I rarely, if ever, tackle a huge book like this. Both physically huge and huge in its immensity spiritually. I bought a book stand as it’s too heavy to hold and some drapery weights to hold the pages down. I intend, but not always succeed, to read a few pages each morning.
Putting words to the impact of just a few moments with this book is near to impossible. Such is the case with spiritual reading. Occasionally a sentence leaps out, and have the intention to write a blog post. Now is the time, it would seem.
The sutra makes reference to ‘Enlightenment Beings’. They are those who are addressed and who participate in the great drama of this scripture. Who are they?
Some appeared in the form of mendicants, some in the form of priests, some in bodies adorned head to foot with particular emblematic signs, some in the forms of scholars, scientists, doctors; some in the form of merchants, some in the form of ascetics, some in the form of entertainers, some in the form of pietists, some in the form of bearers of all kinds of arts and crafts–they were seen to have come, in their various forms to all villages, cities, towns, communities, districts, and nations. With mastery of proper timing, proceeding according to the time, by modification of adapted forms and appearances, modifications of tone, language, deportment, situation carrying out the practices of enlightening beings, which are like the cosmic network of all worlds and illumine the spheres of all practical arts, are lamps shedding light on the knowledge of all beings, are arrays of projections of all realities, radiate the light of all truths, purify the establishment of vehicles of liberation in all places, and light up the spheres of all truths, they were seen to have come to all villages, towns, cities, districts, and nations, for the purpose of leading people to perfection.
From the Avatamsaka Sutra.
some in the form of cleaners
some in the form of single mothers
some in the form of street people
refugees, soldiers, politicians,
and children and mothers and fathers
Nobody, no form, missed out.
and when I read the above and the text that follows, (and much more), I think, as I said before, This is to be shared with Jade Mountain readers AND I need to listen more carefully to my voice, to know that a mundane blog post is actually far from mundane AND it’s not about ‘me’. So here I am again.
Enlightenment Beings live in your house and your street.