From a CD released by Turtlehill as a Sangha in the spring of 2007 entitled VAJRA ROCK IN PRAISE OF THE LOTUS BORN – A FIRST OFFERING in GRATITUDE & ECSTATIC CELEBRATION OF THE WISDOM AND COMPASSION OF GURU PADMASAMBHVA. These are original, devotional songs presented freely as an offering for all sentient beings. Downloads are zipped and encoded in .mp3 format @ 192k. Total Download Size: 59Mb.
These twelve syllables are the heart-mantra of Padmasambhava.
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
The original songs can be downloaded free from Tutlehill.
The OM Mantra and Mandukya Upanishad: Yoga Vedanta Meditation A Transcript Study of the Teachings of Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati on the OM Mantra
The pinnacle of the wisdom of the ancient and practices of the ancient sages of yoga is contained in the terse 12 Verses of the Mandukya Upanishad, which outlines the philosophy and practices of the OM, It has been said that the juice of the Vedas is in the Upanishads, and the juice of the Upanishads is in the Mandukya Upanishad.
OM mantra is also suggested as a direct grab to Samadhi in the yoga sutras. The teachings of the Mandukya Upanishad are well worth deep study, discussion, reflection and contemplation. By faithfully and intently engaging these 12 verses, all of the other written and oral teachings can be explored as the foundation principles and practices encapsulated in this succinct summary. It is not only the most insightful writing, but also a complete outline for Sadhana enlightenment practices.
The OM mantra is the road map of the entire process of Sadhana and the most practical tool for self-realization. One of the other hundred plus Upanishads, the Mukti (or Liberation) Upanishad, explains that for those who are seeking Liberation, the understanding and practicing of the principles of the Mandukya Upanishad is sufficient for attaining that realization.
Verses 1 to 2 describe the Self and the Absolute. Verses 3-7 explain the four-levels of consciousness. Verses 8-12 outline the four aspects of AUM mantra. Briefly the 12 Verses are: 1. All is OM; 2. Self – Atman – Brahman; 3. Waking state – Vaishvanara; 4. Dreaming – Taijasa; 5. Deep Sleep – Prajna; 6. Experiencer of the three; 7. Fourth state – Turiya; 8. A, U, and M of OM mantra; 9. A of AUM; 10. U of AUM; 11. M of AUM; 12 Silence after AUM.
Verses 1-2 are about the Self and the Absolute.
Verse 1: All is OM. The whole universe is the syllable OM/AUM. Following is the exposition of OM. Everything that was, is, or will be is in truth OM. All else which transcends time, space, and causation is also OM.
Verse 2: Atman has 4 aspects. 1) Gross | Physical Plane; 2) Subtle | Astral Plane; 3) Causal Plane/Source; 4) Fourth/Consciousness. All of these, everywhere is in truth Brahman, the Absolute Reality. Verse 2: The Individual Self itself (Atman) is also Brahman (the Absolute Reality) This Atman or Self has4 aspects through which it operates.
Verses 3-7 are on the four levels of consciousness.
Verse 3: First is Waking or Gross – the first aspect of Atman is the Self in the waking state/Vaishvanara. In this state, consciousness is turned outward to the external world. Through its 7 instruments and 19 channels, it experiences the gross objects of the phenomenal world. Briefly those 7 instrument are Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, along with the Individuation from the whole, and the flow of Energy. The individual operates the 19 channels (as explained in Verse 2), which are the 4 functions of mind: Manas (sensory, processing mind), Chitta (storage of impressions), Ahamkara (I-maker or ego), and Buddhi (intelligence; knows, decides, judges, discriminates). These four functions operate through 5 Pranas: 1) Prana (heart, vitalizing, inhaling); Apana (base of torso, eliminating); Samana (naval, digestion, discernment); Udana (throat; exhalation); Vyana (whole body; coordinate systems). The 5 active senses or Indriyas, Karmendriyas of eliminating, procreating, moving, grasping, and speaking, and the 5 cognitive senses or Jnanendriyas of smelling, tasting, seeing, touching and hearing.
