” Om Mani Padme Hum” A Mantra forCompassion
“Om Mani Padme Hum” is pronounced ohm-mah-nee-pahd-may-hum.
It is an ancient mantra which originated in India. The pronunciation of the mantra differs as, as it moved from India to Tibet, the Tibetan’s struggled to pronounce it the same way:
- Om Mani Padma Hum- Mantra of Avalokiteshvara
- Om Mani Peme Hung- Mantra of Chenrezig
This is a beautifully peaceful mantra which captures the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and I believe it is a great way to keeping one’s mind enlightened and pure. It is also believed to help remove unwanted sufferings.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche once said:
“There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections of the Buddha’s teachings which is not contained in Avalokiteshvara’s six-syllable matra”
The practice of compassion is known as Mahayana. It is likened to being that of a “vast boat that carries all the beings in the universe across the sea of suffering”.
It is believed that one can benefit quickly from Mahayana through an awakened state of mind. This can be done through the above mantra and meditation, where one links his own mind with the mind of the Buddha. It is aimed at removing the fixation on one’s personal self and to expand loving kindness and compassion.
In the Vajrayana, they recite and meditate on mantra. This is known as the enlightened sound. The speech of the Bodhisattva of Compassion ( Chenrezig). It is the Union of Sound and Emptiness. The reasoning for the mantra is that we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness.
Below shows how the six-syllable mantra helps perfect the six parameters of Bodhisattva’s:
- Om– It helps practice generosity
- Ma– Helps to perfect the practice of pure ethics
- Ni– Helps one to achieve tolerance and patience
- Pad– Helps perfect perseverance
- Me– Helps with concentration
- Hum– Helps one acquire wisdom
Below shows how the six syllables purify the six realms of existence of suffering:
- Om- bliss pride
- Ma- jealousy/ lust for entertainment
- Ni- passion/ desire
- Pe- stupidity/ prejudice
- Me- poverty/ possessiveness
- Hung- aggression/ hatred
This practice of mantra allows one to transform an impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech and mind of a Buddha.
I hope you enjoy the practice of this mantra and let it inspire you in wanting to further understand these teachings and the teachings of life without suffering.