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The fifth volume of Great Concentration and Insight states, As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere. It also states, It will only be like a boar rubbing against the golden mountain; like the various rivers flowing into the sea; like logs making a fire burn more briskly; or like the wind swelling the body of the kālakula insect. These passages mean that, if one understands and practices the Lotus Sutra just as it teaches, in accordance with the people’s capacity and at the right time, then these seven obstacles and devils will confront one. Among them, the devil king of the sixth heaven[is the most powerful. He] will possess one’s sovereign, parents, wife or children, lay supporters, or evil persons, and through them will attempt in a friendly manner to divert one from one’s practice of the Lotus Sutra, or will oppose one outright. The practice of Buddhism is always accompanied by persecutions and difficulties corresponding in severity to whichever sutra one may uphold. To practice the Lotus Sutra will provoke particularly harsh persecutions. To practice as it teaches, and in accordance with the time and the people’s capacity, will incite truly agonizing ordeals.

TheActions of theVotary of theLotus Sutra

For entire Gosho see:http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/wnd-1/Content/93


Comments on: "You must be like the Golden Mountain! excerpt from Gosho Nichiren Daishonin" (4)

  1. thanku for such post

  2. Hi, you referenced the quote wrongly. It’s found inside the letter “A Sage and an Unenlightened Man”. It’s on Pg 122 of WND vol. 1.
    http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/wnd-1/Content/13#Part One

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. You are truly a shoten Zenjin as the Gosho link you sent is what I needed to read today.
      Was the mistake in the photo? If so it was a typo and I’m sorry.(and Ill fix it.) If you will follow the link in the article you will see the quote is indeed in
      The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra.
      The most amazing thing is today I was whole heartedly chanting to take 100% responsibility for my life and for that I deeply thank you! keep in touch!

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