The Merit of Serving the Guru

The Merit of Serving the Guru

Date of Advice:
January 2013
Date Posted:
October 2014

Rinpoche sent this card to a center director, thanking him for service.

My very dear one,
How are you? Billions, zillions and trillions of thanks, always—every day, every hour, every minute—for your complete dedication to sentient beings, in order to free them from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to achieve peerless happiness, omniscient mind, and for your dedication to numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas and their teachings, and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to me, little Mickey Mouse.

I want to mention two quotations. One is from Sakya Pandita. I have mentioned it before, I am sure you heard it a few times from me in the past:

If we have collected merit for one thousand years by having made charity of our head, hands and legs to the sentient beings, in regards to fulfilling the guru's wishes and advice, all that merit happens in one second by following the Guru's path.

This means that every minute, every second of your work, your service, is like this. Then, as it is mentioned in the Drop of Mahamudra text:

Just as fire burns wood and turns it into ashes in a second, like that, if we please the glorified Guru, our negative karma is burnt in a second.

That means the heavy negative karma collected in the past gets purified in one second just like that; also the heavy negative karma collected from beginningless rebirths.

I hope you achieve the same realizations as the Fifth Dalai Lama. [A photo of the Fifth Dalai Lama was enclosed.] Then the Potala Palace will be offered to you and you can go and stay there. How about that? You can't say no.

With much love and prayers ...