100 Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva in Sanskrit:
OM BENDZA SATO SAMAYA
MANUPALAYA, BENDZA SATO DENOPA
TITHA, DRIDO ME BHAVA, SUTO KAYO
ME BHAVA, SUPO KAYO ME BHAVA,
ANURAKTO ME BHAVA, SARVA
SIDDHI ME PRAYATSA, SARVA KARMA
SU TSAME, TSITTAM SHRIYAM KURU
HUM, HA HA HA HA HO, BHAGAVAN
SARVA TATHAGATA, BENDZA MAME
MUTSA, BENDZI BHAVA MAHA
SAMAYA SATO AH
100 Syllable Mantra (Dorje Sempa) translation and meaning in English:
The most excellent exclamation of praise!
Oh Vajrasattva, protect the samaya
May you remain firm in me
Grant me complete satisfaction
Grow within me (Increase the positive in me)
Be loving towards me
Grant me all the Siddhis
Show me all the karma (activities)
Make my mind good, virtuous and auspicious
The heart essence seed syllable of Vajrasattva
Symbolizes the four immeasurables, the four empowerments,
The four joys and the four kayas
The exclamation of joy at this accomplishment
Oh! All the blessed Tathagatas
May I be fully liberated in the Vajra
Grant me the realization of the Vajra nature
Oh great samaya sattva, Ah!
Mantra short version:
”OM VAJRASATTVA HUM.”
The 6-syllable mantra is a less formal version of the 100-syllable mantra on which it is based but contains the essential spiritual points of the longer version of the Vajrasattva mantra, according to tulku (an individual recognized as the emanation of a deceased spiritual master) and lama Jamgon Kongtrul.
The 100-syllable mantra is a mandatory practice for every Vajrayana practitioner. The Vajrasattva Practice of the Four Preliminary Practices is the root tool for the eradication of bad karma.
As a meditation, the main purpose of Bodhisattva Vajrasattva practice is to remove the hindrances obscuring one’s perception of the true nature of mind, which eventually will lead to clean unwholesomeness from all the subtle levels of being.
There are numerous versions of Vajrasattva’s hundred syllable mantra from authentic kama and terma traditions and each is correct and functions perfectly. One important reason for the variance is that there is a form of Vajrasattva in each Buddha family and the mantra in each reflects unique attributes and characteristics of the respective family.
Practice benefits for mind and body:
Chanting 100 Syllable Mantra brings great benefit to the practitioner and has the effect of clearing deluded habitual tendencies, obstacles, conflicting or negative emotions, negative habits of all kinds. In addition, the Vajrasattva mantra is regarded as having the ability to purify karma, bring peace, and cause enlightened activity in general.
“In future, when I reach complete and perfect Buddhahood, may those who have committed the five crimes with immediate retribution, or anyone whose samaya commitments have been impaired, be purified entirely of all their harmful actions and impairments merely by hearing my name, thinking of me, or reciting the hundred syllables, the most majestic of all the secret mantras!
Until this is brought about may I remain without awakening!” – Vajrasattva’s quote.
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo suggests that his students chant this purification mantra 21 times or more each day. Find more information about 100 Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva.