Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Mantra lyrics:
”Oṃ ha ha ha vismaye svaha.”
Zen Buddhist mantra – Jizo mantra translation:
”Om! Ha ha ha! O wondrous one! svaha!”
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, the Awakened Being of Great Vows, is often referred to as the Bodhisattva of the Hell beings, because of his vow to not achieve Buddhahood until all hells are vacated.
Ksitigarbha in China is known by his Chinese name Di-Zang Pu Sa and in Tibet by his Tibetan name Sa-E Nyingpo. The name Di-Zang is translated as the “Earth Treasury “.
He is a very popular Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva who is usually depicted as a monk holding a six rings staff and red fireball which is said to signify a jewel. In China, the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha sometimes is accompanied by a dog. This is in reference to a legend that he found his mother reborn in the animal realm as a dog, which the Bodhisattva adopted. In Japanese culture, he is known as Jizo or Ojizo-sama. In present days in Japan, he is popularly venerated as the guardian of aborted, unborn, miscarried, and stillborn babies. The Bodhisattva is also, like Kannon, one of Amida Buddha’s main attendants.
Earth Store Bodhisattva Jizo made two vows:
“Until the hells are empty, I vow not to become a Buddha: only after all beings are saved, will I myself realize Bodhi.” Because these endless vows, like the earth, are durable and solid, and because they are also like fertile soil, can grow all manner of goodness in the world, so he is known as Earth store Bodhisattva.
In addition to suffering souls in hell, the Bodhisattva also helps living beings in other realms, for example humans, celestial beings, asuras, hungry ghosts, animals, and insects. He hopes that by teaching all these creatures, he will be able to stop them from committing more crimes, and thus help them to end their constant suffering.
This is the mantra that Ksitigarbha heard from Buddhas equaling the number of sand grains of the river Ganga. He made offerings to them and then received this mantra.
Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha mantra benefits:
This mantra is to be used for any difficulties, problems; it is the best one to do for any problems in any situation. Even reciting four or five times, just a few times, it is very powerful.
Also, Earth Store Bodhisattva is revered as the protector of stillborn, miscarried and aborted babies. He is the protective deity of travelers and guardian of pregnant women. He protects against earthquakes; he prolongs life and is a guardian of children. Jizo appears in numerous forms to alleviate the suffering of the living and the dead.
Here is an excerpt from the whole Ksitigarbha Sutra taken from Chapter 13 (last Chapter) of the Sutra.
“The Buddha told Akasagarbha, “Listen attentively, listen attentively! For now, I shall tell you about those benefits one by one. In future times, any good men or good women who should see Ksitigarbha’s image and hear this Sutra and, furthermore, read and recite it, and who should also donate incense, flowers, drink, food, clothing and precious treasures as offerings, in addition to giving praise and making obeisance to Bodhisattva, will gain twenty-eight kinds of benefits, namely:
- Protection and mindfulness of devas and nagas;
- Daily increase of virtuous fruition;
- Accumulation of elevated and sacred causes;
- Nonretrogression from path of Bodhi;
- Affluence and abundant clothing and food;
- Non-occurrence of diseases;
- Non-occurrence of the calamities of flood or fire;
- No harassment by robbery and thievery;
- Admiration and respect of all persons one encounters;
- Aid and support of deities and demons;
- Transformation of the female body into the male body at rebirth;
- Being a royal minister’s daughter if reborn as a female;
- Possession of a dignified and graceful form;
- Frequent rebirth in the heaven realms;
- Sometimes becoming an emperor or a king;
- Possession of the miraculous power of knowing one’s previous lives;
- All prayers will be answered;
- Delight and happiness for the members of one’s family;
- Elimination of all unexpected and unpleasant happenings;
- Permanent eradication of the karmic ways of life;
- Always passing through safely wherever one travels;
- Always feeling safety and delight in one’s dreams;
- Elimination of suffering for one’s departed ones;
- Rebirth on the strength of previous bliss;
- Praises by the Holy Ones;
- Possession of clever wit and healthy organs;
- The fullness of mercy, pity, and compassion.”