Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, worship, psychic control or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, dogmas, rituals, books, temples, and forms, are but secondary details. -- Swami Vivikenanda
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Buddhism: Meaning of AUM and OM MANI PEME HUNG
What is Buddha? What is not Buddha?
Buddha is not he, nor she, nor it, but thus ....
Buddha originally meant awakened/enlightened one.
A Buddha is like a flower, just like all life itself. Molecules come together and forms a life form, but then this life form dies and returns to the dust of particles. What is left in the end? What was this essence that hold it together?
"There is no higher way of bridging mind and matter than the AUM, the Soundless Sound. Even if one cannot pronounce it aloud, one may reflect upon AUM. In this there is no West or East. There is not a single human being on earth who cannot engage in deep reflection upon the opening of the mouth, the holding of the breath and the closing of the mouth. To engage in this meditation is to begin to reflect upon the origin, the maintenance and the dissolution of the cosmos, upon the beginning of human life on earth in any incarnation, the continuance of that life, and the graceful ending of life at the solemn moment when death comes as a deliverer and friend. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, creation, preservation and destruction-regeneration, apply to the cosmos as they apply to man. They are perfectly expressed in the AUM, the Soundless Sound; therein lies not just the act of bridging mind and matter, but the possibility of bridging mind and matter on the most universal plane. Hence, it is the basis of the most fundamental, lasting and irreversible effect, and of the highest magic." [Excerpted from The Spectrum of Consciousness, Sri Raghavan Iyer (1986).]
OM MANI PADME HUM (Sanskrit pronounced as OM MANI PEME HUNG) meaning The Jewel in the Lotus or The Mantra of Compassion
This is the highest Mantra for mankind gifted to us by the thousand Buddhas out of their compassion for all sentient beings. It will protect us from all harm, sufferings, ill health, hell regions; it will purify us and free us from all our negative emotions of the Mind and speech.
This mantra saves us from the hell regions and hungry ghosts which we have to encounter during and after death. Hence, it is beneficial and a most valuable savior not only during Life on Earth but also after Life, when we have to remain and pass through the six Hell regions in the Bardos.
Each syllable in this six syllable Mantra liberates us from one realm of suffering out of each of the six realms of suffering filled existence:
OM liberates and purifies us from the emotions of bliss and pride in the samsaric realm of the Gods.
MA liberates and purifies us from the emotions of jealousy and lust for entertainment in the samsaric realm of Demi-Gods.
NI liberates and purifies us from the emotions of passion and desire in the samsaric realm of Humans.
PAD liberates and purifies us from the emotions of stupidity and prejudice in the samsaric realm of animals.
ME liberates and purifies us from the emotions of poverty and possessiveness in the samsaric realm of hungry ghosts.
HUM liberates and purifies us from the emotions of agression and hatred in the samsaric realm of hell.
In this way by freeing our consciousness, our spirit energy from the neurotic attachments that our senses are bonded with through the cravings and aversions constantly taking place inside of us ... and in this way creating negative karmas that keep us bound to sufferings and also from creating samsara.
The mantra OM MANI PADME HUM purifies us at 3 levels - Mind, Speech and Body - and in this way liberates us from all our negative karmas. Within a short time of meditating on this Mantra, you will experience the opening and development of your heart chakra and begin to feel highly kind and compassionate towards other sentient beings including animals, even the tiny helpless ones.
You will develop a magnetic aura around you that will draw other people towards you, attracting them like a magnet attracts iron filings. Love will begin to flow in your Life. Reciting this mantra for 21 minutes daily will energize and develop your Heart Chakra.
When the Heart and Mind become united, anything is possible.
This Mantra is popularly known as "The Jewel in the Lotus" or "The Diamond in the Lotus".
("Mani" means Diamond, a precious jewel, and "Padma" means Lotus flower which is the spiritual symbol of consciousness.)
The Jewel refers to the Mind or consciousness and the Lotus refers to the Heart that is the source of Love energy.
The meaning of OM MANI PADME HUM is "Om, salutations to the Jewel of consciousness (the Mind) which has reached the Heart's lotus."
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MANTRAS
Your outer world is governed by your inner world. Divine Powers that are generated inside you now start making all positive events happen in your life in the outer world.
This inner world is nothing but your intent which actually you are expressing in the mantra. Thus, I wish to make the most valuable statement about mantras.
If you don't understand the meaning of the mantra you are repeating and what you are saying to the cosmos from your spirit and subconscious mind -- if you are not visualizing this meaning of the mantra by feeling the meaning of the mantra deep within your soul, while saying the mantra -- then it is not going to benefit you much.
Most people don't even understand what the mantra is all about even after using it for years, so they do not progress much, so we encourage you to understand the explanations we have given on each mantra and which Divine Energies being attracted and addressed.