The Om Mani Padme Hum is probably my favorite mantra! After all, I have it (in Sanskrit) tattooed on me! It’s known as the mantra of karuna orCompassion, associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Om: symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
Mani: means jewel, symbolizes the altruistic intention to become Enlightened, compassionate, and loving.
Padme: means Lotus, symbolizes wisdom.
“Om Mani Padme Hum means that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the Pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha” – 14th Dalai Lama.
This mantra has many meanings to different people and is really up to one’s own interpretation of it if you study it correctly. But as long as you have a general idea of what the mantra means, it’s a beautiful recitation!
Here’s an audio that I frequently listen to and chant along with.
Smile and be well!
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