This is how the Bodhisattva Mahasattvas master their thinking: “However many species of living beings there are —whether born from eggs, from the womb, from division, or spontaneously; whether they have form or do not have form; whether they have perceptions or do not have perceptions; or whether it cannot be said of them that they have perceptions or that they do not have perceptions— we must lead all these beings to nirvana so that they can be liberated.
“Yet when this innumerable, immeasurable, infinite number of beings has become liberated, we do not, in truth, think that a single being has been liberated.”
Why is this so? If a Bodhisattva holds on to the idea that a self, a person, a living being, or a life span exists, that person is not a true Bodhisattva.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Diamond Sutra