Nittasu Shonin, the high priest of Nichiren Shoshu died and Nikken Abe succeeded him. This was no improvement on the relationship with the priesthood. Although Nikken seemed at first to support the Soka Gakkai, later his ambition was revealed. Nikken was to excommunicate the entire Soka Gakkai ten years later.
President Ikeda wanted to continue to encourage people, but he couldn't publish articles or go to meetings. He later wrote:
"I decided that, no matter what others might say, I would triumph by holding fast to my convictions. And so I began my struggle, all alone, cherishing an even grander vision for our movement than I had before."
Mr. Ikeda decided to begin writing the Human Revolution again. Years earlier, he had finished the last volume, but much had hapened since then.
Strangely, he suffered greatly in writing it this time -- physical symptoms plagued him, including illness and fevers. At one point, he suffered with a 104 degree fever, while the publisher was waiting for new manuscript. Realizing that the members were suffering as well, he determined to finish writing, no matter what.