Great Compassion Mantra - Bodhisattvaya
Good morning everyone, this is Dharma Expresso.
Today, we will talk about the sentence “Bodhisattvaya (Pu ti sa two pe ye)”.
This sentence means ‘Boddhisattva; homage to and seek refuge in the Boddhisattva: become a Boddhisattva’
What does Boddhisattva mean? Bodhi means enlightenment. Sattvaya means sentient beings. In short, it means ‘someone who causes sentient beings to become enlightened’ or ‘a sentient being who have enlightened’.
‘Bodhisattvaya (Pu ti sa two pe ye)’: this sentence, when reading aloud, states that we pay homage to and seek refuge in the Boddhisattva, we become the Boddhisattva. When we recite this mantra, we immediately step from the position of an ordinary people to become a Boddhisattva.
Therefore, in our subconscious, when we recite this mantra every day, we transform ourselves from human to Bodhisattva. In the subconscious mind we transformed, but in normal life, we don’t convert. We do the opposite to the concept of transforming from ordinary to Bodhisattva. We continuingly move from being human to become more personal and we do not become a Bodhisattva. HHence, we should remember that when we recite this phrase, we are transforming, stepping to become a Bodhisattva and we immediately open the mind of a Bodhisattva.
Thus, Bodhisattva means an awakened sentient being, someone who have enlightened. What is enlightenment? Enlighetment is being in the state of wakefulness, unfolding our ever-present awareness which is the view from our Buddha nature. Unfolding the view ‘as such’, the innate awareness of our true mind. This vision is very important. Everyone of us possesses this awareness but right now, as if our eyes are obscured, we cannot see life from our Buddha nature. We only see the concepts that are created by society. We see things from our upbringings, notions from what we learned at schools, and we see life through the colored lenses of our friends, the society, the press, the internet... We cannot see the world from our pure and true mind. Instead, we put on a pair of very dark glasses whose thickness varies from person to person. But everyone wears that pair of glasses.
When we read aloud ‘Bodhisattvaya’, we are effectively removing those colored lenses to see things from our true mind. We have to step from human to Bodhisattva by doing these activities daily. How do we step from ordinary people to Bodhisattva? We must become a Bodhisattva. What is a Bodhisattva? It is a person who is awakened. How do we attain the state of wakefulness? How can we be awakened?
The Bodhisattva’s awakening qualities are that he always keeps focus on his life altruistic mission. Keep focus on the altruistic path and on the life altruistic mission. That’s the greatness of a Bodhisattva.
When you have a conversation with a Bodhisattva, when you live and interact with one, you will find this obvious. The honoured one is always dedicated to the altruistic life mission and never thinks about his personal agenda. The venerable keeps unfolding many life aspects from the smallest arena to the domain of love and wisdom. Everything the venerable does, he does for the benefit all sentient beings and for the web of affinity,
Often, you might notice that the Bodhisattva keeps focus on a single practice, a method of cultivation, thus will not stop cultivating until mastering the dharma. His mind never gets distracted. The Bodhisattva always puts his life mission in front of him with an unwavering determination to get there. That is the greatness of a Bodhisattva.
The elders might see this point clearly. As we age, we become more distracted from cultivation and want to enjoy life and material things. We slowly forget about past altruistic deeds. We increasingly forget the ability to direct towards the life mission.
Therefore, the older you are, especially those who are fifty and above, the more you want to put the life mission in front of you. What mission you may ask? Build up Compassionate Service Society or build and care for your own team. We need to have a life mission in front of us to become a Bodhisattva.
We will always be an ordinary people if we only work when someone calls and asks us to. If they don’t then we just play around and enjoy life. What is the difference between an ordinary person and a bodhisattva? Bodhisattva always keeps focus on the life mission and never neglects it. Because he never neglects the mission, his mind is very abstract. Abstract mind means to direct all mental energy at the mission rather than towards eating, drinking, sleeping, resting, playing and indulging.
That mission is very important. When the mind is oriented towards that mission, the relationship of the Bodhisattva with everyone generates four very clear characteristics:
-The first characteristic is the spread of his compassion to all sentient beings. Because if there is no unconditional love, we will fall in love with this person, dislike others, envy this individual and others, knock on someone and cheer up somebody else. We are incessantly entangled in the swirling web of relationship.
-The second characteristic is the great ability to forgive. We recognize the mistakes made by this man and the other person and even our own mistakes. We acknowledge and overcome it.
-The third characteristic is the ability to empathize with and understand the sufferings of the people around. Otherwise, we are suffering. We simply cannot look at death and cry all day long. Similarly, we may witness injustice and get stuck in it. We cannot get out. Naturally, we cannot empathize with and understand the person who had caused these sufferings. And when we are stuck in that, we cannot see the mission in front of us.
-Finally, it is the ability to stay open and optimistic. Openness, gentle as a breeze, as the clear sky.
These are extremely important characteristics to demonstrate that Bodhisattva is a person who always has an altruistic life mission.
In short, our lesson is when we recite ‘Bodhisattvaya’, let us activate our altruistic life mission. Take on a project in Compassionate Service Society or take a job at a local church or temple. Accept the tasks, do it diligently until completion and keep widening the scope of work as much as possible.
When we retract, we do not keep our mind directed at it anymore, and naturally, we gradually fall back into the ordinary and very limited life. Each event, each experience makes us become a narrow-minded, petty and intolerant person.
Reciting the mantra will make your subconscious more and more bright. That is the direct effect. I advise you to recite the Great Compassion mantra, even if it is only one sentence. It is much better than not reciting anything.
Thank you everyone for savoring this morning dharma coffee. Have a lovely and invigorating day.
Tags: Life mission