kuan-shih-yin and kuan-yin

“As this Bodhisattva is said “to assume any form he pleases” from the beginning of a Manvantara to its end, though his special birthday (memorial day) is celebrated according to Chin-kuang-ming ching (“Luminous Sutra of Golden Light”) in the second month on the nineteenth day, and that of “Maitreya Buddha” in the first month on the first day, yet the two are one.

He will appear as Maitreya Buddha, the last of the Avatars and Buddhas, in the Seventh Race.

This belief and expectation are universal throughout the East. Only it is not in the Kali-yuga, our present terrifically materialistic age of Darkness, the “Black Age”, that a new Savior of Humanity can ever reappear.

Hence the ritual in the exoteric worship of this deity was founded on magic.

The Mantras are all taken from special books kept secret by the priests, and each is said to work a magical effect; as the reciter or reader produces, by simply chanting them, a secret causation which results in immediate effects.

Kuan-shih-yin is Avalokitesvara, and both are forms of the seventh Universal Principle; while in its highest metaphysical character this deity is the synthetic aggregation of all the planetary Spirits, Dhyani-Chohans.

He is the “Self-manifested”; in short, the “Son of the Father”.

He is crowned with seven dragons, and above his statue there appears the inscription P’u-chi-ch’un-ling, “the universal Savior of all living beings.”

Of course the name given in the archaic volume of the stanzas is quite different, but Kuan-Yin is a perfect equivalent.

In a temple of P’u-t’o, the sacred island of the Buddhists in China, Kuan-shih-yin is represented floating on a black aquatic bird (Kala-Hamsa), and pouring on the heads of mortals the elixir of life, which, as it flows, is transformed into one of the chief Dhyani-Buddhas – the Regent of a star called the “Star of Salvation”.

In his third transformation Kuan-yin is the informing spirit or genius of Water.

In China the Dalai Lama is believed to be an incarnation of Kuan-shih-yin, who in his third terrestrial appearance was a Bodhisattva, while the Panchen Lama is an incarnation of Amitabha Buddha, or Gautama.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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