"To stress the supreme value of bodhichitta, Shakyamuni Buddha has said that it is even more important to prostrate, or pay homage, to a bodhisattva - someone who has developed bodhichitta - than it is to prostrate to a buddha. He explained this by using the example of the waxing moon. If someone bows down before the new moon it is the same as bowing down to every phase of the moon between new and full. Why? Because by paying respect to a cause we are implicitly paying respect to each of its succeeding effects. Thus, if we prostrate to a bodhisattva we are implicitly paying homage to all the future states of his or her development, up to and including the attainment of buddhahood. For such reasons then, bodhichitta is very precious and anyone who develops this mind becomes worthy of veneration."
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold” (via dancingdakini)
"What we call consciousness is a word that implies your real nature, your real Self. Which is you right now. Right now you are the Self. Right now you are everything you want to be. Right this moment.
You say to yourself: “No, I’m just a dumb human being.”, then you are. If that is what you want to call yourself. But no matter what you say to yourself. No matter what you do to yourself you can never change your real nature one iota.
You are Brahman, the absolute reality. No matter what you say, no matter what you do, no matter how you act. You’re still God."