She Who Hears the Cries of the World
A very long time ago, Avalokitesvara,
in Chinese, vowed that if she ever became disheartened in
saving sentient beings, may her body shatter into a thousand pieces. Once, after liberating countless beings
from the hell realms by teaching them the Dharma, she looked back down into the hell realms. To her horror,
she saw that the hell realms were quickly filling up again!
In a fleeting moment of despair, she felt profound grief. And in that moment, in accordance with her vow,
her body shattered into a thousand pieces. She beseeched the Buddhas to help and many did. Like a fall of
snowflakes they came. One of those Buddhas was Amitabha. He and the other Buddhas helped to re-form her body
into one that had a thousand arms and hands, with an eye of wisdom in each hand. In this way, she could better
help all sentient beings.
Bodhisattva is also known as
"She Who Hears the Cries of the World."
Right now, our world is crying for help. She is listening.