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WHAT I AM

 

Some time ago I wrote an article on myself entitled "What I Am, as Viewed by Myself." This was written from an objective viewpoint. Now, I am going to write about myself more subjectively —about my true feel ing, just as it is.

At present, I truly believe that I am perhaps the happiest person in the world, and my heart is filled with gratitude to God. What makes me fell this way? As members all know, I have been given an especially important mission by God and I am working hard day and night to fulfill it. They also know so well how many people are being helped through these efforts. There is a secret to my happiness which can easily be put into practice by anybody, even by those who do not have missions as special as mine. That is what I am going to write about.

First, I would like to disclose the mental altitude I have always had within me. Since my early years, I have loved to make others happy - so much so that it has become almost my favorite pastime; my consciousness is always centered on the thought of how I can help others to become truly happy. Let me give you some examples of this.

As soon as I get up in the morning my first concern is the state of the members of my household. If even one of them is not feeling quite up to par, I too become less than happy. In this a rea, I am the opposite of the average individual. In most Japanese homes, everyone is concerned about the condition of the head of the family before anyone else. Since I am quite the opposite, I feel strange and sometimes almost sorry for it.

It is the hardest thing for me to hear anyone uttering abusive language, angry words, idle complaints or grumblings. It is also very hard for me to listen to repetitious words about the same old stories. I love just to be peaceful and happy. This is my true nature.

I believe one of the things that helps me most in being able to enjoy the happiness I feel today is this mental altitude. For this reason I am al ways saying and writing, "Unless we make others happy, we ourselves c an never become truly happy."

I am sure that the greatest goal of our Work, the realization of Paradise o n Earth, can be attained when this way of thinking ha s spread and is shared in the minds of all the people on Earth.

I am afraid this article may sound somewhat self-admiring, but I write it in the hope it will be of some help to you.

 

 

August 30th, 1949


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