“No meaning is its meaning (義なきを義とすgi naki o gi to su)” was a turn of phrase much employed by Honen Shonin in the course of his lifetime.
One finds sayings of his such as “In the nembutsu no use is its use” (a saying presented to his acolyte, Zuiren) and “In the nembutsu no meaning is its meaning” (a further saying presented to Zuiren).
Fully conversant with Honen Shonin’s intention, Shinran Shonin remarks “[Honen] Shonin used to say that in Other Power no meaning is its meaning” (The Lamp of the Latter Age).
Opinions differ widely as to the precise meaning of the phrase, but it may be sufficient for us just to take it that no thinking of meaning on our part leads to right understanding of meaning.
Shinran Shonin quotes Honen Shonin’s phrase where he wants to clarify the ultimate meaning of Other Power. He illustrates the quintessence of Honen’s words by simply stating, “ ‘Meaning (義gi)’ refers to the way of thinking of someone attached to self power. Thus it can be said that in Other Power no meaning is its meaning” (The Letters by Shinran).