I was introduced to ‘Om’ as a meditation support via an incredibly soothing CD of chanting. The significance of Om (also known as Aum) varies according to different religions and their traditions, but it always reflects the tradition’s concept of divinity.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the Sanskrit mantra/prayer ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra (see pic above) is said to have the same effect; it is often carved into stones and placed where people can see it or written on paper which is inserted in prayer wheels, said to increase its effect.
The mantra is the most widely used of all Buddhist mantras, and open to anyone who feels inspired to practice it; it does not require prior initiation by a lama (meditation master). It is not translatable as some mantras are, although many people have suggested that the middle part (mani padme) can be interpreted in Sanskrit as ‘jewel in the lotus’.
Definitions aside, I found it to be an incredibly calming part of practice and yet another tool that can be utilised to reign in your monkey mind.
Until tomorrow, love and Oms, sm x