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Laura's Sick Brother 

This experience was given at a Washington DC Kosen Rufu Gongyo

I was eight years old in 1968, when my father introduced our entire family to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. He was a carpenter and my mother took care of three boys and four girls. We lived in a one bedroom apartment in Panama.  My brother, Osvaldo, had been born with a tumor between his right ear and his brain. Every day he grew sicker and sicker. The doctors said Osvaldo's tumor was inoperable and he could not live much longer.  My mother did the only thing that she could — she chanted almost day and night and shed many tears. My brothers and sisters chanted with her, but Osvaldo just got worse. He passed out frequently and sometimes did not even recognize us. 

He wanted to be like other children and go to school. One of my mother's friends, who was a teacher, accepted Osvaldo in her class.  One day he passed out in her classroom. She drove him to the hospital but the doctors could not revive him. They pulled off all ten of his toenails, but there was no reaction. After pronouncing him dead they wrapped him for the morgue. My mother refused to let them take him away. She sat next to him and chanted "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" in his ear. Suddenly, Osvaldo woke up and asked what was happening. His toenails started to bleed. The doctors were amazed.  After this, no matter what, my parents never stopped chanting. My father made a butsudan, even though we could not receive the Gohonzon at that time. My mother took the water she offered to the Mystic Law and let Osvaldo drink all but a drop of it. She put the remaining drop in his right ear. 

Osvaldo wanted to put the drop in his own ear. She let him. In a few weeks, he told her that he had something in his ear. She thought he was teasing. Ten minutes later, he pulled something big but soft out of his ear. It looked like a meatball with tiny roots hanging from it. Doctors examined him, took x-rays, asked other doctors to look and him again and again but could not find any trace of the tumor. The doctors said that he removed his own tumor without pain, surgery or even a single drop of blood.  Today my brother is 37 years old. He has five children of his own. My mother received the Gohonzon on Jan. 27, 1969. A year later she bought a new house. Our whole family continues to practice Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and fight with the SGI for kosen rufu. 

No matter what, I will never stop practicing. I will continue to chant "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo" until the last moment of my life. I will continue to work for kosen rufu every day.

An experience given to Ilyogo Ikeda Culture Centre

December 1991

Translation by Hawaii Jt. Territory

WD Interpreter Group,
July 23 1992


Experience by Mr. Tsuji (YMD)

My name is Tsuji and I am a YMD member in Chuo ward,
Kobe city. It has been one year since I joined the Soka Gakkai.

 

Today, I would like to share my experience with you. In May 1998, I injured my back, and my right foot became very swollen and very weak. A doctor at a general hospital diagnosed my as having a hernia of an intervertebral disc, I was hospitalized
right away. I spent six months in a long-term rehabilitation because surgery though it would cure the problem quickly, would present the danger of paralysis to the lower half of my body. During the long rehabilitation period, I was thinking of my fiancée who had died of liver cancer nine years before, and my mother who died of the same disease a year before.

I was determined to live with a strong mind. I went back to work and everything seemed fine for a while. However, in July 1990, I became extremely ill at work again. I had a splitting headache and my boss took me to a hospital. I was diagnosed as having a tumor in my frontal skull. The neurosurgeon said that without immediate surgery it would become fatal. Five days later, I went trough an operation.

Everything was successful, and I soon went back to work. One month later, in September 1990 Miss K. whom I had promised to marry, died. She had chronic bone marrow proliferous leukemia which took her life in six months. How can these cruel things keep happening to me. I really felt I had a tragic destiny. Furthermore, before I was even able to recover from the shock, I became seriously ill again. This time the same tumor was growing in the medial part of my brain. I felt deeply depressed, and pessimistically thought that "I am going to die soon". I wanted to see someone.

Suddenly, I remembered Mr. Ikeburo whom I had met at a class reunion eight years ago. I called him that night. He sounded very happy to hear from me and promised to come to see me within a couple of days. On October 10, he came with his wife and child. I told him what had been happening to me. Then for the first time, he told me about his Buddhism.

He said, "If you wish to win in life and against sickness, this is the only way! Because of his enthusiasm and sincerity, I decided to entrust my life to him. On December 4, 1990 I enshrined the Gohonzon in my home. At the end of the same month, the younger sister of Miss K had become ill. It was from acute lymphatic leukemia. I desperately wanted to shakubuku her and did my best but she would not listen and passed away five months later. I too, was suffering from acute pains in my chest, head and stomach. I went to a doctor and had a complete checkup. He found that I was in the early stage of leukemia. I told Mr. Ikeburo about my illness. He said, "You have to fight to cure the illness. The only way is to challenge chanting for 10 hour Daimoku everyday". I started from that day. I continued chanting for three days with the determination that "I will fight in revenge for those three precious people I've lost. I will overcome this sickness no matter what. I will never lose! By the end of the third day I felt much better. My condition was rather stable for the next two months when suddenly I experienced an extreme pain in my back and legs. I went to see a doctor, and he said: "You are now in the middle stage of a regular leukemia".

