Avalokitasvara (Guanyin) Bodhisattva has a thousand arms. She is said to have observed the multitudes headed straight for hell. She tried to reach out to every person at once. Her arms broke into a thousand pieces. Later she was able to reassemble herself but the damage was done. A bodhisattva is someone who is on the path of enlightenment or in Theravada postpones nirvana in order to help others. It may take them a few lifetimes to attain enlightenment (like Buddha himself).
Has she escaped samsara? Or is she putting it off indefinitely? What would you do?
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