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ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ
Om Mani Padme Hum



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"It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast... The first, Om [...] symbolize the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[...]"

"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method-the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[...]"

"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[...]"

"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[...]"

"Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[...]"

--- His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama, Tenzin Gyatzo


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2006-12-20 [xido]: I am inspired.
-will

2006-12-24 [ArchangelGabriel]: The Dali Lama truly is an amazing man. He'd defiantly be on my list of people i'd invite round to dinner.

2006-12-25 [xido]: It would have to be all-you-can-eat to feel worthy of such wisdom's presence at the table, I'm sure. X)
-will

2006-12-25 [ArchangelGabriel]: Hah :P Except being Buddhist he'd never eat more than necessary. Eat to live not eat to live... Also, it would have to be vegetarian ;) Maybe Oscar Wilde would be easier to cater for = P

2006-12-29 [xido]: True.... Picky Buddhists.  XP

I am not a vegetarian. Plants are just as alive to me as animals, so we would have to abstain from eating altogether to not kill to eat. I do not live to eat, but it is worth my time to enjoy the nice meal prepared for me. It is only respectful. ;)
-will

2006-12-29 [ArchangelGabriel]: It's all pretty fascinating really ^-^

2007-05-18 [xido]: I totally understand Om. I do not understand the rest. I have heard many mantras be used. What about the following five syllables is meaningful, and why?

2007-05-18 [ArchangelGabriel]: i'm not sure i could describe it any better than the Dali Lama... You did read the bit underneath right?

2007-05-21 [xido]: Well, I know where Om comes from. It is like returning to the center. Hindus say it was the first sound in creation. I just do not understand where the rest of them are coming from... I read them again. I think it helped a little. I just wish I knew why each of them were more important than all the other possible sounds mankind can create.

2007-05-23 [ArchangelGabriel]: Well, it literally translates to "oh hail the jewel of the lotus amen" They can be found inscribed on almost every Buddhist artifact.

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