Verse 4: The second aspect of Atman is the Self in a Dreaming state/Taijasa. In the second state, consciousness is turned towards the inner world. It also operates through 7 instruments and 19 channels, which engage the subtle objects of the mental realm.
Verse 5: Third state is Deep Sleep/Causal/Prajna. The third aspect of Atman is the Self operating in the Deep Sleep state. In this third state, there is neither the desire for any growth or subtle object, nor any dream sequences. In Deep Sleep, all such experiences have receded or merged into the ground of undifferentiated consciousness. Here one is filled with the experience of Bliss, and can also find the way to clearer knowledge of the 2 preceding stage.
Verse 6: Find the Experiencer, the one who experiences all of these states of consciousness is the omniscient, in-dwelling source, and director of all. This one is the womb out of which all of the other emerges, all things originate from, and dissolve back into this source.
Verse 7: The fourth aspect of Atman or Self is Turiya, literally the 4th. In this 4th state, consciousness is neither turned outward, nor inward, nor is it both outward and inward. It is beyond both cognition and the absence of cognition. This 4th state of Turiya cannot be experienced through the senses, or known by comparison, deductive reason, or inference. It is indescribable, incomprehensible, and unthinkable with the mind. This is Pure Consciousness itself. This is the Real Self (Atman). It is within the cessation of all phenomena. It is serene, tranquil, filled with Bliss, and is One without a second. This is the Real or True Self that is to be Realized.
Verses 8-12 are the 4 aspects of AUM.
Verse 8: Those 4 levels of consciousness are the same, with the A, U, M, and Silence. The OM, though described as having 4 states, is indivisible. It is Pure Consciousness itself. That Consciousness is OM. The 3 sound A, U, M, and the 3 letter A, U, M, are identical with the 3 states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping, and these states are identical with the 3 sounds and letters. The 4th state, Turiya, is only to be Realized in the Silence behind, or beyond the other 3.
Verse 9: The sound A is waking/gross. Vaishvanara is the consciousness experienced during the waking state, and is “A” sound, or A, the 1st letter of AUM. That simple sound of A first and permeates all other sounds. One who is aware this level of reality has fulfillment of all longings and is successful.
Verse 10: The sound “U” is dreaming, subtle. Taijasa is the consciousness experienced during the dreaming state, and is “U”, the 2nd letter of AUM. This intermediate state operates between the waking and sleeping state, reflecting some qualities of the other 2. One who knows this subtler state is superior to others, for one who knows this, knowers of Brahman, the Absolute Reality, will be born into his or her family.
Verse 11: The sound “M” is deep sleep/causal. Prajna is the consciousness experienced during the state of dreamless deep sleep, and is “M”, or M, the 3rd letter of AUM. It contains the other 2, and is that from which the other 2 emerge, and into which they recede, or merge. A knower of this more subtle state can understand all that is within himself or herself.
Verse 12: The Silence after the AUM is the True Self/Soundless. The 4th aspect is the Soundless aspect of AUM. It is not utterable, and is not comprehended through the senses, or by the mind. Withe cessation of all phenomena, even of Bliss, this Soundless aspect becomes known. It is the state of Non-duality (Advaita) Reality, One without a second. This 4th state, Turiya, is the Real Self, or True Self. One with direct experience of this extends to Universal Consciousness. OM… OM… OM… OM…OM… OM… OM… OM… OM… OM… OM.
The specific use of the Surangama pendants is to wear them next to the skin when visiting graveyards and funeral homes paying final respect to the dead. Pendants that have been blessed are holy and are said to have the magical power of driving off unclean spirits. Such pendants are usually given free to Buddhists who have given a donation however small to the monastery, or the monk or nun who has personally blessed them. Since the Surangama Sutra and Mantra are Mahayana doctrines, they are usually available in Chinese Mahayana temples.
The pendants are placed on the altar before the Buddha. The monks and nuns of most Chinese Pure Land temples recite the Surangama Mantra 3 times each morning at 3 o’clock and at the end of the 36th day, the community of monks have thus invoked the Surangama Mantra 108 times and the pendants are removed and are fully blessed. Blessed or holy pendants have magical powers of protection.
