Buddha the Compassionate and Bodhisattva the Man of Sorrows

Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta

Servants of Society of God

Editorial Note:

This Discourse was delivered through Revered Dadaji, Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta, at the Delhi Branch of the Society of Servants of God, on the occasion of the Buddha Poornima on May 5, 1974.

The external life of Gautama the Buddha and His exoteric teachings called Hinayana, are well-known. Subsequent followers of Gautama the Buddha have expounded His esoteric teachings also in the form of Mahayana.

In this Discourse, Revered Dadaji has explained the different aspects of the intense inner fight that prince Siddhartha had to pass through before he developed the Mind of Gautama the Buddha. When Siddhartha developed into the personality of Gautama the Buddha, spiritual revelations (shruti) came to him in the form of conversations with Brahmasampati. Revered Dadaji explains how the Buddha aspect burst out through the son of man that was prince Siddhartha. When the Buddha Mind burst through the human personality of Siddhartha and began to lead it, instead of merely supporting it from behind, then Mara, the evil one, came and pleaded with Lord Buddha to leave the world since Buddha had realized the Truth and had known how difficult the path was and that others would be unable to follow. Buddha was seriously considering Mara’s request but Brahmasampati persuaded Lord Buddha to tarry a while in this unhappy world and help free at least those few souls that were on the borderline of liberation.

Revered Dadaji has also explained the Bodhisattva state of the soul – the state in which a High Being, who is free to liberate himself/herself, chooses to remain in an earth-bound or matter-bound state to help liberate other earth-bound or matter-bound souls.  This is because of the compassion of the Bodhisattva soul, even though it has to pass through much suffering.

Among other things explained in this Discourse are different states of souls – fallen souls, earth-bound souls, ascending souls and descending High Souls that have never fallen but who descend unto the earth-bound, matter-bound, or even lower states generally called hell in order to fulfill some assignment or mission given to them or voluntarily taken up by them. Some idea is also given of the suffering that such High Souls have to pass through in the lower states of being.

—Sundri Vaswani

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