As Walter Hagen once said: you’re only here for a short visit; don’t hurry, don’t worry; and be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Given our busy lives beset by professional goals, socialising and social media, we rarely take a break.
But the good news is – more millennials today are acknowledging the importance of peace through mantra and meditation. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning and relevance of one such Buddhist mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum.
This particular mantra has become quite popular amongst millennials and one of the reasons for this could be the ease with which it can be pronounced and chanted. Originally a Sanskrit chant, its actual pronunciation goes like this: Ohm Mah-nee Pahd-may Hum.
As the mantra moved from India to Tibet, Tibetan Buddhists changed its pronunciation to suit their dialect better. Consequently, it is also chanted as: Ohm Mah-nee Peh-may Hung. Of course, the pronunciation doesn’t matter much as long as it is being recited with compassion.
Puneeta Negi, 24, who aspires to be a Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services officer, says this is the reason she chants the Buddhist mantra, “I connect with God for that time. It is our ritual, and my prayer.”
Why Mantra Meditation?
Mantras were created centuries ago but are more relevant and necessary than ever before. Chanting mantras is said to ease the mind off of all the stresses that keep building within us.
The repetition of mantras allows you to feel subtle vibrations that are said to bring about a feeling of peace and positivity. It also helps deal with nervousness and anxiety.
We all feel stressed, now that we are in our 20s and rushing to make something of ourselves. But success is as important as mental health. In that sense, mantras are a means for millennials to disconnect from the outer noise – even for a while – and connect with our inner selves.
The major benefit of the aforementioned Buddhist mantra is that it can be chanted by anyone. Just like the Gayatri mantra or the Gurbani, this one too has a secular approach.
Om Mani Padme Hum
The mantra is said to belong to Chenrezig, a Buddhist deity and the embodiment of compassion. When it is read out aloud or to oneself, it is said to invoke his blessings and attention.
Shardul Gautam, 21, a final year arts student at Punjab University expresses his views on it, “I am not a Buddhist but I have prayer flags in my room with Om Mani Padme Hum written on it. I don’t know the exact meaning but it gives me peace. I meditate every morning.”
In a nutshell, the mantra requests compassionate Buddha to bless the one chanting it, and free them from the suffering of the lifecycle (birth, death, and rebirth). Whether or not it enlightens you, we do believe that mantra meditation can bring you immense peace.
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