Tibetan bell, drilbou.
Silver 925 and copper.
Mantra of compassion om mani padme hum engraved on the bell
Dimensions 29mm/ 12mm/12mm
Weight of 6.8 grams
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The bell, in Tibetan drilbou. It symbolizes, in a general way, emptiness (emptiness does not mean that nothing exists, but that phenomena do not exist as we perceive them because of the veil of ignorance that covers our mind).
1° Its hollow part represents emptiness and its beat the "sound" of emptiness (i.e. its dynamics potentially containing the manifestation)
2° The lotus with eight petals symbolizes the eight female bodhisattvas, associated with the idea of emptiness like all female deities.
3 ° The vase contains the nectar of the accomplishments.
4° The face on the handle is that of the female deity Prajnaparamitam symbol of the knowledge of emptiness.
5 ° The vajra contains its prope symbolism as seen above.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reciting Chenrezig's mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, aloud or inwardly, is an invocation to Chenrezig's benevolent and powerful attention, the expression of the Buddha's compassion. Seeing the written mantra can have the same effect, which is why it is found in clearly visible places, or even engraved in stone. It can also be invoked using prayer wheels on which the mantra is inscribed, sometimes thousands of times. There are different formats of prayer wheels: there are those that you can carry with you and rotate with one hand, and there are others that are so large and heavy that it takes several people to turn them. According to Tibetan Buddhist monks, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hung) alone brings together all the teachings of the Buddha. We will now see step by step the power of this mantra in a more "technical" way.
Each syllable closes a door of reincarnation:
OM: Close the door to the world of the Devas (gods). MA: Close the door to the world of asuras (demigods). NI: Close the door to the human world. PAD: Close the door to the animal world. ME: Close the door to the world of pretas ("greedy spirits"). HUNG: Close the gate to hell.
Each syllable purifies a veil:
OM: purifies the veil of the body. MA: Purifies the veil of speech. NI: purifies the veil of the mind. PAD: purifies the veil of contradictory emotions. ME: purifies the veil of substantial existence. HUNG: purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Each syllable is a mantra in itself:
OM: for the body of the Buddhas. MA: for the word of the Buddhas. NI: for the spirit of the Buddhas. PAD: for the virtues of the Buddhas. ME: for the achievements of the Buddhas. HUNG: for the grace of the body, the word, the spirit, the virtue and all the accomplishments of the Buddhas.
Each syllable corresponds to one of six transcendental paradigms or refinements:
OM: generosity. MA: Ethics. NI: tolerance. PAD: perseverance. ME: concentration. HUNG: discernment.
Each syllable is also connected to a Buddha:
OM: Ratnasambhava. MA: Amaoghasiddi. NI: Vajradhara PAD: Vairocana. ME: Amitabha. HUNG: Akshobya.
Each syllable of the mantra purifies us of a defect:
OM: Pride. MA: the desire/desire to be entertained. NI: passionate desire. PAD: stupidity / prejudice. ME: poverty/possessiveness. HUNG: aggressiveness/hatred.
Finally, each syllable corresponds to one of the six wisdoms:
OM: the wisdom of stability. MA: the all-fulfilling wisdom NI: wisdom emanates from oneself PAD: the all-embracing wisdom (dharma) ME: the discriminating wisdom HUNG: the mirror-like wisdom.
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