Sunday, August 6, 2017


Mantra for Purifying Karma

Karma... that sneaky little bugger also known as "Cause and Effect", certainly has a way of making it's presence known in forms both subtle and gross. The word is used very loosely by almost everyone these days. Anytime someone feels 'wronged' or mistreated, you may often hear someone say, "Karma's a bitch" or "I will let karma deal with it"... or something to that effect. But essentially, it is commonly meant as a repercussion for doing some kind of deed or action that is deemed bad or wrong.

So going with this loose interpretation of the word 'karma', how can we get rid of our 'bad karma' and replace it with the good?

Using the mantra, "Om Mani Padme Hum" during meditation (or any other time) can help.

What is Om Mani Padme Hum?

Firstly, let's get clear on the definition of 'mantra'. In our westernized, modern-day spiritual practices, the word “mantra” has become as mainstream as “intention.” But the two are actually quite different. The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.

Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful flower, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.

In many spiritual practices, mantras are often used as a vehicle that helps you access heightened levels of awareness. Awareness, in this context, refers to the ability to pay attention to the choices you make in your everyday life, and recognize when something isn't working so you can change it. The 'Om Mani Padme Hum' is no different.

*** There is a lot of ancient history and culture that is part of this mantra. Far too much to go into this simple article, but at the end of this writing, I will give you a few links to check out if you are interested in learning more.

According to Tibetan culture, it is said that all the teachings of Buddha are contained in the Om Mani Padme Hum, and that to know the phrase is to know enlightenment. Contained in this verse is the truth of the nature of suffering and how to remove its root cause.

But this poses a bit of a problem; the translation from Sanskrit to English is very rough and not at all adequate to convey such teachings. The definition is actually not possible in just a couple of sentences…in fact, the entire phrase has to be broken down to be properly understood.

Breaking Down the Mantra

Traditionally, these special words are repeated over and over again until they begin to gather within us a certain “emptiness”. Not “emptiness” in the traditional sense where we imagine an experience of nothing…rather it is experiencing ourselves in the moment - on purpose - without attachment to our own ego.

We become free or “empty” of everything but an inner awareness.

That form of enlightened awareness gives us the knowledge to save ourselves from suffering by the use of compassion... toward our selves and others. Compassion is the key to cessation of suffering. In fact, this mantra was handed down from the great Bodhisattva of Compassion known to Buddhists as Avalokiteshvara.

The 6 Syllables and Their Relationship to Suffering

There are 6 syllables in this mantra. Each of the 6 syllables has certain Sanskrit meanings that are important... so try to put your 'Right Intention' behind each as you say or read them. These syllables are believed to oppose certain internal forces that cause suffering. They are as follows:

  • Om (ohm)- Om is the sound or “vibration” of the universe. This sound is the most important of all; but in the context of chanting and mantras, it is meant destroy attachments to Ego and establish Generosity.
  • Ma (mah)- Removes the Attachment to Jealousy and establishes Ethics.
  • Ni (nee)- Removes the Attachment to Desire and establishes Patience.
  • Pad (pahd)- Removes the Attachment to Judgment and establishes Perseverance.
  • Me (meh)- Removes the Attachment to Possessiveness and establishes Concentration.
  • Hum (hum)- Removes the Attachment to Ignorance and establishes Wisdom.

How to practice the Mantra

Ideally, this mantra is said aloud during meditation or prayer times. However, viewing a written copy of the mantra is said to have the same effect. The mantra is often carved into stones left in piles near paths where travelers will see them.

Also spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel is also supposed to have the same effect; the more copies of the mantra, the more the benefit.

In this modern age, I would recommend making a screensaver for your computers and mobile devices, chanting along with the mantra on Youtube, and of course, repeating during meditation. I personally use this mantra during walking meditations. I use it in combination with "Right Intention" and Mindful Awareness. It's amazing!


It's easy to become continuously distracted and waste our energy with trivial things that soon become enormous in our lives. Not only that, but all the actions done with ego and with the poisonous mindsets of anger, attachment and ignorance. Proceeding with intention and action from those mindsets creates what many view as 'negative karma that causes suffering'.

On a metaphysical spiritual level, this mantra will purify your karma and bring blessings in the form of compassion, generosity, loving-kindness, and wisdom. I think that's a wonderful way to live.

Stay Zen!


Joe Vulgamore CHT is is a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Holistic Healer. He is author of the Best-selling book "Alignment- Law of Attraction and the Seven Universal Laws" and "Powerful Powerful You - Understanding Your Power". For almost 30 years, Joe has helped thousands of people from over 14 countries, across 5 continents, to make life-transformations through one-to-one coaching, books, and workshops.

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