|To those extremely rare individuals who are interested in whole-mindedly entering the spiritual life with as much energy as they can muster, who can no longer submit to the expectations of family and friends, and who value their own independent and individual reason so highly they are willing to be regarded as mad and inethical by the rest of the common herd:|
Without bodhicitta, and without complete faith in the ability of reason to carry one beyond this world, there will be continued striving for eco security. Without bodhicitta, no matter how great one's mental attainments and knowledge of Reality, a portion of the ego, the core, will remain fixed.|
Great happiness, even Nirvana, may ultimately be experienced, but the long-term consequences are horrible to contemplate, because each and every action of one who lacks bodhicitta is tainted with a solid and unchallenged faith in the very core of the ego.
One with bodhicitta may initially try to save himself, but reason soon gets the better of him, and will push him relentlessly onwards, into the arms of the Infinite.