“Kuan-shih-yin (Avalokitesvara) and Kuan-yin, besides being now the patron deities of the Buddhist ascetics, the yogis of Tibet, are the gods of chastity, and are, in their esoteric meaning, not even that which is implied in the rendering of T. W. Rhys Davids’ Buddhism (London, 1877, 202-203): “The name Avalokitesvara…means ‘the Lord who looks down from on high.'”
Nor is Kuan-shih-yin “the Spirit of the Buddhas present in the Church”, but literally interpreted, it means “the Lord that is seen”, and in one sense, “the divine SELF perceived by Self” (the human) – the Atman or seventh principle merged in the Universal, perceived by, or the object of perception to, Buddhi, the sixth principle or divine Soul in man.
In a still higher sense, Avalokitesvara = Kuan-shih-yin, referred to as the seventh Universal principle, is the Logos perceived by the Universal Buddhi – or Soul, as the synthetic aggregate of the Dhyani-Buddhas;
and is not the “Spirit of Buddha present in the Church”, but the omnipresent universal Spirit manifested in the temple of Kosmos or Nature.”
H. P. Blavatsky