Sutra of Golden Light

Another amazing sutra that one rarely will come across is The King of Glorious Sutras called “The Exalted Sublime Golden Light”.

Then the Tathagata, the Transcendent Victor, spoke these verses…

“As soon as he enters
That monastery or dwelling (where this sublime sutra is explained)
His negative deeds will fall away.
For those who are able to cross
Hundreds of leagues immured by pits of fire
And endure acute hardship to hear this sutra,
All bad dreams and evil signs,
Afflictions of planets and stars,
Dreadful spells and demons
Will immediately depart.”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “The deva, Hamachiwa Pala, told Buddha that she will protect the bhikshu who recites this text and he will receive all that is needed: property, a stable mind and so forth. Whoever even tries to read or understand this text will experience the comfort and happiness of devas and humans for 100 billion eons; fame and perfect crops; and will become a buddha.”

Four Great Kings:
“Venerable Transcendent Victor, for this reason, we the four great kings are known by the name ‘world-protectors.’  Venerable Transcendent Victor, whatever region of this Jambudvipa is overrun by foreign armies, afflicted with famine and disease, and acutely oppressed by hundreds of different harms, thousands of harms and hundreds of thousands of harms, Venerable  Transcendent Victor, we the four kings will give support to the devout monks who keep the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light.”
Goddess Sarasvati:
“O, Venerable Transcendent Victor, I, the goddess Sarasvati, will also bestow eloquence in order to adorn the speech of the bhikshu who expounds the Dharma.  I will grant him dharani.  I will always invest in him the power of authoritative speech.  To the bhikshu who expounds the Dharma, I will give great illumination of knowledge.  If he loses or forgets a word or a letter from the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light, I will supply the bhikshu who expounds the Dharma with all the definite sounds, letters and words.”
Goddess Shri:
Then the great goddess Shri said this to the  Tathagata: “Venerable Transcendent Victor, I the great goddess Shri will also give delight and well-being to that bhikshu who expounds the Dharma.  I will offer garments, food, bedding, medicine to treat illness and many excellent articles to ensure that the bhikshu who expounds the Dharma has excellent resources, attains freedom from poverty, is sound in mind, has peace of mind day and night, retains various words and syllables of the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light, examines them and expresses them lucidly so that sentient beings may plant roots of virtue under hundreds of thousands of buddhas…”
Earth Goddess Drdha:
“O Venerable Transcendent Victor, wherever the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light is expounded well and at great length, whever the throne for the expounding bhikshu is set up, and wherever the expounding bhikshu takes that seat and perfectly teaches the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light, O Venerable Transcendent Victor, I Drdha the earth goddess will go to those very places.  Invisible, I will go to the underside of the Dharma throne.  With my most sublime head, I will support the expounding bhikshu by the soles of his feet.  I will listen to the Dharma too and satisfy myself with Dharma nectar.  I will fully honor him.  I will fully worship him.  I will become content.  I will complete deeds of honor.  Being pleased, I will greatly enrich the essential nutrients of the earth, from the mass of earth 68,000 leages in extent to the vajra base of the ground.  I will do homage and consummate it.  On the top too, I will moisten this earth sphere to the limits of the oceans with the essential oil of the earth.  I will make this great earth glow with radiant luster.”
Yaksha General Samjnaya:
“O Venerable Lord, now or in the future time, in villages, cities, towns, valleys, forests, retreats, hilly medicinal valleys, or palaces, wherever the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light exists, O Venerable Lord, I, Samjnaya, the great general of the yakshas, along with twenty-eight great generals of the yakshas, will go to those villages, cities, towns, valleys, forest retreats, hilly medicinal valleys, or palaces.  Making our bodies invisible, we will protect the bhikshu who expounds the Dharma.  We will give him protection, hold and nurture him, avert his retribution and make him peaceful and well.  We will completely protect men, women, boys or girls who listen to this Dharma.  We will completely protect those who listen to and remember a stanza or four lines or even a single word from the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light.”

“The benefits of reading this sutra are immeasurable … reciting just a few lines of the Sutra of Golden Light creates more merit than making … immeasurable offerings to the Buddha.  Reciting this sutra directs one’s life towards enlightenment.  There is so much merit … one’s life becomes so easy, whatever one wishes for one receives … there is unbelievable purification … one liberates numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and brings them to enlightenment.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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