My soul honors your soul.
I honor the place in you where
The entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth,
Beauty and peace within you,
Because it is also within me.
In sharing these things
We are united, we are the same
We are One.
Kuan Yin is the Eastern version of Mother Mary. She is known as the Goddess of Compassion. I have never been too fond of the word ‘compassion’ because to me, it implies superiority and pity.
However, in researching this, I discovered that the actual translation is based on ‘karuna’ which is ‘our ability to relate to another in so intense a measure that the plight of the other affects us as much as if it had been our own.’
Karuna translates to a love for all beings which is equal in the affection a mother has for her child.
Unlike conventional love, which is rooted in dualistic thinking and is egoistic, possessive and exclusive, ‘karuna’ or compassion is all-encompassing. The meaning of karuna is said to be the anquished cry of deep sorrow and understanding that can only come from an unblemished sense of oneness with others.
Kuan Yin is often depicted as holding a branch from the Weeping Willow Tree – a tree that we see a lot of along the Fox River. It is said that Lao Tzu, the author of Tao-te Ching, loved to meditate under its shade (6th century BC).
The flexible willow tree bends during the most ferocious of winds and then returns to its shape – a metaphor of true strength.
Kuan Yin is the Chinese female version of the male god Avalokiteshvara who is found throughout the East.
Here in the West, Easter is a celebration of Jesus dying for our sins. His suffering relieved our suffering.
The only way to relieve suffering is Love that you show for another being which reminds us how we are all connected and One.
Children are such incredible teachers as you instinctually as parents have this incredible love for them. But the greatest among us loved all equally.
As Jesus carried his cross and went to his death, he cried out, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’
Enough said – no matter where you live in the world.