Tibetan Buddhist Bangle Silver 925. Mantra of compassion "om mani padme hum!" Dorje.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reciting the mantra of Chenrezig om mani padme hum, aloud or internally, is an invocation to the benevolent and powerful attention of Chenrezig, the expression of the Buddha's compassion. The fact of seeing the written mantra can have the same effect, that is why it is found in places well visible, even engraved in stone. It can also be invoked using prayer Mills on which the mantra is inscribed, sometimes thousands of times. There are different sizes of prayer Mills: there are those that can be transported with oneself and run with one hand, and there are others that are so big and so heavy that it takes several people to rotate them. According to Tibetan Buddhist monks, the mantra om mani padme hum (hung) alone brings together the Buddha's teachings. We will now see step by step the power of this mantra in a more "technical" way.
Each syllable allows to close a door of reincarnation:
OM: closes the door of the world of devas (gods).
MA: closes the door of the Asura world (demigods).
NI: close the door of the human world.
PAD: closes the door of the animal world.
ME: closes the door of the pretas world ("greedy spirits").
HUNG: close the door of 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 spirit.
PAD: purifies the veil of conflicting emotions.
ME: purifies the veil of substantial existence.
HUNG: purifies the veil that covers the 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 achievements of the Buddhas.
Each syllable corresponds to one of the six transcendental paradigms or refinements:
Each syllable is also connected to a Buddha:
Every syllable of the mantra purifies us from a defect:
MA: envy/desire to entertain.
NI: passionate desire.
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: all embracing wisdom (Dharma)
ME: discriminating wisdom
HUNG: a mirror-like wisdom.
The vajra, in Tibetan Dorje. This is undoubtedly the most important symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. The term means "diamond" and designates the indestructible nature of the spirit in itself, the awakening, which is both imperishable and indivisible. The little Scepter seems to be, originally, the diamond lightning of the God Indra, it is a mark of royalty and power.
When associated with the Bell, the vajra symbolizes skillful means and compassion, while the Bell represents knowledge and emptiness. Keeping them together is an insight into the unity of knowledge and means.
Here is the symbolism of the vajra in detail:
1-the five upper points represent the five wisdoms, five facets of the diamond that is the awakened mind:
the mirror-like wisdom, which means that the awakened mind, just like a perfectly polished shimmy, clearly reflects all things, possesses the ability to know everything, without any confusion.
the wisdom of equality, which recognizes that all the phenomena of samsara (me ordinary world) and of Nirvana (the pure fields or paradise of the Buddhas) are of an equal nature in the sense that they are of a unique essence: the vacuity
the wisdom of the distinction, which connotes that the awakened mind perceives not only the emptiness of all phenomena (what the wisdom of equality does) but also, in a simultaneity without confusion, all phenomena as they manifest themselves;
the fulfilling wisdom, which allows the Buddhas to create pure fields and emanations working for the good of beings;
the wisdom of the universal space (SCT. dharmadatou), which indicates that all the phènomenes, beyond any concept and duality, remain in the pure knowledge of the mind.
At the same time as the five wisdoms, these five upper points symbolize the five victors or five main male Buddhas on a mystical plane. The five lower points symbolize the five female Buddhas.
3-the mouths of makara (sea monster) whose peaks emerge denote the liberation of the cycle of existences.
4-the eight upper petals represent the eight male bodhisattvas, in other words eight great bodhisattvas residing in heavenly realms.
5-the eight inferior petals are the eight female bodhisattvas.
6-the round part in the Middle designates emptiness.
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