O Mani Padme Om is the mantra that the Tibetan Buddhists use during their meditation. They consider that saying the mantra, either out loud or mentally to you, helps you by summoning the favors of Cherenzig, the personification of compassion in the Buddhist belief.
O Mani Padme Om is the mantra that Tibetan Buddhists use during their meditation. They consider that saying the mantra, either out loud or mentally to you, helps you by summoning the favours of Cherenzig, the personification of compassion in the Buddhist belief. You will find here a short overview of what the mantra essentially is, and a little clarification concerning Cherenzig, its’ meaning, and its’ power.
The belief is that O Mani Padme Om confines all of Buddha’s lessons. The mantra is the most frequently used Buddhist mantra. What is special about this mantra is that it’s very effective, but yet available to anyone who feels enthused to perform it. You don’t need any previous introduction by a Buddhist meditation master. The Buddhists say that the mantra is as beneficial when pronounced or read.
O Mani Padme Om is Cherenzig’s mantra. As I mentioned earlier, Cherenzig is the incarnation of compassion. When reached, this divinity brings enlightened awareness to the meditating person. It gives you the knowledge you need to save any beings from affliction. By entirely connecting with Cherenzig by means of the mantra; by the way of your posture, the recited terms, and the visualization of the Buddha, you are enabled to completely comprehend the nature of the misery and eliminate its’ causes.
The individuals who learn about the mantra and want to use it obviously also want to know what it means. A lot of people ask for a literal translation in their first language which is understandable, but alas that task is not really doable. The mantra can’t accurately be translated into a simple phrase. Nevertheless, it’s possible to clarify it a little bit so that people who have the desire to use it in their meditation can at least make a minimum of sense of it. All the Truth is contained in O Mani Padme Om. This means that all of the Buddha’s teachings can be extracted from the mantra. Buddha discovered that all torment is superfluous. His teaching says that suffering, like a disease, can be cured by removing the circumstances that cause it.
In most religions, people pray to ask for a blessing and hope for the divinity to grant them this help. For Buddhists though, the blessing comes from linking with the intrinsic enlightened beings that lie within us. Chenrezig and all his qualities are in us from birth; it’s only a concern of reaching him to reveal his help.
The potential of O Mani Padme Om lies in the power of #6. The six syllables idealize the Six Paramitas of Bodhisattvas. Each syllable helps you reach perfection in the practice of different virtues. “O” relates to generosity, “Ma” relates to pure ethics, “Ni” relates to tolerance, “Pad” relates to perseverance, “Me” relates to concentration, and “Om” relates to wisdom. Saying the mantra helps you attain perfection in qualities from generosity to wisdom in the simple pronunciation of these six simple syllables.
O Mani Padme Om, as you see, is a very powerful mantra and is worth using. It is used by many experienced Buddhist meditators, but it can be used by beginners as well because the truth lies inside us.
Article by Mark D. Thomas
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