Sorry I haven't been on lately, been busy with other things . . .
Let me tsukimoto that Nichiren lived in the harsh, bitter conditions while in exile to Sado. In fact, if I were him, I would be tempted to crawl back and say, "No, I was wrong, you guys were right . . ."
But Ikeda, on the other hand, lives in a nice mansion in Tokyo and (as I just found out five minutes ago in this forum) he lives it up like Hugh Heffner once in a while.
At least Heffner publishes a decent magazine (with better articles).
Been digging back a bit thru old posts (lots more to comment on) and found this
It reminded me of an incident I had while in Japan, with a fellow (hardcore) YMD gakkai (cult) member.
The Dear Leader's Tokyo house is literally just down the street from The Cult Headquarters in Shinanomachi. I was walked down for the honor to be shown it, from the street. A soka-han guard was manning the entrance outside the wall, watching us. He and the other YMD with me obviously knew each other, based on their behavior. The YMD, standing very erect, ramrod straight, pointing with 4 fingers straight out, thumb tucked in, gestured towards Ikeda's home, very, very seriously. He acted as if it was sacred territory, an honor to approach, see and be near. After a quick utterance of NMRK and a slight head bow, we were off just as quickly as we had arrived. I remember walking away with him, kind of in a daze, not from seeing an ordinary Japanese home, but from his unexpected fanatical behavior and attitude. It caught me completely off guard. The only thought I had for a while after that incident, was ..... "Whoah." It was another signal to me that the boat I was on, was ultimately destined for La-La-Land.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/07/2012 06:41AM by Hitch.