emotions, which are the cause of the six realms of samsara, are purified.

This is how reciting the six syllables prevents rebirth in each of

the six realms, and also dispels the suffering inherent in each realm.

At the same time reciting OM MANI PADME HUM completely purifies

the aggregates of ego, the skandhas, and perfects the six kinds of

transcendental action of the heart of the enlightened mind, the

paramitas of: generosity, harmonious conduct, endurance, enthusiasm,

concentration, and insight. It is also said that OM MANI PADME

HUM grants strong protection from all kinds of negative influences,

and various different forms of illness.

Often HRIH, the "seed-syllable" of Avalokiteshvara, is added to

the mantra to make OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH. The essence of

the compassion of all the Buddhas, HRIH, is the catalyst that activates

the compassion of the Buddhas to transform our negative emotions

into their wisdom nature.

Kalu Rinpoche writes:

Another way of interpreting the mantra is that the syllable OM is the

essence of enlightened form; MANI PADME, the four syllables in the

middle, represent the speech of enlightenment} and the last syllable,

HUM, represents the mind of enlightenment. The body, speech, and mind

of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas are inherent in the sound of this

mantra. It purifies the obscurations of body, speech and mind, and brings

all beings to the state of realization. When it is joined with our own faith

and efforts in meditation and recitation, the transformative power of the

mantra arises and develops. It is truly possible to purify ourselves in this

way 4

For those who are familiar with the mantra and have recited it

with fervor and faith all their lives, the Tibetan Book of the Dead prays

that in the bardo: "When the sound of dharmata roars like a thousand

thunders, may it all become the sound of the six-syllables." Similarly

we read in the Surangama Sutra:

How sweetly mysterious is the transcendental sound of Avalokiteshvara, It

is the primordial sound of the universe,,,, It is the subdued murmur of

the sea-tide setting inward. Its mysterious sound brings liberation and

peace to all sentient beings who in their pain are calling out for help, and

it brings a sense of serene stability to all those who are seeking Nirvana's

boundless peace.

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