DHRUVA DAS MUNSHI
“Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo changes life 180 degrees”
I am practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s philosophy for around 11 years now.
I describe my life in two parts – one, pre August 2006 era and post December 17, 2006. And what a turn around it has been. Life was an equation I never understood. No matter what I did or tried, it continued going in one direction – down, down and down. The prime years of my life were virtually lost in wilderness of being repeatedly defeated by circumstances, situations and a factor called luck.
I was born with a silver spoon as my father was a senior government official and we got every comfort on a platter. I had my education in the best schools and colleges across the country.
Later on, I too joined the government on a good scale. The pinnacle of my service was when I became the youngest Personal Staff Officer of a former prime minister and perhaps those were the best days of my life. But, suddenly what happened to me I cannot fathom yet, I resigned from the government and all of a sudden became jobless.
With no job, my wife was the sole bread earner. One can understand our financial condition, which was at all time low. I tried my hands in many ventures but failed every time. I used to feel too ashamed to sit at home but I did not have any money to go out and attend interviews. I even thought of committing suicide.
In August 2006, one of my closest friends put in a lifetime’s effort into persuading me to practice Nichiren Buddhism. After hours of discussion and arguments she finally dropped a quiet bomb, saying, “Your life will change 180 degrees.” For that I had no argument.
My first benefit was within a week. My wife who had been sick for more than six months was completely cured and resumed her job as a Nursing sister and money problem was solved to a certain extent.
Within a month I got a petty job which took wings and I became the Chief Operating Officer of a financial giant without any knowledge or experience. It became possible because I’m a Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) Men Division (MD) member and this gave me enough strength to do three days of work in one day CONTINUOUSLY and CONSTANTLY. Sensei Daisaku Ikeda, third Soka Gakkai (SGI) President,says: “Charging forth with single minded purpose is the spirit of youth”.
Within a year I purchased a flat in a place like New Delhi. Won the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini award, a coveted award for social work in 2009. I also won the Lal Bahadur Shastri award for my contribution to media and was nominated for the Cambridge Year Book of Who’s Who for my services for the economically backward youth in 2010.
One of the most glorious achievements was that on January 10,2008 I gave up my smoking and drinking habit of 35 years without any withdrawal symptoms. It was possible only due to my chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo which gives me a lot of strength. This attracted many of my friends. I introduced more than 50 of them to this wonderful practice and all of them have had wonderful experiences.
Then the whole roller coaster came to a halt and all the devils attacked from all sides in 2010. Nichiren Daishonin told us: “not to expect good times, but take the bad times for granted”. Moreover he said: “As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere”. I lost my vision of left eye in February 2010. In June 2010 I was diagnosed with cancer. The attack was complete.
In the meantime I was given leadership position and I exerted to my maximum to make my district the best district. I regularly chanted for hours together, read at least one Gosho per day with a member and encouraged members to subscribe to Value Creation and study with me. Not even a single day went without a home visit which usually took place at 6:30 am due to uncertain evening timings. I never ever missed my Gongyo and attended all meetings. My deep gratitude to all my leaders for encouraging me.
I took up the challenge of cancer and took a VOW to prove the Law. I fought for exactly four years against cancer chanting abundant daimoku, sometimes eight to 10 hours per day for months together and on July 25, 2014 doctors gave me a clean chit. I AM FREE FROM CANCER. I am absolutely free of the dreaded disease.
On March 15, 2015 I started a library of Gakkai and other books and it was inaugurated by our Area leader. This is just to encourage my members to study. The library is open on weekends.
I was praying for a Kosen Rufu job for an engagement after my fitness to spend my time constructively and I got an offer with the help of a shoten zenjin. I got the exact profile I was praying for. I joined my new assignment on January 20, 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer of a group of companies. It is a gift from Gohonzon for my services in Bangalore between October and December 2014 which is as follows.
On October 23,2014, had to go to Bangalore and all along the flight I had been praying to get connected to a BSG member. My grandson helped me in getting connected to Ram Murty Nagar district in Bangalore.
But my Mission started on October 28, 2014. I received a call from one of my old shakubukus whose son was admitted in a renowned neuro sciences hospital in Bangalore for acute depression and wanted me to chant for him. On learning that I was in Bangalore she requested me to visit the hospital to chant with her. I went to meet her the next day. After Gongyo and Ddaimoku she invited parents and guardians of other patients to talk to me whom I explained the greatness of the Mystic Law.
Among them was a Brigadier too whose 18- year-old daughter was in a very bad condition. I impressed upon the parents and guardians that this low life condition can be transformed only by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. The son of my shakubuku was cured within a week and was discharged from the hospital.
Within this one week I was introduced to many people for whom I regularly visited the hospital and encouraged the patients who were mostly in the age group of 18 to 25 and their guardians. During this period I introduced three nurses and one doctor to this practice who acknowledged that whatever I was doing was incredible. Medical science had no answer to it. Friends, on most of the days I did 10 to 15 Gongyos per day with those patients or with their attendants.
I am proud to report today that by merely chanting Daimoku and doing Gongyo 20 patients were cured. All these youths along with their guardians/parents are in this practice today.
Now the icing on the cake. During one of my interactions with the daughter of the Brigadier I told her that I would leave Bangalore on December 29 and that she has to get cured before that and give me a farewell party. In the meantime she started doing Gongyo and Daimoku. I am proud to report that she recovered fully and was discharged on December 29, the day of my departure from Bangalore.
Friends, my joy knew no bounds. I felt happier than when I was declared free of cancer. I had no words to express my gratitude to Gohonzon. It strengthened my conviction that all our prayers are answered.
Today I feel, Gohonzon extended my life span only to serve those youths. And as a reward for my service to those youngsters Gohonzon presented me with my present job.
President Ikeda assures us that, ”The power of one genuinely committed individual can surpass that of a force of one million”.
Striving to be in rhythm of my mentor, I am determined to use my life to foster society’s next generation of leaders, instilling them the hope and courage to become a force for change in their own lives. I am determined that every action I take on behalf of SGI, or my fellow members or Ikeda Sensei will be victorious no matter what. I would leave no stone unturned until victory is a reality.
NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO FOREVER
(The author is a former Intelligence Officer turned commando to corporate honcho to life coach par excellence.He is based in New Delhi.)