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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

This is something that I've been chanting since I've arrived. And even without knowing the specific breakdown of meaning of the pose, I chanted it anyways- because chanting it changed the whole vibration in my body. After just a minute of chanting it- whether out loud or mentally, tears would start coming down my face. Now that I've done my research, I realize how and why it's been so moving....

OM : 
Helps to overcome: Pride, Ego

MA :
Helps to overcome: Jealousy

NI :
Helps to overcome: Passion, Desire

PAD : 
Helps to overcome: Ignorance, Prejudice

ME :
Helps to overcome: Poverty, Possessiveness 

Helps to overcome: Agression, Hatred

"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[...]"

Thoughts to be had whilst chanting:

Being and non-beings proliferate loving compassion and indivisible intelligent equanimity; Om Mani Padme Hum.

That is the natural ubiquitous pervasive force of consciousness. These frequencies are in the Sanskrit tongue, act as a harmonic sound resonance against blocking energy, or sleeping energy. 

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