Although on the public level bodhichitta is usually described as the altruistic intention to reach enlightenment in order to bring all other beings there too, the real meaning of bodhichitta is far more profound. Learn about prana, rlung, Cheresig, Tara, Mani (Norbu), Christ, and much more.
This book is recommended in the lecture: Bodhicharyavatara.
Ah, Lord God, my holy Lover, when You come into my heart, all that is within me will rejoice. You are my glory and the exultation of my heart. You are my hope and refuge in the day of my tribulation. But because my love is as yet weak and my virtue imperfect, I must be strengthened and comforted by You. Visit me often, therefore, and teach me Your holy discipline. Free me from evil passions and cleanse my heart of all disorderly affection so that, healed and purified within, I may be fit to love, strong to suffer, and firm to persevere. [...]Love is watchful. Sleeping, it does not slumber. Wearied, it is not tired. Pressed, it is not straitened. Alarmed, it is not confused, but like a living flame, a burning torch, it forces its way upward and passes unharmed through every obstacle. - Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
Bliss rises when the Vital Heat is fanned,
When air from the nadis flows in the central channel,
When Bodhichitta flows from above,
When it is purified below,
When red and white meet in the middle,
And the joy of a leakless body satiates one,
These are the Six Blissful Experiences of Yoga. - Milarepa
Bodhichitta is the awakened and developed superlative consciousness of the Being. Bodhichitta emerges in the aspirant who sacrifices himself for his fellowmen, long before the Mercurial [solar] bodies have been created... The one who does not possess Bodhichitta, even when he has created the superior existential bodies of the Being, is still unconscious and absurd. - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
From Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva:
May I be protector for those without one,
A guide for all travelers on the way;
May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship
For all who wish to cross (the water).
May I be an island for those who seek one
And a lamp for those desiring light,
May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
And a slave for all who want a slave.
May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,
Powerful mantras, and great medicine;
May I become a wish-fulfilling tree
And a cow of plenty for the world.
Just like space
And the great elements such as earth,
May I always support the life
Of all the boundless creatures.
And until they pass away from pain
May I also be the source of life
For all the realms of varied beings
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