Mrs. Yamamura looked at Shin’ichi and asked in a sarcastic tone: “Excuse me for asking, but it seems to me that the Gohonzon is just a piece of paper. Why should mere words written on a piece of paper have such power?”
Shin’ichi responded sincerely: “Paper can have remarkable power, can’t it? Would you toss away a check for 50,000 or 100,000 yen because it’s ‘just paper’? If you get a telegram saying, ‘Your mother is in critical condition,’ wouldn’t you still be deeply affected, even though it’s just words on paper?
25, Daisaku Ikeda, The New Human Revolution