The 'oneness of mentor and disciple' is a principle which has profound significance in Buddhism. Nichiren Daishonin reconfirmed Shakyamuni's plea to his followers to: 'Rely on the Law and not upon persons'(4). Therefore, we do not worship or pray to statues of the Daishonin or Shakyamuni. Rather we have an object of devotion - the Gohonzon - which is a representation of Nichiren Daishonin's enlightened life state. However, the Daishonin also stated that we should 'seek out the votary of the Lotus Sutra and make him our teacher.'
Although we are all different ('many in body'), it is possible for us to share a common goal, or 'one mind'. This does not mean that we all have to 'think the same', as past experience of totalitarian regimes may indicate. Indeed, it is essential for us to develop our own unique qualities to the full.
In many of Nichiren Daishonin's writings, the principle of unity is stressed again and again. Unity starts with the individual. He writes: 'Even an individual at cross purposes with himself is certain to end in failure.'