This is a photograph of the wall painting of Avalokiteshvar from the caves
of Ajanta in INDIA. These caves are 1500 years old. This is perhaps the
very first image of Avalokiteshvar.
He is also called Padmapani in India, Chenresi in Tibet, Kwan Yin in China
and Kannon in Japan.
Avalokiteshvar, a Sanskrit word, translates as " The Lord Who Looks
Down". That is, he governs or looks after the World or the Universe. He is
the personification of the Primal Being (Brahman) or the Universal Being or
the Limitless Eternal or the Ultimate Cause of the Universe. THAT ONE,
WHO IS WITHOUT A SECOND, the Limitless Eternal that is, has no
names and/or forms (namrupa) as well as that One is not available to bodily
senses or mind. It is as it is, meaning that it has no attributes and it is not
possible to say that it is "this" or it is "that", as well as it is "love" or it is
"compassion". It can only be described by "No, no" (that is by protesting
against every attribute). That One, from which proceed the origin,
subsistence and dissolution of the world, which world is differentiated by
names and forms, contains many agents and enjoyers, and is the abode of
fruits or effects, caused by former actions, these fruits having their definite
places, times and causes, and the nature of whose arrangement can not be
conceived by the mind-that cause is Brahman or the Primal Being. It is that
One through whose grace deeds are followed by rewards and souls finally
obtain salvation or liberation.
Avalokiteshvar is shown here with the symbolism of the Sun. The Sun is
considered the holder of lotus since the sunrays bring about blossoming of
lotus. Avalokiteshvar, also known as Padmapani which translates as the
"Holder of Lotus or One with Lotus in his hand". The concept of the
Limitless Eternal or Lord (personified here) looking down or governing his
creation goes back to the Rig-Veda in the famous creation hymn called
Manesh R Shah/akartakarta
The Swastika is a Sanskrit word.It means "Good Luck".It is an
auspicious sign just as the SUN is the symbol of Prosperity and
Auspicious time. The Sun and The Metaphysical Being of the Vedas
have too much in common. Because of these likenesses, the
metaphor used is"The Brahman is the SUN".The SUN is the only
one that enjoys this status. The Swastika is the symbol of the SUN.
The other metaphors used for the SUN are "The Sun is the eye of
the world and The Sun is the light of the world".
The Six-Pointed Star is the Tantrik Symbol. The star is
postulated to be unchanging & fixed. or without motion. The Ultimate
Being (Brahman) doesn't change because it is perfect,nor does it get
an impulse to change from others, since it is secondless. or without a
second. So the unmoving and unchanging star is an excellent
metaphor for the Ultimate Being (BRAHMAN)
Manesh R Shah/akartakarta
Brahman is the efficient cause of the Universe. The material cause
doesn't exist. In otherword, There is no ultimate particle!!!!...
"Akartakarta" a Sanskrit word translates as " Actorless
Actor".The enlightened one has no sense of "I", "My", "Mine"
or "Me". In otherwords, he is totally aloof from all his actions,
whether Good or Bad, as well as his mind, body or senses.
He is only one with Brahman, everything else he is aloof
from. Actions performed by such a being are Egoless
Actions. Hence he is called akartakarta.