A Buddhist term for one who exists in enlightenment of
truth and compassion guided by love and wisdom. In Mahayana
Buddhism, the bodhisattva is the ideal of progress; in Theravada
Buddhism, the bodhisattva is an aspirant for Buddhahood.
In Theosophy the bodhisattva is the director of the spiritual
development of each root-race and founder of religions,
which he propagates through his messengers.
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Delhi, India Motilal Banarsidass, 1970.