Continuing our study of the verses on Dedication, we are brought in graphic detail through the throw lower realms of existence, the Hell Realm, the Animal Realms, and the Realm of the Pretas, or Hungry Ghosts. Shantideva tells us that through our genuine heartfelt dedication prayers to the great Bodhisattvas: Vajrapani, Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, all beings trapped in the Hell Realms can be released from their torments and the Hell Realm itself transformed into a Buddhafield. We are reminded of the dreadful limitations of the Animal Realm, where beings only exist to feed, or be fed, both as predators themselves, or as slaves to human beings. It is a miserable existence where survival is the only objective and there is no escape. The third of the three lower realms presented here is the Hungry Ghost Realm, where beings know nothing of satisfaction, but constantly want for more, often despite having enough.
Through dedicating everything positive, we are drawing on the power and compassionate eyes of all the great Bodhisattvas who release those beings trapped in the lower realms from their suffering, and the Realms themselves are transformed into Purelands.
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