Om Mani Pädme Hum

This Mantra, seen first on our visit to Tibet years ago, continues to comfort, restore and bring peace to me whenever I recite it.

Do you have a mantra? Do you have a saying that you recite to yourself that brings you joy? That brings you a sense of peace? That surrounds you in Love?

We all can benefit from having one.

Mantras come in many forms, a word, melody, chant, or verse.  At its simplest, the word “Om”serves as a mantra. In more sophisticated forms, mantras are melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action. Some mantras have no literal meaning, yet are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.

“The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum  is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Päd, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
“So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”
Dilgo Khyentse RinpocheHeart Treasure of the Enlightened

So if you are looking for triggers that can comfort you, I would recommend finding your mantra!

Peace, Love, Light


2 Comments on “Mantras

  1. Thank you Karen for sharing your thoughts about mantras.
    Brings to mind a mantra from a colleague. She said you don’t have to believe, yet you will see the results. It’s been more than 35 years & Every so often, when I need a push, I use my mantra to do just that.
    BTW – I wanted a reliable car & it would be great to be a BMW.
    I passed that BMW on to my son when I moved to SF in 2007!

  2. I got my mantra from a transcendental meditation teacher who came to my building to teach a while back. I’m not doing the TM practice but I love and use my mantra when needed. Each mantra was given per person individually. I’m taking my second Kundalini class tomorrow. ?

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