I had her on my mind these last couple of days, so I decided to dedicate today’s reel to Kuan Yin.
Known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (Guan Yin) is a Chinese comforting and mother goddess, although sometimes (to the east) she is a he. The name means one who listens to the cries of the world. Kuan Yin was first introduced to Chinese Buddhism via India as Avalokoshvia the male Buddha of compassion. He then emerged as a highly venerated female Goddess around the ninth century A.D.
Kuan Yin has been represented in numerous ways over the centuries. She is recognized as a spirit being with omnipresent energy and is sometimes pictured as having a 1000 arms, because she can protect so many people at one time. She’s the patron saint of many, east and west.
Legend has it she was the Princess Miao Shan, who denounced her position, much like the Buddha, and refused to marry when her father the king requested her to. She only wanted a spiritual existence. She was banished, but later sacrificed her arms and her eyes so that her father could be healed. When she transformed into a bodhisattva, she refused to go to heaven and instead went to the hell realms where everything was made beautiful by her presence. The ruler of the hell realms requested she leave, so she ascended up to the human realm and took the bodhisattva vow that she would not rest until everyone was freed from suffering.