Kwan-Yin Statues: A Symbol of Purity and Compassion

Like many other mystic disciplines, China is the birth place of the discipline of Feng Shui too and it advocates for the use of a number of symbolic objects to encourage positive chi into our lives. Kwan-yin Statues are one of the most important positive energy invoking objects among them.

The Kwan- Yin statues are directly connected to the practice of Buddhism. Visit any Buddhist temple in any part of Asia, and you will find these Kwan-yin Statues are kept in front of the temple.

In different parts of Asia, the Goddess of Kwan–yin is known by different names. The people of Nepal and Tibet worship her as the female version of Avalokiteswara, the goddess of Compassion. In Chinese language the name Kwan Yin means “The One who hears the cries of the world.”

In Buddhist temples or in the households all across South East Asia you will get to see the Kwan Yin statues in diverse forms and poses. But one common factor of most of the Kwan Yin statue is that the goddess is always dressed in white flowing gown that emphasizes on the aspect of purity and tranquility associated with this deity.

In many Kwan Yin statues the goddess is imagined as a lady holding a rosary in one hand. This rosary is another indication to the close link of the statue with Buddhism. This rosary symbolizes the Kwan yin’s devotion to the teachings of Buddhism.

Sometimes the Kwan Yin statue is found to be reading a book called The Lotus Sutra; this drops a hint on her origins. Sometimes you will find Kwan Yin statues with a vase in the hand. This symbolizes her pouring compassion on to the world.

No matter if you are non- believer in the symbolic science of Feng Shui, placing a Kwan yin statue in your home will definitely add another dimension to your home décor.


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