A Lamp for those Without Light

A most beautiful poem-prayer of blessings

Shantideva was a Buddhist monk, poet, yogi, and bodhisattva who lived many centuries ago. His poetry of aspiration and blessing is truly inspiring. Enjoy! 🙏💚

Shantideva’s heart wish:

For all the beings ailing in the world,
Until their sickness has been healed,
May I become the doctor and the cure,
And may I nurse them back to health.

Bringing down a shower of food and drink,
May I dispel the pains of thirst and hunger,
And in those times of scarcity and famine,
May I myself appear as food and drink.

For all beings who are destitute and poor,
May I be a treasure, unending in supply,
A source of all that they might call for,
Accessible always and close by.

My own body and all that I possess,
My past, present and future virtues—
I dedicate them all, withholding nothing,
To bring about the benefit of beings.

May I be a guard for those without one,
A guide for all who journey on the road,
May I become a boat, a raft or bridge,
For all who wish to cross the water.

May I be an isle for those desiring landfall,
And a lamp for those who wish for light,
May I be a bed for those who need to rest,
And a servant for all who live in need.

May I become a wishing jewel, a magic vase,
A powerful mantra and a medicine of wonder.
May I be a tree of miracles granting every wish,
And a cow of plenty sustaining all the world.

Like the earth and other great elements,
And like space itself, may I remain forever,
To support the lives of boundless beings,
              By providing all that they might need.              

  –Excerpted from Chapter 3 of The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life


PHOTO CREDIT: Misun’s Etsy store (where this artwork is available as a magnet).