Easy Delivery of a Fortune Child
I have heard that you will soon give birth. In compliance
with your request for the gohifu of easy delivery,
I have prepared one, choosing from among the lore I have
inherited. However, you must have firm faith in order to
receive its benefits. Even a medicine of rare virtue will
have little effect if poison is added to it. Of what use
will a sword be to a coward?
Above all, you and your husband are both followers of the
Lotus Sutra. You will surely bear a jewel of a child who
will carry on the seed of the propagation of the Lotus Sutra.
I wholeheartedly congratulate you. The child will inherit
both the physical and spiritual aspects of your lives. How
could you suffer prolonged labor? The child will surely
be delivered easily. If you take this gohifu,, there
can be no doubt. The darkness becomes bright when a lamp
is lighted, and muddy water becomes clear when the moon
shines on it.
Is there anything brighter than the sun and the moon? Is
there anything purer than the lotus flower? The Lotus Sutra
is the sun and the moon and the lotus flower. Therefore,
it is called Myoho-renge-kyo (the Sutra of the Lotus
Sutra of the Mystic Law). Nichiren is also like the sun
and the moon, and also like the lotus flower.
If the water of one's faith is clear, the moon of blessings
will cast its reflection on it and, without a doubt, protect
one. You are assured of an easy delivery. A passage from
the Lotus Sutra states, "A wondrous Law such as this
...," and another says, "With easy labor they
shall bear a fortune child." I have explained in detail
to Ben-ko about the orally transmitted instructions regarding
the gohifu. Thus, Ben-ko is the envoy of the Buddha.
Be earnest in your faith.
The sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami bestowed a gem upon the
storm god Susanoo no Mikoto, who in turn obtained a gem
of a boy child. For this reason, she called the child her
own son and named him Masaya Akatsu [Truly I Conquer]. Because
I, Nichiren, have provided your child with the seed for
an easy birth, the child will be like my own. The Lotus
Sutra says that there is "a precious gem whose value
is that of a major world system," and also proclaims:
"We have gained the supreme cluster of jewels without
expecting it." Shakyamuni Buddha declares, "The
living beings in it [the threefold world] are all my children."
My intention also accords exactly with what the Buddha expressed
in these passages. How happy and how auspicious is the approaching
birth of your child! I will write again on another occasion.
The seventh day of the fifth month in the eighth year of
Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 4, page