Live as though you will die tomorrow. Learn as though you will live forever.

In his Dharma message in his magazine, Hoju, Rev. Kunugi includes the words of the Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India’s independence.

“Live as though you will die tomorrow. Learn as though you will live forever.”

The life of our physical body is not eternal. No one knows when one will go to that other world. If we live each day with gratitude that it is indeed a blessing and precious to be alive today, each of our days will be enriched. If we might not be alive tomorrow, there are things that we must do today. If we were to die tomorrow, we must earnestly live today so that we will have no regrets. When we live each day by putting our everything into it, a true feeling of worth and a joy of living wells up from within. Gandhi had expressed this as “live as though you will die tomorrow.”

The life of the physical body is not eternal. Nevertheless, our soul continues to live eternally. Therefore even if the physical body ages, the soul does not grow old. Through our way of life, our soul is youthful and radiant. Even if they have grown old, those who work for the sake of others are healthy because their soul is full of energy and shining. To learn for one’s entire life and to apply oneself until one dies is the secret for a long life.

To learn as though we will live forever and to practice as though we will live forever is to live eternal life. There are infinite things to learn and it is never the case we have learned enough. That is why we are living together with the eternal called the infinite.

Gandhi stood against the British with thorough nonviolence and finally guided India to independence. What was it that supported his belief and action?

Gandhi says that there is one thing that those who take the stance of nonviolence must do in common.   That is to say, they must have absolute faith in God. God is indeed our sole fellow traveler and practitioner. No matter what name we call Him by, people must know that they can only work through His power. Those who believe in God can never do such a thing as taking the life of another.

This year is the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. We must learn from the great holy man, Mahatma Gandhi. We may call God by any name. However, we must have absolute faith in God who sustains our life. This spirit is the root of the spirit of nonviolence. It is to respect other religions and to love others.

We must have absolute faith in God whom we call the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha. And we must know that we have our work for today through the power of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha. The mantra of gratitude to the Eternal Buddha is indeed Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.




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私たちは永遠の釈迦牟尼仏に絶対的な信仰を持たなくてはいけません。 そして永遠の釈迦牟尼仏の力によって今日のわたしの仕事があることを知らなくてはなりません。永遠の仏への感謝のマントラこそ、南無妙法蓮華経であるのです。