They (bodhisattva mahasattvas) may appear as embodiments of Buddha,
Sitting at peace in infinite lands,
Or they may be cultivating the non-regressive path,
Accumulating means of enlightenment.
They penetrate countless ages
And reach the other shore of them all,
Infinite ages a single moment of thought,
A single moment of thought, infinite ages.
All ages are not ages,
But they show them as ages to the world;
There is no advent and no accumulation,
Yet they accomplish the tasks of the ages.
In a single atom
They see all Buddhas
In all places everywhere,
There is nowhere there is no Buddha.
Lands, beings, phenomenon—
They see them all, in order,
Through incalculable ages,
Avatamsaka Sutra - Flower Ornament Scripture - 1121
Note on the image: The Bodhisattva Mahasattva Akashagarbha from the Japanese tradition, modern. By Seykangnanpou.