On reading Sreelata’s article on Nam myoho renge kyo, it dawned on me to convey in my own way, what this practice means to me and my experiences, as a decade old serious practitioner.
Yes, I chant Nam Myo ho Renge Kyo! I’ve been chanting for ten years now, along with millions of others from all around the globe. To me it’s nothing less than the roar of a lion. It is called the rhythm of the universe and we call it Daimoku.
Starting our day, with the recitation of the sutra followed by chanting daimoku, sets us in tune, with the rhythm of the universe. This complete session is called Gongyo, where one can feel the occurrence of joyful ceremonies in the air. A session where one can witness the fusion of our own beings ( micro cosm) with the universe( macro cosm). It lends a sense of balance in every aspect of our lives, in our moment to moment, daily endeavors. It’s like charging our batteries just as we do for our mobile phones. It helps us to draw forth the power from within and tap the boundless source of wisdom, courage, strength and energy from without, as well. It empowers our thoughts, words and actions. Our voice does the Buddha’s work. It touches the hearts of the people around, wherever we may be. Our appearance express serenity, joy and confidence. This session leaves us refreshed, invigorated, active, energized, strong, fearless and with absolutely positive attitude. This daimoku acts as a magnet that pulls out all negativities from within and without, thus leaving us with a clean and pure heart and mind to face the challenges of the day. It curbs all negative impulses and we tend to become more appreciative of others, thus making people around us happy. You might think “what about our own happiness?” Well, just think, when we light a lantern for others, our own pathway gets lighted as well! Daimoku is also said to arouse all the positive protective forces of the universe to fill our beings and engulf us from outside as well. It becomes our protective shied. It draws forth the highest potentials from the depths of our lives and help each of us shine with our own unique personalities. An elixir that changes all poison into medicine, making the impossible possible.
The Lotus Sutra or SADDHARMA PUNDARIKA SUTRA, as it is known in Sanskrit, expounds the ultimate essence of life, thereby unlocking the mysteries of life and death. This was preached by Shakyamuni Buddha about 2,500 yrs. ago but it was Nichiren Daishonin who brought out its essence as Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. It expounds the impartial Law Of Cause And Effect i.e. As You Sow, So Shall You Reap! You might think what’s so different in it! True. Every religion has a profound philosophy which makes it great. The only difference in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism is that here the stress is on an individual’s own Human Revolution, which means that first let us be the change ourselves before advocating it to others. It teaches that we and our environment are one. So, as long as our hearts are pure and good, then where ever we are that place becomes the land of tranquil light or heaven . So I tell myself constantly “when I change my world changes.” The complete practice is of transforming self and striving hard ,without begrudging our life, for others…one without the other is incomplete.
Buddhism explains the concept of Karma. Karma means action or the causes we create. Since every cause has an effect, so this Great Mystic Law of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo explains that we must look at the circumstances unfurling before us every moment they are the impressions of our own karma. So why complain and blame others for our situations! We create our own happiness and unhappiness, don’t we! “Renge” here expresses the simultanity of cause and effect, as depicted by a lotus flower which blooms and seeds at the same time.
I’m sure you might think its quite simple and easy but believe me, its extremely difficult. The human nature is so strong and self serving that it sees faults in others remaining ignorant of our own weaknesses. In case we identify a few,we even try to justify our faults …how foolish of us!
Why the religion change ! this could be your doubt area, but I must declare that though religion is nothing but our attitude towards life but still I’ll repeat to clear away your doubt that Its the philosophy we follow and not the religion and its ritual aspect. I’m a Hindu and I’ll die a Hindu…a better Hindu …a better human being instead.