Interpreting the Kuan Yin Prophecies
discussing the interpreting of the text of the Kuan Yin Poems,
the word "Inscrutable" rises quickly to the surface
as one of the most appropriate to describe the idiosyncrasies
or style of the ancient pieces. The Oxford English Dicitonary
definition of 'inscrutable' is "Cannot be penetrated,
wholly mysterious". This is derived from the Latin 'scrutabilis'
which is 'to search'.
The individual 'words' of the poems are to a large extent
irrelevant. Furthermore, resorting to a dictionary or thesaurus
is an unnecessary diversion - as you can see in the paragraph
Before I concentrate upon the Kuan Yin poems I would like
to first refer briefly to that other and better known Chinese
form of divination -the I Ching. In this system a 'random'
selection of six broken and unbroken lines is made to form
what is known as a Hexagram and from this the divination of
how to best be "in accord with time" (acting appropriately)
is recommended. Please take care to note that as a result
one's 'fortune' is not 'told' and no definitive answers are
given. Consistently and repeatedly however it is indicated
that there are no answers to be found externally, elsewhere
or ahead of the person that searches. On the contrary it is
consistently and repeatedly suggested that the only examination
required is inward, internal or silent. To this end the question
is at least as important as any 'answer'.
"The Wisdom is in the understanding;
not in the saying".
Thought makes a fool of man.
As I ponder this, my fruit goes rotten in the bowl.
Think hard about the question that you are asking before
you click your prophecies together.
At a Tai Chi session the other day during the study of various
tiger postures (wrestle, ride etc.) I suggested to fellow
Budoka that we might save ourselves some time in our analysing
of the infinite permutations of both the martial and spiritual
aspects of this one form or concept if we simply took a glance
at the corresponding hexagram/s of the I Ching. I did say
with confidence then "it's all there" and added
as a word of caution "you either see it or you don't".
Those that want to see it will, those that don't, won't.
In summary, it's only a matter of time. Not 'right time' or
'wrong time'. Just time. Confucius (the Great Chinese Sage)
waited until his seventieth year had passed before he even
began his study of the I Ching. Only from that point onward
did it become his life's work! Plenty of time for us then!
The Lotus flowers above the surface
of the cool clear water.
It roots are in the
dark impenetrable mud far below.
You take a dream to a psychoanalyst - he shows you the mud.
You take a dream to the Buddha - he shows you the flower.
It is also like looking at clouds. You may describe what
you see to the person beside you but it is by no means certain
that they will see 'it' also; more likely they will say "yes,
and ." This is not what you see is it?
For interpretation of the I Ching I recommend to westerners
the translation by Rudolf Ritsema and Stephen Karcher. Element
ISBN 1-85230-536-3. Further reading suggested within suggests
at least 78 other publications. You can get to understand
it that way if you wish. It is just a matter of time isn't
The Kuan Yin poems that are contained within the Prophecies
section are presented in their most lyrical and simple form.
Do try to just take them exactly as they are - compassionate
words as if from an eternally forgiving mother.
Be advised that there is no number pattern to the layout
of the poems and the order is utterly random. Therefore, whatever
you get is decided by fate. All that you have to do is be
where you are and 'listen' or understand and enjoy your past,
present and future.
Think hard (meditate upon) the past. If this takes seconds,
it takes seconds. If it takes days, then it takes days.
Say "Namu Kuan Shi Yin Po Sah"[see above] as a
magician would 'abracadabra' or 'hey-presto' and click on
If you thought hard and long enough about the question, the
answer will make perfect sense - to you.
Repeat the process for Present and Future.
Repeat the whole process daily, weekly, monthly or once in
a life - whenever the time is appropriate. Go inward, meditate,
be in accord. The time is right when the question is right.
You will see it then.
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