Om Mani Padme Hum – Mantra Quest.
Om Mani Padme Hum is believed to have a wish-fulfilling effect. It is the mantra of Buddh Avaloketeshvara who is also known as Buddha Kwan Yin. The Dalai Lama said that this mantra (also referred to as simply the Mani Mantra) can “transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech and mind of a Buddha”. Tibetan culture believes that this mantra holds all the teachings of Buddha as well as the truth of the nature of suffering and how to remove its root causes.
Om Mani Padme Hum translates to ‘The jewel is in the lotus’ – referring to the beautiful lotus flower that needs to that grow through mud and muck before it can realise its potential. A vast amount of spiritual energy gets generated when this mantra is chanted. It has a purifying and healing effect on the person who chants it as well as those around him or her. When the mantra is chanted (either aloud or in silence) it allows you to connect deeply with your innate loving and compassionate nature.
It is said that if you recite Om Mani Padme Hum 1000 times each day the next 7 generations of your descendants will be born in higher realms and that anyone who comes in contact with you will be blessed. It is recommended that you chant this mantra 7, 21, 49 or 108 times while entering a Mantra Meditation.
While it is simply beneficial to chant the Mani mantra, it is even more so when you meditate on the meaning of each syllable and chant it with a sincere heart, focus and pure intention. Each syllable frees something in the universe from the need to reincarnate. The pause after each repetition of the mantra is important as it signifies that there is nothing and no-one left to be freed. Through sincerely reciting the Mani mantra you wish freedom for all of creation.
Pronounced as Ohm or aaaauuuummmm and frees the Gods.
Om is believed to be the ancient and original sound vibration of the universe. The universe was created with this sound and it holds everything that is, was and ever will be. The sound vibration created by changing Om dissolves pride and our ego while cultivating kindness and generosity. It elevates the level of consciousness.
Changing Om with your palms together concentrates your mind in order to unify your mind, body and mouth. You can read more about Om mantra here .
Pronounced as Mah-nee. Man frees the gods and ni frees humans.
Mani means jewel. Ma dissolves jealousy and the attachment of fleeting pleasures. Ni also dissolves attachments – especially attachments to desires and passions while cultivating patience.
Pronounced as Pahd- meh. Pad frees animals while me frees hungry ghosts.
Padme means lotus and represents wisdom.
Pad dissolves attachments to prejudices and judgmental ideas. It also grows perseverance.
Me releases attachments to being possessive and grows powers of concentration.
Hum or Hung frees demons that live in hell.
Hum is the Tibetan form of affirmation meaning ‘so be it’ or ‘amen’. It releases attachments to aggression and hatred. It also refers to that which is unchanging and cannot be disturbed by anything. Hum cultivates wisdom.
There are 15 benefits to chanting Om Mani Padme Hum.
- You will meet virtuous kings in all your lifetimes and by being in their presence you will have many opportunities to practice Dharma.
- You will be reborn in virtuous or holy places. These places will be filled with holy objects, statues and stupas etc and give you the opportunity to practice Dharma, to create happiness and to accumulate merit. By being surrounded by others practicing Dharma (the cause of happiness) you will be inspired to perseverate in your own practice.
- You will always have good fortune which will help you in your Dharma practice. If good things happen to you, you will be more inspired to practice Dharma, to receive teachings and to meditate.
- You will meet good and virtuous friends.
- You will receive a perfect human body.
- Your mind will become familiar with the path and with virtue.
- You will not allow your vows and morals to become corrupted.
- You will encounter kindness and experience harmony with others.
- You will always have enough wealth and a means to make a living.
- You will be protected and served by others.
- Your wealth will not be stolen or taken away by others.
- Your every wish will come true.
- You will be protected by nagas (semi-divine creatures) and devas (divine creatures).
- You will see Buddha and hear the Dharma in all your lifetimes.
- By listening to the Dharma you will be able to cultivate the ultimate emptiness.
In addition to these the mantra also has the ability to heal diseases and to protect from harm. Even just touching, seeing or inhaling the breath of someone who regularly chants the Mani mantra will benefit you.
Besides chanting the mantra, you can wear it on your upper body (in the form of a necklace of bracelet for example). According to the Bhagavat, writing these six syllables equates to writing 84, 000 Dharma treasuries.
Om Mani Padme Hum is a powerful mantra that can invite change into your life – even if you just chant it once a day… but with intention.