April 24, 2013

The Compassion of Kwan Yin

This past week our country was in mourning for the people in Boston where a tragic bombing incident occurred.  I was uplifted by this poem revealing the compassion of Kwan Yin.


Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin or Quan Yin and known as Kuan Shih Yin), is known as the Goddess of Compassion & Healing. She is one of the most popular deities in all of Asia. Her name in Chinese roughly translates as "The One who Hears the Cries of the World". She is the most beloved and revered of the Chinese dieties. Kuan Yin is the Divine Mother we all long for: merciful, tender, compassionate, loving, protecting, caring, healing, and wise. She quietly comes to the aid of her children everywhere. Her mantra is 'Om Mani Padme Hum.' (that is, 'Hail the Jewel -or pearl- in the Lotus.') 

Kuan Yin’s Prayer for the Abuser

To those who withhold refuge,
I cradle you in safety at the core of my Being.
To those that cause a child to cry out,
I grant you the freedom to express your own choked agony. 

To those that inflict terror,
I remind you that you shine with the purity of a thousand suns.
To those who would confine, suppress, or deny,
I offer the limitless expanse of the sky.
To those who need to cut, slash, or burn,
I remind you of the invincibility of Spring.
To those who cling and grasp,
I promise more abundance than you could ever hold onto. 

To those who vent their rage on small children,
I return to you your deepest innocence.
To those who must frighten into submission,
I hold you in the bosom of your original mother.
To those who cause agony to others,
I give the gift of free flowing tears.
To those that deny another's right to be,
I remind you that the angels sang in celebration of you on the day of your birth.
To those who see only division and separateness,
I remind you that a part is born only by bisecting a whole. 

For those who have forgotten the tender mercy of a mother's embrace,
I send a gentle breeze to caress your brow.
To those who still feel somehow incomplete,
I offer the perfect sanctity of this very moment.

3 comments:

AkasaWolfSong said...

Dear Meredith...
What a deeply moving prayer...so needed at times like these. Kwan Yin was the first Goddess I ever prayed to on a cellular level and she has answered my prayers immediately every time...they involved small children...so her compassion is deep, swift, and all encompassing.
Thank You so much for sharing this with us...
Deep, Abiding, Blessings to You,
Akasa

AkasaWolfSong said...

Meredith...did you write this?

I hope you don't mind but I copied and pasted it to my draft files so that I may reference it in my own personal life...it is a prayer very worth having and being able to pray with. If you'd rather I didn't do not hesitate to let me know and I will delete it.

Namaste'

Sandi Holmstedt said...

Hi Meredith,

This is soooo beautiful, loving and compassionate. I love it. Thank you for sharing it here.