Dharma Card for October, 2008
The agony that arises at this moment
is nothing but the royal command of
the Great Compassion of the Buddha.
---Rev. Ryojin Soga
Nobody can go across the ocean of worldly life without
persistence or attachment. But Takuboku Ishikawa confesses
in his tanka poem:
How sad it is!
My insatiable self-seeking
has overwhelmed me as a man.
Once you awaken to how strong your persistence is, you will be
visited by the sadness over yourself. You will then try to escape
from the persistence in vain, and at this moment your agony starts and
Rev. Soga went through that kind of agony and awakened to the
truth that this agony is nothing but the Tathagata’s royal command:
“Come to me, your parent who saves you in agony”, that is “Namu-
There must be other kinds of agony in life such as come from love
and hatred, fear of disease and death, monetary failure, etc. What
obstructs your desires can be the cause of your agony.
Agony is the greatest chance to meet the Tathagata.
Agony is the best timing to listen to the Dharma