heartsutra-part1

All dis-empowering emotions we might have experienced in the past are remembered in different parts of our body. For example, anger is most often stored in the liver and gall bladder; the sense of unworthiness in the stomach; helplessness due to lack of familial and communal support in the small and large intestines; and disappointment and grief in the heart. Instead of having to heal each of these areas individually, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy & Compassion Kuan Yin advised that we can focus on releasing all emotional toxins through the heart chakra since this is the energy vortex governing the physical heart which circulates blood around the body. We can either channel our guides’ healing vibrations through the heart chakra for distributing to the entire body or for those who resonate with Kuan Yin’s compassion, we can use the Heart Sutra as the healing medium.

The Heart Sutra (Prajna-Paramita Hrdaya Sutram)

The spiritual name of Kuan Yin is Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. By connecting with her and chanting or listening to the Heart Sutra as frequently as guided, Kuan Yin explains the emotional sufferings and physical pains ignorantly perceived by the body’s mind as real can be transcended and be returned to the Void or emptiness, the only true ‘reality’ that exists. 

The sutra can be written in Sanskrit, Chinese or Tibetan – three of the five ancient spiritual languages, besides Egyptian and Hebrew.

From my experience, reciting this mantra contained within the sutra is extremely healing in itself.

Gaté, gaté, paragaté, parasamgaté. Bodhi Svaha

English Version

The following is one of my favourite English translations of the Heart Sutra. Source: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/heartsutra.html

Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human existence are empty, and so released himself from suffering.  Answering the monk Sariputra, he said this:

Body is nothing more than emptiness, 
emptiness is nothing more than body. 
The body is exactly empty, 
and emptiness is exactly body.

The other four aspects of human existence — 
feeling, thought, will, and consciousness — 
are likewise nothing more than emptiness, 
and emptiness nothing more than they.

All things are empty: 
Nothing is born, nothing dies, 
nothing is pure, nothing is stained, 
nothing increases and nothing decreases.

So, in emptiness, there is no body, 
no feeling, no thought, 
no will, no consciousness. 
There are no eyes, no ears, 
no nose, no tongue, 
no body, no mind. 
There is no seeing, no hearing, 
no smelling, no tasting, 
no touching, no imagining. 
There is nothing seen, nor heard, 
nor smelled, nor tasted, 
nor touched, nor imagined.

There is no ignorance, 
and no end to ignorance. 
There is no old age and death, 
and no end to old age and death. 
There is no suffering, no cause of suffering, 
no end to suffering, no path to follow. 
There is no attainment of wisdom, 
and no wisdom to attain.

The Bodhisattvas rely on the Perfection of Wisdom, 
and so with no delusions, 
they feel no fear, 
and have Nirvana here and now.

All the Buddhas, 
past, present, and future, 
rely on the Perfection of Wisdom, 
and live in full enlightenment.

The Perfection of Wisdom is the greatest mantra. 
It is the clearest mantra, 
the highest mantra, 
the mantra that removes all suffering.

This is truth that cannot be doubted. 
Say it so:

Gaté, 
gaté, 
paragaté, 
parasamgaté. 
Bodhi! 
Svaha!

Which means…

Gone, 
gone, 
gone over, 
gone fully over. 
Awakened! 
So be it!

Recommended Site for Connecting with Kuan Yin and Heart Sutra Essence

Wisdom Path at Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

May you be Compassion to all beings. May you be Compassion to you.

In loving kindness, Amara Tia Ann.

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