Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, is a manifestation of the
Divine Mother and serves mankind in much the same way as Mother Mary.
Many think of her as the Buddhist Madonna and Saviouress of the East.
Her names are as numerous as those of Mother Mary and her title and
office as a Goddess denotes her level of attainment as a Cosmic Being.
the people of Japan she is known as Kannon and in China her name is
Guanyin. You may have heard of her as Miao Shan, a legendary Chinese
Princess known for her great compassion or by her popular Tibetan and
Mongolian name of Tara.
Yin is a bodhisattva, a being of wisdom destined to become a Buddha.
She has taken the vow of a bodhisattva to save all beings from suffering
by forgoing the final state of Buddhahood. Scholar Robert Thurman
explains these celestial saviors saying:
are truly messianic figures, spiritual heroes and heroines willing to
sacrifice themselves for others life after life. At the same time, they
are keen to develop the wisdom that understands reality and the art to
be effective in saving beings.
Yin is called the Goddess of Mercy because she embodies the flame of
mercy and compassion. We can pray to her not only for comfort, healing,
guidance and succor but also for mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. She
shows us through the flame of forgiveness how to free ourselves from
all hardness of heart and teaches us to have compassion for all. She
comes as the Mother to dispel all maya (illusion).
age of Aquarius is dawning. Mystics and sages say this is the age for
the awakening of our understanding of God as Mother. It is the age for
the raising of the Mother flame. Kuan Yin teaches us the safest way to
accomplish this is through prayer and devotion to God.
are many legends surrounding this celestial bodhisattva. One
particularly beautiful one illustrates how Kuan Yin, more appropriately
known as Kuan-shih-yin, came to be known as such. Her name means "one
who regards, looks on, or hears the sounds of the world." The legend
says Kuan Yin paused on the threshold of heaven as she was about to
enter when she heard the anguished cries of the world. Out of compassion
for the suffering of others, she turned and vowed to remain and help
those in need for however long this may take. The bodhisattva vow is a
sacred and holy vow and not one to be taken lightly. Kuan Yin is a
nurturing Mother and the love and compassion she has for all is truly
The following mantra is associated with her:
OM MANI PADME HUM
OM MAH-NEE PUD-MAY HOOM
OM! Hail to the jewel in the lotus!
is surprising about this saviouress of the East is that she originally
started out in Buddhist tradition as a male known by the name
Avalokitesvara. Avalokitesvara and Kuan Yin are examples of the
androgynous nature of God focusing in complete harmony and balance the
masculine and feminine attributes of the Father-Mother God.
legend surrounding the birth of Avalokitesvara, sometimes spelled
Avalokiteshvara or Avalokita, is quite spectacular. It is said that one
day while the greatly compassionate Buddha Amitabha (Infinite Light) was
meditating he achieved a moment of supreme bliss and in that moment,
Avalokitesvara was "born" from a "ray of white light emitted from
Amitabha's right eye."
So great is Avalokitesvara's compassion he is known in Mahayana Buddhism as the "archangel of compassion." 3 He became a "buddha millions of aeons ago" but vowed to "emanate himself as millions of bodhisattvas after his perfect enlightenment" in order to serve and help beings "find their freedom." 4
whose name means "the lord who sees" or "the lord who hears the sounds
of the world" is splendidly depicted in art as having multiple heads and
hands and his names are as varied as those of Kuan Yin. He may be
called the Eleven-Faced, Eight-Armed Avalokitesvara, the Eleven-Faced,
Six-Armed Avalokitesvara or the 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. The legend
surrounding this type of icon is that within each hand is an eye
enabling him to have limitless enlightenment and compassion to assist
souls in need. With his many heads he is able to look after beings in
all directions. Each face reflects an aspect of the Bodhisattva. Some
are peaceful and loving while others are stern and fierce. In each hand
he holds a sacred healing object, which he uses to rescue all beings
from their suffering.
In SUNRISE Magazine, Eloise Hart explains more about the iconography of the art forms of Avalokitesvara-Kuan Yin.
statues and paintings of Kuan Yin are as different as the artists who
create them, and as varied as their feelings about her. Some are of
wood, suggesting with simplicity of line the flow of life that nurtures
all beings; others, of jade, emphasize virtue; of marble, permanence and
solidity; of porcelain, innocence and mobility; while those of rock
crystal convey the idea of spirituality. Often she wears a long hooded
robe and ornaments symbolic of her virtues; the most popular figure
shows her standing or floating on a large lotus petal. Her head, haloed
with glory, is bent slightly forward as if looking, listening, to catch
any cry for help. The earliest statues depict Kuan Yin either as a youth
with a slight beard or mustache, or androgynous – embodying the noblest
of both masculine and feminine qualities. Yet, of whatever material or
pose, her bearing is always one of "lordly ease."
