Do you want to know the interesting stories of the spiritual practice of the Twenty-Sixth Zen Patriarch Punyamitra and the Twenty-Seventh Patriarch Prajñātāra? They are fellow practitioners up there, and both could teach Prajna Paramita and sutras, but why was one of them born in royal palace while the other lived on mendicancy? Do you want to know why the Twenty-Seventh Patriarch remembered the past life affinity with the Twenty-Sixth Patriarch? Please listen to the wonderful lecture by Supreme Master Ching Hai.
Without enlightened Master and spiritual practice, even bodhisattvas had to only stay in the circle of life and death. That's why since the ancient times, the appearance of Bodhisattvas look the same as most of us. But in fact they are different, different yet same, because they are the same if they do not practice spiritually. Therefore they should practice, and should meet enlightened Master and get the key so as to become saints. They need to practice for a very long time to inherit the lineage. Saints are still like this, so we ordinary people should try even harder.