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RE: Theos-World Re: More on Avalokiteswara

Nov 11, 2002 04:59 AM
by dalval14

Nov 11 2002

Dear Friends:


Avalokiteswara (Sk.) "The on-looking Lord." In the exoteric
interpretation, he is Padmapâni (the lotus bearer and the lotus-born)
in Tibet, the first divine ancestor of the Tibetans, the complete
incarnation or Avatar of Avalokiteswara; but in esoteric philosophy
Avaloki, the "on-looker ", is the HIGHER SELF, while Padmapani is the
Higher Ego or Manas.

The mystic formula "Om mani padme hum" is specially used to invoke
their joint help. While popular fancy claims for Avalokiteswara many
incarnations on earth, and sees in him, not very wrongly, the
spiritual guide of every believer, the esoteric interpretation sees in
him the Logos, both celestial and human.

Therefore, when the Yogachârya School has declared Avalokiteswara as
Padmâpani "to be the Dhyani Bodhisattva of Amitábha Buddha ", it is
indeed, because the former is the spiritual reflex in the world of
forms of the latter, both being one-one in heaven, the other on earth.

Best wishes



-----Original Message-----
From: Steve S
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 1:21 PM
Subject Re: More on Avalokiteswara

--- In theos-talk@y..., "Daniel H. Caldwell" <comments@b...> wrote:
> Earlier this morning, I quoted KH on Avalokiteswara:

The tranlation of Avalokitesvara (from THE THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY, I
believe) as "the on looking Lord" is not all that absurd. The same
idea can be found in the Upanishads, where we are told that Purusha
(the Higher Self) "looks on" with total detachment. Many yogis have
experienced this, which strongly suggests the ancient writers of the
Upanishads were putting experience and not speculation into writing.

KH: "Avalokitesvara is both the unmanifested Father and the
manifested Son, the latter proceeding from, and identical with, the

Some will find this confusing, so let it be said that "unmanifested"
means "before the arising of consciousness." Where there is no
consciousness there is no manifestation.

It might also be worthwhile to say that the pronunciation of this
difficult word is:

Ah VahLow Kituhs Vahrah

Pronounced as a single word with slight emphasis on the first
syllable of each part of the name.

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