 

Immediately I was hospitalized. I requested a private room and there did gongyo and chanted Daimoku sincerely. Mr. Ikeburo and his wife came immediately to see me and I promised them to attend a discussion meeting. I was able to get permission from the hospital and at the meeting I gave a determination that "I will overcome this illness without fail". Two days later, something strange happened to me. I wasn't feeling well in the morning and went to the bathroom. I threw up first green then black-red, and then a white milky colored liquid. The amount could fill a bucket.

 

The doctor examined it and said it was "melted cancer cells of leukemia". I was examined, three days later, and no sign of leukemia was found. The doctor said, "I
just cannot believe this. I have never seen a case like this. It is so unbelievable that I can talk to you like this". A week later I was discharged completely recovered.

 

Because of my faith in this Buddhism, I was able to change the impossible to possible. I was able to overcome leukemia that took many precious people from my life. The sense of appreciation to the Gohonzon fills my entire life. Tow weeks later, the doctor told me something unusual. He said, "Your body is producing an anti-cancer substance. Your bone-marrow fluid is reacting to the leukemia virus quickly, and is melting and removing them". My body was producing an anti-cancer vaccination! I went to the tombs of my mother and my loved ones to report what had happened. I told them, "I took revenge for all of you.


Thank very much, mother for giving me life. I will do my best and live happily for your sakes". Later the doctor asked me to donate my bone-marrow fluid to save a patient who was suffering from bone-marrow leukemia. The procedure is to make a three-quarter of an inch hole in my back and extract liquid with a large syringe. He told me that the patient was a high school girl. I felt very sorry for her, and accepted the request with the determination that I would save her with my bone-marrow fluid
soaked with abundant Daimoku. She endured the long-hour surgery that was
very successful. A few days later, the doctor called me and said, "We have been examining, your bone-marrow. It has so much energy and life force that it is increasing very rapidly and is becoming more effective and stronger everyday. It has helped us complete a new machine. We named it Anti-IITLV-1 non-antibody FST-Tsuji-I".

 

Six days later, two more bone marrow transfers to young girls performed. Before the surgery, I encouraged the girls and told then to chant "Nam-Myoho-rengue-kyo" in their minds. I kept chanting for them and the six-hour surgery was successfully completed. All of their leukemia cells were destroyed.

They were able to leave the hospital in complete recovery. By saving the three girls, I realized the greatness of my mission. I decided to report my experience to President Ikeda and wrote a letter to him. Later, his guidance appeared in the Seikyo Shimbun entitled "The relationship between the cure of cancer and the mind". I took this as his encouragement to me and determined to make it my life-long guidelines.

 

Further reports came from the doctor regarding the new medicine. They discovered that the medicine finds and melts poisonous substances as soon as it enters a human
body. Its power has also been increasing. It was further found that the medicine was effective against the collagen disease as well. They decide to name it Anti-HTLV-I non-antibody FST Tsuji-2-B. Thus, events that I have never dreamed of continue to happen. I pledged to the Gohonzon that if my body can benefit other people in the world, I will happily donate my body. Looking back, I remember suffering from the
hellish condition before I met the Gohonzon. Then I was given a second chance in life through the Gohonzon and now, I can save other people who are suffering from the illness. President Ikeda said, "Healing power exists within a patient him/herself. The greatest of such power is the will to live". I am determined with the firm confidence that I will complete my mission to save others who are suffering from the illness, while fighting for the sake of kosen-rufu, even by giving my own life. A few minutes
ago, my doctor called me and said that three girls who received my bone marrow are now producing their own "new" bone marrow, which is similar to mine.

 

Complaints Evaporated like Dew in the Morning Sun

By Surender Taneja

I joined this wonderful life philosophy in February 1999. I have been able to turn around many negative tendencies and polish my life for my own happiness and those around me.

 

It all started with stagnation in my job. The frustration I felt began manifesting in other areas of my life and I felt deadlocked. At this juncture, I got an opportunity to work in Kuala Lumpur, where I found my colleagues more efficient, more professional, and better human beings.

