Then the goddess of the earth, who was called Hard and Strong, told the Buddha: “Honored by the World! I have long worshiped countless bodhisattvas-mahasattvas. Each of them has unimaginable supernatural powers and wisdom and saves many living beings every day. However, the oaths of this bodhathathathat are deeper and more powerful than the oaths of any other Mahasattva Bodhisattva. O World Honored One!
This bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has a strong karmic connection with the mainland of Jambudvipa. Manjushri, Samantabhadra, Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya also reveal hundreds and thousands of magically created bodies in order to save sentient beings in six ways. And this bodhisattva Ksitigarbha took his vows in order to transform the living beings of the six paths through the teachings into kalpas, as numerous as grains of sand in hundreds of thousands of Ganges cats.
O World Honored! I see that many of the living beings of the present and the future, having chosen a clean place in the southern part of their home, build there icon cases from clay, stone, bamboo or wood. If one of them places the painted image of Ksitigarbha or a statue made of gold, silver, copper or iron in such a case, if such a person burns incense in front of this statue, makes offerings to the bodhisattva, worships and praises him, then he will gain ten kinds of benefits.
What are these ten kinds of benefits?
- The earth will bring him a plentiful harvest.
- Permanent peace will reign in his family.
- His previously deceased relatives will be born
- All living beings will gain benefit and longevity.
- He will gain all that which he aspires to.
- He will never suffer from the calamities associated with fire and water.
- He will not suffer from poverty.
- He will not suffer from nightmares.
- Spirits will guard him wherever he goes.
- He will always easily gain access.
to Buddhist teachings.
O World Honored! All living beings of the present and the future, who will be able to carry out this form of worship at home, will gain the ten types of benefits mentioned above. "
Then she said to the Buddha: “O World-Honored One! If in the future any of the good men or good women in the place where he lives has this sutra, if such a person can regularly recite this sutra and make offerings to the bodhisattva, then I having used all my spiritual powers, I will protect that person day and night and protect him from all calamities, large and small, including floods, fires and attacks of thieves and robbers. I will make sure that all the evil phenomena that take place in this life humans will disappear without a trace. "
Buddha said to the Goddess of the Earth, Hard and Strong: “Why do few gods have such great spiritual power as you possess? Yes, because you protect all the lands of Jambudvipa! Only thanks to the existence of the earth can people possess herbs, trees, sand, stones, rice , hemp, bamboo, cane, bread, cereals and jewelry. All this exists only because of your strength. Because you constantly praise the acts of the bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, which benefits all living beings, your merits, virtues and supernatural abilities are hundreds of thousands of times greater than the merits, virtues and supernatural abilities of the ordinary gods of the earth, if in the future any good man or good woman will make offerings to this bodhisattva and regularly recite this sutra, if this person is in all matters relating to religious sphere, will rely on this "Sutra of the Basic Vows of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha", then you will protect it using your indigenous spiritual forces.
You will make it so that even the news of any calamities, misfortunes or troubles will not touch his ears. Needless to say that no disaster will happen to such a person! Not only you will protect this person. Indra, Brahma, along with their retinues, as well as all other deities will guard him! How to find protection for these wise deities? To do this, one must respectfully look at the image of Ksitigarbha, worship him and regularly recite this “Sutra of Basic Vows”.
In this way, you will naturally be saved from the sea of misery and experience the joy of nirvana. In this way you will gain the protection of great deities. "
CHAPTER X ॐ CONTENT ॐ CHAPTER XII