Just as the establishment of worlds
Cannot be achieved by one cause or condition,
And countless appropriate causes and conditions
Form this billion-world universe,
The manifestation of Buddha is also like this,
Only accomplished through infinite virtues;
The (number of) atoms of lands and thoughts of minds may be known,
But the productive causes of the Ten-powered none can measure.
Just as clouds pour rain at the start of one eon,
And create four great (oceans),
And the roots of goodness of sentient beings and the power of bodhisattvas
Establish the billion worlds securely,
So do the clouds of teaching of the Ten-powered
Produce (oceans) of knowledge, pure minds,
Guiding beings to (that) which they were previously dedicated
To fulfillment of the highest reward.
Just as there is a great deluge
Which no place can contain
Except the great wind-force in pure space
At the beginning of the universe,
So also is the Buddha’s manifestation,
Showering the rain of truth filling the cosmos
Which the weak-minded cannot bear,
Only those pure and broad minds.
Avatamsaka Sutra - 981
Note on the image: Chenrezig (Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara) Mandala
Someone asked me what home was, and all I could think of were the stars on the tip of your tongue, the flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, the oceans echoing inside of your ribcage.
When’s the last time you stepped into the Light? Faced all the worries, troubles, regrets, bitterness, rage, jealousy, perfectionism, insecurity, pain, pride, and just taken it to the Lord, surrendered your attempts at control, and today just let your whole being say “Christ is enough. I praise and I will obey the One who gave me life, who loves me wholly, who calls me to live wholly surrendered & obedient to Him”? He who names you beloved & gives grace deeper than the farthest reaches of the ocean or the longest roots of the oldest tree, more abundantly than every mistake you have or will ever make. You are loved, let it seap into your heart. His grace will transform you, His strength will renew your bones, His sacrifice completely frees you to true life, life in Him, His call leads you. Let Christ be the One who you rest in, He is the only satisfaction, & in Him you will find real joy, real peace.