I stumbled upon this video from Jaima James, who did a wonderful job of composing a very beautiful music to accompany the “Om Mani Padme Hum” chant plus some others. Even though the Mani mantra is Buddhist, James included images from other religious traditions into the video, making it more complete and more universal. The message of the Mani mantra is universal compassion. We open ourselves up totally with no remainder and dedicate every tiny bit of ourselves for the ultimate benefits of all sentient beings. This is what Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is doing, and this is what we are also doing when we chant his mantra.
In this video there is also the chant of “Om Shanti, Shanti”. “Shanti” is Sanskrit for peace, and there is also the mantra of Tara: “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.” Tara is also the bodhisattva of compassion. In chanting these mantras we are becoming one with Avalokiteshvara or with Tara herself. The essence of the Bodhisattvas is present in the mantra. So when we chant them we are blessed by the very presence of the Bodhisattvas themselves.
So let us engage in meditation and reflection while we watch and listen to the video. Thanks a lot to Jaima for sharing this with us.