The Practice of Om Mani Padme Hum

What does it mean when our soul is drawn across the globe exploring and seeking to align with the vibrations of your past lives, karmas, old pearls of wisdom of ancient history? What are we searching for – a re-connection perhaps, purity of thought, clarity on what resonates within? Realignment into who we really are at our core?

There are many places in the world that have called to us for 1000’s of years. In the Himalayas for example, among monasteries perched on hilltops, there is a particular hum that can take your breath away and open a doorway to experience the greater self. This hum permeates everything. You feel it in the wind, and you see it expressed in the colourful clothing, foods, and in the smiles of the people.

Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment. This syllable is often found at the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts. In Tibetan Buddhism, “OM MANI PADME HUM” is the most ubiquitous mantra and the most popular form of religious practice, performed both by laypersons and monastics alike. This mantra or ‘instrument of thought’ has the ability to cleanse and purify thoughts that condition the soul.

The Benefits of Chanting OM MANI PADME HUM

The benefits of reciting the Compassion Buddha mantra are infinite, like the limitless sky. Reciting the Compassion Buddha mantra just once completely purifies the four defeats of breaking the four root vows of self-liberation and the five uninterrupted negative karmas1.

Chanting OM MANI PADME HUM is a way to purify whatever negative karma we have collected, in not only this life but in many previous lives as well. It is said that up to seven generations of a person’s descendants won’t get reborn in the lower realms. The reason for this is because, through the power of the mantra, the body is blessed by the person reciting the mantra and by visualizing their body in the form of a holy body. Therefore, the body becomes so powerful, so blessed that this affects the consciousness for up to seven generations. It has the effect that if even if one dies with a non-virtuous thought, one is not reborn in a lower realm.

It is mentioned in the tantras that by reciting this mantra you can achieve the four qualities of being born in the Amitabha Buddha pure land and other pure lands: at the time of death, seeing Buddha and lights appearing in the sky, the devas making you offerings, and never being reborn in the hell, hungry ghost, or animal realms. You will be reborn in the pure land of Buddha or as a happy transmigratory being.

It is said that when a person who has recited ten malas of OM MANI PADME HUM a day goes into a river or an ocean, the water that touches the person’s body gets blessed, and this blessed water then purifies all the sentient beings in the water thus saving the animals in that water from the most unbelievable suffering of the lower realms.

It is said that when such a person walks down a road and the wind touches his or her body and then goes on to touch insects, their negative karma gets purified and causes them to have a good rebirth. Similarly, when such a person does massage or otherwise touches others’ bodies, those people’s negative karma can also get purified.

Such a person becomes meaningful to behold; being seen and touched becomes a means of liberating other sentient beings. This means that even the person’s breath touching the bodies of other sentient beings purifies their negative karma. Anybody who drinks the water in which such a person has swum gets purified.

In places such as Tibet, Nepal, India, and Ladakh, there is a well-established tradition of doing Compassion Buddha retreats and reciting OM MANI PADME HUM mantras. One does not need to travel to the Himalayas however to benefit from the power of the Compassion Prayer. The principles can be applied here in the Okanagan when we gather like-minded communities together. Such gatherings also bless the area where they are being held, bringing peace, happiness, and prosperity.

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1. These are karmas so heavy that they ripen immediately as a rebirth in the hell realm upon the exhaustion of the karma of this life. The five are: killing one’s mother, killing one’s father, drawing the blood of a Buddha, killing an arhat and causing disunity among the Sangha.

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