Om mani padme hum: meaning: Om mani padme hum is the six syllabled mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (in Tibetan: Chenrezig; in Chinese: Guanyin). The mantra is especially revered by the devotees of the Dalai Lama, as he is said to be an incarnation of Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara.
It is commonly carved onto rocks and written on paper which is inserted into prayer wheels. The middle part of the mantra, mani padme, is often interpreted as “jewel in the lotus,”. “Jewel-Lotus” is an alternate epithet of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, so it is said mani padme may in reality be addressing Avalokitesvara.
Om mani padme hum in H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s words: “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 […] symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes 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[…]”.
Representations of Om mani padme hum mantra: