The Goddess of Mercy Protection Tassel is a beautiful talisman featuring rectangular sandalwood with a lovely image of Kwan Yin printed in gold on one side and protective mantras on the reverse. The talisman is strung on four strings of round sandalwood beads which can be adjusted to lengthen or shorten the tassel. These beads totaling 108 (27 x 4) can conveniently double as prayer beads too. The sandalwood amulet is stained a rich dark brown which pairs well with the gold highlights and ends charmingly with a matching tassel.
Kuan Yin (Kwan Yin or Quan Yin) is one of the most universally beloved deities in the Buddhist tradition. Known by different names in different lands, such as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, Chenrezig in Tibet, and Kannon in Japan, Kuan Yin is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, she hears the cries of all beings. According to legend, Kwan Yin vowed to remain in the earthly realm and not enter the heavenly world until all living things had become enlightened and liberated from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. To symbolize this she is often pictured carrying the Pearl of Illumination.
Sandalwood has a very ancient history and has long been revered in many cultures for its vast diversity in attributes. Many Asian temples and religious accessories such as rosaries and staffs are made from sandalwood. This aromatic wood, with its delicate, soft woody scent, relaxes the muscles, clears the mind, and has a generally soothing and uplifting influence. Its healing fragrance is popularly used to clear space of negative energy and stimulate the flow of good chi.
The Sandalwood Goddess of Mercy Protection Tassel, besides being an elegant accessory, is a handy Feng Shui amulet to invite the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of the Goddess of Mercy. Hang it in your home or car, or pop it in your bag to enjoy peace of mind and prepare to welcome greater prosperity, improved health, and better luck into your life!