om mani padme om

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Holy mantra carved into boulders around the sacred lake Yilhun Lhatso in Eastern Tibet. 

The whole circumference of the lake is covered in these carved boulders, some large and some small, some half underwater. There must be thousands of them altogether! 

Mantras

“Aum”, “Om”: Sanskrit/Hindu/Buddhist. The most sacred mantra.  The universal name of the divine. The vibration of the universal consciousness.

In Buddhist and Hindu tradition the OM or AUM sound navigates chakra energy through your left (A) channel, right (U) channel and centers your energy through the center (M) channel. It helps to achieve effortless meditation state. If you ever wondered why monks or any other group of people who meditate say OM and not AUM, here is the answer.

Position your mouth as you would say the vowel “U”.
With your mouth position unchanged, start pronouncing AUM. This is where the throaty “O” comes from.

Finish with “M” as deep humming.

Keep the mouth position unchanged until you get to the finishing M part.
Remember that if you keep you body still your mind will be more able to concentrate on your energy flowing through your left, right and center energy channels.

How to pronounce and chant Om.

“Om Mani Padme Hum”: Buddhist, meaning “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus”

“Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”: Buddhist and Hindu, the starting of Om followed by peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech.”

“Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha” ,:Buddhist, from The Heart Sutra,  meaning “Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, Enlightenment hail!”. “

“So Hum”: Sanskrit, meaning “I am THAT”. It is suggested to use “So” on inhale, “Hum” on exhale.“

“Maranatha”: Christian, meaning “Come Lord” and understood by some as the final teaching of the Christian Bible

“El Shaddai”: Hebrew, meaning “God Almighty”“

Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih”: Buddhist, and I’m not even going to try to break out the meaning of this in a list.

“Namo Amitabha”: meaning “Homage to the Buddha of boundless light”

“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu”: Buddhist, Pali phrase meaning “May all beings be well and happy.

Verse 28. The wise one dispels negligence by means of mindfulness; he ascends the pinnacle of wisdom and being free from sorrow looks at the sorrowing beings. Just as one on the mountain top looks at those on the plain below, so also, the wise one (the arahat) looks at the foolish and the ignorant (worldliness)

Verse 61. If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool.

Verse 62. “I have sons, I have wealth”; with this (feeling of attachment) the fool is afflicted. Indeed, he himself is not his own, how can sons and wealth be his?

Verse 152. This man of little learning grows old like an ox; only his flesh grows but not his wisdom.

Verse 184. Forbearance which is long-suffering is the highest austerity. The Buddhas declare nirvana to be the supreme state. Verily he is not an anchorite who harms another; nor is he an ascetic who causes grief to another.

Verse 372. There is no meditation without wisdom, and there is no wisdom without meditation. When a man has both meditation and wisdom, he is indeed close to nirvana.

Dhammapada
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Mantra List for Meditation

“Aum”, “Om”: Sanskrit/Hindu/Buddhist. The most sacred mantra.  The universal name of the divine. The vibration of the universal consciousness.

“Om Mani Padme Hum”: Buddhist, meaning “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus”

“Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”: Buddhist and Hindu, the starting of Om followed by peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech.”

“Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha” ,:Buddhist, from The Heart Sutra,  meaning “Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, Enlightenment hail!”. “

“So Hum”: Sanskrit, meaning “I am THAT”. It is suggested to use “So” on inhale, “Hum” on exhale.“

“Maranatha”: Christian, meaning “Come Lord” and understood by some as the final teaching of the Christian Bible

“El Shaddai”: Hebrew, meaning “God Almighty”“

“Namo Amitabha”: meaning “Homage to the Buddha of boundless light”

“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu”: Buddhist, Pali phrase meaning “May all beings be well and happy.

“Sat Chit Ananda”: “Existence, Consciousness, Bliss”,

Contemplating with immeasurably powerful intellect,
With very subtle knowledge, atom splitting knowledge,
Thus entering into the abode of the secret of Buddha,
They (the great bodhisattvas) reach the Ninth Stage,
Benefactors of the World.

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Note on the image: Mandala reflecting Om Mani Padme Hum - Om! the Jewel is in the Lotus Hum! - the heart mantra of Avalokiteshvara.