The Om Jewelry Collection - Designed by Lissa Coffey using the
ancient Om symbol, and Made in USA.
The design is an OM symbol set in a circle, and the dot of the
OM is a lotus flower. The “OM MANI PADME HUM” mantra is inscribed
on each piece.
The Lotus Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum.
Mantras are like little prayers. The lotus mantra is one of the
most popular mantras in Tibet, it is known as the prayer of
compassion. It is often said that the essence of all the teachings
of the Buddha are contained in this one mantra. There are so many
layers of meaning in Sanskrit, as each syllable carries its own
vibration, and together form new vibrations that evoke various
meanings. Loosely translated, Om Mani Padme Hum means: “I bow to
the jewel within the lotus.”
Repeating this mantra is believed to purify the mind and body
and bring joy and peace to you, and those around you. Let’s look at
the roots of this beautiful mantra:
- OM: The Dalai Lama says: “In chanting OM, you can
transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body,
speech and mind of a Buddha.” OM represents the oneness, the
- MANI: Mani means jewel, and it symbolizes compassion,
love, and the altruistic goal of achieving enlightenment.
Remembering this helps us to practice pure ethics, acceptance, and
- PADME: Padme means lotus, and it symbolizes wisdom. The
lotus flower grows out of the mud, but is not soiled by the mud. It
reminds us that we can live in this imperfect world and not be
affected by it. This helps us to practice perseverance and
concentration, remembering our goals, and our true nature.
- HUM: Hum helps us to practice wisdom and make good
choices. It means inseparability and it symbolizes purity. It
reminds us that we can achieve the perfection we seek by combining
wisdom and activity.
This beautiful mantra can be chanted, spoken, or thought on its
own, or with a mala to aid your practice and concentration.
Because I love the symbolism and meaning of the Mani mantra so
much, I designed pendants, bracelets/hairbands and headbands that
you can wear to keep the mantra in the forefront of your mind.
An explanation of the symbolism of the Om.
The Lower curve of the '3' symbolizes the waking state (jagrat),
in this state the consciousness is turned outwards through the
gates of the senses. The larger size of the curve signifies that
this is the most common ('majority') state of the human
The upper curve denotes the state of deep sleep (sushupti) or
the unconscious state. This is where the sleeper desires nothing
nor beholds any dream.
The middle curve (to the right side) signifies the dream state
(swapna) which lies between the deep sleep and the waking state. In
this state the consciousness of the individual is turned inwards,
and the dreaming self beholds an enthralling view of the world
behind the lids of the eyes.
The dot at the top signifies the fourth state of consciousness,
known in Sanskrit as turiya. In this state the consciousness looks
neither outwards nor inwards, nor the two together. It signifies
the coming to rest of all differentiated, relative existence. This
utterly quiet, peaceful and blissful state is the ultimate aim of
all spiritual activity. This Absolute (non-relative) state
illuminates the other 3 states.
The semi circle underneath the top dot, symbolizes maya and
separates the dot from the other 3 curves. Thus it is the illusion
(illusion) that prevents us from the realization of this
highest state of bliss. The semi circle is open at the top, and
does not touch the dot. This means that this highest state is not
affected by maya. Maya only affects the manifested phenomenon. This
effect is that of preventing the seeker from reaching their
ultimate goal: the realization of the One, all pervading,
unmanifest, Absolute principle. In this manner, the form of OM
represents both the unmanifest and the manifest, the noumenon and the
These are the 3 states of an individual's consciousness, and
since an Indian mystic believes the entire manifested reality to
spring from this consciousness, these three curves therefore
represent the entire physical phenomenon.