COSMIC 2020 June: From SGM General Director

   
Precautions During the Recovery Period ◄ Back to Cosmic 2020 June
   

After a hard-fought battle against the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months, our country has finally stopped the outbreak from worsening. The Prime Minister announced the end of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and that we now enter the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) that is in effect from June 10 to August 31.

The government has also announced a great deal of relaxation. Other than many people crossing state borders, nearly all sectors have resumed operations in stages.

For the people, this is good news as they now have more freedom. However, as industries and other sectors, including business markets, open, contact and travelling among people will increase. The risk of the pandemic spreading again will also increase. Therefore, what matters most is being cautious and take precautions against a second and a third wave of the pandemic.

Other than taking care of ourselves, looking after others is also key – meaning, other than ensuring we do not catch the disease, we must also help to ensure it does not spread to others as well.

As an organisation, SGM will resume all kosen-rufu activities step-by-step, and take stringent measures to ensure our activities venues or centres do not become infection clusters.

On the personal side, we cannot be careless in observing personal hygiene measures, such as regularly washing our hands, wearing masks, observe social distancing, avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth, avoiding crowded places and observe standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the Ministry of Health.

Becoming numb or paying little heed to these often- mentioned preventive measures is our great enemy, so we need to be cautious.

Other than this, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda also reminds us that mitigating our stress will boost our immunity, and we should get enough sleep, eat balanced meals and exercise regularly, closely ensuring that we have a good daily rhythm.

In summation, our lives, safety and good health must be the number one priority. Therefore, preventing the outbreaks of diseases must be regarded as the most important task at hand.

On the other hand, the aftermath of the pandemic has brought problems such as job losses, company closures and financial crisis. Many people are deeply-troubled by these issues and worried about their daily lives and outlook for the future.

We have to show concern to these suffering people, empathise with them, impart encouragement and hope, thereby rousing their fighting spirit to challenge and overcome their difficulties with unyielding faith and achieve victory.

No matter how bad things get, as along as we base ourselves on the rejuvenating power of the Mystic Law, we can definitely overcome all troubles and open up a new path.

This pandemic has caused more people to be bogged down by suffering. Many have been retrenched, lost their jobs, had their salaries cut, or saw their businesses go bankrupt, landing them in serious financial difficulties.

This signals to us a good opportunity for shakubuku. We must seize this opportunity to share Nichiren Buddhism with these suffering people, enabling them to form karmic bonds with Buddhism and transform their misfortune into good fortune.

President Ikeda points out that the Soka Gakkai spirit means that no matter what happens on the path of kosen-rufu, no matter how circumstances change, we must advance steadily towards kosen-rufu and realise our resolve for kosen-rufu.

Though this pandemic is a serious blow and obstacle, we must, as President Ikeda points out, “apply our ingenuity so that we can keep making fresh progress and move in the direction of hope, victory and a new tomorrow.”(1)

We must embrace this determination wholeheartedly and swim against the tide of this pandemic and the difficulties it caused, opening up the path to victory.

(1) Daisaku Ikeda, The New Human Revolution, vol. 30, “Awaiting the Time” chapter. SGM booklet no. 118 (2019), pg 131–32.

 

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