Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the name of the Mystic Law that permeates life eternally throughout the universe. All life is an expression or manifestation of this Law. Thus when we chant this Mystic Law, we attune our lives to the perfect rhythm of the universe. The result is increased vital life force, wisdom, compassion, and good fortune to face the challenges in front of us.
The Buddhist scriptures thus explain the meaning of NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO:
NAM – Devotion. By devoting our lives to this Law through our faith, practice, and study, we will awaken the life condition of Buddha, or enlightenment, inside ourselves.
MYOHO – It means applied and manifested Mystic Law itself.
The word is made up of MYO and HO.
Myo is simply the mysterious nature of our life from moment to moment, which the mind cannot comprehend or words express. It is like our mind that we cannot explain that it exists but it is also impossible to deny its existence!
Ho means manifestations.
RENGE – Lotus Flower. The literal representation of the lotus flower in the mantra is because this wonderful plant produces flowers and fruits at the same time. Thus, this represents the simultaneity of cause and effect. We create causes through thoughts, words, and actions. With each cause made, an effect is registered simultaneously in the depths of life, and those effects are manifested when we meet the right environmental circumstances. Life itself is an endless series of causes and simultaneous effects. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the deepest cause we can make in order to produce our desired effect.
KYO – Sound or teaching. This is how the Buddha has traditionally instructed: through the spoken word, which is heard. That’s why the best way to chant this mantra is repeating correctly and out loud.
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the ultimate invocation of life that brings forth this potential.