(represented on the Gohonzon Diagram by #19, the Devil King of the Sixth Heaven).
Devadatta’s life is so very low, that even the earth cannot hold him. In the picture at right, his foot sinks into the earth. He represents:
Of all Shakyamuni’s
teachings, only in the Lotus Sutra do women attain enlightenment. Shakyamuni
challenges our misconception that time is needed to attain enlightenment.
He also challenges us to realize that enlightened life exists not just
in old learned men, but in the very young as well. That’s why there is
no distinction among believers. The Dragon King’s Daughter is:
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."The key point is that no matter what your spiritual state of life and no matter what your physical condition, the joy and wisdom of Buddhahood is always available to you at this moment.