Nirmal Sangeet Sarita with Babamama on tabla in the presence of HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi April 27, 2010
Jay Ganesha March 31, 2009
Body Mind Spirit Festival, Bucharest, Romania 28 March 2009.
You called me O lionkeeper… December 24, 2008
Tune mujhe bulaye sherawaaliye, mein aya mein aya sherawaaliye
saara jag hai ik banjaara, sab kii manzil tere dwaara
sune mann mein ja gayi baati, tere path mein mil gayi saathi
kaun hai raaja kaun bikharim ek bar bar tere sare pujari
oh prem se bolo jai maata di,
(O say it lovingly, Praise to Maa Durga)
o sare bolo,
(Everyone say it!)o aate bolo, o jate bolo,
(Say it while coming, say it while going)
o kasht nivare, o paar utaare,
(She takes away your pain, She takes you across)
mere maa bholi, barde jholi,
(O naive Maa, fill my bag)
o jode darpan, maa de de darshan
(Who gives a mirror, Maa shows herself to him)
jai maata di
(Praise to Maa Durga)
o maharawali ki jai
(The one with wealth, praise to you)
o shrawaliya ki jai jai ambe rani ki jai
(Jai sherawali, jai Ambe rani)
o paharawale ki jai
(O praise be to the protector)
QUAN YIN: THE GODDESS OF COMPASSION AND MERCY March 2, 2008
Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as Kuan Yin, Quan’Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Quan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.
In many images She is depicted carrying the pearls of illumination. Often Quan Yin is shown pouring a stream of healing water, the “Water of Life” from a small vase. With this water devotees and all living things are blessed with physical and spiritual peace. She holds a sheaf of ripe rice or a bowl of rice seed as a metaphor for fertility and sustenance. The dragon, an ancient symbol for high spirituality, wisdom, strength, and divine powers of transformation, is a common motif found in combination with the Goddess of Mercy.
Sometimes Kuan Yin is represented as a many armed figure, with each hand either containing a different cosmic symbol or expressing a specific ritual position, or mudra. This characterizes the Goddess as the source and sustenance of all things. Her cupped hands often form the Yoni Mudra, symbolizing the womb as the door for entry to this world through the universal female principle.
Quan Yin, as a true Enlightened One, or Bodhisattva, vowed to remain in the earthly realms and not enter the heavenly worlds until all other living things have completed their own enlightenment and thus become liberated from the pain-filled cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
There are numerous legends that recount the miracles which Quan Yin performs to help those who call on Her. Like Artemis, She is a virgin Goddess who protects women, offers them a religious life as an alternative to marriage, and grants children to those who desire them.
The Goddess of Mercy is unique among the heavenly hierarchy in that She is so utterly free from pride or vengefulness that She remains reluctant to punish even those to whom a severe lesson might be appropriate. Individuals who could be sentenced to dreadful penance in other systems can attain rebirth and renewal by simply calling upon Her graces with utter and absolute sincerity. It is said that, even for one kneeling beneath the executioner’s sword already raised to strike, a single heartfelt cry to Bodhisattva Quan Yin will cause the blade to fall shattered to the ground.
The many stories and anecdotes featuring this Goddess serve to convey the idea of an enlightened being who embodies the attributes of an all pervasive, all consuming, unwavering loving compassion and who is accessible to everyone. Quan Yin counsels us by Her actions to cultivate within ourselves those particular refined qualities that all beings are said to naturally possess in some vestigial form.
Contemplating the Goddess of Mercy involves little dogma or ritual. The simplicity of this gentle being and Her standards tends to lead Her devotees towards becoming more compassionate and loving themselves. A deep sense of service to all fellow beings naturally follows any devotion to the Goddess.
by Bethleen Cole
Please enjoy :1000-Hand Guan-Yin Dance