Today, June 24th, according to Amidaji calendar, we celebrate Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta (Seishi Bosatsu). He, together with Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kanon Bosatsu) accompanies Amida Buddha in the Pure Land, and work in all the samsaric realms to bring sentient beings to say the Nembutsu of faith. Let us hear the teaching of Shinran Shonin on Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta (based on his reading of Shurangama Sutra where I found the same description):

"Having realized the perfect, all-pervasive truth of the nembutsu,
Mahasthamaprapta, together with fifty-two Bodhisattvas,
Rose from His seat and prostrated himself
At the feet of Sakyamuni Buddha.

He addressed the World-honored one, the Master of the teaching,
'Ages ago, kalpas countless as the Ganges' sands in the past,
A Buddha appeared in the world
Whose name was Immeasurable Light.'

Thereafter Tathagatas succeeded each other,
Twelve in all, over a period of twelve kalpas;
The last Tathagata was named
Light that Surpasses the Sun and Moon.

The Tathagata of Light that Surpasses the Sun and Moon
Taught me the nembutsu-samadhi.
The Tathagatas of the ten quarters compassionately regard
Each sentient being as their only child.

When sentient beings think on Amida
Just as a child thinks of its mother,
They indeed see the Tathagata - who is never distant -
Both in the present and in the future."

Such beings are like people who, imbued with incense,
Bear its fragrance on their bodies;
They may be called
Those adorned with the fragrance of light.

When I was in the causal stage,
I realized insight into the nonorigination of all existence
By coming to possess the mind of nembutsu;
Hence now, in this world of Saha,

I embrace persons of the nembutsu
And bring them into the Pure Land.'

Let us respond with deep gratitude for the great benevolence
Of Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta."
Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land)

Explanatory note by Shinran:
Fragrance of light: refers to the nembutsu, which is wisdom.
Insight into the nonorigination of all existence: the stage of nonretrogression. To become one who will unfailingly attain Buddhahood.

Shinran also said that Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta is the original state of Master Honen, so we should be all the more be grateful to this wonderful Bodhisattva and say the Nembutsu of faith, thus fulfilling His and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas deep wish for us.
Namo Amida Butsu

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