 

I returned back to Delhi, with a quest for becoming a better human being. The principle "the teacher will appear when the pupil is ready" came true for me. I came across a vibrant and joyful colleague in my office, who had transformed herself within very short span of time. She shared with me how Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and activities in Bharat Soka Gakkai have helped her achieve this change. This motivated me to take up faith. I discovered that I had many negative tendencies. I used to have doubts in my mind while praying. I sought guidance and was told to strengthen my study and chant lots of daimoku.

 

The study of Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra helped me chant daimoku free of any doubt and I began feeling lighter and happier. And a strong conviction welled up in my life. This experience underlined the importance of study to me. I decided to apply faith in overcoming my relationship problem. My relationship with my wife was strained.

 

Instead of taking responsibility and building a harmonious relationship, I would avoid confrontation by coming home very late and even going to office on holidays. I was full of grudges against her. In turn, she did not appreciate my practice and objected to members who came for home visits.

 

I sought guidance, and was told "Your wife is not the problem-you are. First, you must become an admirable human being. As long as you are complaining about your wife, you are not practicing correct faith.

 

When you can show your wife the appreciation you would show to the Buddha, she will have nothing to object to." It was a challenge to understand and apply this guidance. Hours and hours of Daimoku began to show the results. Negative feelings towards my wife, like hatred, grudges, and complaints became dewdrops evaporating from the tips of grass.

 

I took complete responsibility to change this poison into medicine and I started appreciating all the support I was getting from her. As the Gosho says, "It could never come about that the prayers of the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered."

 

I am so happy to report that even she joined BSG and we do our Gongyo together. This has brought benefits in her own life. She overcame severe health problems like obsessive-compulsive disorder and a fibrous growth in her uterus, which just disappeared without any surgery; for this I deeply thank the Gohonzon.

 

These experiences motivated me to step-up my Buddhist activities, now with my wife's complete support. Soon my prayer to strengthen my study was answered when I got selected into the MD Pillar Study Group. Sensei says, "Study deepens faith ... and spurs our human revolution. When we take action in accord with the Gosho, only then can we say that we have grasped the teachings of the Daishonin's Buddhism."


In Pillar Study Group, we studied Basics of Buddhism, New Human Revolution, and The World of the Gosho. Finding time for regular study was always a big struggle; due to my hectic office schedule and my other activities I would often study after 11 at night. All this has given me strong conviction that only by practicing this philosophy under the Soka Gakkai, can one actually change karma.


As I made stronger determinations to work harder in Gakkai, so my obstacles also increased. My responsibilities at work increased, demanding me to work seven days a week till
9:00 PM. Now I could not attend Gakkai meetings and my home visitations almost stopped.

 

Suddenly, disharmony appeared at home, first between my brothers and then involving the whole family. A gentle reminder from a senior leader woke me up, and I decided to take complete responsibility. I began to do three activities each week, no matter what, along with taking care of the Future Division. These challenges provided me an opportunity to respect and encourage my daughters and other kids at home. I began respecting my juniors and colleagues at work as if they were Gakkai members.

 

Benefits started to flow in my life. My juniors started taking more responsibilities and my seniors showered appreciation. The situation at home started to improve. Soon both my younger brothers joined this faith. My daughters too began practicing sincerely and showed remarkable improvement in their academics and their excellent behavior.

I was given responsibility as a District chief; soon I faced the biggest challenge to my life. I developed acute appendicitis, which had already burst. Doctors told us that even one day's delay could have proved fatal.

 

With lots of gratitude for being alive, I pledged not to take my health for granted. As if this was not enough, after my operation, major complications (like jaundice with infection of liver and pus collection in the operation site) occurred one after another. No treatment was working as my condition became better one day and worst next day. On fourth day, when I started feeling completely exhausted and drained, I remembered Sensei's guidance, "Anyone would think that victory is impossible and that's probably how you feel right now. Don't forget this marvelous Gohonzon. We have the power to transform something you would normally think impossible into something possible. Those who give up before they try, don't really know the power of the Mystic Law...."

 

With deep apology and strong ichinen, I began to pray from the hospital bed to become healthy for kosen-rufu. I recovered completely after 15 days. During this illness, I became very close to my family and deeply learned the power of the Gohonzon. My company bore all expenses for the costly medical treatment. My gain is not only regaining perfect health but also deep appreciation and understanding the value of my family, my excellent workplace, and my Soka Family.

Before joining the BSG, I could hardly write a few sentences confidently. It gives me immense pleasure to share my experience with you. I determine to live out my life for kosen-rufu and apply all that I learnt in the BSG and share with others. I pledge to advance ceaselessly to form deeper bonds with my mentor.

 

Thank you very much!

SURENDER TANEJA

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