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Tibetan Mantra Pearls

These Tibetan Mantra pearls are one of our favorite materials to work with. Not only are they beautiful but they have a very special meaning...

Each pearl is hand-etched with the prayer mantra 'OM MANI PADME HUM' (Hail the jewel in the Lotus).  It is believed that the one who recites this Mantra will be saved from danger and will be protected.  This Mantra is found inscribed on rocks, roads, paths, mountain passes and the approaches and exits of villages all over Tibet and Nepal.

The Process:
They start off as white freshwater pearls.  They are next individually hand-etched in Tibet with these prayer Mantras.  After they're etched, they are submerged in black tea for three months to help with the relief of the etching.

The 14th Dalai Lama says​: "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 symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes 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​.​"