Illustration: Buddha teaching the bodhisattvas, green Samantabhadra, blue Vajrapani, yellow Maitreya, yellow Manjusri, and white Avalokitesvara. On the right is a wrathful Jambhala holding a mongoose with two birds above.
The definition of a bodhisattva encompasses a detachment from the hindrances, poisons, and likely bad company; wrong views and ignorance as well as a controlling passion. The bodhisattva is protected by the armour of the Mahayana so is never timid.
Subhuti, a ‘bodhi-sattva’ (enlightenment being), a great being, is called that because his purpose is enlightenment.
The Perfection of Wisdom by R.C. Jamieson (pg. 16)