“It has been one of history’s great tragedies that people, failing to recognise the enormous power they possess, have often been subjugated, or divided and set against one another. In contrast, the mentor-disciple relationship of the Soka Gakkai is dedicated to inspiring, uniting, and guiding people in a positive direction. There is no more lofty human bond than that shared by mentor and disciple.
“My mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, encouraged members who were facing adversity: ‘You should be proud that you possess within yourself the same life-state as Nichiren Daishonin. Maintain a noble spirit and triumph in life. Never belittle yourself.'”
SGI Newsletter No. 7664, The Unlimited Power of the People, from the December 2008 issue of the Daibyakurenge