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This powerful mantra encompasses all of the Dharma. This is a fantastic mantra to know and practice with. It is a Buddhist Prayer sung by many and believed to be the mantra Born-in-Lotus Buddha (Guru Padmasambhava) used during his search for nirvana.
This powerful mantra is the source of all things and related to the bodhisattva of compassion ( Gwan Yin /Avalokiteshvara), It is also known as the 6 Syllable Great Bright Mantra and the Gwan Yin Mantra. In Tibet the name Avalokiteshvara is Chenrezig - this is he who looks accurately at all beings with compassion. This is his mantra and it is often repeated at every opportunity, it is one of the quickest ways of naming Avalokiteshvara and connecting with true compassion.
A mantra is a set of words that a believed to create true transformation, chanting and wearing this mantra is a way for you to prayer during difficult times. This mantra is known as one of protection and love, it is often used when visiting temples, in daily prayer and in times of difficulty and need of compassion.
It comes from the Karandavyuha Sutra and it believed that benefits of this mantra come from:
When one is able to recite this powerful mantra and transform themselves they carry a gift, the air they pass on and the water they touch is blessed with this power and reaches all around it. This is truly magical and this interrelated power is something we should all sit on.
This six-syllable mantra is the essence of all Buddha's teachings and when wearing it we can be reminded of the path, the true power that comes with this mantra and the difference we can all make.
"Ohm" - one should try to become one with Buddha and transform impure body, speech and mind
"Mah-Nee" - represents the jewels and how we can transform through enlightenment and compassion
"Pahd-Meh" - means lotus and resembles purity and wisdom
"Hum" - means that we must rely on indivisible divine energy
How does it purify?
Simply wearing or reciting the mantra is not enough, we should also be aware of the meaning and the reasoning behind our chanting.
When chanting the mantra we should be aware what each syllable represents, through your intentions the mantra can be bought to life even more. We can see that through following Buddhas path, by combining both wisdom and compassion into a practice, we can transform our impure body, speech and mind into that which is pure, and through this we will become aware that the jewels we search for are within us.
Reciting this mantra is a great way to purify the four defeats of breaking the four root vows of self-liberation and five uninterrupted negative karmas (1. Killing one's mother, 2. killing one's father, 3. drawing the blood of a Buddha, 4. killing an arhat and 5. causing disunity among the Sangha).
This opportunity to recite, wear and meditate on the Compassion Buddha is a fantastic way to purify any negative karma that has built up within this life and past lives. Compassion frees us all from internal and external obstacles, it is the key to dispelling negativity and really opening ourselves up.
The Journey Inwards
Om Mani Padme Hum can be worn as a reminder of our journey inwards. It can become clear that the treasures and jewels we are looking for are actually within us all. Just like the lotus flower so to can we transform and grow through the mucky muddy times and into the light. Just like the lotus we can grow through difficult, darker moment into pure mind, body and speech.
This mantra is a way of achieving happiness and bringing happiness to many many other beings. Om Mani Padme Hum embodies all of Buddha's teachings, the heart of the five types of Buddha. It is the source of all virtue and the root from which all beings receive happiness, benefits and attainment.
We can all use this mantra for liberation, transformation, purification and enlightenment.
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