2016 New Year's Message
Rev. Yoshiko Teshigawara, Bishop,
Seicho-No-Ie U.S. Missionary Headquarters
Let’s Share the
“Human Beings are Children of God”
Truth With As Many People As Possible!!
To leaders and members throughout the United States, Happy New Year! May all of you and your families be blessed with much happiness throughout the year. And may God’s brilliantly shining love fill all four corners of the world.
Thank you very much for your tremendous efforts and deeds of love throughout 2015 again in your respective Missionary Areas and Districts, and all bases of propagation, in propagating the Seicho-No-Ie teachings. Thanks to those efforts, we were able to produce fruitful results in our movement, and also in the new initiatives that were implemented under the guidance of the ordained ministers. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your dedication and commitment throughout the year.
In his writings, Founder Rev. Masaharu Taniguchi has written to the effect of the following:
“Each and every single day must be New Year’s Day in your life. When you wake up in the morning, think of it as being the first day of the year. And you must have a “feeling of being born anew” so much so that you can say to everyone, ‘Congratulations. Thank you very much for the beginning of a wonderful year.’”
Let’s try our best to do this, and greet a new morning each day and practice the teachings, brightly and cheerfully aligned with God’s will!
We are pleased to send you President Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi’s New Year’s Message. He has given us an overview of the efforts undertaken since 2014 when Seicho-No-Ie embarked on a unified, organized international movement and provided us with guidance on “what it is that we should do this year.” Please share this message with as many people as possible and read it thoroughly together with them.
As you know, the daily practice of the three correct religious practices (Shinsokan meditation, reading of the sutras and songs in praise—“Song in Praise of Nature” and “Song in Praise of the Bodhisattva Who Reflects the Sounds of the World — and Seicho-No-Ie books, etc., and the practice of deeds of love) are the fundamentals of a life of faith. Let us once again in the 2016 Movement Year also, be conscious of the workings of musubi (“the power of becoming” or “creation”) and share the Truth that “human beings are children of God” as we always focus our movement and our lives on the manifestation of the “Grand Harmony of God, Nature, Human Beings”!
I’d like to share something with you that happened at the end of last year. One day, a lady came unexpectedly to U.S. Missionary Headquarters. We heard that she had read four issues of the Truth of Life magazine, thanks to the deeds of love of one of the Southern California Missionary Area members, and was very moved at the powerful content and the testimonies of illnesses being healed and various problems being resolved, etc. She herself had been diagnosed with an illness and she said, “I just had to come to Seicho-No-Ie today.” After Mrs. Solo, a member of our staff, talked to her about the Four Holy Sutras, it seems that after reading it aloud, the lady bought a copy of the Four Holy Sutras. After that, Rev. Bruce Mallery, National Ordained Minister, met with her and provided her with individual counseling. I understand she said, “I had no idea until now that there was a powerful place like this. It’s thanks to the Truth of Life magazine.” She was given several issues of the magazine as she left. I believe she is starting off the New Year on a bright, positive note.
In this way, thanks to your many deeds of love throughout the year, many people have touched upon the teachings and are walking the path of happiness filled with hope. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for this.
Under the guidance of President Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi, let us, together with Seicho-No-Ie members worldwide, carry out our mission with sincerity, brightly and cheerfully!
Thank you very much!