August Seikyo Cultural Lecture Meeting was held at the Hiroshima Ikeda
Peace Memorial Hall on Aug.7, 1993. The lecturer was Dr.N.Radhakrishnan,
director of Gandhi Memorial Hall.
The theme was"Spreading the teaching of Non Violences from Hiroshima to the world!" The followings are extracts from his lecture and photos of him in Hiroshima.
Dr.Radhakrishnan(center) eagerly gazing at some objects while visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. He told his impression that he felt as if his heart would have been frozen.
| What is ahimsa, Non-Violence? It is
not hurting anyone, nor doing any harm or killing anybody. Gandhi underwent
a big influence by the philosophy of Non-Violence which Shakyamuni had
expounded. Therefore he had continued to struggle based on this philosophy.
Indeed, his strength had come from the religious value. He thought religions supported the life of the people and elevated their life to a noble and abundant state.
What is the greatness of Gandhi? It is the expansion of his teaching of Non-Violence on individual level into the field of society and politics.
He was convinced that Non-Violence was the supreme power human beings were privileged to use and was more powerful than the heavy destructive weapons invented by human beings. There were, however, also some who opposed Gandhi's opinion. They criticized that he was confusing politics and religions.
He responded to this criticize that the politics without religion seemed like a dead body and a mere system deprived of life. He tried to purify politics by Introducing the politics with religious values. He also added that the society without firm philosophy or religious values would never fail to decline.
I have had many opportunities to lecture all over the world, and I have observed various peace movements very carefully.
One of the movements that really has moved me is the movement of SGI.
In the heavy crisis with a global scale, their groups have been seriously worried about our future and striving for the better internationally.
That is a very unique organization and an important existence.
In addition to these, they try to understand the wide cross cultures among different races through cultural events, exhibitions, peace proposals, conferences on environments, and so on. As one of the scholars praying for peace and taking actions, I deeply respect SGI president, Daisaku Ikeda.
He has been continuing dialogues with the intellectuals of various countries and he has been trying to open the road to a new era and new world full of peace and goodwill. In the long run, he has been hoping to establish the world without any war. It isn't an exaggeration to say that in a sense, he has been even challenging something seemingly impossible.
The various people in the world have given sympathetic words to the work of SGI and president Ikeda. For examples, among such people are Dr. Ramachandra who is my mentor as well as a senior disciple of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela of South Africa etc, Glenn Page, professor of the Non-Violence Study Center in Hawaii University. and too numerous to mention.
I think that his behavior is the one that is opening the new era of the mutual understanding in the world and developing the unbelievable potentiality of human beings is the movement which is worth admiring.
The awakening to the Non-Violence with the global scale is indeed the absolute request of the present time and the lessons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are connected with the SGI movements which are continuously advocating the realization of a world without war under the guidance of President Ikeda. I am convinced that there is not such an organization as SGI that has done great contributions for world peace.
Also, SGI movement is the one that will extensively lead the 21st century and the spirituality of SGI will finally cover the whole world.
Great leaders and great movements, however, must face a lot of difficulties.
Sometimes, envious men of cloth may stand and fight against them.
Nevertheless, nobody can confine a true religion in a jailhouse.
I would like to conclude my speech by saying that I am also the one who wishes to propagate true Buddhism to everyone and to appeal to the world "No More Hiroshima" by our practice.
Dr.Radhakrishnan presenting wreaths with a deep prayer for spreading the teaching of Non Violence from Hiroshima to the world at the Memorial Cenotaph in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park accompanied by each representative of Youth Division members and hibakushas(A-bomb victims).
| Comments by the
Ms.Masako Kawakami, Fuchu-chou, Aki county, Hiroshima Prefecture: As an A-bomb victim and also as a member of the Soka Gakkai in Hiroshima, I have recognized my great mission from the bottom of my heart. I have also renewed my resolution "to develop the links of Non-Violence to the world from Hiroshima".
Ms. Midori Yasuie, Hiroshima City:
I feel Dr.N.Radhakrishnan taught us " the Heart of Hiroshima" very plainly. I also made up my mind to make my "little mind" to a big one at that night. In addition to that, I was very moved by his great character revealed by the attitude for peace, modesty, and so on.
Mr. Makoto Yokofujita, Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture:
How deep was his indignation at the crisis surrounding the modern world ! Therefore, in his lecture his passionate attachment to both SGI President Ikeda and SGI struck me strongly. I was moved by the lecture so deeply as to give a second thought to "the way of a disciple" reconsidering my eagerness for contributing world peace comparing with that of his even though I professed myself as a disciple of the president.