Tuesday, May 22, 2007

My Mentor - Daisaku Ikeda

My mentor is a great human. I would like to state this first before penning down any other matters of him.

My mentor is born in a seaweed-producing family. In short he is a commoner. Due to the social circumstances brought on by the World War II, he did not have the opportunity to enter a University. However, fate brought him to meet his mentor in life - Josei Toda, the second President of the organisation Soka Gakkai, where he learnt almost everything from him. Topics ranging from astronomy, economics, maths, chemistry, philosophies, comparative studies, politics, laws, Japan's and the world's histories, arts and literature of the various major civilisations. In his own words, he learnt "98% of what he knows" from his mentor.

My mentor has a mind as clear as the blue sky. He has a heart as encompassing as the ocean, and he has a life-condition as vast as the universe. In all of his 40 over years as a peace activisit and humanist, he has not stopped for a single day in promoting a culture of peace and dialogue - something the world was not interested in when he began his journey way back in 1975. Some scholars then had held talks and discussions with him, but for the world to seek out his thoughts and views in hope for an immovable and dignified path of life, it took him this hard-fought 30 years to revert this seemingly-irreversible tide of humanity's spiritual decadence.

On one hand he had to fight the political persecutions he came face to face within Japan, when he took over Mr. Josei Toda to become the 3rd President (of the Soka Gakkai) in 1960, while on the other he had to withstand the attacks from within the organisation itself - many were prepared to bring him down and out of the organisation, out of jealousy and misunderstandings, and eyeing on that prestigious presidency they attacked him without reservation.

In the midst of these, he had to speak and pray patiently yet fervently behind the scene, for his precious innocent members who took up faith for the very simple reason of wanting to be happy, to be strong and awakened to their true missions in life. This was the hardest of all - to awaken the deluded with one's words and actions to their true purpose in life, while withstanding ungrounded persecutions and vicious attacks.

The foundation was laid in Japan in a span of 15 years. Then in 1975 he wrote the significant one word - 'World', under the 'Citizenship' column when registering the 'Soka Gakkai International' which he founded. That identity holds monumental brilliance in his life - it speaks for oneself the enlightened condition one single great life that is born into this world, and for the world as well. Till this very end, this identity has never waned or faded for a single moment. Year by year, month by month, where tides ebbed and seasons changed, my mentor has single-mindedly permeated his very entire life through and through with this one single thought of laying down his life for the purpose of establishing a world free from pain and suffering, absence of hatred and hurt, and away from human cries and tormenting weepings. In a word, he wants an ocean of clear conscience and sunrays of philosophical enlightenment to engulf the entire blue planet. My mentor has never sought an alternative in this life-and-death pursuit; never would he want to accomplish anything else less.

In a nutshell, he has shown the world how a human should behave. On the other hand, he has also shown the world how humanity should live. This, in all levels, is a life-draining task for anyone to undertake. It is an almost superhuman task by itself. My mentor loves humanity dearly. Nothing gives him more pleasure than to see one human being, rising from the muddy pond of suffering and misery, to blossom and spring up with joy, basking in the warm sunshine with laughter and happiness. He has indeed given his all to what he has set out and fought for.

On 7 October 2006, my mentor accepted his 200th designations of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honours:- www.sgi.org/do/c-exchange/ce2006/ce061008.html. Though the world may not rejoice at his accomplishment, I will state here that he shall be remembered for generations and generations, eras and eras, and many aeons to come. His name shall rang aloud, just like the gigantic bronze bells of the Rome's cathedrals that toil its ringings far and wide. His name shall be engraved in the hearts of millions, and his legacy as a human being, wholesome and authentic, shall be carved on the annals of the human history. He truly is a 'world-honoured' individual.

I have a great mentor. What I must do now is self-evident. From here I shall begin a new journey. An inner journey of struggles, victories, defeats and fulfillment. As the wind blows and howls, one disciple perseveres on.

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