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Om Mani Padme Hum prayer stones, Nepal 6th November 2006

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    I could imagine this photo as a large painting. It is beautiful. I also appreciate the definition of the Om Mani Padme Hum prayer.

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Om Mani Padme Hum prayer stones, Nepal

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Most flags, prayerstones, prayerwheels and chants contain the worlds Om Mani Padme Hum. Many times incorrectly translated as “Hail, the jewel in the lotus”, the actual meaning is a bit deeper. This is what the Dalai Lama tells about it:

“It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast… The first, Om, symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha”
“The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method-the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.”
“The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom”
“Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility”

“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha”
— H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatzo

(See also Wikipedia.)

These huge carved walls are found on the way to Everest Basecamp, Nepali side. These are quite visible, but some of the smaller carved rocks are overgrown or worn out and hardly recognizable. I traveled with my Nepali friend Ang Phurba, who was a lama and he made sure I passed every rock that had the vaguest scratch on them on the left, as is customary. So I think I made quite a few extra miles scrambling over small passages, but my reward came when Ang Phurba did not see one of the stones himself and I could just grab his shoulder and lead him to the left :)

Actually, this image is not Black & White, nor a landscape in the classical sense, it is a colour shot, but the land and walls themselves where scaped and painted black and white :)

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