Transcendental Wisdom: The Path to Spiritual Heroism – Part 4
The realized Bodhisattva is the one who has verified the truth of Dharma and can help others naturally. He possesses transcendental wisdom.
There are two ways to be a Bodhisattva, that is, a being with the intention of benefiting all beings.
You can be:
An aspiring bodhisattva or,
A realized bodhisattva.
The aspiring Bodhisattva is where we all start. Our Dharma practice for the benefit of all beings is imperfect. Our generosity doesn’t let go entirely. Our discipline is faulty, and our patience is sometimes present and, other times isn’t. Although our intentions are noble, our efforts could be more effective. We unnecessarily waste energy trying to help others, and our help is often annoying. Our meditation practice feels forced, and our conceptual wisdom hasn’t been verified in experience.
The realized Bodhisattva, on the other hand, is the one who has already verified the truth of Dharma in his experience and, therefore, can help others with skill and without effort.