This is a post about faith, you can go if you want, but I hope you will stay, for there may be an "inconspicuous" benefit here for you. As many of you know, I am a follower of the 13th Century Japanese priest known today as Nichiren Daishonin. I chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (Daimoku) twice a day to the heavenly deities which are written on our object of devotion which is not a statue of a Buddha, (*please watch video at the end for an explanation of why we don't have a Buddha statue on our altar), our object of devotion is the Gohonzon, which was written in both kanji and Sanskrit characters, and includes, to name a few, the gods of the Sun (Nitten) and Moon (Gatten) who represent the infinite, unlimited and eternal realm in the sky without distinction of daytime and nighttime.
Other heavenly deities written in sumi ink by the Daishonin on our Gohonzon are the Wheel-turning Kings (Tenrinjōō) and Dragon Kings (Dai-ryū-ō), who represent the infinite, unlimited and eternal world on the land and in the ocean.
Then there is Devadatta, the original Buddha's (Shakyamuni's) cousin who was jealous of him and even tried to have him killed, but the original Buddha was "inconspiciously" protected, and Devadatta, was saved by the Lotus Sutra, as we all are when we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, just once.
There are other deities who represent the infinite, unlimited and eternal world of the spiritual realm, and all express the Law of the universe, which we call the Mystic Law.
For a complete (and difficult to read) breakdown of the deities on the Gohonzon, read "Who's Who on the Gohonzon?" written by Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick. He offers a complete list, but in a nutshell, as described by the friendly people at Buddhability.com, "On the Gohonzon, Nichiren uses Chinese and Sanskrit characters to depict the Lotus Sutra’s Ceremony in the Air. Down the center are the Chinese characters for Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, representing the treasure tower, the ceremony’s centerpiece, which symbolizes the world of Buddhahood."
The Gohonzon expresses the reality that all people, without exception, can reveal their inherent Buddhahood by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
So why am I writing this on a hot August 10th day here in Dallas Texas? Because, in staying true to Esoteric Daily, on this day in 1276, Nichiren writes a letter to a lay priest in which he clarifies the relationship between prayer and its resulting benefit. "'Conspicuous prayer' means prayer offered with a clear objective or purpose. 'Inconspicuous prayer' means prayer offered without a pressing need... but will become evident over the course of time, such as the gradual purification of one's life.'"
And I am here to tell you folks, after 59 years of a spiritual journey that took me from Christianity, to Hippy Buddhism, and subsequently, Paganism, my journey has finally landed here, and so I want to share this practice with you. It is The Secret on steroids, the Alchemist solution to the heavenly body, and the Shift in Vibrations as seen on Gaia TV. Save time, chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and elevated your life in a spiritual awaking you will thank me for later. Your, 'inconspicuous' benefit for this August 10th.
Enjoy the following video explaining why you won't see a golden Buddha on my altar.
~~ Eso Terry