Akasagarbha mantra lyrics:
„Namo Akasagarbhaya om arya kamari mauli svaha.”
„In the name of Akasagarbhaya Om Flower-Garland Lotus-Crown may it be accomplished.”
Akasagarbha is one of the 8 great Bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. His name can literally be translated as „void store” or „boundless space treasury”, His wisdom is said to be boundless as space itself. He belongs to Ratnesa family. „Akasa” and „Kha” signifies the boundless space or sky.
The Bodhisattva is a symbol of perfect memory, knowledge, and intuition of Buddhists precepts. This deity is important in the Shingon school and other esoteric schools of Buddhism.
He is occasionally known as the twin brother of the „earth store” Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, and is even succinctly mentioned in the Sutra of The Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.
The reason why the Bodhisattva is called Akasagarbha is elucidated in the Ta-fang-teng-ta-chi-ching – „Suppose there is a millionaire who has limitless riches, an immeasurable store of large donations to people, especially to the poor and bereaved.
Suppose that he opens his store to make offerings to those people as much as they want and that he is thereby immensely satisfied. Like that rich man, does Bodhisattva Akasagarbha practice his meritorious acts.”
According to Su-yao-I-Kuei, the man who wants to get wisdom and happiness should devote himself to The Bodhisattva.
The reason is that Moon, Sun, and the stars are the incarnations of Akasagarbha Bodhisattva. Again, the Akasagarbha Sutra explains thus the devotion of his followers;
„The followers take bath in scented water, put on clean clothes, burn incense of aloe and turns his face to the east late at night. Bodhisattva brings before his mind the reddish Aruna and recite to him: “Thou great merciful one, dost appear and illuminate this world. Have mercy on me out of compassion and protect me. It goes on to say that the dawn Aruna appears in the east; the Akasagarbha Bodhisattva appears”.
Chanting Akasagarbha mantra benefits:
It is believed that chanting this mantra gives rise to creativity and wisdom, and dispel ignorance.
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