Explaining the 6 syllable Mani.

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Explaining the 6 syllable Mani.

Post by smcj » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:35 pm

I stumbled on this explanation of "om mani padme hung" by HHDL on Wikipedia and liked it. I just thought I'd share.
"It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, 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, Om [...] symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[...]"
"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[...]"
"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[...]"
"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[...]"
"Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean 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[…]"
(underlining mine)

I liked that explanation. But HHDL then says that while saying the mantra you should keep in mind the following:
Thoughts to be had whilst chanting transcribed in simplification keeping essence:

Being and non-beings proliferate loving compassion and indivisible intelligent equanimity; Om Mani Padme Hum.

That is the natural ubiquitous pervasive force of consciousness. These 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.

—H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, "On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM"
(underlining mine)

The underlined part sounds very Dzogchen-esque to me.


Then Wiki had a completely different explanation/translation from Dilgo Kyentse, but I liked HHDL's enough to post.

And of course being Wiki, all appropriate caveats are in force.
1. No traditional Buddhist sect, Tibetan or otherwise, considers deities to be fictional. (DW post/Seeker242)
2. I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against Lama abuse.
3. Student: Lama, I thought I might die but then I realized that the 3 Jewels would protect me.
Lama: Even If you had died the 3 Jewels would still have protected you. (DW post/by ?)
4. Shentong] is the completely pure system that,
Through mainly teaching the luminous aspect of the mind, holds that the fruitions--kayas and wisdoms--exist on their own accord. (Karmapa XIII)

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Re: Explaining the 6 syllable Mani.

Post by joy&peace » Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:46 pm

smcj, thank you so much.

Beautiful and excellent; both of them.
Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate bodhi svaha

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