Om Mani Padme Hum is a Sanskrit phrase meaning “All hail the jewel in the lotus”.
By contemplating and meditating on this phrase, one is imbued with divine qualities. Om Mani Padme Hum cultivates the six virtues that create the sacred heart. These virtues are the context for the union of the higher heart and lower heart, symbolized for centuries by Avalokitesvara and Kuan Yin. These virtues are the six emotional doorways to love breathed by the Holy Spirit and revealed in the mind of Atman.
In Sanskrit, the word Atman means both self and breath. Atman is the universal self, identical with the eternal core of the individualized Self that after death either reincarns to a new life for additional learning or attains release from the bonds of existence. Atman is the best, the Divine part of everyone’s multidimensional organism. Repeating this mantra can strengthen, support, and extend your experience of the blessing in the Kuan Yin Verses.
Om is the sound of creation. It is said to be the first syllable brought into the world of manifestation. Om establishes this phrase as a prayer to the Almighty Supreme God, the Creator of the cosmos and bestower of our life existence.
Mani means jewel. This is a wish-fulfilling jewel that can be likened to an Aladdin’s lamp. It will manifest whatever one wishes. Your creative Mind is that jewel. Often regarded as a metaphor for the teachings and virtues of the Buddha, I see mani as the Atman’s conscience, radiating from the core of the individual, through the six emotional doorways to love.
Padme symbolizes wisdom. Just as the beautiful lotus grows from mud, so the wisdom of the heart sees the beauty, union, and integrity in all life. Padme is the Heart that gives and receives love with the fullest of understanding.
Hum signifies indivisibility between thought and action. Sutra means thread. Sutras are eternal Truths expressing through all of creation. When Hum is sounded, it acknowledges the Truth that thought is cause and the physical world is its manifest likeness. Hum carries the same impact as Amen, so be it.
Sounding this sutra sustains the core energies activated when one is centered in the True Reality. It feeds the divine nature, bringing forth Atman.
In Sanskrit, “A” is a negative particle. This implies receiving, the function of the feminine principle symbolized by Kuan Yin. “Tma” means darkness. The logical, linear mind sees this as the negation of darkness and comes up with light. In a polarity sense, this has merit and can describe the masculine principle of neutrality, a state of accepting What Is, without any desire to change, without any resistance to change either.
“Atman” then is the aggressive and receptive principles reaching to understand consciousness in the face of polarity. These polarities create the wheel of samsara, the six realms of existence which must be understood in order for one to cross over into the Mind where consciousness can experience the True Reality.
In a duality sense, we might hope to experience Atman as the act of receiving darkness, that which is unknown, unformed, virgin – Kuan Yin, the consciousness that is Mary, the Holy mother of Jesus. Into this space, you as a thinker are invited to create so you might know the Real Self. You are the Light of the world.
For the Buddhists, Atman is the Brahmanic Fire resulting from the use of Kundalini, the most powerful creative energy available to human beings. It is this Holy Fire that purifies the heart, making it sacred. The coherent heart knows love and compassion, honoring all life.• – from The Taraka Yoga of Kuan Yin