One of the most important mantras in Tibet is the mantra of Padmasambhava, also called the Vajra Guru Mantra.
Guru Padmasambhava was the spiritual teacher who is far and wide considered to have been responsible for Tibet’s conversion to Buddhist teachings. Guru Rinpoche was a renowned meditator, teacher, scholar, and illusionist. Guru Padmasambhava’s mantra is a reflection of his diverse nature, and is as follows.
The Padmasambhava mantra is said to be held in highly appreciated by sadhakas (can also be used to refer to spiritual initiates and aspirants; those who follow sadhana or spiritual practices) because of the tremendous benefits encapsulated in this healing mantra.
In the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, healing chants are more than just canned prayers to the deity. Mantras are neither unique to Hinduism, nor to other Indian religions such as Buddhism; similar creative healing constructs developed in Asian and Western traditions as well. These mantras, suggests Frits Staal, may be older than language.
Kukai, a noted Buddhist monk, advanced a general theory of language based on his analysis of two forms of Buddhist ritual language: dharani and mantra. Dharani is found in both exoteric and esoteric ritual whereas Mantra is restricted to esotericBuddhist practice.
Just as the Kabbalists acknowledge that the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and their distinct permutations, hold an inherent universal healing power, so do the very composition of the mantras hold power and provide a „direct line” to the essence and core of the deity being invoked.
In the Tantric school, the universe is sound. The supreme brings forth existence through the Word. Creation consists of sacred vibrations at various frequencies and amplitudes giving rise to the phenomena of the world.
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum meaning, according to Tulku Karma Lingpa:
- By OM, AH, and HUM, one will counteract the magical influences of both Bonpos and Lamas.
- By VAJRA, one will counteract the hostile influences of the nemesis of the gods.
- By GURU, one will counteract the hostile influences of rakshasas, gods, and nature deities.
- By PADMA, one will counteract the hostile influences of minor worldly demons and deities.
- By SIDDHI, one will counteract the hostile influences of Earth Lords and Nagas.
- By HUM, one will counteract all the hostile influences of demons, gods, and men.
More from Tulku Karma Lingpa:
- By OM, AH, and HUM, one will obtain the siddhis (magical powers) of Mind, Body, and Speech.
- By VAJRA, one will obtain the siddhis of the Wrathful and Peaceful deities.
- By GURU, one will obtain the siddhis of the Vidyadhara Guru.
- By PADMA, one will obtain the siddhis of the Dharmapalas and Dakinis.
- By SIDDHI, one will obtain siddhis both ordinary and supreme.
- By HUM, one will obtain all conceivable siddhis (spiritual powers).