Bodhisattva

CompassionEL-WordleThe purpose of the spiritual path is to understand Spirit’s story.  The Divine Story is greater than individual truth.  Our life story is the myth we tell ourselves to explain how things got to be the way they are now.  Divine Spirit’s story is about creating a life of love, joy, peace, and abundant life.  Until we dwell in Divine Spirit’s story, we dwell in samsara.  Samsara is the process of making choices from aversion or attraction, desire, obsession, and selfishness.

All spiritual masters and teachers have given the commandment to love one another and to love Divine Spirit above all else.  But, because there is a need to justify our involvement in samsara- students change Spirit’s story to a justification for anger, sexual misconduct, abuse of alcohol and drugs, and being authentic and honest while spewing cruel remarks onto others.  Thus we find those who claim to love Spirit but believe that war, vengeance, and violence is necessary.  Divine Spirit has no enemies.  Spirit’s mercy says, “I do not remember that you have ever offended me.” The true path of Spirit does not massage the ego nor does it make excuses for self-indulgent behavior that causes harm in the life of other beings.

Vows of the Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva means one who chooses the Light.  It is the consciousness of evolving ourselves in a Great Being.  In soul we hold the possibilities of perfect love, peace, and joy.  The vows of the Bodhisattva are our promise to bring more of these possibilities to the world.

130I vow to liberate myself and all beings from suffering.
I vow to destroy all evil passions and seek only the good.
I vow to know the truth, manifest the truth, and become the truth.
I vow to live a life of forgiveness, atonement, compassion, and sacrifice.

I vow to destroy all evil passions and seek only the good.

Evil is deliberately creating harm to ourselves or another.  Once we know a particular energy causes pain and we continue clinging to that energy we are deliberately creating evil.  All of us do this with our favorite hell story.  We claim the emotions involved are something over which we have no control.  We know it hurts us and others but we repeat it anyway.

What if we replace our pain-filled thoughts with other energy.  When the pain story arises, stop; distract yourself.  Focus on your gifts, on what you like about yourself.  Use the tools you have to rid yourself of obsession.

I vow to liberate myself and all beings from suffering.

compassionLiberating ourselves may seem endless because liberation is a process.  We always have a choice between anger, fear, pain, and grief and love, joy, peace, life, and light.  We need to create habituated liberation.  Which means we free ourselves into kindness, generosity, and determination over, and over, and over again.

Bodhisattvas incarnate until all beings are liberated from suffering.  Children born with diseases and disabilities are all bodhisattvas who chose to incarnate to take on the suffering of others.  What are you here to do?  The vows of the Bodhisattva are an aspiration.  The best way to help others is to liberate ourselves from our need to be a savior.  We need to grow into what we want to give away.  We become like water- being available for all to drink.  If we are water some people will want to drink and others won’t.  We cannot make them drink.  Our job is to be like water.

I vow to live a life of forgiveness, atonement, compassion, and sacrifice.

  1. So what? When we fail to live up to our aspirations, we can feel guilty, angry and ashamed or we can think- so what? And get on with life.  Don’t make a hell story to liberate the self from mistakes.
  2. It’s not about me. The world is not waiting for us to make a demonstration of Great Spirit’s story.  We are not that important.  Whatever anyone else says about us- it really is never about us- it is only about the justification of their life story.
  3. What would I do if this didn’t matter? If we were not busy being upset what would we be thinking about?  If we were not obsessed with perfection we might be happy.  Everything we think is not true.  So, why are we thinking about things that create pain and challenge?

bodhisattva_by_meddlerinc-d5kb6njI vow to know the truth, manifest the truth, and become the truth.

Spirit Truth is love, joy, peace, life, and light.  Nothing else is the truth, though lots of  nasty stuff seems very real.  The absolute truth is becoming a cause for joy, sharing kindness, being generous, staying determined to be liberated, and becoming fearless in living life.