The Mantra of
I love knowing that having this image on my hard drive turns
it into a Prayer Wheel that spins at 7000 r.p.m. , please feel free
to download it onto your hard drive.
In this painting the Tibetan god of compassion Chenrezig is singing the mantra of compassion, or is the manta
singing him, in legend Chenrezig is made of rainbows so I have tried to
paint him filled with an infinite polar array of the mantra that is also
in the colors of a rainbow so that he vibrates within an infinite field of compassion.
Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of
compassion, is the primary mantra that was used in Prayer Wheels in
Tibet since the 7th Century. As a result, Prayer Wheels were
known as Mani Wheels. Not only was this mantra used in
prayer wheels, it was chanted continuously as a kind of national slogan,
carved in rocks at the sides of the roads and paths through the
Himalayas, and incorporated into the mindscape of the people as a
fundamental principle of life.
OM MANI Padmi Hum, is pronounced by Tibetans: Om Mani Peme Hung. It embodies the
compassion and blessing of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and invokes
especially the blessing of Avalokitesvara (Goddess of Mercy),
Chenrezig the Buddha
of Compassion. Avalokitesvara is a manifestation of the Buddha in the
Sambhogakaya, and this mantra is considered the essence of the Buddha's
compassion for all beings which liberates all sentient beings from
sufferings of the different realms of samara.
The Tibetan Buddhist teachings explain that each of the six syllables of the mantra - Om
Mani Peme Hung - has a specific and potent effect in bringing about
transformation at different levels of our being. The six syllables
purify completely the six poisonous negative emotions, which are the
manifestation of ignorance, and which cause us to act negatively with
our body, speech, and mind, so creating samsara and our suffering in it.
Pride, jeolousy, desire, ignorance, greed, and anger are transformed,
through the mantra, into their true nature, the wisdom of the six buddha
families that become manifest in the enlightened mind.
So when we recite OM MANI PEME HUNG, the six negative emotions, which
are the cause of the six realms of samsara, are purified. This is how
reciting the six syllables prevents rebirth in each of the six realms,
and also dispels the suffering inherent in each realms. At the same time
reciting OM MANI PEME HUNG completely purifies the aggregates of ego,
the skandhas, and perfects the six kinds of transcendental action of the
heart of the enlightened mind, the paramitas of: generosity, harmonious
conduct, endurance, enthusiasm, concentration, and insight. It is also
said that OM MANI PEME HUNG grants strong protection from all kinds of
negative influences, and various forms of illness.
KALU RINPOCHE writes :
Another way of interpreting the mantra is that the syllable OM is the
essence of enlightened form: MANI PEME. The four syllables in the
middle, represent the speech of enlightenment; and the last syllables,
HUM, represents the Mind of enlightenment. The body, speech and mind of
all the buddhas and bodhisatvas are inherent in the sound of this
mantra. It purifies the obscurations of body, speech and mind, and
brings all beings to the state of realization. When it is joined with
our own faith and efforts in meditation and recitation, the
transformative power of the mantra Arises and develops. It is truly
possible to purify ourselves this way.