Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum
OM: Undescribable original (primal) essence(sound)
Mani: The jewel (method)
Padma: Lotus (wisdom)
Loose translation: Om, the jewel (method) in the lotus (wisdom), indivisible.
Shakyamuni Buddha himself said about this mantra "This is the most beneficial mantra". Even I made this aspiration to all the million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from Buddha Amitabha."
Some effects as given by Lama Thubken Trinley: "These are the six syllables which prevent rebirth into the six realms of cyclic existence. It translates literally as 'OM the jewel in the lotus HUM'. OM prevents rebirth in the God realm, MA prevents rebirth in the Asura (Titan) realm, NI prevents rebirth in the Human realm, PA prevents rebirth in the Animal realm, ME prevents rebirth in the Hungry Ghost realm, and HUM prevents rebirth in the Hell Realm."
Some effects as given by H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama: "It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast... The first, Om [...]
symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[...]"
"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[...]"
"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[...]"
"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[...]"
"Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[...]"
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