Om Mani Padme Hum mantra translation in English:
”Hail the jewel in the lotus.”
This is the six syllable Sanskrit mantra, related to the Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokitesvara (also known as Chenrezig in Tibetan), a manifestation of the Gautama Buddha in the Sambhogakaya, and His magical mantra is considered the essence of the Buddha’s compassion for all beings.
Just as Padmasambhava is the most important spiritual master for the Tibetan people, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is their most important Buddha and the karmic deity of Tibet.
One can find this potent mantra inscribed outwardly in the prayer wheels with millions of this mantra inscribed on paper inside the prayer wheels.
What is the Meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra:
First known the description of the six syllable mantra appears in the ancient Karandavyuha Sutra. Shakyamuni Buddha said:
„This is the most beneficial mantra, even I made this aspiration to all the million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from the Buddha Amitabha.”
During an interview, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama said about Om Mani Padme Hum mantra:
„That is the natural ubiquitous pervasive force of consciousness. These healing frequencies are in the Sanskrit tongue, act as a harmonic sound resonance against blocking energy, or sleeping energy. Plants reflect this action as well because of the phonetic strength of vibration that is stimulated by natural pronunciation.”
Often HRIH, the „seed-syllable” of Avalokiteshvara, is added to this healing mantra. The essence of the compassion of all the Buddhas, HRIH, is the catalyst that activates the compassion of the Buddhas to transform our negative emotions into their wisdom nature.
Benefits of Chanting Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra:
In the traditional spiritual teachings, it is said the benefits of chanting this mantra daily are so many that the explanation will never finish.
Chanting the mantra with a correct pronunciation and pure intentions purifies us on three levels: speech, mind and body and in this way completely liberate us from all our negative karmas.
„If one lives one’s life with that pure attitude free of attachment clinging to this life and then just spends one’s life chanting this mantra, that is the essence of all Dharma – that’s the purest Dharma. It looks very simple, very easy to recite. But it’s not simple when one thinks of the benefits.” – Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche`s quote.
Penor Rinpoche Speaking About Six Syllable Mantra:
„Presently, we are in the dharma-ending age, where individuals have limited wisdom, faith, and diligence. Therefore, it is necessary to persevere diligently in the practice of dharma. A practice that fulfills this necessity is reciting the six syllables mani mantra while viewing through one’s devotion that the guru is not different from Chenrezig.
The six syllables mani mantra is very easy to recite and encompasses the essential meaning of all the Buddha’s teachings. It is the heart-essence of Chenrezig (or Avalokiteshvara) and brings infinite blessings.
If one takes it as one’s primary practice, celestial beings, then all humans and even the harmful ghosts or gods will bless you benevolently and you will have a long life without any sickness or calamities. In the next life, you will be reborn in Potala mountain or Amitabha’s Pure Land, or at least, you will take rebirth in a land where the Buddha-dharma is flourishing.
This is because Chenrezig’s heart mantra is imbued with the limitless blessings, loving-kindness, and compassion of all the ancestral Buddhas.
The six syllables mani mantra of Chenrezig (Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara) is the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ compassion in the form of sound. Within it, the 84,000 dharma-doors of the Buddha are encapsulated. Although there are many different kinds of mantras, such as awareness-mantra, dharanis (long mantras), secret mantras, but none of them is more sublime than the six syllables mani mantra.
The vast beneficial benefits of chanting this mantra have been mentioned commonly in the Buddha’s tantras and sutras. It is said that just chanting this mantra once is equivalent to reciting all the 12 categories of the Buddha’s teachings.
Reciting the six syllables mani mantra can perfect the 6 Bodhisattva paramitas and firmly seal off all possibilities of taking rebirth in the six realms. This is a simple practice, easy to understand. All the people can practice its recitation and it encompasses the essence of the Buddha-dharma.
