Dec 29, 2012

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The meaning of Mantra “OM MANI PADME HUM”

The meaning of Mantra “OM MANI PADME HUM”

Om mani padme hum is the most important mantra in Buddhism.It is the six syllable mantra of the Bodhisattva of compassion Avalokiteshvara. Om mani pad me hum is an ancient mantra that is related to the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, and with therefore the Dalai Lama, who is considered to be an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara who has a very special connection with Tibentans as their protector . by practicing the this mantra, we believe that we can accumulate merit and purify our delusions. Even every Tibetan child is taught the mantra by their parents, and they all use it very commonly in daily life, they recite the mantra every day.

Now, we discover the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast meaning. The power of this mantra, is especially strong when you are reciting it vocally or when it can be recited quietly within the mind with the knowledge of the meaning

The meaning and significance of the six Tibetan syllables have been interpreted in a variety of ways. One common interpretation is that each syllable corresponds to one of the six realms of existence and purifies the vice associated with that realm:

  • Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods)
  • Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods)
  • Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm)
  • Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm)
  • Me purifies poverty and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts)
  • Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm)

It has also been said that recitation of each of the syllables prevents rebirth in the corresponding realm.

One of lecture of  lecture given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibetan said that:

“The first, OM, is composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha. Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body, speech and mind, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhasare cases of being who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving the impure states and their being transformed into the pure.

How is this done? The path is indicated by the next four syllables. MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factor of method- the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.  Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of cyclic existence and of solitary peace. Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.

The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-contradiction where as there would be contradiction if you did not have wisdom. There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing that persons are empty of self-sufficient or substantial existence, wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality (that is to say, of difference of entity between subject and object), and wisdom that realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are many

different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom realizing emptiness.

Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable, HUM, which indicates indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of method and wisdom refers to one consciousness in which there is a full form of both wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom

In the mantra, or tantra vehicle, it refers to one consciousness in which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five conqueror Buddhas, HUM is the is the seed syllable of Akshobhya- the immovable, , that which cannot be disturbed by anything.

Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. It is said that you should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the

achievement of Buddhahood are within.

In his book Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones, Gen Rinproche says of the mantra: “The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pad, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche said about benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM:

“In the teachings it is said the benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM are so many that the explanation will never finish. It is explained that if one recites OM MANI PADME HUM one thousand times every day, then one’s children up to seven generations will not be reborn in the lower realms. So if, for example, parents recite one thousand mantras every day then their children, their children’s children and so forth up to seven generations will never be reborn in the lower realms. So parents have quite a responsibility! This is one way that parents can benefit their children and grandchildren

If one recites the OM MANI PADME HUM mantra one thousand times every day, then one’s body becomes blessed. So when a person who recites one thousand OM MANI PADME HUM every day goes into water, into a river or ocean for example, that water becomes blessed. Whoever that water touches fish, tiny or big animals, or tiny insects, the negative karma of all those sentient beings is purified and they do not get reborn in the lower realms.

If one recites one thousand OM MANI PADME HUM every day, then at the time of death, when the body is burnt, even the smoke that comes from it purifies the negative karma of whoever it touches or whoever smells it. The negative karma of those sentient beings to be reborn in the lower realms is purified”.

. Reciting this mantra also develops the siddhis. Om develops the ultimate siddhi, enlightenment. Ma develops the ordinary siddhis, psychic powers. Ni develops the siddhi of removing obstacles to practice and illness. Pad develops the siddhi of long life and increase of merit. Hung develop the siddhi of gathering the requisites of food, clothing, and shelter. So OM MANI PADME HUM is a powerful mantra, vast meaning….

Luckily, I had a race opportunity to have the change to study this mantra in Mat Gia Song Nguyen  that located in Tan Thanh, Ba Ria- Vung tau, Viet Nam.  And the Guru taught us thet most  useful method in practice Dharma, only one mantra will powerful meaning . i wish for all  the human- being will have the change to practice and recite this mantra that will be happy in the present life and forever.


Mật Kính

  1. nguyen thanh says:
    I think so! I believe in Avalokiteshvara very much. I often read this mantra and getting very nice. I ask you, my student reads a lot of as more as possible!
  2. Mật Hải says:
    Guru said: Om Mani Padme Hum contains 84.000 dharma door. So only this mantra is enough.

    I pray all living beings could practice this wonderful mantra.

    OM MANI PADME HUM.
    OM MANI PADME HUM.

  3. Neville richardson says:
    One needs the initiation &lung
  4. Kanji says:
    Dear Guru,
    I’ve read through this article.
    May our Guru and Dakini live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om ah hum
  5. Akshay kumar says:
    Dear Guru
    I have read this article. It is a very interesting one. Thank you so much for bringing to our notice about the importance of this mantra.
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Akshay Kumar như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đã đọc bài này rồi ạ. Đây là bài viết rất hay ạ. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy cho con hiểu rõ tầm quan trọng của câu thần chú Mani này.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum”

  6. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read the power of the mantra om Mani padme hum.I understood how powerful this mantra is and how it can change one’s karma.It is so special that even a person who comes in contact with the one who chants this mantra frequently can get rid of his/her bad karma.
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Kasila (Vivek S) sang tiếng Việt ạ,

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đã đọc bài này về công năng của câu thần chú Om Mani Padme Hum rồi ạ. Con hiểu được những công năng diệu kỳ của câu thần chú Mani  cũng như làm thế nào mà câu thần chú này giúp tiêu trừ nghiệp xấu. Đặc biệt là  thậm chí một người bình thường có kết nối với hành giả thường xuyên trì tụng câu thần chú, người đó cũng được tiêu trừ nghiệp xấu.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  7. Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan) says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article. I understand more about the power of mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. Thank you so much.
    May the Guru live long for the benefit of all beings.
    May all beings free from sufferings.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan) như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đã đọc bài này rồi ạ. Con hiểu hơn về công năng của thần chú ” Om Mani Padme Hum”. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện đau khổ  của tất cả chúng sanh được lắng dịu.

      Om Mani Padme Hum”

  8. marta irene guagliana says:
    DEAR GURU : The marvelous mantra contains the wisdom and method for the purification of our negative karma . That all sentient being are be from suffering and their causes …The Guru can live a long time …OM MANI PADME HUM
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Marta Irene Guagliana sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con hiểu được câu thần chú Mani kỳ diệu tượng trưng cho trí tuệ và bao hàm phương pháp tịnh hóa nghiệp chướng.

      Con cầu nguyện đau khổ của tất cả chúng sanh được lắng dịu.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

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