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Devadatta [swallowed by the earth] (Gohonzon #19, Devil King of the Sixth Heaven).
Devadatta’s life is so very low that even the earth cannot hold him. In the picture above, his foot begins to sink into the earth [as soon as he climbs off his death cot. He suddenly grew very ill after repeatedly betraying the Buddha and had to be carried around on a cot due to the severity of his symptoms. Realizing that he was going to die, he wanted to get to the Buddha to apologize.]
- the "evil" [greedy, hateful, deluded, and fearful] nature in all of us
- the inseparability of past present and future
- opposition as fuel to Buddhist practice
Dragon King’s Daughter (Gohonzon #22, Eight Great Dragon Kings)
- not fully human [but half naga, or hybrid reptilian]
- she attained enlightenment in an instant
Enlightenment is a state of life that is even difficult for Buddhas to fully comprehend. Yet, this state of life is available to us at every moment. The Dragon King’s Daughter represents attaining that enlightenment at this moment and then perceiving our life from this state. We use this wisdom available to us to constantly move our lives in a positive and happy direction.
Devadatta and the Dragon King’s Daughter Together
(From "Persecution by Sword and Staff")
"The fifth scroll contains the heart of the Lotus Sutra, for it reveals that the dragon king’s daughter attained Buddhahood in her present form. Devadatta represents the spiritual aspect of enlightenment, and the dragon king’s daughter, the physical aspect. The principle of attaining Buddhahood in one’s present form can be found nowhere else in the Buddha’s entire lifetime of teachings."