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

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398 APPENDIX FOURemotions, which are the cause of the six realms of samsara, are purified.This is how reciting the six syllables prevents rebirth in each ofthe six realms, and also dispels the suffering inherent in each realm.At the same time reciting OM MANI PADME HUM completely purifiesthe aggregates of ego, the skandhas, and perfects the six kinds oftranscendental action of the heart of the enlightened mind, theparamitas of: generosity, harmonious conduct, endurance, enthusiasm,concentration, and insight. It is also said that OM MANI PADMEHUM grants strong protection from all kinds of negative influences,and various different forms of illness.Often HRIH, the "seed-syllable" of Avalokiteshvara, is added tothe mantra to make OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH. The essence ofthe compassion of all the Buddhas, HRIH, is the catalyst that activatesthe compassion of the Buddhas to transform our negative emotionsinto their wisdom nature.Kalu Rinpoche writes:Another way of interpreting the mantra is that the syllable OM is theessence of enlightened form; MANI PADME, the four syllables in themiddle, represent the speech of enlightenment} and the last syllable,HUM, represents the mind of enlightenment. The body, speech, and mindof all the buddhas and bodhisattvas are inherent in the sound of thismantra. It purifies the obscurations of body, speech and mind, and bringsall beings to the state of realization. When it is joined with our own faithand efforts in meditation and recitation, the transformative power of themantra arises and develops. It is truly possible to purify ourselves in thisway 4For those who are familiar with the mantra and have recited itwith fervor and faith all their lives, the Tibetan Book of the Dead praysthat in the bardo: "When the sound of dharmata roars like a thousandthunders, may it all become the sound of the six-syllables." Similarlywe read in the Surangama Sutra:How sweetly mysterious is the transcendental sound of Avalokiteshvara, Itis the primordial sound of the universe,,,, It is the subdued murmur ofthe sea-tide setting inward. Its mysterious sound brings liberation andpeace to all sentient beings who in their pain are calling out for help, andit brings a sense of serene stability to all those who are seeking Nirvana'sboundless peace.

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