from A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, by Shantideva
Just as the Sugatas of old adopted the Spirit of Awakening, and just as they properly conformed to the practice of the Bodhisattvas,
So I myself shall generate the Spirit of Awakening for the sake of the world; and so I myself shall properly engage in those practices.
Upon gladly adopting the Spirit of Awakening in this way, an intelligent person should thus nurture the Spirit in order to fulfill his wish.
Now my life is fruitful. Human existence is well obtained. Today I have been born into the family of the Buddhas. Now I am a Child of the Buddha.
Thus, whatever I do now should accord with [the Bodhisattvas’] family, and it should not be like a stain on this pure family.
Just as a blind man might find a jewel amongst heaps of rubbish, so this Spirit of Awakening has somehow arisen in me.
It is the elixir of life produced to vanquish death in the world. It is an inexhaustible treasure eliminating the poverty of the world.
It is the supreme medicine that alleviates the illness of the world.
It is the tree of rest for beings exhausted from wandering on the pathways of mundane existence.
It is the universal bridge for all travelers on their crossing over miserable states of existence.
It is the rising moon of the mind that soothes the mental afflictions of the world.
It is the great sun dispelling the darkness of the world’s ignorance.