The Dance Of A Thousand Hands

“As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others”.

~ Zhang Jigang

When my cousin saw this performance by the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, she (and her friends) found them rather motivating, magical, mesmerizing and inspirational, she also immediately thought of me.

The name of this dance is, ‘Thousand Hands’ or ‘Guan Yin’.

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

Bodhi means wisdom or enlightenment; sattva means being or essence. Put the two together and you get bodhisattva, a being who is enlightened and ready to transcend the cycles of birth and death, but chooses to return to the material world in order to help other people reach the same level of enlightenment. This is the ultimate demonstration of pure compassion.

The thousand hands of this bodhisattva represent Guan Yin’s many abilities to render assistance. There are a thousand eyes on these hands which give Guan Yin great powers to observe the world. Guan Yin also has many faces so she can become who people need her to be, not necessarily herself, because her help is given in a way that is literally selfless.”

The meaning behind the name, is extremely apt that it leaves me speechless.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”
~ Helen Keller
~ SJ (Sara Jae)