AVALOKITESVARA — THE DIVINE PRESENCE by G. de Purucker

This is a transcript of a short talk by de Purucker at the Temple of Peace at Point Loma in the late 1930's. His succinct overview on Avalokitesvara, includes the following significant comment: "Avalokitesvara does not mean "the Lord looking down," as Rhys Davids translates it, in direct violation of the elementary rules of Sanskrit grammar. Ava means "down," lokita is the past participle passive of the Sanskrit verbal root lok, "to see," hence meaning "seen." Iswara means "Lord." So Avalokitesvara means, paraphrased somewhat, "the Lord who is beheld everywhere," the cosmic light, the cosmic spirit, in which we live and move and have our being, whose very essence, whose very light, thrills and burns in every human soul, the spark within every human being." Current scholarship and discourse is still currently (2013) confused by the bias of 19th century scholars on the clear Sanskrit meaning of Avalokitesvara, which, dePurucker clarifies within an expanded Theosophic vision of the Divine Presence. - ed.

May 1st, 2013
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