Contemporary Mantra Mandala Offering with mantra OM MANI PADME HUM in Lantsa style and the Mudra (gesture with hands) in the center, size 12x12inches.
Meaning of Mani Mantra:
The mantra is often “translated” as “Hail to the jewel in the lotus” but the Sanskrit simply can’t mean that. The central element, manipadme, seems properly to be a name, Manipadma (“The Jewel Lotus One”) with the -e ending signifying the vocative case, meaning that Manipadma — is being invoked (“O Jewel Lotus One”). If this is the case, assuming that the mantra is in classical Sanskrit, then Manipadma would have to be a feminine figure, but it’s unknown which figure that would be! Some have suggested that it might be an invisible consort of Avalokiteshvara. If the mantra was originally in a non-Sanskrit language with different grammatical rules, however, and the vocative -e ending was applicable in that language to a masculine figure, then Manipadma could be Avalokiteshvara himself. The mantra would them mean “Om, O Jewel Lotus One, Hum” — the “Jewel Lotus One” being Avalokiteshvara.
TSHERAB KUNGYI LÜEDANG LONGCHÖE PEL/
I offer the bodies, possessions and merits of my lives
TSHOGNYI DZOGCHIR KONCHOG SUMLA BUL/
to the Three Excellent Jewels in order to achieve the two accumulations.