Avalokitesvara, the most loved of all Buddhist deities, is the bodhisattva of infinite compassion and mercy. He is also referred to as; Padmapani - Holder of the Lotus, Lokesvara - Lord of the World or Protector of Tibet. Avalokitesvara vowed to listen to the prayers of all human beings in difficulty and to postpone his own Buddhahood until he has assisted every one on earth to achieve nirvana.
The most popular mantra relating to Avalokiteshvara is, "Om Mani Padme Hum".
Compassion goes on giving, but knows no feeling of giving, knows no feeling that 'I am the giver'. And then existence goes on responding in thousands of ways. You give a little love and from everywhere love starts flowing. The man of compassion is not trying to snatch away, he is not greedy. He does not wait for the return, he goes on giving. He goes on getting -- but that is not in his mind.
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