melts all hardheartedness, all jagged edges of anger, meanness, unforgivingness in our natures. Itteaches us to forgive, forbear, be kind, compassionate and tolerant toward others and ourselves.For we must be loving toward ourselves in order to be genuinely loving toward others. We cannotgive what we do not have.This Heart will infuse us with kindness and love, and with their active expression which is mercy. Bythe compassion of this Heart we register upon our heart the suffering of others, but without becomingentangled in it. Therefore we can genuinely help; we have not lost our vision or perspective of thesituation. Whenever we lose that vision, we tumble into sympathy, which means we are entangled inthe emotional and mental turmoil of the one we seek to help. This Heart will dissolve the humansympathy which threatens to make a second victim of the would-be rescuer. If we have a habit of losingour own center in the face of others' needs, even of giving ourselves away to others, this is the Heart tocultivate.So whether we have a heart of cutting flint or a heart of dripping syrup, we need to replace it with aheart of true enlightened mercy and compassion, which is the first and absolutely fundamental Heart of Kuan Yin. For as Paul, the disciple of Jesus, said, without charity all else is as sounding brass or tinkling cymbal.Visualize a shining
royal-purple Lotus Flower in the chest cavity. This royal-purple is the essence of Kuan Yin's mercy and liberation--the power
of her love
which combined make
andthe color-rays of her Hearts will always shine from within it. The ancient 21st saving power of KuanYin is indeed a "Purple Lotus Flower" for liberation from
. Resting upon or withinthe Flower, see a brilliant Heart of ruby (as in a rainbow or a sunset) sending out rays of light into theworld, touching hearts who are suffering, in pain or need. Wherever these rays touch they replicateKuan Yin's Heart of ruby in the purple Flower, planting her mercy and compassion deep within theheart to begin a holy alchemy of change.
Mercy's drops, compassion's nectar, fill the chalice of our heart,overflowing, healing, blessing,one with Kuan Yin's Heart I am.
(By saying "I am one with Kuan Yin's Heart", we affirm our oneness with the one Spirit and one Flameof Buddhahood in Kuan Yin and in ourselves. Kuan Yin can save us because we are one.)How do we bring this quality of Kuan Yin's Heart into our own heart? Again, by using sound,Sacred Sound or Mantra, to make our heart vibrate as Kuan Yin's Heart. Whenever and wherever we pronounce the name Kuan Yin, her Tone sounds within us and She meshes her being with our own to make us more and more like her.The primary mantra we will use is Kuan Yin's fundamental
Om Mani Padme Hum .
Her renownedmantra can be used with any of her blessings and saving powers, including her 10 Hearts. This makesfor a simple path of mantra to Kuan Yin, as long as we are also willing to exercise our mind, heart, andspirit to focus on the particular blessing we need.Kuan Yin wants us to become co-bodhisattvas with her! She uses a full array of tools to help beings,3