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Legends of 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara

Legends of 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara

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Published by Min Bahadur shakya
It describes the story of Avalokiteshvara in its 1000 armed arm form.This form of Avalokiteshvara is very popular in Nyune practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
It describes the story of Avalokiteshvara in its 1000 armed arm form.This form of Avalokiteshvara is very popular in Nyune practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Legends of 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara
 M.B.ShakyaThe study of Avalokiteshvara and his forms has great importance for the student of Mahayana Buddhism. In the Mahayana Pantheon as developed in India, Nepal, Tibet,Japan, Mangolia, Bhutan, China and Korea, Avalokitesvara is depicted in the textGunakarandavyuha, Saddharmapundarika Sutra etc. According to these texts, he is personified as the symbol of compassion, He is frequently mentioned as the god of mercy who will help anybody who finds himself in trouble mentally or physically. Hecan infallibly eradicate all mundale sufferings. In order to achieve his ends, he canassume various forms, According to the text Karandavyuha Sutra he manifests all possible forms of life for the sake of ignorant and to bring liberation to living. It says:"As different people belonged to different faiths, this compassionate Bodhissattva wasobliged to assume the shape of all gods of all faiths."Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion, in front of Buddha Amitabha madeto commitment to intentionally manifest into the three realms of Samsara in order toharrow the depths; that is to say, in order to stir from depths and completely liberateall sentient beings from samsara, and to be their supreme guide. Thus in the presenceof Buddha Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara made this promise. Also he vowed that if bychance his compassion and his courageous mind of mercy for sentient beings were todecrease, then may his head and his body just completely crack and fall into onethousand pieces.When Buddha was residing at the Veluvana garden he was surrounded by Arahats.There were five different divine rays coming out of his circle of hair between theeyebrows in the middle of the forehead and gradually it formed itself into a rainbow.Thereafter it went to the north in the direction of the Himalaya country of Tibet. Atthat time Buddha looked and smiled, then immediately Bodhisattva SarvanivaranaViskambhi asked Buddha, What is the reason of your smiling, Lord? Buddhaanswered, "Noble boy! In the future there will be a pure Dharma through which onecan be delivered to the path of liberation in the barbarian country of Tibet where therehas never been a single Buddha for three junctions of time and there are uncountabledemons and ghosts yet to time. "Therefore, Avalokiteshvara will tame those wild men, because once upon a time when he was a Bodhisattva he prayed to One thousandBuddhas Saying," May all the transcendents bless me to be able to time those beingswho are into barbarian country. May you bless that barbarian country through mytaming, May you bless me to become the parent of those ghosts and demons;. Mayyou bless me to free all those beings.
 
Once Amitabha Buddha placed his hand on the head of Avalokiteshvara andcommanded that noble son, "Now you be the one who can tame the animated beingsof the barbarian snow land whereas not a singly Buddha of the Three times has beenthere. This is the fruit of your sincere prayer for the purpose you have wished. Thosesuffering beings will be emancipated fromth three lower realms as soon as they seeyour young holy body and hear the sound of the six mystic syllables, Om mani padmeHum. May your Bodhimind be manifested to the minds of ghosts, demons, evil spiritsand hobgoblins and may they be striving with their minds for the benefit of others likeBodhisttvas, instead, of harming others. May all carnivorous animals-such as tigers,leopards, bears and snow bears abandon the mind of eating others and turn into thelove of parents for each other, seeing your holy body and hearing the sound of the sixsyllables.After making such commitments and blessings from Buddha Amitabha,Avalokiteshvara went by way of international manifestations into the three realms of samsara to be the supreme guide for all sentient beings.Thereby he went to Hell and emancipated them from both the hot and cold hells byteaching the On mani padme hum. Then he went to ghost realms and emancipatedfrom hunger and thirst after giving a discourse on the same. After that he went to theanimal realms and emancipated them from hardship in labour. Then he came to thehuman realms and emancipated them from the intense suffering of birth, old age,sickness and death by a discourse on the same, Thus he also went to Asura realm andDeva realm to free them from their respective sufferings.So Avalokiteshvara went into of these realms of Samsara, and he absolutely emptiedthe ocean of sufferings. Following which he went back to Buddha Amitabha and hedeclared that the liberation had been affected.Buddha Amitabha said to him," You should look back again into world!" And as hedid, there he saw that once again sentient beings were in samsara and in sorrow, he became so discouraged as he saw that his "awakening mind (Bodhicitta) decreased inthe moment he lost his courage. When he became discouraged, in that moment, the promise that he had made earlier declined.The three realms of Samsara are Kamadhatu, the desire realm, the Rupa dhatu, theForm realm and the Arupya dhaty, the formless realm,. These three reams are so vastand so are the different types of suffering that sentient beings must experience in theserealms. When Avalokiteshvara beheld that still sentient beings were in this type of suffering condition in these three realms respectively, he become overcome withsorrow, he become discouraged in the very presence of Buddha Amitabha. He felt

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