Konchog1 wrote:Well, there are various theories across schools about how this works and the nature of deities, but yes. They are meant to be taken literally.Ervin wrote:Peace. I have read in the past sutra ot Avalokitesvara bodhisatva mahasatva. I got it from the temple in Melbourne city.
And it preaty much talks about miracles that would happen if you had faith and called upon this bodhisatva. Now are those miracles to be taken literally or metaforicaly?
However, by calling upon a Bodhisattva it doesn't mean to only say his name. As Thrangu Rinpoche put it in his teachings on the Medicine Buddha, one has to also reflect and be awed by his qualities and on that basis gain faith.
When the Cowardly Lion called upon The Wizard of Oz to grant him courage and was given and demonstrated that courage, surely an observer would describe what they saw to another as a miracle. As the story goes on, we see that courage is trait already possesed by The Cowardly Lion. When calling upon The Wizard to grant him courage, he is really calling upon himself to have the strength to express this trait he has had all along.
Perhaps this is how the miracle of calling upon a particular Bodhisatva works. If we are in a situation that requires more compassion than we believe we are capable of, we call upon the bodhisatva of compassion to intervene. We call upon the extra compassion that we had all along to be able to cope with the situation at hand.
To the person who has known you your entire life and never seen you display anywhere near this amount of compassion may call what happened a miracle as well as the person who called upon the Bodhisatva.