The Bodhisattva Vow

The following verse by Shantideva expresses the intention to support the liberation of all sentient beings. We don't have to be Buddhists to commit to serving life on our planet. Nor do we have to commit to something outside of our Heart. 

It is a commitment to Presence, which is the most beautiful vow we can make in our lives. To be present to those around us and to serve them.

I made this heart promise many years ago while I was a counsellor at Monash University. It was a spontaneous commitment made in the Presence of God and the inner spiritual community.

If you are reading this article you may have made a similar commitment in previous lives. 

The Bodhisattva Vow

May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road;
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall,
And a lamp for those who long for light;
For those who need a resting place, a bed,
For all who need a servant, may I be a slave.

May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty,
A word of power, and the supreme remedy.
May I be the trees of miracles,
And for every being, the abundant cow.

Like the great earth and the other elements,
Enduring as the sky itself endures,
For the boundless multitude of living beings,
May I be the ground and vessel of their life.

Thus, for every single thing that lives, 
In number like the boundless reaches of the sky,
May I be their sustenance and nourishment
Until they pass beyond the bounds of suffering.

Teachers, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, listen!
Just as you, who in the past have gone to bliss
Conceived the awakened attitude of mind,
Likewise for the benefit of beings,
I will generate this self-same attitude.

Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva