The Bodhicitta vow is the aspiration to bring compassion and empathy in all action of body, speech and mind. I like the 'planetary gravity' metaphor. Some anomaly in the gravitational continuum causes the accretion of atomic material leading eventually to suns and planets. When we sit on a cushion and consider the Bodhicita vow, it is like a gentle indentation in space-time which over the course of lifetimes causes the accretion of compassion and empathy.
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