Manjushri is a Bodhisattva who represents wisdom. Along with Vajrapani (who represents the energy of the enlightened mind and energy that breaks through delusion) and Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (who represents compassion, and His mantra also represents that quality), He is part of the trinity of family protectors.
His name can be translated as Gentle Prince or Beautiful Radiance. Furthermore, He is known as Vagisvara (which translates as – Lord of Speech) and Manjughosa (which translates as – Sweet Voice). In addition, in Japan, He is called Monju, in China Wen-shu Shih-li, and in Tibet Jam-dpal.
He is the eldest of the great Bodhisattvas, hence, He is foremost in wisdom. More importantly, He is associated with oratory, poetry, and writing and it is said that He has an amazing melodious voice.
He is 1st referred to in early Mahayana sutras, like – the Prajnaparamita sutras (they refer to this perfected way of seeing the nature of reality) and through this association, very early in the tradition, He came to represent the embodiment of prajna (transcendent wisdom).
In the sutras, He has a Pure Land in another universe, wherein He manifests himself as the Buddha He actually is.
He is commonly portrayed as a young, approximately 16-year-old Indian prince. In His left hand He holds, at heart level, the stem of the lotus, and, in His right hand, He has a sword, held above his head.
His sword of discriminating wisdom is tipped with flames to show that it severs all notions of duality. Additionally, with this sword He can cut away aversion, delusion, and longing, to reveal equanimity, understanding, and compassion.
Occasionally, He is depicted riding a lion, that symbolizes His fearless and princely nature. Also, instead of a sword, Manjushri is described holding a jewel, a lotus, or a scepter.
In China, this Bodhisattva is depicted as a child with 5 topknots.
Om Ah Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhi meaning:
This mantra symbolizes the quality of wisdom.
Benefits of reciting Manjushri mantra:
Chanting this powerful Tibetan mantra is acknowledged to bring wisdom to the practitioner as well as it can enhance one’s skills in memory, debating, explaining, and writing. Moreover, reciting this mantra regularly heightens one’s intelligence and helps the mind to be free from ignorance.
Maha Vairocana mantra meaning:
”May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
May all sentient beings never be separated from bliss without suffering,
May all sentient beings be in equanimity, free of bias, attachment, and anger.”
Maha Vairocana Buddha mantra lyrics:
”Om Namo Bhagavate Sarvate Gate, Varsuddhani Rajaya, Ta Tha Ga Ta Ya
Arahate Sam Yak Sam Buddhaya, Ta Dya Tha Om Sodhani Sodhani
Sarva Papam, Vishodani Suddhe Visuddhe, Sarwa Karma Avarana
Visudhani Ya Soha.”
Vairocana Buddha, also known as Dainichi Buddha, is a cosmic Buddha and a central figure in esoteric Buddhist practice. He represents the fundamental principle and the eternal existence of the universe.
In Sino-Japanese Buddhism, He is seen as the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of emptiness (shunyata). He is described as the One who has no back, no front and has a panoramic vision simultaneously perceiving all directions. He is boundless and all-pervasive.
In the Bardo Thodol (a text from a larger corpus of profound spiritual teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones), the appearance of Vairocana Buddha is said to be terrifying people conditioned by negative karma.
In the Chinese schools of Hua-Yen and Tiantai Buddhism, He is the Primordial Buddha as well as in later schools including the Japanese Shingon, Kegon, and esoteric lineages of Tendai.
As the Supreme Buddha, He is commonly located in the center of mandalas of the Dhyani Buddhas. He is usually portrayed using the Dharmacakra mudra. In this mudra, the index and thumb finger of both hands touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle symbolizes the Wheel of Dharma or the union of wisdom and spiritual method (or path).
His consort is Goddess Tara or Vajradhatvishvari, His mount lion (or the dragon), His family Moha, and His symbol the wheel (chakra).
Benefits of reciting the mantra of light:
This powerful mantra is effective in bringing a complete purification of the physical body’s 4 great elements (earth, water, wind, and fire). Transforming the four elements lays a good foundation for the cultivation of spiritual success.
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