This Sutra is based upon the principles of filial piety, saving living beings, eradicating sufferings, and repaying kindness. Earth Treasury Bodhisattva has been very filial to his parents in life after life. Therefore, the Earth Treasury Sutra is a sutra of filiality in Buddhism.
Earth Treasury Bodhisattva's vows are vast and deep. He manifests himself in different forms according to the different kinds of beings, thus saving all sentient beings. He dwells constantly in the underworld to save the beings undergoing extreme suffering in the hells. "I vow not to accomplish Buddhahood before the hells are emptied; I will only realize Bodhi when all living beings have been saved." This great, vast vow of Earth Treasury Bodhisattva expresses his most kind, compassionate, and filial thought and conduct. Therefore, ineffable eons have passed and Earth Treasury Bodhisattva is still a Bodhisattva. He has not become a Buddha.
This Sutra mentions the past causes and conditions, merit and virtue, and benefits of the Bodhisattva, as well as his teaching of living beings in accordance of their potentials. This Sutra also tells us that if living beings seek blessings and wisdom from this Bodhisattva, their requests will always be granted in their present life. They need not wait till future lives. While Bodhisattvas fear causes, living beings fear effects and retributions. It is necessary to save ourselves from "effects," but the urgency of saving ourselves from "causes" is even greater.
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