OM MANI PADME HUM
LECTURE GIVEN BY TRIPITAKA MASTER HSUAN HUA, 1971
If you are able to constantly recite the Six-Character Great Bright Mantra, there will be six
paths of light changing the darkness of the six destinies into brightness.
These six characters together make up the Six Character Great Bright Mantra; each one
individually is able to emit brilliant light.
Mantras and their meanings are studied in the Secret School, one of the five schools into which
the principles of the Buddha's teachings are divided:
1) the Dhyana School
2) the Teaching School
3) the Vinaya School
4) the Secret School
5) the Pure Land School
The Dhyana School teaches constant investigation of dhyana meditation; the Teaching School,
lecturing sutras and speaking dharma; the Vinaya School, exclusive maintenance of moral
prohibitions: "awesome, majestic, and pure in vinaya, great models for the three realms". Then
there is the Secret School. Secret means "no mutual knowing". The Pure Land School teaches the
exclusive mindfulness and recitation of "Na Mo A Mi T'o Fo", the "Vast Six Character Name".
The first character is "nan (Sanskrit: om)". When you recite "nan" once, all ghosts and spirits
must place their palms together. Why do they put their palms together? To maintain the rules and
regulations. Conforming to the regulations, they follow the correct way. Recite this one
character and all ghosts and spirits do not dare rebel and create confusion; they do not dare
disobey orders. This is called leading sound-meaning, i.e. lead to the mantra to be mentioned
below. This is the first sound in the mantra.
"Ma ni (Sanskrit: mani)" means "wisdom silence". Using wisdom one is able to understand all
principles, and thus is able to be silently extinguished, without production. It is also defined
as "separating from filth" which means leaving all dust and filth. It can be compared to the
"precious as-you-will pearl" which is extremely pure, with no defilement. Whatever excellence
you wish to bring forth, if you have the "precious as-you-will pearl" it can be done. It can
also fulfill your wishes in accord with your thoughts. Every vow you make will be fulfilled.
These are its benefits.
"Pa mi (Sanskrit: padme) actually should read "pa t'e mi". It means "light perfectly
illuminating", and is also defined as "the opening of the lotus". It is analogous to the
wonderful lotus flower, which can complete, perfect, and fulfill, without obstruction. It is the
wonderful mind of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. This is "pa mi".
Next comes "hung ( Sanskrit: hum) which means "put forth". Anything at all can be born from this
character "hung". It also means "to protect and support". Recite this character and all Dharma
protectors and good spirits come to support and protect you. It also means "eradicating
disasters". Recite this character and whatever difficulties there are will be eradicated. It
also means "success"; whatever you cultivate can be accomplished.
Recite the Six-Character Great Bright Mantra once, and the immeasurable Buddhas, Bodhisattvas,
and Vajra Dharma protectors constantly support and protect you. Therefore, when Avalokitesvara
Bodhisattva finished saying this Six-Character Great Bright Mantra, there were seven million
Buddhas who came to support, protect, and surround him. The strength and function of the
Six-Character Great Bright Mantra are inconceivable, the intertwining of the response and way
unimaginable; therefore it is called the Secret School. If one were to explain in detail, the
meanings would be immeasurable and unlimited; they cannot be completely spoken.
Now I will tell you a little of that which cannot be told of the Secret School's strength. Why
do I say "of that which cannot be told"? Because my talking does not even contain one
ten-thousandth part of it. What is it? If you are able to constantly recite and maintain the
Six-Character Great Bright Mantra, there will be six paths of light changing the darkness of the
six paths into brightness. It is necessary that you turn your mind to one when reciting this
mantra to obtain this type of samadhi. Then, not only will the six paths put forth light, but
all of the ten dharma realms will become the "great light bright treasury". So now we know that
the Six-Character Great Bright Mantra has great strength. I hope that everyone will set aside
time from his or her activities to recite the Six-Character Great Bright Mantra.
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OM MANI PADME HUM
Each syllable in this six syllable Mantra liberates us from one realm of
suffering out of each of the six realms of suffering filled existence.
OM - liberates and purifies us from the emotions of bliss and pride in the
samsaric realm of the Gods.
MA - liberates and purifies us from the emotions of jealousy and lust for
entertainment in the samsaric realm of Demi-Gods.
NI - liberates and purifies us from the emotions of passion and desire in the
samsaric realm of Humans.
PAD - liberates and purifies us from the emotions of stupidity and prejudice
in the samsaric realm of animals.
ME - liberates and purifies us from the emotions of poverty and possessiveness
in the samsaric realm of hungry ghosts.
HUM - liberates and purifies us from the emotions of agression and hatred in
the samsaric realm of hell.
In this way by freeing our consciousness, our spirit energy from the
neurotic attachments that our senses are bonded with through the cravings
and aversions constantly taking place inside of us ...
and in this way creating negative karmas that keep us bound to sufferings
and also creating samsara.
The mantra OM MANI PADME HUM purifies us at 3 levels -
Mind, Speech and Body
and in this way liberates us from all our negative karmas.
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