Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih is the mantra associated with Manjushri.
The Manjushri mantra is the mantra for the bodhisattva Manjushri, who is representative of wisdom. His mantra is also symbolic of the wisdom that Manjushri offers. Illustrations and statues of Manjushri depict him clutching a flaming sword in his right hand, held above his head; this is symbolic of his ability to use wisdom in order to cut through any types of delusion and suffering that sentient beings might be struggling with. In his left hand, held at the height of his heart, he is holding the stem of the lotus. The lotus contains a book called the Perfection of Wisdom.
He is shown to be a young prince, perhaps no more than sixteen years of age. It is thought that the freshness of his youth, and his true beauty are representative of the way in which an awakened mind is able to view the world. The unenlightened mind is typically only able to see an ordinary life, which those who are awakened can see it as being full of magic and extraordinary potential.
Manjushri’s name means “Gently Voice One.” This is often considered to be representative of the idea that true wisdom does not need to shout or draw loud attention to itself in order to be the truth.
The Manjushri mantra, like many mantras, does not have an easy literal English translation. The mantra is as follows.
Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih
One of the translations for this mantra could include the following.
These concepts are all an important part of the Perfection of Wisdom. In truth they are less concepts are more they are attempts to put a description of the nature of reality.
Not only is Manjushri a bodhisattva who is representative of wisdom, but he also belongs to the trinity of family protectors. The family that he is known for protecting includes the first supreme Buddha – Shakyamuni. Of all of the known and recognized bodhisattvas, Manjushri is the indivudal who is known for having the closest association and relationship with the Buddha.
Manjushri is a popular deity and we have mnay different products featuring Manjushri. Our selection includes this Manjushri thangka, this Manjushri Buddha statue, and some of our Tibetan jewelry products also feature Manjushri.