Om Mani Padme Hum

Om mani padme hum, is a group of words of Sanskrit origin that when translated means “oh, the jewel of the lotus!”, and whose pronunciation in Spanish would be “om mani peme hum”, it is the mantra of Chenrezig, a deity of Buddhist origin, who represents Compassion. This is considered by the monks of Tibet one of the most important mantras within Buddhism, since in it all the teachings of the prophet Buddha are condensed, and it is for this reason that it is one of the most popular mantras worldwide in the world.

This mantra is found associated in particular with the four-armed Shadakshari representation of Avalokiteshvara. According to tradition, the Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara, which is why the mantra is particularly revered by the faithful.

The mantra “om mani padme hum” is made up of six syllables, each of which has a projection in the light and another in the dark. The invocation of these transmutation energies gives the possibility that some purify the others and the practitioner can achieve equanimity and thus access the wisdom of the void, on the path to enlightenment. Seen from a purely Buddhist philosophical point of view, each syllable is projected on different levels.

First of all, it prevents reincarnations within the so-called six realms of cyclic existence: world of devas, asuras, humans, animals, hungry spirits, and the hell world; while, on the other hand, each syllable purifies the body, the speech and also the mind, alluding to each one of the aspects that one wishes to transform, be it pride, ego, envy and lust, desire, passion, prejudice, stupidity, the desire for riches, poverty, aggressiveness and hatred.

For this reason, each one of the syllables refers to the six pāramitās or transcendental virtues, which are generosity, patience, ethics, diligence, wisdom and concentration.

It is important to point out that each syllable, moreover, is in itself a mantra that recalls the body, speech, mind, virtues and actions of the Buddhas, to ultimately merge with the six essential wisdoms.