To bring deeper insight into Kuan Yin and the content of consciousness she represents….
The Jewel in the Lotus
There is a phrase more than a billion people repeat for a singular purpose. That purpose is to invoke the presence of Kuan Yin or Avalokitesvara. That phrase is Om Mani Padme Hum.
Mantras are powerful thought-form generators. An entire branch of yoga is devoted to the practice of mantras. Mantras are sacred verbal formulas repeated in prayer. They cultivate one’s ability to hold the mind still upon a single seed thought. When mindfulness is present, mantra yoga is the practice of visualization. It is the art and science of dreaming. Mantras imprint a seed idea with spiritual significance, thus every thought and action during our waking hours support the flowering of that elevated perspective.
Om Mani Padme Hum comes from the Karandavyuha Sutra. It is said to be the most important mantra in Buddhism. It opens the mind to the wisdom of Buddha, one who holds enlightened thoughts. Practitioners recite it as a means to identify the Truth and turn afflictions into bodhi.
This mantra focuses the attention on the mind’s light. Buddhist traditions hold that Om Mani Padme Hum assists at the time of physical death by allowing one to see the Holy Retinue of Amitabha, the Buddha of infinite light. It conditions the mind to recognize and receive the mind’s inner light, an image repeatedly reported following near-death experiences. If the mantra can prepare you to experience death without fear, imagine what it does for your experience of living!
As mental creators, we create with light. It is the light of our attention that forms the size, shape, and color of our thinking. Photons of light are electromagnetic. We charge them with a duty, giving them a function in the world. Whether your thought form is for health, longevity, loving relationships, or prosperity, it is the light you enthuse into it that makes it viable and attractive to other minds.
Each syllable of the mantra resonates with meaning. There is a picture behind each sound. Know the picture and your mind’s light will reflect that image, filling your being with that thought form. – from The Taraka Yoga of Kuan Yin