The Taraka Yoga of Kuan Yin is a means to receive the voice of your Inner Teacher. One hundred verses – collected over four centuries and based upon five translations – comprise this volume of sacred thought. These translations can be found in temples throughout China where they are widely used for insight and guidance in daily matters of health, family, marriage, children, and so forth. A central figure in the spiritual well-being of the Chinese, Kuan Yin can be found in households around the world.
Kuan Yin's poems are viewed as a continuation of the I Ching, the classic Book of Changes dating back five millennia. The heritage is rich and the origin strong. The I Ching began as readings given by shamans using oracle bones of a tortoise shell. Over centuries, as shamans lost power and authority, the oracles were recorded and in this way written texts for guidance began to be used. These spiritual texts spread throughout the country becoming available to all. Among them are Kuan Yin's poems.
Kuan Yin is the feminine principle in the Chinese religion. Few in the West know the great legends about her or understand her place in the hearts of the Chinese, yet she represents the same mercy, compassion, love and caring attributed to the Christian Mary, mother of Jesus. Erroneously, Westerners tend toward belief that the hearts of the billion plus Chinese people are reflected in the politics of the country. This is probably far from the truth in both the East and in the West, for Spirit knows its own destiny and that is not determined by the government men create. It is a function of the laws that govern our Universe.
The feminine aspect is the yin aspect of man, the thinker. When the Divinity within you comes forward, the experience of receiving such grace is Kuan Yin. Accepting Kuan Yin into your consciousness gives you the capacity to hear the sounds of the world.
Once the Spirit of Kuan Yin merges with your own, the wisdom eye opens. When your eye is single, your temple is filled with light. What was previously veiled, hidden from your view, you now see. It is not Kuan Yin in her feminine form which brings this sight. Rather, it is her masculine Buddhist counterpart, Avalokitesvara. He is the one who perceives the sounds of the world.
The conscious blending of masculine and feminine principles within the individual, lends itself to experiencing the True Reality. The constant dance, which we call life, finds its roots within the Self. This Self is whole, complete, functional. A visualized Atman who knows the secrets of eternity. This One who exists beyond conscious thought, waits for you to lend your ear to its voice. This One waits for you to cast your eye to its imagery.
–from The Taraka Yoga of Kuan Yin