In general, the pendants may also be purchased at gifts shops on Chinese Mahayana temple grounds and on the websites that sell Buddhist jeweleries. These pendants may or may not be blessed. Blessing a pendant requires mental clarity and endurance of the person who recites the Mantra, and so if you’re planning on buying one online, ensure it has been blessed. Otherwise, do it yourself by following the guidelines stated above. One thing to bear in mind though. As mental clarity and endurance are the requirement, the person invoking the Mantra should be vegetarian. The first Buddhist commandment stipulated by the Buddhism is non-violence, meaning not to conflict any pain or suffering to sentient beings. Meat eaters or carnivores must think of how their meat comes from before they justify themselves to be non-violent and compassionate!
If you’re not a vegetarian, try to obtain a pendant blessed by a monk. All Chinese monks of the Pure Land School are vegetarians and they are required to recited the Surangama Sutra at least three times a day first thing in the morning.
Blessed pendants may also be used as decors by hanging them loosely to handbags, cellphones, or the rear-mirror inside a car. They have the power of protection against accidents.
Power-charged pendants may also help children who wear them excel in their schoolwork because when they’re reciting the Mantra, it is in itself training for mental clarity and endurance.
After use, return the pendant to the home altar where you offer flowers, water, incense, light, fruits and prayers to the Buddha. Do not let it lie about to collect dirt.
Master Longyen chants the Nīlakantha Dhāranī in Sanskrit. Commonly known as the Great Compassion Mantra, this Dharani can work miracles. Master Sea Cloud recommends that everyone chants this mantra 10,800 within 2 months.
This mantra is 105 sec. long. If you wish to complete 10,800 within 2 months, you need to chant 180x per day or devote 315 minutes, i.e. 5 hrs 20 minutes each day. Plan your practice wisely and you will make it.
Master Sea Cloud recommends 54,000 times up to 108,000 times per year for advanced learners. The clip is available at Nīlakantha Dhāranī in 105 sec.
namo ratnatrayāya namah ārya avalokiteśvarāya
नमो रत्नत्रयाय नमह् अर्य अवलोकितेश्वराय
bodhisattvāya mahāsatvāya mahākārunikāya
बोधिसत्त्वाय महासत्वाय महाकारुनिकाय
oṃ sarvarabhaya sudhanadasye namaskrtvā imam
ॐ सर्वरभय सुधनदस्ये नमस्क्र्त्वा इमम्
āryāvalokiteśvara raṃdhava namo narakindi.
आर्यावलोकितेश्वर रंधव नमो नरकिन्दि।
hrih mahāvadhasama sarva athadu śubhuṃ ajeyaṃ.
ह्रिह् महावधसम सर्व अथदु शुभुं अजेयं।
sarva satya nama, vastya namo vāka, mārga dātuh.
सर्व सत्य नम वस्त्य नमो वाक मार्ग दातुह्।
tadyathā oṃ avaloki locate karate, e hrih
तद्यथा ॐ अवलोकि लोचते करते ए ह्रिह्
mahābodhisattva. sarva sarva, mala mala, mahima hṛdayam,
महाबोधिसत्त्व। सर्व सर्व मल मल महिम हृदयम्
kuru kuru karmuṃ, dhuru dhuru vijayate mahāvijayate,
कुरु कुरु कर्मुं धुरु धुरु विजयते महाविजयते
dhara dhara dhirīniśvarāya, cala cala, mama vimala muktele,
धर धर धिरीनिश्वराय चल चल मम विमल मुक्तेले
ehi ehi, śina śina, āraṣaṃ pracali viṣa viṣaṃ prāśaya.
एहि एहि शिन शिन आरषं प्रचलि विष विषं प्राशय |
huru huru mara hulu hulu hrih
हुरु हुरु मर हुलु हुलु ह्रिह्
sara sara siri siri suru suru bodhiya bodhiya
सर सर सिरि सिरि सुरु सुरु बोधिय बोधिय
bodhaya bodhaya. maitriya nārakindi
बोधय बोधय । मैत्रिय नारकिन्दि
dharṣinina bhayamāna svāhā siddhāya svāhā
धर्षिनिन भयमान स्वाहा सिद्धाय स्वाहा
mahāsiddhāy svāhā siddhayogeśvarāya svāhā
महासिद्धाय् स्वाहा सिद्धयोगेश्वराय स्वाहा
narakindi svāhā māraṇara svāhā
नरकिन्दि स्वाहा मारणर स्वाहा
śira saṃha mukhāya svāhā sarva mahā asiddhāya svāhā
शिर संह मुखाय स्वाहा सर्व महा असिद्धाय स्वाहा
cakra asiddhāya svāhā padma hastrāya svāhā
चक्र असिद्धाय स्वाहा पद्म हस्त्राय स्वाहा
nārakindi vagalaya svāhā mavari śankharāya svāhā
नारकिन्दि वगलय स्वाहा मवरि शन्खराय स्वाहा
namaH ratnatrayāya namo āryavalokiteśvarāya svāhā
नमः रत्नत्रयाय नमो आर्यवलोकितेश्वराय स्वाहा
oṃ sidhayantu mantra padāya svāhā
ॐ सिधयन्तु मन्त्र पदाय स्वाहा
This is the seed mantra of the cosmic Vairocana Tathagata in Siddham script. It is pronounced “bhah” in Sanskrit. In cultivating Avatamsaka Sutra recitation practice, when you have finished reciting one chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra, chant the mantra below to complete any faults or omissions that may have occurred during the recitation. Right click the link to hear me chant the mantra.
To the lotus-adorned treasury oceans of worlds, I offer this meal.
To the ocean assemblies of flower-adorned buddhas and bodhisattvas, I offer this meal.
To the Buddha Avatamsaka Mahavaipulya Sutra, I offer this meal.
This food is light, pure and prepared according to the Dharma. It contains all six tastes and I offer it to the Buddha and the Sangha. I hope all sentient beings in the Dharma realm will take this meal with me.
When we eat, I wish that all sentient beings will take meditative joy as nourishment and feel the bliss of the Dharma.
Ending a Meal
namāh saptanām samyāk-sambuddhā-koṭināṃ tadyathā oṃ cale cule cunde svāha
He who truly gives for happiness’s sake will reap peace and happiness.
I have finished my meal. May all sentient beings complete their tasks according to the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Giving money and giving in kind have the same merits. Both are dana-paramita, complete and perfect.
The Taisho Tripitaka Vol. 46 No. 1955, the Collection of Essential Doctrinal and Tantric Methods for Achieving Perfect Enlightenment says, “Next chant the Six Syllables Great Brightness Mantra 108 times as follows: om mani padme hum .
Wherever you chant this mantra, immeasurable Buddhas, bodhisattvas, divas, dragons, and other dharma protectors will congregate before you. You will possess the power to enter immeasurable Samadhis. You and seven generations of your family in your ethnic group will be liberated. Even the worms inside your body will become bodhisattvas. With each passing day, you will possess the merits of the six paramitas. You will become infinitely eloquent and immaculately wise. Whomever your breath touches will be cured of the poison of hatred and will become bodhisattvas. You chant this mantra once and your merits will equal those of all peoples in the universe who have attained the status of the seventh stage of bodhisattva. This mantra is the sublime, bright, and true paramahrydayam (primordial heart) of Avalokitesvara. If you write this mantra, your merits will equal those of copying all the sutras in the Tripitaka. If you write even on syllable of this mantra, your merits will equal those of building as many Buddha statues with gold and precious stones as there are atoms in the universe. If you know this mantra, you will not be hindered by greediness, hatred, and delusion. If you carry this mantra on your body, you will not be greedy, hateful, or deluded. All the sentient beings that you touch or see will become bodhisattvas and will never suffer from birth, aging, sickness, and death. This concludes the explanation of the Six Syllables Great Bright Mantra”.