Om & Svaha in Mahayana

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Om & Svaha in Mahayana

Postby vinodh » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:18 am

Hi All,

I just wanted to know the earliest Buddhist reference to the Bijakshara "Om" and the Syllables "Svaha".

Is there any Mahyana-specific explanation for "Om" & "Svaha" ? These are virtually contained in every other Dharanis & Mantras of Mahayana. I am expecting some early Mahayana Sutra to contain the explanation for the use of these syllables.

I am aware Om is explained in Vajrayana as the Vak, Kaya & Citta of the Buddhas. (If I remember from E-Sangha, Eijo quoted an east asian Tantric text where "Om" was considered referring to the Trikayas). I presume, the Tantric texts are dated much later, hence would have had time to come up with an Buddhist association for these.

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Re: Om & Svaha in Mahayana

Postby Norden » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:32 am

Sanskrit language is used in Mahayana which is heavily influenced by Brahmanism therefore, in short, Om & Svaha is influenced by Brahmanism and Hinduism.
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Re: Om & Svaha in Mahayana

Postby JKhedrup » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:19 pm

From HHDL
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 is composed of three letters, A, U, M. These symbolise the practitioner’s impure body, speech and mind; they also symbolise the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.


http://www.buddhasvillage.com/teachings/hhomph.htm
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
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Re: Om & Svaha in Mahayana

Postby Aemilius » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:42 pm

vinodh wrote:Hi All,

I just wanted to know the earliest Buddhist reference to the Bijakshara "Om" and the Syllables "Svaha".

Is there any Mahyana-specific explanation for "Om" & "Svaha" ? These are virtually contained in every other Dharanis & Mantras of Mahayana. I am expecting some early Mahayana Sutra to contain the explanation for the use of these syllables.

I am aware Om is explained in Vajrayana as the Vak, Kaya & Citta of the Buddhas. (If I remember from E-Sangha, Eijo quoted an east asian Tantric text where "Om" was considered referring to the Trikayas). I presume, the Tantric texts are dated much later, hence would have had time to come up with an Buddhist association for these.

V


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