Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Acharya Śāntideva

Chapter VI– verse 117

Transglomeration: Out of that Whole Repository of Realisation of the Essence of All Virtue, even if the merest fragment of a virtue were to be found in any being, then actually offering the three worlds and all of their worship over and again would be insufficient in recognition of such a person.

~~~ “BCA” ~~~

V. 116beings = Buddhas as causes of Enlightenment, not in virtue
↑ Stitch ↓
V. 117 – because a fraction of that virtue is immeasurable

{expansion of qualification/distinction/discernment from 116}

Stitching: Buddhas = All Virtue ∴ any virtue = venerable

Overstitching: Buddhas = ‘Oceans of Virtue’ because = ‘Essence of All Virtue’ (again, greatness (of realisation), māhātmya – great being-ness) [because they have transcended all duality and are therefore Enlightened – Truth of Cessation and Truth of the Path to Cessation] … of which the smallest part () within a sentient being ≠ worshipful (measurable) by the three realms [i.e. the whole of the dualistic universe]

Reflection: the Enlightened qualities of the Buddhas far, far exceed the world (…they are beyond all comparison because their realisation swims in emptiness, beyond all comparable duality); the force of this verse is to quantify the difference between the small part of friendship that a sentient being may have developed and the Enlightenment depicted in the previous verse as being similar in effect, but that they are not similar in actual realisation; this regurgitates that the route of sentient being – stuck in dualistic mentation based obsessively around an imputed sense of self – is not one of being a good boy/girl sentient being in a linear progression until they become a Buddha, the discernment between sentient being and Enlightened Being is one of transcendence – a quantum ‘route’ – that sheds the (enslavement to the) sense of self; when a sentient being has developed a ‘smallest part’ of a virtue (and not just slapped some virtue on themselves and worn it like a frock, a selfless virtue) what they have done is found a part of their true self, a virtue which is a glimmer of the realisation of selflessness of which the Buddha is the full realisation

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