Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The MANTRA of Compassion

   I had this small stint working for an architect..back home in India… as a free   hand artist helping him with the perspectives and renderings..and one of our projects was entirely based on Buddhist architecture. He even went all the way upto Nepal to study on it, and once back..our entire office was adorned with artifacts of the region and Buddhist chants being played 24X7.
For a person whose speed of work was directly proportional to the tempo of the music…well…it did me no good. My paint brush would move in synchronization with the chants…VERY VERY SLOW….and could never finish my work on time.

But anyways..this one was different..and I likd it (I cud definitely not be listening to the whole half n hour of it without getting impatient..(I go for faster numbers ;)..and I am defintely not a buddhist. )
Just happened to come across this after over a decade, and definitely felt it very refreshing and soothing.

Om Mani Padme Hum – The Mantra of Compassion.

 "The mantra Om Mani Päme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful. Meaning of the 6 syllables :

Om - to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity,
Ma - helps perfect the practice of pure ethics
Ni - helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience.
Pä- helps to achieve perfection of perseverance,
Me - helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration
Hum -helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

"So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom”.)
(Got no clue y i cant upload the video here ..the search says youtube video not found..while its very much in there. At times blogger is really wierd..so..sharing the links for the timebeing.)



..and..coming back to my interests in this region....personally for me, i really enjoyed working on that particular project, coz i like the architectural style there..especially the roof detailings..and the added colours which definitely brings in a mood of cheerfulness. Places which I am very keen on visiting at one point of time, in my life. (hope my husband sees this ;) )


cute enough
u see the typical style in the roofs?

thats a seriously complicates stuff

a bit way tooo colouful




  1. Interesting post dear.. Genuinely excellent.. Keep up writing Sona :-)

  2. Hi Sona, interesting posting and thanks for the link. Those temples are really beautiful especially the roof, all are very well decorated.

    I do read those Buddhist Mantra but I'm not really committed. By the way, before my FIL pass away, I experience spiritual thing. Very scary indeed but lucky I survive. LOL And during his wake I saw Buddha's lotus. Anyway longggg story, it might take up 3 pages.....for 6 months we have to deal with 'the spirit' that's controlling my FIL. I did not believe until I experience and saw with my own eyes. :)

    Thanks for your kind thoughts, I deleted the anonymous comments, I overlook on that one. Lucky you went to my pastry basket posting. :))

    Have a nice day, my dear friend.

  3. Indeed the architecture of Buddhist monastery and any thing zen is always a marvel. Very intricate designs with umpteen color code!
    Especially the roof and pillar works are awesome.
    The interior of the roofs usually carries story around the zen period.
    It is indeed a nice post, Sona.

  4. @Pavithra - agree ! a story in each architectural detailing. and the pillars u see ? we did some similar ones and i did take some time to get to its minute scale-detailings...but of coause, a much dilted version of the one shared here.