Behold! The Jewel in the Lotus

written by Anjula November 10, 2014

The mantra, Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say and quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. , the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

“So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones

mantra: om mani padme hum

The six syllables purify the six realms of existence in suffering. (For example, the syllable Om purifies the attachment to bliss and pride, which afflict the beings in the realm of the gods)

Purifies Samsaric Realm
Om bliss / pride gods
Ma jealousy /lust for entertainment jealous gods
Ni passion / desire human
Pe stupidity / prejudice animal
Me poverty / possessiveness hungry ghost
Hung aggression / hatred hell


When used in meditation or if recited daily, Om Mani Padme Hum (or Hung) can remove negative karma and thoughts and help one achieve enlightenment and awareness. The last word, ‘Hum’ or ‘Hung’ means indivisibility, or something which cannot be torn apart. It holds both wisdom and method and this cannot be broken or divided. It is a reminder that each one of us has purity within us—we just have to go through the paths to enlightenment to uncover it and erase all impurities from ourselves. The symbol also helps us realize the emptiness of the words, thereby helping us detach from the world to seek enlightenment.

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