You may already be familiar with Kuan Yin. Considered the premiere female deity in the Chinese Pantheon, this goddess has traditionally been (in Chinese culture) the protector of mothers and children. She has also been patroness and protector of fishermen. Not surprisingly, therefore, in the manuscript: The Living Word of Kuan Yin, paperback edition: The Living Word of Kuan Yin:
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The goddess speaks extensively on the power of motherly love, compassion and loving-kindness. Far from being the passive and smiling garden statue, her spiritual teachings have depicted Kuan Yin as wanting to be a major player in modern theology. While many of her teachings coincide with traditional Buddhism, such as the primacy of compassion and one’s thoughts as the foundation of a divine life, previously unfamiliar terminologies and concepts were apparent throughout the chapters. According to Kuan Yin, however, this is to be expected:
“Sometimes the ancient monks’ writings were specifically related to a particular monk or times. When several monks wrote together, they formed books not necessarily related to your path."
As a Westerner, I initially had a remote knowledge of Kuan Yin. Through witnessing and transcribing her spiritual teachings for The Living Word, I instantly recognized authentic spiritual wisdom. The passages therein represented words spoken by an Ascended Master, one who has completed one's karma here on earth.
All emerging theologies are eventually codified. With Lena Lees as her vehicle, Kuan Yin articulated her foremost precepts, proclaiming the ground of being. Channeling her words of wisdom through Ms. Lees, Kuan Yin did not just set forth a revision of known religious canons. Instead, she offered fresh and insightful wisdom coupled with her world-renowned compassion.
A dream here! A defining life moment there! In our lives, we experience every day life experiences and dreams that are not tied together in a neat bow. The sequence we experience while here on earth is not spelled out for us. Nor is the enigma of birth and death understood by most. However, weaving a tapestry of ever increasing complexity, Kuan Yin explains how each of us has the power to reassemble the disparate jigsaw that is a “realistic life”.
Explaining that the Buddha and Kuan Yin are like "brother and sister", Kuan Yin teaches that much of society’s woes are due to “the great divide”: the cultural separation between men and women. According to Kuan Yin, denigration of women contributes to the unfortunate and debilitating cycle of defeated women and terrified men. From this core duality springs others including the separation between humanity and the universe and humanity and nature. In fact, language is riddled with words and definitions originating from a belief in dualism. Exacerbating this unholy separation from Oneness is, according to this deity, the current limiting paradigm created by the “not enough”, “better than” and “survival of the fittest” beliefs. It is these three limiting beliefs, according to Kuan Yin, which are the source of all misery and suffering upon the earth. Proclaiming it doesn't have to be this way—that we have the tools, right now, to create heaven on earth, Kuan Yin maintains that changing our thoughts through implementing her Love and Forgiveness Principle is key: that this reality would instantly change if we each lived our lives accordingly.
The iconography of Kuan Yin depicts Her in many forms, each one revealing a unique aspect of Her merciful presence. As the sublime Goddess of Mercy whose beauty, grace and compassion have come to represent the ideal of womanhood, She came to Lena often as a young woman in flowing white robes, carrying in Her left hand a white lotus, symbol of purity. Not confined to traditional forms, Kuan Yin's ability to transform was seemingly limitless. During one of the channeled sessions, Kuan Yin once dwarfed Ms. Lees, gently cradling her in the palm of Her gargantuan hand. In this way Kuan Yin demonstrated the boundless love and mercy welling forth from the universe. Arriving for each new session, this goddess characteristically appeared as shapes meant to assist with Her powerful message. For example, appearing as a woman with a thousand arms, She was described by Ms. Lees in the following way:
“Earlier today, I saw Kuan Yin. She was immense, having thousands of arms. In each hand is a symbol, tools for understanding our lives. She was grasping different things like a candle, the Buddha, hands with eyes, a lotus, the Buddhist symbol for peace, her bottle containing healing elixir; instruments which are for peacefully slaying injustice, the fog of indecision. These are instruments for one’s protection, as well.”
Stating in The Living Word: "In the end it does not matter what form I take", Kuan Yin has little concern of how people perceive her. Rather, she is magnetized to those having a sincere desire to know wisdom:
“I come to people in many forms, forms constructed from people’s own perceptions. And it is individual spiritual needs that create these unique perceptions…To all people everywhere. I’m here and at your service!"
Traditional accounts of Kuan Yin tell of an ordinary person who had followed the path of wisdom and service until after many incarnations She reached the supreme goal, Nirvana. Pausing at the threshold, She heard, arising from the world, the cries of those suffering upon the earth. Turning back, Kuan Yin determined to remain upon the earth. In The Living Word, Kuan Yin decrees: “I’ll be here until the last soul passes off the earth. I remain in deity form to assist people in transcending their materialistic nature, to help them attain their highest spiritual level.”
Similar to traditional Buddhism, Kuan Yin’s teaches in The Living Word, that maintaining one's connection with spirit helps diminish any fear of death, one of the greatest causes of suffering and pain. While it is fascinating to contemplate the similar traditions of The Lord Buddha and Kuan Yin, there exist crucial differences: philosophical deviations between the contemporary Kuan Yin spiritual teachings as delineated in The Living Word and traditional Buddhist doctrine.
Such departures may have to do with, as Kuan Yin explains, the particular information channel or even the erosive nature of time and passed down tradition. Another way to interpret the significance of the Kuan Yin revelations is that Her teachings in The Living Word are modern reflections of all who desire Her loving council.
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