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Quan Yin Goddess of Mercy Pendant #5
- Quan Yin Goddess of Mercy Pendant #5
- Measures approx. 2 1/8" x 1"x 3/8"
In traditional Asian Religious Belief, Quan Yin is the Goddess of Mercy, Compassion, Kindness and Love. Quan Yin is a short form for Quan-shi Yin, meaning "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the (Human) World", and is revered as the Patron Goddess of Mothers and Seamen.
In Buddhism, Quan Yin is synonymous with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, (Bodhisattva- being of Bodhi or Enlightenment); One who has achieved a magnitude of spirituality enough to leave the world of suffering and is destined to become a Buddha, but has forgone the bliss of nirvana with a vow to save all Children of God.
- One Buddhist legend from the Complete Tale of Guanyin and the Southern Seas presents Guanyin as vowing to never rest until she had freed all sentient beings from saṃsāra or cycle of rebirth.
- Despite strenuous effort, she realised that there were still many unhappy beings yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, Her head split into eleven pieces. The Buddha Amitābha, upon seeing Her plight, gave Her eleven heads to help Her hear the cries of those who are suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that Her two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitābha came to Her aid and appointed Her a thousand arms to let her reach out to those in need.
- Many Himalayan versions of the tale include eight arms with which Avalokitesvara skillfully upholds the dharma, each possessing its own particular implement, while more Chinese-specific versions give varying accounts of this number.
- In China, it is said that Fishermen used to pray to her to ensure safe voyages. The titles Guanyin of the Southern Ocean and "Guanyin of the Island" stem from this tradition.
- Materials: dark Nephrite Jade
- Origin is China