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President Toda says Ours is a faith through which one can carry on a flourishing business as well as improve the

familys standard of living. Those who think only about faith and neglect their work are acting against the true teaching. Through our vocations we are making a contribution to society. This therefore gives us the chance to manifest the power of our faith Any of you who neglect your business and spend all your time doing shakubuku only bring shame on our organisation. Such people will be expelled from the membership. (Human Revolution, Vol. 7, p197)

True faith is most important in our life, but I do not want you to cling to it so narrow-mindedly that you refuse to turn your eyes to the wider spectrum of society. We need not, and must not, become peddlers of religion. Nothing is safer and more comfortable than to live exclusively in a religious world. You should not follow that path. You must grow into efficient and genuine members of society who, awakened to the supreme philosophy of the Mystic Law, will display your capabilities to the full and contribute to society. This is the only way to save the suffering masses in these troubled times of the Latter Day of the Law. (Human Revolution, Vol. 7, p229-230)

1. "It is not my purpose to debate matters of victory or defeat in war or the pros and cons of policies and ideologies; rather, I grieve at the thought that war causes countless people to lose their husbands or wives, and leaves countless people seeking for lost children or parents. There will be people who are killed without warning, and people who lose everything they own and are turned adrift. There will be youths who are killed without understanding why they had to die. There will be old women who cry, 'I never did anything wrong!' as they perish. There will be children who wonder if they have any relatives left in this world, including their parents and siblings. And there will be housewives who are convinced it is normal to live with nothing but the clothes on their backs." 2. "If you want to realize peace for all humankind, you must make concrete proposals and take the lead translating them into concrete action." 3. "Although a movement calling for a ban on the testing of atomic or nuclear weapons has arisen around the world, it is my wish to go further, to attack the problem at its root. I want to expose and rip out the claws that lie hidden in the very depths of such weapons. "I wish to declare that anyone who ventures to use nuclear weapons, irrespective of their nationality or whether their country is victorious or defeated, should be sentenced to death without exception. "Why do I say this? Because we, the citizens of the world, have an inviolable right to live. Anyone who jeopardizes that right is a devil incarnate, a fiend, a monster."

1. "The underlying difference between someone who is clever and someone who isn't can be imagined as the difference between the top and the bottom side of a line drawn in pencil. It is really insignificant." 2. "A favorable environment does not guarantee that one can study. Wherever you are, be it on a train or even in the bathroom, that can be your classroom." 3. "There are many ways to read a book. One is to read only for pleasure, simply following the plot, but this is a very shallow way to read. Another is to think about the author's motivation for writing the book, its historical backdrop, the societal elements of the time, the characters in the story and the ideas and intention that the author is trying to express. And finally there is reading to grasp what kind of person the author is, their true character, the scale of their being, their views on life, the world and the universe, and their ideals and beliefs. Genuine reading requires that you take it this far."

4. "The confusion of knowledge for wisdom is one of the great misfortunes of our times. ... Knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing. While knowledge may be a door that opens the path to wisdom, it is not, in itself, wisdom."

Messages to Young People

1. "Today, there are many young people who don't even love their parents, so how can they love others? Ours is a struggle of human revolution--a struggle to overcome our own lack of concern for others and awaken the compassion of the Buddha." 2. "In life, the final victory is the true victory. The victories of youth are not the decisive ones. They are nothing but training for that final, ultimate victory in life." 3. "'Too big' is just about the right size for young people's dreams. What we can achieve in a lifetime is always but a fraction of what we would set out to achieve. So if you start out with expectations that are too low, you'll end up not being able to accomplish anything at all." 4. "Youth, find time and the space in your heart to read and think seriously about things!" 5. "The basis of earning people's trust is to always keep your promises. If you keep promises, no matter what you may sacrifice, you will definitely gain trust. This is the crucial social skill for young people. If you cannot do something, you should clearly say so. But if you say you will do something, you must follow through. This is the basis of gaining trust. And it is something you can do without spending money." 6. "Do not be angry with people who are weak. That is the mark of a coward. There are plenty of things to be angry about in the world--people wielding political or religious authority who have been blinded by money, for example! That is the kind of evil young people should direct their rage at. Be angry about that, and you'll never lose your temper about trifling matters."

On Buddhism
1. "Buddhism is put into action through 'jihi,' meaning compassion. 'Ji' is to offer joy to others, and 'hi' means to alleviate their pain." 2. "The fundamental goal of Buddhism is the realization of the peace and happiness of humankind."

3. "Let's always strive to practice 'actual faith.' Let's stick to the actual without deviating a single step. 'Theoretical faith' is a purely intellectual pursuit, of a merely philosophical dimension. It is faith in words only. 'Actual faith,' on the other hand, is a living reality in terms of both our inner conviction and all aspects of daily life. In other words, it means giving practical expression to our faith. It means to employ our faith to the fullest, both in our work--whatever our profession, be it a bookseller or a schoolteacher--and in our private lives."

1. "True greatness means that, even if you forget what you've done for others, you never forget what others have done for you. It means always doing your utmost to repay debts of gratitude. Such people radiate integrity, depth of character, bigheartedness and charm." 2. "You can either tell yourself, 'It's too hard, I don't think I'll be able to do it,' or 'Yes, I can do this. Let me at it! Only a fine line separates the two. But I'll tell you one thing: if you work like crazy, you'll come to display capabilities that you never knew you had--potentials that you always possessed, but never tapped." 3. "There are three standards for selecting a job: the three values of beauty, benefit and good. Everyone's ideal is to get a job they like (beauty), that is materially rewarding (benefit), and where you can contribute to society (good). The real world, however, is not as accommodating a place as you may think. Those who find a job that meets their ideal from the outset are doubtless few and far between. More often than not, people have to work at a job they never expected to have to do. "Without running away from a disagreeable job, you should continue to work hard while praying to the Gohonzon. By continuing in this way, in the end you will definitely find yourself in a position that you like, that is profitable, and, moreover, that creates great good for society. "Not only that, when you later look back on this period of struggle, you will see that none of your hard work was wasted, that your past efforts have all become precious assets. You will then understand that everything you have been through had meaning."

1. "In any great undertaking, nothing is more important than public opinion. Take a careful look at history. No matter how rightful one's actions may be, nothing can be accomplished without support from the people."

2. "Politics, economics and culture are all undertakings whose ultimate aim is people's happiness. Politics, in particular, directly influences each and every person's daily life. Political leaders must therefore view things in their largest perspective. They must never be blinded by self-interest or personal desires, or allow concern for short-term advantage to be their downfall." 3. "In order to secure people's happiness, politics must be based on a sound and unwavering philosophy and principles." 4. "Philosophy must never be divorced from action. Unless it is put into practice, philosophy is nothing more than an intellectual game." 5. "Young people! You must always keep a strict eye on politicians!"