All beings since their first aspiration till the attainment of Buddhahood are sheltered under the guardianship of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who, responding to the requirements of the occasion, transform themselves and assume the actual forms of personality.
Thus for the sake of all beings Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives and children, sometimes their kinsmen, sometimes their servants, sometimes their friends, sometimes their enemies, sometimes reveal themselves as devas or in some other forms.
It may seem so, if you're looking in the wrong places, or have the wrong expectation of what you're looking for. As the Karmapa said, "they're not going to look like me." Remember the Tibetan tale about the humble practitioner who runs into a bodhisattva on a mountain path, and receives the great blessing of enlightenment from him. Farther on the path, the man meets a woman and asks, breathlessly, if she saw anything unusual recently. And she answers, "Oh, you mean that mangy rabid dog who passed by? Yes, I gave him a wide berth." Bodhisattvas can disguise themselves as the most unlikely people. It's a measure of our attainment whether we have the discernment to recognize them when we see them.Nemo wrote:There numbers do seem to be dwindling of late.
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