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Om Mani Padme Hum is a Buddhist chant and can be seen anywhere in McLeodGanj, during my walk through the Kora Circuit, it was everywhere, in the form of flags, prayer wheels, paintings and even on the carvings on rocks and stones which is what I have tried to capture here.
This special yogic chant in Sanskrit, and it’s pronounced OHM-MAH-NEE-PAHD-MAY-HUM. It’s comprised of four words, and those four melodic words are all the words on many of those colorful Tibetan prayer flags.
Om Mani Padme Hum is an ancient Buddhist mantra. In English, this rhythmic chant literally translates to “Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus.” This might not make much sense to new yogis or even to well-practiced yogis, but the mantra’s essence is powerful and pure.
As the Dalai Lama said, its meaning is “great and vast” because all the teachings of Buddha are wrapped up in this one phrase.