As one traverses across the scenic lands of Sikkim — a beautiful land nestled in the foothills of Himalayas — there’s a definitive hum that envelopes self. Emanating from the numerous monasteries that are perched on different top of hills, it is aided by the scores and scores of colorful flags that gracefully flutter in the winds that glide along. If that was not enough, there are the cylindrical drum-wheels that in the clockwise rotation, add to this subdued hum. These wheels could be as small as a little-finger, and could be as bigger as any human around. Frankly, the hum is actually a hymn, a six-syllable Sanskrit one that pervades the whole land, cleansing and purifying the minds and possibly the souls of the populace.
“Om Mani Padme Hum”(ॐ मणिपद्मे हूं) is how the hymn goes, generating a relentless flow of energy that inter-mixes in the air. There is no escaping this vibrant energy, actually there is no need to so. It is like a force of magnetism that exists but can scarcely be defined.
The hymn is an integral part of Mahayana Buddhism, and is
especially found in the places where this branch of Buddhism exists and flourishes, namely Tibet, northern parts of India, Sikkim, Bhutan and so on.
According to Wikipedia, the first known description of the mantra (Om Mani Padme Hum) appears in the Karandavyuha Sutra. Accordingly, inside the sutra Sakyamuni Buddha (Or the Siddhartha Gautama-Buddha) said, “This is the most beneficial mantra; even I made this aspiration to all the million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from the Buddha Amitabha.” This text is dated to around the late 4th-5th Century CE. Continue reading Unlocking the secret of Om Mani Padme Hum