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The One Who Hears The Cries of The World

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

Kuan Yin the Sweet-Heart Goddess of Compassion

Kuan Yin Dreamtime by Tony Salerno

‘We are the Love of Creation’

— Kuan Yin

Buddhist Legend tells of Kuan Yin being ‘born’ from a ray of white light which the Amitabha Buddha emitted from their right eye whilst deep in spiritual ecstasy.

Ani Choying Drolma singing The Great Compassion Mantra

Namo Ratna Trayāya Namah Ārya Jñāna Sāgara Vairocana Vyūhai Răjāya Thathāgatāya Arahate Samyak Sambuddhaya Namo Sarva Tathagatebyeh Arahatebyeh Samyasambuddhe Byeh Namo Arya Avalokite Svarāya Boddisattvāya Mahasattvāya Mahākārunikāya, Tadyathā Om Dhara Dhara Dhiri Dhiri Dhuru Dhuru Ite Vatte chale chale Phra chale Phra Chale Kusume kusume Vare Ili Mili Citijvola māpanāye Svohā

Buddhist scripture box with holy 6-syllable mantra

The goddess Kuan Yin, whose sacred name means ‘One who hears the cries of the world’, is a symbol of the many hued Karuna, expressed through her soft wisdom.

Karuna is all about the compassionate action of enlightened beings working to end suffering here, and must be accompanied by Parjna, or wisdom, to have the right effect.

Kuan Yin is the re-emergence of the god/dess, and the gender transformation of the male god Avalokiteshvara (‘The Lord Who Looks Down in Compassion’) in China.

S/He represents the cosmic essence of the divine, similarly reflected in the emanation of the goddess Tara from the compassionate tears of the same Bodhisattva.

‘Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form’

- Avalokiteshvara, The Heart Sutra and Song of Perfect Wisdom

Ancient images often show her with certain qualities symbolising masculinity and also with a softness of manner — both male and female traits.

She’s been depicted as lithe and resilient as the willow tree — able to bend and not break, in not even the most powerful of storms.

Her compassion is intense, her empathy strong, and her tears so very real, as she feels the joy and pain of others as though her own.

Benefits in Reciting and Holding The Great Compassion Mantra

Excerpts from The Dharani Sutra English translation by the Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, USA

If humans and gods recite and hold the phrases of the Great Compassion Mantra, then when they approach the end of life, all the Buddhas of the ten directions will come to take them by the hand to rebirth in whatever Buddha land they wish, according to their desire.

People and gods who recite and hold the Great Compassion Mantra will obtain fifteen kinds of good birth and will not suffer fifteen kinds of bad death.

Those who recite and hold the spiritual Mantra of Great Compassion will not suffer any of these fifteen kinds of bad death and will obtain the following fifteen kinds of good birth:

  1. Their place of birth will always have a good king

  2. They will always be born in a good country

  3. They will always be born at a good time

  4. They will always meet good friends

  5. The organs of their body will always be complete

  6. Their heart will be pure and full in the way

  7. They will not violate the prohibitive precepts

  8. Their family will be kind and harmonious

  9. They will always have the necessary wealth and goods in abundance

  10. They will always obtain the respect and help of others

  11. Their richness will not be plundered

  12. They will obtain everything they seek

  13. Dragons, gods, and good spirits will always protect them

  14. In the place where they are born they will see the Buddha and hear the Dharma

  15. They will awaken to the profound meaning of that Proper Dharma which they hear.

List of avoidance of bad death :-

  1. They will neither die of starvation or privation

  2. They will not die from having been yoked, imprisoned, caned or otherwise beaten

  3. They will not die at the hands of hostile enemies

  4. They will not be killed in military battle

  5. They will not be killed by tigers, wolves, or other evil beasts

  6. They will not die from the venom of poisonous snakes, black serpents, or scorpions

  7. They will not drown or be burned to death

  8. They will not be poisoned to death

  9. They will not die as a result of sorcery

  10. They will not die of madness or insanity

  11. They will not be killed by landslides or falling trees

  12. They will not die of nightmares sent by evil people

  13. They will not be killed by deviant spirits or evil ghosts

  14. They will not die of evil illnesses which bind the body

  15. They will not commit suicide


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Published in MEDIUM on Jul 29, 2019 and on prior website in 2017

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