Om mani padme hum // Mantra Series

December 7, 2015 2:06 am Published by

Today I want to continue our series on mantras, which are phrases or even single sounds typically used during meditation. These phrases can be said out loud or silently to oneself. One mantra that I mentioned briefly last week was Om Mani Padme Hum. I love this mantra because when repeated and meditated on, it is meant to bring you towards enlightenment and understanding of the true nature of suffering.


The central portion of the mantra, Mani Padme means “jewel in the lotus.” However, to fully understand the mantra, it needs to be broken down into its six syllables.

Om (ohm) – The sound or “vibration” of the universe. In this context, the sound is meant to eliminate any connection to one’s ego.

Ma (mah)- Removes the attachment of jealousy.

Ni (nee)- Removes the attachment of desire.

Pad (pahd) – Removes the attachment of prejudice.

Me (meh)- Removes the attachment to possessiveness.

Hum (hum)- Removes the attachment to hatred.

Here is a short video of this mantra’s meaning explained by the Dalai Lama:

Mantras are meant to be repeated often throughout one’s day. What helps you meditate and repeat your mantras throughout the day?

If you’re new to meditation, I suggest checking out this blog post or having a look at my meditation practice. I also recommend starting with guided meditations, you can download my free waning moon guided meditation here.

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About Cassie

Cassie Uhl is the author of five books and two card decks, an artist, intuitive energy healer, and death doula. Her lineage and practices are rooted in pagan earth-based spiritual practices of Northern Europe. She approaches her work and clients with trauma-informed support through all phases of life. She currently resides on the land of the Myaamia people in so-called Indiana of the US.