The Property of Rice
And it is also this way with rice. While the rice itself
is the same, that rice which nourishes a slanderer of the
Law supports the life of one who destroys the seeds of Buddhahood,
enabling him to become a more powerful enemy than ever.
And yet, does it not sustain his life so that he will in
the end be won over to the Lotus Sutra? On the other hand,
rice which nourishes the votary of the Lotus Sutra must
be rice of the utmost compassion, because it benefits all
living beings. This is what is meant by the Buddha's relics
turning into rice. I cannot express my joy at your having
sent a messenger all the way here at such a time. Can it
be that Shakyamuni Buddha or the Bodhisattvas of the Earth
have entered into your body?
I entrust you with the propagation of Buddhism in your
province. Because the seeds of Buddhahood sprout in response
to the proper influence, one expounds the teaching of the
one vehicle. If Jibu-bo, Shimotsuke-bo or the others should
arrive, I will send them with out delay. And if you have
an opportunity to see Lord Matsuno, please carefully explain
what I have said.
Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 5, page