BODHISATTVA OF AQUARIUS
Samantabhadra in the Coming Age of Freedom
(by Dale E. Goodyear,email@example.com)
Samantabhadra is the Bodhisattva (i.e., "Enlightened Being" and "Enlightening Being") of Freedom--freedom from all limitation and all suffering. He is what we call a
because his Consciousness reaches so high and deep and vast that he is in reality a Buddha inBodhisattva guise.This Freedom brings supreme Joy, and Samantabhadra is also the great Bodhisattva of Joy.Samantabhadra is an extremely important Personage--one of the Four Fundamental Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas of Buddhist Tradition. These Four have been key Sponsors of humanity and all life onearth for thousands of years and far longer.He is the great Inspirer of all Right Action that leads us to our full Liberation and Enlightenment. Thisincludes all inspired ritual, all song and hymn, praise and thanks, all dance and drama and pageant; andall consecrated partaking of food and drink that nourishes us both spiritually
action, and service, that is a gift to living beings to help and bless them.Samantabhadra is the Bodhisattva of Vast Offerings, the "Great Cloud of Offerings", total givingness of thought and heart, word and deed to benefit sentient beings.He makes his great Vow, "
May I purify an ocean of worlds, may I free an ocean of beings
." Noticethe word "ocean." It is a fundamental image for Samantabhadra in the
Samantabhadra's inspiring and impelling of Right Action are as irresistible waves and tides of PureWater.The image for Aquarius is the Water Bearer. Samantabhadra bears, and brings, to us oceans of Inspiration, oceans of Freedom, oceans of Joy!The Water of supreme Liberation and Joy is
("Elixir of Immortality") in Sanskrit,
("Sweet Dew") in Chinese. Samantabhadra is Lord of the
And he is the Water Bearer of Aquarius.