When we perform prostrations in front of a statue, thanka or other representation of the Buddha, we are not paying respects to some external all-powerful being, but instead to our own enlightened essence, which is inside of us and currently veiled.
The same holds true for when we pray.
Now in the west, it seems like most of our prayers go something like: ‘Give me, give me, give me….’ which is neither helpful, nor possible. Unless we create the causes for something to manifest, it will not happen!
What we are trying to do is to uncover the enlightened qualities inside of us, and to have them all fully manifest. There is nobody up there (or out there) who will come to wave a magic wand and make our world fall into place. We have to walk the path.
Since we all have Buddha Nature at our core, it is not something that we have to create from scratch, but rather something we get to by removing what is in the way. A diamond that we dig out of the ground is still a diamond even though covered by dirt.
Practice…practice…practice….And, time is short. If we don’t practice now, it may just be too late!
Love & Light!