my interpretation of Om Mani Padme Hum o/t

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Posted by lezard on June 21, 2002 at 16:17:30:

In reply to: Incubus Dude's tattoo posted by Farron Tarr on June 20, 2002 at 19:03:37:

: lighten up. he knows what it means, as do i. whenever i do a henna
: tattoo on my palm, its always the om mani padme hum. but im not
: himdu. and it may mean thousands of things to other people, but it
: may mean one thing to brandon. what that is, i dont know. but dont be
: sad. Dont worry be happy. brandon knows what he's doing.

Om Mani Padme Hum is the six word true mantra of Avalokitshevara
Bodhisattva in Buddhism. According to what I learnt, the layman terms
decoding of the mantra goes like this:

Om- when this syllable is uttered with intention, all of you put your
hands together, shut up and listen,( I presume it is listen to the
Dharma which is the Buddha's teaching)
This applies to all sentient beings, so when the ghosts and evil shut
up put their hands together in reverence, harm cannot befall you.

Mani- loosly translated as the priceless pearl. Which also
means/suggest the dharma. I gathered when we voice the mantra, it is
to hold the thought of the dharma is priceless pearl.

Padme- Lotus. The symbol of purity. Which is also used to describe the
dharma. The teachings of the Buddha is pure and free from defilement.

Hum- means to put forth. To Begin.

So combined, OmManiPadmeHum is to have reverence for the priceless and
pure teaching of the Buddha and start practising it now.

There is a huge text on the technical interpretation of the mantra in
my religous book. But this is what I have in my head.


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