“My heart is awakened. I am the one who turns to the face of the Friend.
I am the one that becomes a river in order to join the sea.
I have overcome the troops of my ego; I have destroyed its towers and fortresses.
I have cleaned the inside; I am the one who has cleaned the country.
I have faced His excellency, that Man of Love has opened my eyes.
He has shown me my own essence; I am the one called ayet-i kull.”
Yunus Emre, 13th C. Anatolian Sufi poet.
“The Boddhichitta is like a seed because from it grows all the truths of Buddhism. It is like a farm because here are produced all things of purity for the world.
The Boddhichitta is like the earth because all the worlds are supported by it. It is like water because all the dirt of the passions is thereby cleansed. It is like the wind because it blows all over the world with nothing obstructing its course. It is like fire because it consumes all the fuel of bad logic.
The Boddhichitta is like the sun because it leaves nothing unenlightened on earth. It is like the moon because it fills to perfection all things of purity. It is like a lamp because it perceives where the road is even and where it is uneven.
The Boddhichitta is like a highway because it leads one to the city of knowledge. It is like a secret ford because it keeps away all that is not proper. It is like a carriage because it carries all the Boddhisattvas. It is like a door because it opens to all the doings of the Boddhisattvas.
The Boddhichitta is like a mansion because it is the retreat where Samadhi and meditation are practised. It is like a park because it is where the enjoyment of truth is experienced. It is like a dwelling house because it is where all the world is comfortably sheltered. It is like a refuge because it gives salutory abode to all beings. It is like an asylum because it is where all the Boddhisattvas walk.
The Boddhicitta is like a father because it protects all the Boddhisattvas. It is like a mother because it brings up all the Boddhisattvas. It is like a nurse because it takes care of all the Boddhisattvas. It is like a good friend because it gives advice to all Boddhisattvas.”
(Gandavyuha Sutra, translation D.T Suzuki.)