Reply to Nichigon-ama
On the eighth day of the eleventh month in
the third year of Koan (1280), I placed before the Lotus Sutra
the written petition in which you, Nichigon-ama, expressed
your prayer, together with your offerings of one kan
of coins and an unlined robe made of thread spun from bark
fiber, and reported the matter to the gods of the sun and
the moon. In addition, you should not presume to fathom [the
blessings of the Gohonzon]. Whether or not your prayer is
answered depends upon your faith; [if it is not,] the fault
in no way lies with me, Nichiren.
When the water is clear, the moon will be
reflected in it. When the wind blows, the trees sway. One's
mind is like the water. Faith that is weak is like muddy water,
but faith that is resolute is like clear water. The trees
are like the principles [of all things], and the wind that
sets them in motion is like the recitation of the sutra. You
should understand things in this way.
With my deep respect,
The twenty-ninth day of the eleventh month
Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 5, page 305.