Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum is the mantra of Guru Padmasambhava.
The Buddha Amitabha collected the energy of all the Buddhas from the ten thousand directions to his heart center and transferred this pure light into a lotus flower in the Danakosha Lake in the land of Odiyana. From this lotus flower the immaculate Padmasambhava was born.
Variations on the spelling are:
- om ah hung vajra guru padma siddhi hung
- om ah hung vajra guru pema siddhi hung
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum is the mantra of Padmasambhava and the blessings that lie in the mantra are manifold. There are various meanings of the inner, outer and secret levels on which this mantra can be used and so there are many esoteric ways of using the mantra.
- OM is the sound principle of the crown chakra.
- AH is the sound principle of the throat chakra.
- HUM is the sound principle of the heart chakra.
- VAJRA refers to the energy of the enlightened mind; like light breaks into an indestructible diamond or a lightning bolt that goes through everything.
- GURU means wise teacher or master.
- PADMA means lotus and refers to the purity of the enlightened mind; symbol of wisdom and compassion.
- SIDDHIIA refers to unprecedented achievements or supernatural powers.
- HUM is the manifestation of enlightenment in the individual man.
If you let the mantra work on you, you will see that there are several aspects hidden in the mantra:
- How to meditate: OM AH HUM
- Who do we turn to: VAJRA GURU
- What do we ask: PADMA SIDDHI
- Who are we asking this for: HUM
We can thus use the mantra Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum as a supplication towards Padmasambhava and thus give external expression. It then means as much as:
Oh great enlightened master whose wisdom and compassion may shine on me. Bless my body, thoughts and actions with your strength and energy and help me understand like you.
Meditate with the Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum mantra
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The meditation explained step by step:
Make sure you are relaxed but active. Your back is straight and your chin falls slightly towards the chest - as if there is a string on your crown that is gently pulled. Make your neck and back long and keep it that way during meditation.
Breathe in and out slowly and try to breathe through your nose. Ideally, the exhalation is slightly longer than the inhalation.
Now visualize in your mind the picture of Padmasambhava that you see in this step. You can look at the image and then close your eyes briefly and recall the image. Repeat this several times so that the image comes to mind more clearly.
See Padmasambhava floating in the air to shine his blessings on you.
To begin, use a full inhalation and exhalation to recite the sounds.
As you recite the OM sound, visualize a white light emanating from Padmasambhava's forehead. See how the light connects with the chakras of your forehead (crown/third eye) and your body so purified and empowered with the body of the Buddha.
Recite the sound AH and visualize a red light from Padmasambhavas throat chakra flow to your throat chakra. The light purifies your thoughts and speech and empowers you to speak with the loving compassion and decisiveness of a Buddha.
Recite the sound HUM and visualize a blue light from the heart of Padmasambhava connecting with your heart chakra. This blue light purifies and empowers you with the mind of the Buddha.
Vajra is pronounced as 'benza', Padma can be pronounced as 'pemmeh'.
Chant the sounds of VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM, shining a rainbow of light from your heart to the 10.000 directions to purify the bodies, speech and thoughts of all people on earth.
Note: in English it is spoken about 'sentient beings in samsara', we can therefore also speak of all perceiving and empathetic beings in the cycle of life and death and thus also involving the animal kingdom.
End a recitation with the transformation of Padmasambhava into a lightning bolt and draw it to yourself. Let the lightning go through your central nervous system to your heart, as it were. Use the 'vajra' - the lightning bolt - to make the rainbow light shine even stronger from your heart center / chakra.
In the photo you see a 'vajra' which you can hold at the bead in the middle between your thumb and index finger while meditating.
You can repeat the mantra from step 2 to step 6 several times. You will notice the more often you do this, the more powerful the connection with Padmasambhava feels. You will experience that the entire mantra will coincide as one sound and radiate your continuous rainbow light from your heart as you repeat the mantra (in your mind).
Experience the union with Padmasambhava and your own Buddha nature.
Cultivation of our own Buddha nature
Visualizing the purity-born Guru Padmasambhava, floating in our minds, is an invocation from the enlightened aspect of your own Buddha mind. OM AH HUM VAJRA PADMA SIDDHI HUM reciting with faith, love, devotion, compassion and wisdom, you bestow all the spiritual powers and qualities that your mind can contain.
- As an external aspect, constant recitation brings you closer to Padmasambhava and its Buddha field of copper mountains.
- On an inner aspect, continuous recitation will purify all your energy centers and channel systems and transform your body into a Buddha field.
- As for the secret aspect, constant recitation will open your mind to the realization that Padmasambhava is you and that you are and always have been Padmasambhava.
With Amitabha on the top of my head I praise the transcendent and infinite light.
With Avalokitesvara in my throat chakra, I praise compassion beyond dualistic fixation.
With Padmasambhava in my heart, I praise the rainbow beyond time and space.
May all beings attain enlightenment through the teachings of the Buddha.
Padmasambhava and the Vajrayana Buddhist Teachings
India and China had been Buddhist nations for centuries, but Tibet had too many obscurations to be fully endowed with the Dharma. They needed a nirmanakaya Buddha with the power of time and space and the wrathful compassion to lead Tibet out of its dormant stupor. Therefore, the wisdom Buddha Manjushri took reincarnation as the king of Tibet, Trisong Detsun, and invited Padmasambhava to establish the very powerful Vajrayana Buddhist teachings there.
Although Guru Padmasambhava was fully enlightened at birth, he reabsorbed all the teachings of the Buddha on Earth and in space and spread them throughout India, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal, Jang and Hor. After subduing the hostile forces of Tibet, he established the cosmic mandala of Samye Monastery to firmly plant all of the Buddha's teachings in Tibet. He invited many great masters from India and China to translate and transmit the full spectrum of Buddhism there. Samye Monastery was built and consecrated as a sacred mandala representing the cosmos with the three floors of the monastery representing the three great Buddhist nations of India, China and Tibet.
The Samye monastery - the vision of Padmasambhava
The Indian floor represented the Hinayana and Vinaya teachings, the Chinese floor represented the teachings of Mahayana and dhyana, and the Tibetan floor represented the Vajrayana and tantra teachings. All together the three vehicles of Buddhism were completely planted and the great wish of the Dharma king Trisong Detsun was fulfilled.
Even today, some fourteen hundred years later, the energy in Samye Monastery is still very intense. Behind the monastery is Mala Mountain and the 108 caves of Samye Chimpu where practitioners retreat. These pilgrims can witness many modern miracles such as;
- self-illuminating images in the cave walls,
- hand and footprints of Padmasambhava and other great masters,
- and even Padmasambhava's finger drawings in solid rock.
The number of conscious beings who have achieved enlightenment here in the past, present, and future are countless because the blessings that flow through this cosmic mandala are infinite.