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Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

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Buddhism has found a lot of followers for itself in recent distressed times. The essence of Buddhism is the conviction that we have within us at each moment the ability to overcome any problem or difficulty that we may encounter in life; a capacity to transform any suffering. This philosophy has resounded with many people who failed to find the calling by getting stuck in the rat race. Every other ‘religion’ around us, unflinchingly keeps asking for conformism and affirmations. It’s as if, there is a constant need to boost their ego to keep the religious sentiments pumped up.

Lucky for us, Buddhism didn’t turn out to be another fruit from the same tree. The philosophy that each of us contains within ourselves the capacity to turn our lives around is based on the teachings of the 13th Century Buddhist monk Nicheren and it is upon these teachings that the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) works.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo could be described as a vow, an expression of determination, to embrace and manifest our Buddha nature. It is a pledge to oneself to never yield to difficulties and to win over one’s suffering. At the same time, it is a vow to help others reveal this law in their own lives and achieve happiness.

Nam comes from the Sanskrit namas, meaning to devote or dedicate oneself.

Myo can be translated as mystic or wonderful, and ho means law. This law is called mystic because it is difficult to comprehend. What exactly makes it difficult to comprehend? It is the wonder of ordinary people, beset by delusion and suffering, awakening to the fundamental law in their own lives and realizing that they are inherently Buddhas able to solve their own problems and those of others.

Renge means lotus blossom. The lotus flower is pure and fragrant, unsullied by the muddy water in which it grows. Similarly, the beauty and dignity of our humanity is brought forth amidst the sufferings of daily reality.

Further, unlike other plants, the lotus puts forth flowers and fruit at the same time. This illustrates the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect; we do not have to wait to become someone perfect in the future, we can bring forth the power of the Mystic Law from within our lives at any time.

Kyo literally means sutra and here indicates the Mystic Law likened to a lotus flower, the fundamental law that permeates life and the universe, the eternal truth.

The sound that this chant makes when pronounced constantly in an isotone, is almost similar to hypnosis and when that sound gets inside your own ears, you fall into a trance like meditative state where you’re asked to think about nothing. This might seem like a difficult practice to follow, but once you get a hang of it, you will soon realise the difference that it can make in your life.

As with everything else in this world, this chant works on faith and pure faith. Use the Ultimate Law of the Universe for your real happiness. Get rid of bad karma and attain good karma. Overcome your fears. Find an keep actual love. Increase the quality of your life. If you believe enough, it can all be yours.