They are addicted to violence, strife, falsehood and deceit. They suffer from manydiseases and famines. The true religion is rejected, and false creeds arise and flourish.Such is the terrible situation, in which the world finds itself. In the present day situationAlso we are confronted with the same sad news: violence, crime, wars and disasters.Even in these modern times it is clear that one's precious life is not safe. Bodhisattvas of your generated the thought of enlightenment realizing the miserable situation of allcreatures. So pity, mercy, love and compassion for sentient beings are the root of generating Bodhi mind.
Need of generating Bodhi Mind
The two objects of this Bodhi mind are the Bodhi , the enlightenment and the good of theliving beings. Regarding the latter every major religion of the world: Buddhism,Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism teachmoral precepts, ideal of love, the same goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice and the same effects of making their followers into better human beings. Allteach the spiritual disciplines and practices for perfecting the functions of body, speechand mind. The common goal of all moral precepts laid down by the great teachers of allreligions is unselfishness. The great teachers wanted their followers to desist from evil paths caused by ignorance and introduce them to the path of virtue and goodness. Eachreligion teaches a path leading to a spiritual state, which is peaceful and wise. Thequalities of mind such as pity, mercy, love and compassion for suffering sentient beingsare common elements of all religions. It is very important for the unity of followers of allreligions to develop these qualities of mind.Bodhi mind essentially helps to achieve basic unity and a spirit of cooperation among thefollowers of different religions. When Bodhi mind is generated within our continuum of mind our goal is to maintain undiscriminating love and compassion towards all living beings without making any distinction of race, nationality, class, sex, status, friend or enemy. His activity is not centered on his sectarian belief or dogma. He feels a sense of universal responsibility. He feels other people's sufferings as his own. A great concern for other people's happiness arises. He will not be indifferent to the sufferings of the world.Such attitudes are needed for today's global problems. Nowadays we are facing a number of problems. Among them some are natural calamitiessuch as famine, flood disaster and earthquake, which we cannot avoid and have to acceptwithout choice. But most of the problems we make ourselves such as waging wars,ideological conflicts and many others. We are in constant fear due to the threat of nuclear destruction. People wage wars for petty ends forgetting all the ideals of humanity.It is definite that all our problems start from our self-cherishing thought. All religionsteach us to be less selfish but on the contrary our actions are wholly centered on self-happiness and self comfort. All conflicts, exploitations and wars are due to selfishconcerns. Men are unaware of the value of cherishing of others.As the First Panchen Lama has declared:" The chronic disease of cherishing ourselves is the cause of our unsought suffering.Seeing this, we seek your blessings to blame begrudge and destroy the monstrous demonof selfishness."