Tibetan Buddhist Mantra for Purification and Liberation

Om Ah Hum

Om Ah Hum

I've been practicing a Tibetan Buddhist mantra for purification and release and I want to share it with you. It's a very powerful practice that can speed the transformation of mind, spirit and body. In Tibetan Buddhism it is generally referred to as the "100 Deities Mantra". It can be offered to any of the deities, buddhas or bodhisattvas to ask for their assistance in purifying and releasing of the constituent elements that comprise the karmic, mental, energetic, emotional or physical bodies.

Om Ah Hum
Bodhicitta Mahasukha
Jnana Dhatu Ah
Om Ah Hum

Om: all encompassing, all pervasive essence

Ah: seed syllable of releasing, transforming, realization

Hum: let it be, make it so, it is this

Bodhicitta: enlightened condition of spirit and mind

Mahasukha: transcendent bliss (equivalent to "ananda" in Indian Yoga)

Jnana: wisdom, understanding, skillful knowledge

Dhatu: constituent elements of being

Ah: seed syllable of releasing, transforming, realization

(Note:  The Tibetan pronunciation of "Hum" is "Hung".  The NG vocalization is important and very useful for yogis that are working on moving energy and releasing nectar from the Crown, Third Eye and Bindu chakras)

All mantras have multiple levels of meaning and varying applications to spiritual practice. Taken together, this mantra can be taken as follows:

"Invoking the All Encompassing and All Pervasive essence, bringing focus and resolve to the energy of purification, aspiring to the transcendent bliss of the enlightened mind, may the understanding of the skillful means for purifying, releasing and transforming the constituent elements of being be present. Let it be so!"

The key feature of this mantra, and its core power, resides in the syllable "Ah". There are many opportunities in the mantra to emphasize and cultivate the power of this bija seed syllable. I have highlighted here:

Om Ah Hum
Bodhicitta Mahasukha
Jnana Dhatu Ah
Om Ah Hum

Success in this mantra requires an understanding of "dhatu".  Dhatu (in this context of the Mantra and Tibetan Buddhism) refers to anything that is a constituent element of a phenomenon.  Applied to yourself, this means anything on any level that goes towards creating and maintainingyour existence and your being.  This includes mental and emotional energies, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, patterns, habits, tendencies, attachments, aversions, preferences, cravings, desires, hungers, karmas, physical body, physical attributes (hair, skin, nails, muscles, bones etc), everything you consume through the mouth, nose, eyes, ears, skin and mind, skills, limitations, spiritual energetic patternings, relationship to deity, relationship to Guru/Teacher...the list could go on but as you can see anything at all that is part of making you the being that you are, now or in the past, is on the table for purification.

Om Ah Hung (Hum)

Om Ah Hung (Hum)

You can even start your practice by simply intoning Ah in various ways, much as a singer might prepare and open the lungs, throat and chest prior to a performance. Play with the syllable and let it resonate in your body in different ways.  Make it your friend.

"Om Ah Hum" is a magnificently powerful mantra in and of itself. It is the opening line of many Vajrayana chants. In this mantra, Om Ah Hum expresses the entire meaning of the mantra in concentrated form. After performing a full mala of 108 repetitions, it is a good idea to repeat Om Ah Hum quite a few times to seal the practice and ensure that it carries forward. "Hum" should be emphasized, taking particular care to let the ending "m" resonate brightly. This brings power, will and decisiveness to the mantra practice.

This mantra works very well with Homa/Yajna fire purification ceremony.  One approach is to take things that represent aspects of self that need to be released and transformed and surrender them into the fire ritually while chanting the mantra.

Like the use of any tool, the results will depend on the intention and skill of the practitioner. Here are some important considerations:

  • Have a specific intention to purify a particular constituent element, for example, a particular kind of thought energy

  • If you work with chakras, apply the mantra to the chakra associated with the element you want to purify, for example, the third eye chakra if you are cleansing a mental energy

  • Recruit other techniques and tools to work together with the mantra, for example, use pranayama breath control to direct the energy of the mantra

  • In performing the mantra, invoke the power of any deity, guru or ascended master to assist you and keep you focused and purposeful

  • Keep a pure intention in your heart, for example, wishing to change a thought pattern so that you can be a better person (and not simply for personal gain)

Apply this mantra to any part of your self that you wish to purify, transform or release. With consistent practice, you can transform any element as part of your own personal alchemy.  

Feel free to ask any questions and I will try to help guide you in your practice.