away, people will all let their body hair and nails grow
long. Worldly ethics and laws will be forgotten and
ignored. Loud noises will come from the sky and the
world will shake and move, as though it was on a
spinning waterwheel. The walls of the cities, houses
and dwellings, will collapse. The medicinal properties
of plants will vanish. All but the highest five regions
in the world of form and desire, will no longer possess
the seven flavors of the tongue or the three good powers
of the earth: worldly law, natural law and the Buddhist
law. Eventually everything will die. All the positive
teachings that lead to freedom will disappear. Flowers
and fruits will hardly grow and all become sour.
Waterwells, springs and ponds will turn to dust and the
earth will buckle and open into dark and ugly rifts.
Mountains will burn. The rain dragon will not bring
rain so the crops will wither and die. All life will
disappear; even grass will not grow. Even the sun and
moon will no longer shed their light!
Throughout the four directions, drought and evil
omens will prevail. The ten kinds of evil behavior,
especially greed, anger and stupidity, will be
predominant. People will not honor their fathers or
mothers any more than do lower animals. All beings will
slowly vanish and their life span will decrease, so too
will any enjoyment or pleasure they may once have had in
life. Gradually all beings will enter into even lower,
more evil life-states.
The evil rulers and priests will destroy the True
Law of Buddhism until no one can be born as a human
being or a god. The protective deities and godly kings
who normally take pity on human beings will abandon them
forever and depart to other realms." -- Daijuku Sutra often
quoted by Nichiren
And in the Gosho the Daishonin writes:
"This is the time which is meant by the phrase the "Latter days
of the Law"; the three powerful enemies have appeared and the eighty
myriads of millions of nayutas of bodhisattvas cannot be seen
anywhere. It is like a dried up lake, lacking water, a moon on the
waning side yet to be full. Clear water reflects the moon's image,
if trees are grown, then the birds have a place to nest. For this
reason, I, Nichiren am spreading this Sutra in the place of those
eighty myriads of bodhisattva. I request that those bodhisattvas offer
me their help and bestow upon me their protection. (Excerpt from
Nichiren Daishonin's, "Letter to Toki Jonin," October 22, 1271
The Lotus Sutra states:
"When the beings see the kalpa ending,
And being consumed by a great fire,
This land of mine is perfectly safe."
(from Chapter 16, Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine
Dharma (The Lotus Sutra), Trans: by Leon Hurvitz) '
Let's help Nichiren Daishonin!