We’re really fortunate we might have the
opportunity to meet and be guided by a Bodhisattva.
I had that opportunity. My teacher,
Paramahamsa Hariharananda, was such a being.
He lived a lifetime of service and his radiance and depth was so powerful,
just to be in his vicinity, not just his presence,
but in his vicinity was uplifting. We could actually see the world
differently in his vicinity. There was a depth and beauty that just
being around him supported. His example really showed me,
and I hope through me, it shows you that it’s possible for
human beings to become much more than we think we can be.
It’s possible that we too might be able to grow and develop in love and service
as the Bodhisattva prayers suggest. So if we dare to love fully,
let our hearts be broken, instill love and give and serve,
we might become the kind of inexhaustible treasure described in
Shanti Davis’s guide to the Bodhisattva way.
He says, may I be the doctor and the medicine and
may I be the nurse for all sick beings in the world until everyone is healed.
To clear away, the pain of thirst and hunger and during
the eon of famine may I change myself into food and drink.
May I become an inexhaustible treasure for those who are poor and destitute.
May I turn into all things they could need and may these things will be placed
close to them. This is utterly giving.
Reminds me so much with the prayer of Saint Frances.
If you’re encountering this material now,
probably you are in this path. Even if you don’t know that you are,
may you love and serve and give and grow and blossom.