Question regarding Buddha quote
Hrm, I posted a response this morning and for some weird reason it didn’t post correctly. Sigh. Trying again.
The new moon is referring to the beginning of the spiritual path and the full moon is referring to full enlightenment. Buddha Shakyamuni says he will prostrate to the new moon and not the full moon; what he means is he values the first realizations he made at the beginning of his spiritual journey, because without those first steps on the path and without those first realizations, no matter how basic or beginner-level they were, he never would have made it to full enlightenment and Buddhahood. We all have to start at the beginning, and Buddha Shakyamuni did too. This quote is meant as encouragement, particularly for beginners who feel intimidated by how far they have to go and think they can never attain enlightenment because they know they have so many delusions that they can’t imagine making enough spiritual progress to attain enlightenment. But Buddha started at the same point as the rest of us, and if he did it, so can all of us if we use his methods to get there; after all, we all have Buddha nature too.