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Kuan Yin (Chinese Buddhist Goddess)

was so concerned with humanity that, 

upon receiving enlightenment,

she choose to remain in human form.  Her name translates to:

"She Who Hears The Weeping World"




A poem to Kuan Yin

Excerpts from The Divine Feminine


Listen to the deeds of Kuan Yin - eternally divine and wonderful.

With great vows, deep as the ocean.  

She saves all the suffering when their cries reach her.

Serving the innumerable,

She never fails to answer their prayers

even through inconceivable periods of time.

Responding compassionately on every side.

Giving great, clear and pure vows...

To hear her name, to see her body, to hold her in the heart, is not vain,

For she can extinguish the suffering of existence.




I have raised both my hands!


Once a women went to see her weaver friend.  The weaver who had been spinning

different kinds of silk thread, was very happy to see her friend and said to her:

"Friend, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you.  Let me get you some refreshment".


She left the room.  The woman looked at the threads of different colors and was

tempted.  She hid a bundle of thread under one arm.  The weaver returned presently

with the refreshments and began to feed her guest with enthusiasm.  But, looking

at the thread, she realized that her friend had taken a bundle.  Hitting upon a plan to

get it back, she said: "Friend, it is so long since I have seen you.  This is a day of

great joy for me.  I feel very much like asking you to dance with me."  The friend

said "Sister, I am feeling very happy too."  So the two friends began to dance together.


When the weaver saw that her friend danced without raising her hands, she said:

"Friend, let us dance with both hands raised.  This is a day of great joy."

But the guest pressed one arm to her side and danced raising only the other.

The weaver said: "How is this, friend? Why should you dance with only one

hand raised?  Dance with me raising both hands.  Look at me.  See how I dance

with both hands raised.:  But the guest still pressed one arm to her side.

She danced with the other hand raised and said with a smile:

"This is all I know of dancing."


The righteous person says:

"I don't press my arm to my side.  Both my hands are free.

I am not afraid of anything.  I accept both the absolute and the relative.

From: The Gospel of Ramakrishna - The Divine Feminine




The Song

(for S.M.K.)


Beehive source

Trellised womb

Mother of all beginnings


Hold me

Gather me

Feed me

With the honey-nectar

From the hive.



I will sing

The Bee-Song

The long-forgotten threnody

Of praise to thee.

Anne Baring - The Divine Feminine


Circle of Love

Words and Music By: Mariam Therese Winter

Medical Mission Sisters, 1987


Throw a pebble in a pond, see a circle

Dance and we'll respond with a circle

Sing a happy sound, and the song comes circling round,

till all are caught and held in the circle of love.


Chorus: Reaching out, reaching in, a circle game all will win.

Teaching you, teaching me, how to live inclusively.

Everyone knows a circle grows, all around the globe it goes,

till all are caught and held in the circle of love.


Rain upon a puddle falls in circles

An echoing canyon calls in circles

Share some happy news, it will circle back to you,

till all are caught and held in the circle of love. (Chorus)


Little birds learn to fly in circles

Earth completes the sky: a circle

Some set out to roam, yet all come circling home

for all are caught and held in the circle of love. (Chorus)


Marriage vows are sealed with a circle

Rainbows are revealed as a circle

The life we live extends through a widening circle of friends,

till all are caught and held in the circle of love. (Chorus)



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