SGI PRESIDENT IKEDAS POEM
SGI President Ikeda dedicated this new poem to all SGI members on Sept. 4. He present-ed the poem at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, during his acceptance speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the National University of Central Peru.
Become strong without fail!
We need strength to be happy,
To be victorious.
The strong can help others
Transform their lives
Into lives of value,
Dedicated to truth,
Leading to happiness and peace.
Weakness is a source of misery?
Is to live in fear;
Weakness incurs peoples scorn
It has no power to fight back.
Weakness is a source of unhappiness?
It will make you a loser
And a coward.
The weak are bereft of good fortune;
The prayers of cowards are not answered.
What transforms such weakness
Burn with jealousy,
Often resenting others happiness,
Maligning and attacking excellence.
They are losers in life,
Pathetic and base,
Possessing neither faith nor character.
Courageous people of justice and truth
Look down upon
The likes of such treacherous cowards;
They pay them no heed,
Toward the future,
Rejoice in struggles,
Welcoming them with pleasure and joy.
Lose in every battle;
They are gloomy, cheerless
Fear is hell;
Courage is joy.
That devotion to faith,
Without begrudging our lives,
Forges, in the depths of our beings,
The heart of an indomitable hero,
The supreme state of life.
With an intrepid spirit
We solemnly adorn this existence
With justice, courage and triumph!
from World Tribune 9/24/99