seventh century Tibetan painting presents the idea of infinite mercy as
Avalokitesvara-KuanYin with a thousand arms with which to scatter
blessings. Usually, two arms are sufficient, Kuan Yin's beneficence
being suggested by the various objects she holds in her hands: in one, a
vase of amrita, the dew of immortality; in the other, a spray
of willow branches with which to sprinkle her inexhaustible compassion
upon her devotees. Sometimes she carries a scroll or book, symbol of
truth; or the wish-fulfilling jewel, emblem of the attaining of holy
aspirations. When a child plays on her lap, or children at her feet,
they symbolize not only newborn and/or spiritual life, but also Mother
Nature whose mysterious powers continually produce, sustain, destroy,
and renew life throughout the universe. Her hands placed in her lap
suggest meditation; when held palm to palm, not quite touching,
reverence for all beings; when fingers point downward, the flowing forth
of blessings is indicated; and when the right hand rests on the left,
palms upward, this signifies control over evil spirits. But regardless
of ornamentation, symbolism, or pose, the very presence of her likeness
touches the heart. It is for this reason, perhaps, that the Japanese and
Koreans place huge statues of Kuan Yin in prominent places so that
those going to and from work are reminded of the spiritual worth of
unselfish deeds. 5
Yin is known as the protectress of women, sailors, merchants and
children. Many believe you have but to call her name and she will
instantly appear. A common saying about this compassionate Saviouress
is, "She hears the prayers of the faithful."
whose name means one who saves, is another manifestation of the
Avalokitesvara-Kuan Yin. Author John Blofeld explains how Tara was "born
of a tear shed by Avalokita in pity for the sufferings of sentient
beings". 6 Thurman describes Tara's extraordinary compassion
for all beings saying, "her desire to save them from suffering, is said
to be stronger than a mother's love for her children." 7
is also called the White Goddess. She "exemplifies the blue-white fire
of purity" says author and spiritual teacher Elizabeth Clare Prophet
(Prophet*). She is often depicted in art as sitting on a white lotus and
teaches us how to have a long life, good health and to obtain good
holiness of the celestial Bodhisattva Kuan Yin in all her forms is meant
to be an inspiration for all to realize that we, too, can achieve the
supreme state of consciousness of mercy and compassion for all beings by
walking the path in a sacred and holy manner. As we develop our heart
tie to Kuan Yin, we come to understand the flame of mercy gently blowing
in the easterly wind.
Kuan Yin's Crystal Rosary
Devotees give Kuan Yin's Crystal Rosary 8
on the third Saturday of each month. If we are sincere and our prayers
are found worthy we not only open our heart to healing but we also have
the opportunity to increase the petals of our heart chakra by the flame
of mercy. Healing prayers for the entire planet are also given. Through
the giving of the rosary we are calling forth the violet transmuting
flame. Kuan Yin explains:
violet flame and violet flame mantra and by my ancient mantras you
recite, I do release to the earth crystal spheres of my rosary, crystal
spheres of the yin and yang, the Alpha and the Omega of the violet flame
and the Seventh Age." 9
Yin is working very hard to bring in the golden age of the Seventh Ray
of Aquarius and make it a reality. She will work with any one who is
sincerely seeking resolution and healing. She shows us how to balance
our karma and helps us not only to heal our heart but also to develop
the heart of a "Bodhisattva of Compassion." 10
The Temple of Mercy
Yin is an Ascended Lady Master and "representative of the Seventh Ray"
embodying the God qualities of mercy, forgiveness and compassion. This
ray is the seventh-ray aspect of the Holy Spirit and is violet in color.
It is the ray of the Aquarian Age. Also called the flame of
transmutation and freedom, it can transmute the cause, effect, record
and memory of negative karma. In her retreat located in the etheric
octaves over Beijing (Peking), China, Kuan Yin focuses the flame of the
Divine Mother and the flame of infinite mercy for all.
This ancient retreat is called The Temple of Mercy. According to The Masters and Their Retreats,
twelve pagodas surround the central golden dome pagoda, "each of which
focuses the yin and yang qualities of the twelve hierarchies of the
Sun." The main pagoda has an aura of silence and reverence to it.
Sitting before a beautifully carved ivory altar is a golden urn that
contains the flame of mercy.
beauty and naturalness found in the gardens surrounding the pagodas
also reflect the perfect balance of the yin and yang. As you stroll, you
hear the gentle tinkling of the crystal wind chimes hanging in the
of semi-circular bridges crosses over the ancient rocks surrounding the
streams and ponds that wander and meander throughout the gardens.
Glistening amethyst crystals the color of mercy's stone, sparkle among
the trees and flowers creating a soothing landscape of harmony, peace
flower lined footpaths lead to various pavilions where you can sit and
meditate. As you enter into your inner heart you are saturated in the
flame of forgiveness and mercy. Here one feels the "tenderness of the
heart of the Mother" and the intense love she has for all her children.
Yin ascended thousands of years ago. As the Bodhisattva of Mercy, she
holds the flame of infinite mercy for all. According to the Ascended
Masters, mercy's flame contains the brilliant hues of violet ranging
from orchid-pink (God-Love) to the deep-purple flame of blue (God-Will).
Kuan Yin's flame resembles the color of orchids with the pink gently
softening the blue. Her symbolic flower is the lotus. The center is pink
with each unfolding petal reflecting deeper and deeper shades of
need of "respite and a saturation of the forgiveness flame" come to this
retreat between embodiments. On a planetary level, the action of the
flame of mercy anchored in this ancient temple radiates to the earth
impulses of "gentleness", "devotion to family" as well as the desire to
serve one another.