Penor Rinpoche continued: if you are able to regard the Mani mantra as your refuge in times of happiness or suffering, then Chenrezig will always be with you. You will become more and more devoted without even trying to. The realization of the Mahayana tradition will naturally arise in your mind-stream.”
According to the records in the Jewel-Chest sutra, reciting hundred-million times of this Buddhist mantra will cause all the organisms on one’s body to receive Chenrezig’s blessings and after one’s death, the smoke from the cremation of one’s corpse can protect anyone who breathes it from rebirth in the 3 lower realms.
Even one syllable from this powerful mantra, whether it be ”Om,” ”Ma” or ”Ni” has inconceivable power. It can bless and cause sentient beings to be liberated. It is said that the Buddha, who has such extraordinary power far exceeding those of any living being, is able to tell accurately how many raindrops there are in a rainstorm lasting twelve years but yet, even he is unable to completely express the merit of saying the Mani mantra once.
If the Buddha began to express its merit, even if all the world’s forests and trees were made into paper, it would not be sufficient for writing down even the smallest part of the merit of the mantra.
There are fifteen major benefits, according to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which is the same for both the long and the short mantra:
- In all lifetimes, one will meet with ethical kings, religious kings like His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other righteous leaders, and by being in such a place where there is a virtuous king one will have much opportunity to practice spiritual teachings.
- One will always meet with fortunate times and good conditions, which will help your Dharma practice. Having many positive things happen it inspires you to practice the spiritual teachings, to receive spiritual teachings and to meditate.
- One will always be reborn in virtuous places where there is a lot of Dharma practice, where one can make lots of offerings, where there are lots of temples, where there a lot of holy statues, objects, stupas and so forth. Being in a place where there are all these holy objects gives one the opportunity to practice Dharma, to create the cause of happiness, to accumulate merit. And being in a place where there are many in the city doing practice inspires oneself to practice the noble path, the cause of happiness.
- One will always receive a perfect human body.
- One will always be able to meet with virtuous friends.
- One will not allow one’s vows, one’s morality to degenerate.
- One’s mind will become familiar with the path, with virtue.
- People around you – family, Dharma students, people in the office, and so one – will be harmonious and kind with you.
- You will always have wealth, the means of living.
- Whatever you wish will succeed.
- You will always be protected and served by others.
- In all lifetimes, you will see Buddha and be able to listen to the Dharma.
- By listening to the pure Dharma, you will be able to actualize the profound meaning, emptiness.
- You will always be protected by virtuous devas and nagas.
- Your wealth will not be stolen or taken away by others.
Mantra meaning, according to the 14th Dalai Lama, during a lecture held in New Jersey:
„It is very good to recite the mantra, 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 syllable, OM, is composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These letters symbolize the practitioner’s impure speech, body, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha […]
The syllable MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factor of method, the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love […]
The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-contradiction whereas there would be a contradiction if you did not have wisdom […]
Dalai Lama also said: – HUM, which indicates indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of method and wisdom refers to one consciousness in which there is a full form of both wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom […]
Therefore the six syllables, mean that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha […]”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s explained:
„There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections of the Gautama Buddha’s teachings which are not contained in Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s six syllable mantra, and as such the qualities of the “mani” are praised again and again in the Sutras and Tantras. he continued – whether happy or sad, if we take the “mani” as our refuge, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara will never forsake us, spontaneous devotion will arise in our minds and the Great Vehicle will effortlessly be realized.” –
Kalu Rinpoche’s said about this mantra:
„Another way of interpreting the mantra is that the syllable OM is the essence of enlightened form; MANI PADME, the four syllables in the middle, represent the speech of enlightenment} and the last syllable, HUM, represents the mind of enlightenment. The speech, body, and mind of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are inherent in the sound of this mantra.
Kalu Rinpoche also mentioned – the mantra purifies the obscurations of speech, body, and mind, and brings all beings to the state of realization. When it is joined with our own faith and efforts in recitation and meditation, the transformative power of the mantra arises and develops. It is truly possible to purify ourselves in this way.”