Om Ma Ni Päd Me Hum is the mantra made up of six syllables, which most Tibetan and Bhutanese people would chant everyday either quietly or sing out loudly, every opportune moment. This mantra although short and very easy to chant yet it’s benefit and power cannot be underestimated. It is believed to contain the essence of the entire teachings of Buddha in just these few syllables and would take several life times to explain and understand the full meaning.
The word mantra I believe means mind protection and a mantra is a series of symbols written, spoken, or sung that evoke a spiritual response. This prayer Om Ma Ni Päd Me Hum is also repeated as part of meditation.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that chanting this mantra, Om Ma Ni Päd Me Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect; it is often carved into stones, like the one pictured here, and placed where people can see them.
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? Each syllable has a special meaning, symbol and color within Tibetan writing:
Om (ohm) – When you recite this first syllable it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity
Ma (mah) – When you recite this second syllable it helps perfect the practice of pure ethics
Ni (nee) – When you recite this third syllable it helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience
Päd (peh) – When you recite this fourth syllable it helps to achieve perfection of perseverance
Me (may) – When you recite this fifth syllable it helps to achieve perfection in the practice of concentration
Hum (hu) – When you recite this sixth and final syllable it helps to achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
So by chanting the six syllables mantra in this way it helps achieve perfection in the six practices of generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom.
|The animated image here on the right
is another form of digital prayer wheel.