On Day 31 of the Lunar New YearRegarding Presenting a Petition to a Bodhisattva, the first thing is to see the subject of the petition. For example, is it about establishing an Inner-tantric Mandala? Is it about the holy selection of a particular Dharma? Or is it about determining whether a specific mantra or discourse is upright or evil? Based on the subject of the petition, at least a non-retrograde Bodhisattva is invited to perform the determination by holy selection. For instance, Maitreya Bodhisattva or Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva may come to accept the petition. The Greatly Holy Guru stands at a distance far away; the petition paper written in public is placed on a table before the disciples. Right after the disciples have chanted “Om Ah Hom,” the petition document will transform into a rainbow to fly into the sky and disappear. Such a holy state proves that the Holy Selection content is accepted, and everything is done correctly. If the presented petition does not transform into a rainbow and fly away, then it means that the Bodhisattva does not approve it and therefore has not taken the petition document. That is, the Yidam, who is a Buddha or Bodhisattva, does not accept the petition paper; it means it is incorrect or evil.
The Inquiry Center of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters
Written on behalf of great holy virtuous ones to answer questions raised
March 18, 2018
(English translation last edited by Zunba 2020-12-08)
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