The following quote comes from one of the most important treatises written by the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, Nichiren Daishonin (1222-1282). Nichiren had been on exile on the island of Sado at the time of this writing (February, 1272).
The Opening of the Eyes was written after the Daishonin had revealed his true identity.Â He essentially declared that the "soul" of Nichiren was beheaded at Tatsunokuchi. It is the "soul" of Nichiren that has written The Opening of the Eyes on Sado.
"Soul", here; states Daisaku Ikeda, in his Lectures on The Opening of the Eyes: "refers of course to the 'Buddha of limitless joy enlightened from time without beginning' that is the true identity revealed by the Daishonin as a result of casting off his transient status." (See: http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=249Â for an explanation of the term - "casting off the transient and revealing the true"; Â Jpn hos-shaku-kempon )
"Nevertheless, I vowed to summon up a powerful and unconquerable desire for the salvation of all beings and never to falther in my efforts." (WND-1, pg 240)
(WND refers to: "The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin")