The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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TWO MANTRAS 395

When the syllables VAJRA GURU PADMA are taken together,

they also signify the essence and the blessing of the View, Meditation,

and Action. VAJRA means the unchanging, diamantine, indestructible

Essence of the truth, which we pray to realize in our View.

GURU represents the luminosity Nature and noble qualities of

enlightenment, which we pray to perfect in our Meditation. PADMA

stands for Compassion, which we pray to accomplish in our Action.

Through reciting the mantra, then, we receive the blessing of

the wisdom mind, the noble qualities and the compassion of

Padmasambhava and all the buddhas.

SIDDHI HUM

SIDDHI means "real accomplishment," "attainment," "blessing,"

and "realization." There are two kinds of siddhis: ordinary and

supreme. Through receiving the blessing of ordinary siddhis, all

obstacles in our lives, such as ill-health, are removed, all our good

aspirations are fulfilled, benefits like wealth and prosperity and long

life accrue to us, and all of life's various circumstances become auspicious

and conducive to spiritual practice, and the realization of

enlightenment.

The blessing of the supreme siddhi brings about enlightenment

itself, the state of complete realization of Padmasambhava, that benefits

both ourselves and all other sentient beings. So by remembering

and praying to the body, speech, mind, qualities, and activity of

Padmasambhava, we will come to attain both ordinary and supreme

siddhis.

SIDDHI HUM is said to draw in all the siddhis like a magnet that

attracts iron filings.

HUM represents the wisdom mind of the buddhas, and is the

sacred catalyst of the mantra. It is like proclaiming its power and

truth: "So be it!"

The essential meaning of the mantra is: "I invoke you, the Vajra Guru,

Padmasambhava, by your blessing may you grant us ordinary and supreme

siddhis,"

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche explains:

It is said that the twelve syllables OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU

PADMA SIDDHI HUM carry the entire blessing of the twelve types of

teaching taught by Buddha, which are the essence of his eighty-four thousand

Dharmas, Therefore to recite the Vajra Guru mantra once is equivalent

to the blessing of reciting,,, or practicing the whole teaching of the

Buddha, These twelve branches of the teachings are the antidotes to free

us from the "Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination," which keep us

bound to samsara: ignorance, karmic formations, discursive consciousness,

name and form, senses, contact, sensation, craving, grasping, existence,

birth, old age and death, These twelve links are the mechanism of

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