Friday, November 28, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #30, "Pad"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am so happy that I have some spare time to create this new post for our Haiku Shuukan ... really it's a joy to have finally a little bit of time to be on time with publishing here.

This week we are going on with our quest through the six "sounds" of the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum". And this week we have the fourth "sound" of this mantra "Pad". Before I dive in this episode I will share the meaning of "Om Mani Padme Hum" here again.

Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods); Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods); Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm); Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm); Me purifies greed and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts); Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm).

And I love to share a video:

This week's sound is "Pad" and it stands for diligence and purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm). It's color is blue and the symbol the deity is equanimity and wishes to be born in the presence of the Protector.

H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, "On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM":

"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[...]"
Thoughts to be had whilst chanting transcribed in simplification keeping essence:
Being and non-beings proliferate loving compassion and indivisible intelligent equanimity; Om Mani Padme Hum.
That is the natural ubiquitous pervasive force of consciousness. These frequencies are in the Sanskrit tongue, act as a harmonic sound resonance against blocking energy, or sleeping energy. Plants reflect this action as well because of the phonetic strength of vibration that is stimulated by natural pronunciation.

Credits: H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
How to respond on this all with a haiku? ... Not an easy task ... as I look at the above explanation I think I will go for the wise animal/bird Owl to write a haiku with, because the two "sounds" "Pad-Me" symbolize wisdom. So here is my try to write a haiku in response on this week's prompt "Pad".

lost in the field
only stars as my compass -
cry of a snowy owl

mysterious fields
hidden in mists and greyness -
the cry of an owl

the cry of an owl
resonates through the night
mysterious fields

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this post and I hope that it will inspire you to write an all new haiku and share it with us all here at our Haiku Shuukan, our weekly haiku-meme and part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Family.

This episode will be open for your submissions today at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday December 5th at noon (CET). Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. These haiku are wonderful, Chev --- but especially the third, I think -- with its simplicity and elegance added to the mystery. Awesome :)