Should I ever become disheartened in saving sentient beings,
may my body shatter into a thousand pieces
Before embarking on the path toward Buddhahood, Guanyin vowed:
“As I set out on the sea of suffering of sentient beings,
should I ever become disheartened in saving them,
may my body shatter into a thousand pieces”.
Each sentient being undergoes six destinies.
Each of these six rebirths is carried out in accordance to
the good or evil of previous lifetimes and
any wrongdoing will plunge one back into suffering.
And in any moment, if the heart falters,
leading to the rise of distracting thoughts,
the body will immediately shatter into a thousand pieces.
Nonetheless from Guanyin’s mindful heart rose penance
and the shattered pieces floating in the great vacuity
experienced countless lifetimes.
Through remorse and compassion,
the pieces gradually came together
and each piece transformed into one hand and one eye
to form the image of Guanyin of a Thousand Arms and Eyes.
Symbolic of the boundless wisdom and insight that brings one to deliverance,
Guanyin will continue to inhabit the six destinies and
temper the suffering of all sentient beings.