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    Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ, here the Tibetan sanskrit scrypture on a used pool table, is a mantra particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara. Mani means the jewel and Padma-the lotus. It is the six syllabled mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara in Tibetan Chenrezig.

    H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama's definition
    "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.

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    1. jayarava 42 months ago | reply

      Nice picture. You actually have three mantras here.
      oṃ wagiśvari muṃ | oṃ manipadme hūṃ |
      oṃ badzrapaṇi hūṃ

      Unfortunately the sculptor wasn't too good at placing the diacritics correctly, and the text is slightly mangled.

      In Sanskrit the mantras are
      oṃ vāgīśvari muṃ (Mañjuśri - representing wisdom)
      oṃ maṇipadme hūṃ (Avalokiteśvara - representing compassion)
      oṃ vajrapāṇi hūṃ (Vajrapāṇi - representing energy)

      The smaller text is Tibetan.

    2. reurinkjan 42 months ago | reply

      Thank you jayarava for this explanation.

      Thanks everybody for your comments.Very much appreciated

    3. Abhinav Singhai 34 months ago | reply

      good shot and congrats on making on flickr blog

    4. DirectPositive 34 months ago | reply

      Fantastic photo, really reminds me of being in Tibet! Great job and well done on making the Flickr blog...

    5. Éothain 34 months ago | reply

      Very interesting :)

    6. hockadilly 34 months ago | reply

      Excellent use for a pool table!

    7. eclectico63 34 months ago | reply

      Nice explanation of the mantra, awesome colors, nice composition.

    8. ChasingTheYeti 34 months ago | reply

      So vibrant. Love the colors.

    9. Shantideva 34 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful capture! One of these three mantras reads "Om Mani Padme Hum", indeed. But only the one starting under the kerchief with the "OM" and ending at the head of the monk in the upper row. But the last syllable is covered by the monks upper part of the body.
      Edit: Ooops! I see that this has already been explained...

    10. PawBe 34 months ago | reply

      Very good picture. I want to go there and learn to med.

    11. s@ndrinha 29 months ago | reply

      Linda composição.

    12. réj@ubertséb 27 months ago | reply

      Excellente photo !

    13. Merce.mrc 27 months ago | reply

      Fantástica. Enhorabuena!

    14. Edgar Jerez 27 months ago | reply


    15. Nanda Melonio 27 months ago | reply

      Beautiful composition!!!!

    16. alev0sia 27 months ago | reply

      Wow! Great colours and nice shoot! Well done :)

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