Om Mani Padme Hum is one of the most important mantras in all of Buddhism. It is vey closely related to Avalokiteshvara, who is the earthly manifestation of the self-born eternal Buddha Amitabha. And as I’m about to share with you, this mantra is seriously important in traditional Buddhism and it carries a major measure for the modern world too.
So what does Om Mani Padme Hum mean?
Om: Om is a sacred syllable that you can find in lots of Indian religions.
Mani: means “bead” or “jewel”.
Padme: means “lotus flower”. Flower? Yup. But not just any old flower. The lotus flower is the sacred flower of Buddha.
Hum: This represents enlightenment.
So what does Om mani padme hum means? You see it all over the place. It’s in Buddhist art. You can see it on statues of Buddha. It’s on mani stones (rocks with this mantra carved into them). What’s it mean?
The English Translation
Om Mani Padme Hum in English means various things depending on the school of Buddhism that it’s coming from.
But it generally means, “The jewel is in the lotus”.
But that doesn’t exactly tell the whole story. You can see what the mantra really means only when you consider what happens when you recite it.
Reciting Om Mani Padme Hum is very beneficial. But why?
Om Mani Padme Hum is a fantastic mantra to recite. That’s why you can find videos of monks chanting it on Youtube and other places. But what’s it all about?
Let’s Nike this and “Just Do It”.
Start reciting “Om Mani Padme Hum”
Now let met elucidate you as to what’s actually happening.
When you say Om, you are making the sound that represents purity. Purity of body, mind and speech.
You then say “Mani Padme Hum”. And these words represent the path.
Mani means love and compassion.
Padme means the lotus and represents wisdom
Hum means enlightenment.
Put it together and you get:
“Purity of mind, body and speech. Path. Love and compassion. Wisdom. Enlightenment.”
… I’m sorry, what?
“Be pure in body mind and speech. Follow the path of wisdom with love and compassion. Buddhahood will result”.
In other words. If you want to make it to become a Buddha, follow the wise path of dharma with love and compassion, and be enlightened
So let’s think about that.
Essentially, what Om Mani Padme Hum is saying is that if you want to achieve the highest state of your being, you must live an enlightened life, speaking, acting, and behaving in an enlightened way, with love and compassion for all. This is the way to your highest self.
And you know why this means so much? Not because it’s carved in stones. Because it’s true. It’s true for Buddhists. And it’s true for everyone.
Nothing is more important than love and compassion. As the Dalai Lama said, “We can live without religion, but we cannot live without human compassion”. That’s why we need to do our all to make sure that we are compassionate to everyone. Because love is the key. We need to develop Universal Loving Kindness. And you can do that by practicing Loving Kindness Meditation.
You must act in an enlightened (noble and pure) way with your body, mind and speech. Because only by being accountable for your own actions can you really being to make a positive impact in the world. Be conscious of yourself and your actions. Practice mindfulness. Do these 25 mindful habits. Be pure in and of yourself. Man does the world need people like that right now.
Follow dharma. Only, it does not have to be dharma. You believe what you want to believe. Connect with your own spirituality. Decide what matters to you. Walk the divine path. But make it your own divine path. Choose a wise path and dare to walk it. Don’t be like most people, sheep following ill leaders, no. Choose your own path. Choose with wisdom. Walk it.
Become enlightened. Do that. Be love. Be compassion. Be answerable to yourself. Be conscious. Choose your own path. Choose wisely. Dare to walk it. Then you’ll achieve your highest self. And nothing will be more valuable so long as you live.
That’s what those sacred words mean. And God may they echo in eternity and penetrate the very streets of our world.
Om Mani Padme Hum Chant / Song