Third Track on Chants for Meditation is one of the most powerful Chants of Buddhism “OM MANI PADME HUM”
“The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus” (by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet )
There are six syllables in the Chant and each one has a meaning. The First syllable OM is the primordial sound or “Naad Brahma” of this universe. When pronounced correctly as A- U-M it represents the chanters impure body, speech and mind. They are symbolize Buddha’s exalted body, speech and mind.
Next four syllables MANI meaning jewel symbolizes our intention to become enlightened, compassionate. Like a jewel can bring prosperity, our mind is capable of removing mental poverty.
PADME means LOTUS and symbolizes wisdom. Lotus grows on mud and dirt but is still beautiful and fresh,
The last syllable HUM represents indivisibility and purity.
The benefits of reciting the Compassion Buddha mantra are infinite, like the limitless sky.
Even if you don’t have much intellectual understanding of Dharma, even if the only thing you know is om mani padme hum, still the happiest life is one lived with an attitude free of the eight worldly concerns. If you live your life with the pure attitude free of attachment clinging to this life and simply spend your life chanting om mani padme hum—this six-syllable mantra that is the essence of all Dharma—that’s the purest Dharma.