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The Jewel in the Lotus

“Om Mani Padme Hum” (Ohm Ma-Nee Pod-May Hum) is one of the most prevalent mantras in Tibet.  It is recited by Buddhists, and painted or carved on rocks, prayer wheels, and wall hangings.  This mantra is known as the mantra of Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the protective deity of Tibet.  The practice of the mantra is said to relieve negative karma, and help rescue us from suffering.  The mantra is more powerful when we think of the meaning behind these six syllables.  Om symbolizes transformation.  Mani means the jewel.  The Dalai Lama says: “Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, and of solitary peace.  Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.”  Padme means lotus and symbolizes wisdom.  The lotus frows out of the mud, but is not affected by the mud, indicating the quality of wisdom, which keeps you out of contradiction.  Hum represents inseparability, and purity, which can be achieved with the unity of method and wisdom.


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