Q107: Recently, some Dharma cultivators are proposing that we perform recitations for Dharma Protectors. They are saying that each of us has our own Dharma Protectors, and they also need spiritual energy and sutra and mantra recitations. Is this recommended?

A107:

  • Dharma Protectors in the upper realms are the ones who follow and support Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. They are also Bodhisattvas.
  • Dharma Protectors are Bodhisattvas who have already Brought Forth the Mind to save lives. They do not dwell on any gains or losses, nor do they seek fame or material returns. We should not perceive Bodhisattvas from our worldly perspectives. Bodhisattvas do not ask for benefits or returns from the human realm.
  • If other spiritual beings are communicating with you and sending messages through your consciousness to ask you to recite for them or to send them energy, you can recite Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”. However, you should be extremely careful. A genuine Bodhisattva would never ask for such returns.
  • The spiritual world is far more complex than we can imagine. It is best to strictly follow the teachings of Master Lu. We should not follow methods that are not yet instructed by Master Lu for the time being to prevent undesirable situations from occurring.

 

[Updated 2012.06.26]