Buddhism for Pregnant Mothers – The Earthstore Bodhisattva Sutra

If a lady is about to give birth, and you would like one of the greatest Bodhisattvas, Earthstore Bodhisattva, to bring blessings to this baby you can:

  1. Recite the Earthstore Sutra and
  2. Recite the name of Earthstore Bodhisattva (Di Zhang Pu Sa or Namo Zhang Wang Pu Sa) with 7 days before the child is born

Di Zhang (pronounced Di Jang) is Earthstore – or Earth Treasury – this is the name of this great Bodhisattva. Di Jang Wang means Earth Treasury King. Pu Sa means Bodhisattva – an enlightened being. He is known as the Bodhisattva with the weightiest of vows – because he has vowed not to become a Buddha unless the hells are all empty.

He is like Gwan Yin Bodhisattva and Manjushri Bodhisattva, Maitreya, Samantabhadra, Great Strength Bodhisattva – he is one of the great Bodhisattvas with great spiritual power.

I’ll tell you some personal stories about when I’ve recited Earthstore’s name for 10,000 times for the babies of my friends:

Story 1

One time, I just kept on reciting silently in my mind or in a whisper (so as to not to draw attention from others – otherwise people might be wondering what you’re doing) for the baby whenever I had spare time during the day for the baby, e.g., whenever I went for a walk or whilst I was driving or even walking around normally. I didn’t count – but had a rough idea that I was past it.

Anyway, I was seeing rainbows everyday for several days – maybe 7 to 9 days straight afterwards until I found out the baby was already born. The only other time I was seeing rainbows for several days straight was when I discovered the Mahaparinirvana Sutra and was reading it everyday on nirvanasutra.net.

Story 2

Another time, a friend of mine told me what happened whilst his baby was being born. Apparently, they put stress monitors on the baby whilst the mother is giving birth – and the nurses told him that it was very strange – because the baby was not very stressed at all.

I told a monk about these incidents and he said something like, “Of course it was Earthstore Bodhisattva helping that baby out! But Bodhisattvas don’t make much fuss – they come in, do what needs to be done and go back to their own business”.

Here’s what the Earthstore Sutra tells you to do for babies who are about to be born:

Sutra:

“Moreover, Universally Expansive, in the future in Jambudvipa when the wives of Kshatriyas, Brahmans, Elders, and Upasakas of the various families and clans are about to give birth to sons or daughters, the family members should recite this inconceivable sutra and the Bodhisattva’s name a full ten thousand times during the seven days before the birth of those children. If those infants, whether male or female, had been destined to undergo a terrible retribution for things done in past lives, they will be liberated from those retributions. They will be peaceful, happy, easily raised, and will have long er lives. If those children were due to receive blessings, then their peace and happiness will increase, as will their lifespans.

Commentary:

“Moreover, Universally Expansive. Shakyamuni Buddha again explained to Universally Expansive that in the future in Jambudvipa…Beings in Northern Uttarakuru of the Four Great Continents are born under trees. Labor is very easy and not at all painful; babies come right out as if chickens laying eggs. Females giving birth do not undergo so much pain like those do in Southern Jambudvipa. Very few births occur in Eastern Purvavideha, and Western Aparagodaniya because beings there have very little sexual desire, so they do not have so many children. Only beings in Southern Jambudvipa believe the more births there are, the better.

Women endure tremendous pain in labor. So now we only talk about Southern Jambudvipa. When the wives of India’s nobility, the Kshatriyas, the noble clan of purity who are the Brahmans, the wealthy Elders, and Upasakas…The elders and upasakas have money but not official posts, while the Brahmans and the Kshatriyas enjoy nobility and affluence too. When the wives of all the various families and clans of different nationalities or race are about to give birth to sons or daughters…Some difficult labor situations include newborns in a horizontal or reverse position. Some newborns have difficulty coming out because it sticks out one of its legs first. Some difficult labor situations involve the baby dragging out the mother’s intestines.

No matter how difficult the labor though, the family members should recite this inconceivable sutra of Earth Store and the Bodhisattva Earth Store’s name a full ten thousand times during the seven days before the birth of those children. If those infants, whether male or female, had been destined to undergo a terrible retribution for things done in past lives, they will be liberated from those retributions. They will be peaceful, happy, easily raised, and will have long er lives. If those children did not commit any offenses and were due to receive blessings, then their peace and happiness will increase, as will their lifespans.

There is nothing certain about people’s suffering and bliss; there is nothing certain about people’s lifespans either. Fortune tellers may tell some people that they will live until thirty but they reach 40 and are still alive. What is the reason for that? The length of people’s lives is flexible rather than rigid. Do good deeds and you will extend your life; do bad deeds and your lifespan will decrease. Nothing is fixed. For instance, one baby is meant to endure a lot of suffering due to his offense karma, but recite the Earth Store Sutra or the name of Earth Store Bodhisattva for him, and his pain disappears. He will be happy, easy to raise, and live longer. You may deduce from this that nothing in life is fixed, it merely depends on how you act.

Source:

The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earthstore Bodhisattva. Chapter 6: The Thus Come One’s Praises. ‘

http://www.cttbusa.org/esscommentary/earthstore6_2.htm

How to Count Recitations Easily

There are different ways to count to make sure that you’ve done at least 10,000 recitations of Earthstore’s name:

  1. 108 Recitation beads: Go find mala necklaces with 108 beads. For each recitation, you move your fingers along 1 bead. So 1 revolution is 108 recitations – so roughly say 100. To be able to do 10,000 recitations within 7 days, you need 15 revolutions a day at least. So by the end of 7 days, you will have done 10,000.
  2. Free Phone apps for counting.

Go to your App Store or Google Play and download a free app. I use an app called Digital Click Counter.

For each recitation, you tap on your screen once and it counts for you!

You can set your goal of 10,000. So it will automatically count for you each time you tap the screen once.

I’ve found this really, really good – as it showed me that it doesn’t take that long to do 100 recitations of Di Zhang Pu Sa.

Plus you don’t have to split your attention – into counting whilst reciting – you can purely just focus on reciting Earthstore Bodhisattva’s name.

So you can do sets of 100 or 200 throughout the day if you like – which makes it easier. Plus you’ve always got your phone on you.

Now, may you all go out and bless some babies with your Earthstore recitations!

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