SGI Mexico Youth Commemorate March 16
On March 11, 2007, SGI youth in Mexico City held a rally commemorating March 16, 1958, a day that holds great significance in Soka Gakkai history. On that day second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, in rapidly declining health, met with 6,000 youth in Japan and "bequeathed" to them what he considered to be their mission to achieve lasting world peace based on a profound respect for the inherent dignity of all life.
Mr. Toda passed away soon after on April 2, 1958. Just prior to his death, Mr. Toda told a young Daisaku Ikeda, his most trusted disciple, that he had dreamed he had traveled to Mexico, saying, "They were all waiting. Everyone was waiting."
Around 300 SGI-Mexico youth and 150 of their friends and guests attended the rally, under the slogan "Friendship for Advancement and Victory." One member related how he challenged and passed his certified public accountant exam based on his persistent efforts and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's epic poem about the significance of March 16, titled "A Blue Deeper than the Blue of the Indigo Plant Itself," was read aloud. SGI Mexico youth leader Daisuke Inoue expressed his appreciation to all the many guests for attending and encouraged the participants to deepen their sense of mission and thereby strengthen the power of their personal practice.
On March 18, youth rallies were held in other cities throughout Mexico with 600 young people participating.
[Adapted from an article in the March 31, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]