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Devotion by Gharwang Rinpoche

DEVOTION

by Zurmang Gharwang on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:15am

Many of us are quite confused when you have to differentiate between devotion and someone you like. To begin with liking, it is very straightforward, just you like someone or dislike or could be indifferent .The picture is very clear to most of us, unless you are drunk. Now the difficult part is the devotion.

First, devotion is difficult to arise and easy to lose and harder to keep with us. Second, devotion means to have total belief in someone as a saver and protector from confusion or to free ourselves from suffering . Finally, how are we going to cultivate devotion? Most probably, from three sources: First, by reading the life story of Buddha and Bodhisattvas. How they dedicated their life for the sake of others and how compassionate they are . Secondly, the life story of gurus and how they devoted to their practice and to their gurus, such as Milarepa. Finally, which is the most important part, finding logical reasons why and how devotion help us to free from confusion with the guidance of our teachers.

One has to make proper studies and analysis to support your belief and how devotion benefits us. Now, the question is how do we know that we have a devotion to our teachers. These following answers may help you to understand better, first, when you meet or see teachers or holy objects such as Buddha’s images, unconditional genuine, strong, pure respect and trust pouring out of your heart uncontrollably. Second, sometime we tend to have goose bumps when we meet teachers or see holy objects. Third, when we see or meet teachers your eyes will be filled with tears without any reasons. Those are some of the signs of devotion. However, when we meet our teachers , we don’t have to cry each time. Or else, you may frighten teachers and they may run away from us. So, the answer is simple, ether we have devotion to our teachers or simply respect and like them. If neither of these two, then surely you have fallen in love with your teacher!