it was clear and nice day, and many fellow members joined the meeting. The venue was brimming with vigor and energy.
After the first part of the meeting, the second part began. Everyone moved chairs and made a big circle. Then, the discussion meeting, where everyone can talk openly and freely, was kicked off. (This part became a routine of our meetings.) Nowadays, local organizations have no atmosphere to voice their questions or worries honestly, and many members can consult to nobody and suffers a lot without being noticed. Everyone seeks a place where they can talk openly and freely.
Mr. A, who joined our meeting for the first time, raised his hand and said “These days, I think the policies of the New Komei party are something wrong. So are the contents of the announcement made by the Soka Gakkai sbout the policies. By the way, frankly speaking, do you know how Ikeda sensei has been?”
Mr. A thought of Ikeda sensei, so it was natural for him to have the question. Noguchi answered “Honestly speaking, I am not sure of the truth because we have no connection with the Soka Gakkai headquarters now.”
In the Seikyo Newspaper and other publication, we always find the guidance of Ikeda sensei. So, many members believe that Ikeda sensei is capable and works hard, and has approved of the way of the management of the top leaders (The chief is President Harada.) However, is it true that Ikeda sensei approved of the top leaders? The Harada administration decided to exclude “the Gohonzon whose origin is 1279” from the subject of from the subject of owning without sufficient explanation even though Ikeda sensei had developed doctrines and principles regarding the Gohonzon. Since then, the Harada administration amended doctrines and guidelines of the Soka Gakkai every year, and on the November of the last year, they established sneakingly “The Soka Gakkai Constitution” while quite a many members did not notice the movement of the establishment.” As a result, the power of SGI such as money and the personnels concentrated in President Harada. The Harada administration started creating the authoritative and self-righteous structure in the Soka Gakkai.
Moreover, in contrast to the order of Ikeda sensei “Do not change only the Article 9, definitely,” the Harada administration did not say against the New Komei party though the party adopted a different interpretation of the Article 9 and enacted the interpretation in the Diet. What the Harada administration did was to defend the New Komei party and to make an announcement as following “We (the Soka Gakkai) know that the New Komei party made an effort to maintain the pacifism of the Article 9.” I say this is opposed to the guidance of Ikeda sensei, and the act of betraying Ikeda sensei.
Additionally, although the Soka Gakkai is based on the spirit of dialogue, the headquarters interrogate, punish,
and exclude members forcibly who suggest their constructive ideas, humbly but desperately for the development of the Soka Gakkai. If Ikeda sensei know it, Ikeda sensei will not accept the burnup of the Harada administration, never ever!
Noguchi exclaimed with conviction “I think it does not matter whether the health condition of Ikeda sensei is good or not. Now, the Harada administration is out of control. The thing is his disciples stand up, making the heart of Ikeda sensei as their own.”
Then, Mr. A talked about his determination, saying “Ikeda sensei is not a superman. So, he will also pass away someday. Until now, Ikeda sensei has told us “I will count on you!”like a thousand times. Then, I think I am put to the test now.” I think that Ikeada sensei is incapable to acknowledge the current social and political situation. I do not think that Ikeda sensei is not a mentor who is just watching his disciples suffering, in order to wait for his disciples to stand up. I am convinced that if Ikeda sensei knew the situation of members suffered by the Harada administration, Ikedea sensei will scold at them furiously, and kick them out from the Soka Gakkai, where the three mentors had established together with ordinary people!
Next, Ms. B, a youth member, said “Now is the time that each member is put to the test of how to live as a person. And, I think it is the most important now to “tell the truth.” I have dialogue with my mother, and she said “It is something wrong.” When a poster of the New Komei party almost came off the wall, she said “Take it off. Do not leave it halfway.” I‘m certain that more and more members in local organizations feels “The approach of the New Komei party to elections is wrong!” I want to raise my voice again and again. I think this is the struggle which we should take on!”
Her strong determination brought applause to the hole. The New Komei party is a party which Ikeda sensei gave all to establishing. Of course, we would like to give all to supporting the New Komei party only if the party set right agendas for the happiness of people and peace. However, the party forsook the faith and carries the water of the Liberal Democratic party in order to survive. We cannot support such a party. This is our crying of justice.
Next, Mr. C, who came to the venue the earliest, rose to his feet and and said with smile “When I was a chapter leader, I asked a senior leader who visited “Could you possibly direct a song of the Soka Gakkai?” Then, an assistant leader stopped me and said “It is kind of rude of you to ask it.” Everyone thinks leaders are something. So, everyone tend to think “We should behave to leaders this way or that way. Originally, leaders have to serve members. However, leaders were mistaken about themselves. The voice of Mr. C was getting stronger and stronger. Mr. C continued “Ikeda sensei will also pass away someday. The thing is what Ikeda sensei has told us. It does not matter how Ikeda sensei is. The important thing is we each(his disciples)stand up, risk our lives, and polish the way of living thoroughly. So, what we should do is to cause, expand the waves of “the transformation of the Soka Gakkai”, and make a solidarity, without forming just an organization.”
Ms. D, who sitting next to Mr. C, was moved and said, being choked “My life had its ups and downs. Who supported me in difficulty were members. So, I think that if I had not been a member of the Soka Gakkai, I would not be who I am now. I have faced many difficulties, and it was my fellow members who encouraged and supported me in each occasion. So, the organization of the Soka Gakkai is absolutely necessary! We live in the aging society, and some live alone. So, the Soka Gakkai, where everybody support each other, is very important. However, some senior leaders do bad things. I felt contradictory when I compare cultural centers which uses as much as money, with members in local districts who give monetary contribution while cutting down on their spendings. Even so, leaders spur them to give more and more, which made us distrustful. I would like leaders to change it.”
The cry of a single woman moved attendants. Everyone loves the Soka Gakkai when Ikeda sensei was seen in public. So, they hope strongly to get back the Soka Gakkai.
“In the Soka Gakkai, protagonists are ordinary people, forever!” “Kick out arrogant leaders!” Members want to follow the guidance of Ikeda sensei, so they raise their voice, welling up courage.
The Soka Gakkai embodies Kosen-rufu(the propagation of the Mythic Law), and it is life itself and the driving force to establish the world peace and the happiness of people. There is no organization which has a grand mission. (The guidance of Ikeda sensei)
I hope that those who follows our steps safeguard and develop the lofty spirit of the mentor-and the disciples and the Soka Gakkai, where the three founders had established. (The guidance of Ikeda sensei)
It is clear that Ikeda sensei hope for the eternal development of the Soka Gakkai. However, the spirit of the three founders are being broken gradually. In that situation, the mission of his disciples is to raise our voice from the down to the up, and get the Soka Gakkai back to the one, a right and sacred organization brimming with the faith! The development of the Soka Gakkai depends on us, disciples of Ikeda sensei.