Namaste, Tina and the Mani Mantra

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Dean
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Namaste, Tina and the Mani Mantra

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Hello,

This is my first post. I thought I’d introduce myself and share what has brought me here.

Have you seen the Tina Turner documentary on HBO MAX? I was so amazed how she transformed extreme adversity into incredible success that I saw it several times. I wanted to know more about the spiritual side of her journey and discovered her latest book Happiness Becomes You. My takeaway from the book was that she transformed her life through positivity, tenacity and Buddhist chanting.

I’m not attracted to the culture of Tina’s form of Buddhism so I searched for a Sanskrit Buddhist chant and discovered Om Mani Padme Hum which felt like a good fit. Subsequently, I purchased a mala for counting. It took me a couple days to get the chant down. I was contemplating what “the jewel of the lotus” meant while chanting when I realized that it was call to the Greater Self. When I thought that, I felt “The Presence”… like my aura was subtly electrified. I’m still trying to figure out what “jewel” represents. There are various accounts online about what the mani mantra means. I almost think that its vague so that it’s up to individuals figure it out its mystery.

Anyways, I don’t have anyone in IRL to share my spiritual journey with so I’m sharing with you. Thank you for reading.

Om mani padme hum,
Dean
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Dean wrote: Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:48 pm Have you seen the Tina Turner documentary on HBO MAX?
I haven't seen that yet, but I did see the biographical movie What's Love Got to Do with It which was also very good.
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Dean wrote: Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:48 pm
I’m not attracted to the culture of Tina’s form of Buddhism so I searched for a Sanskrit Buddhist chant and discovered Om Mani Padme Hum which felt like a good fit. Subsequently, I purchased a mala for counting. It took me a couple days to get the chant down. I was contemplating what “the jewel of the lotus” meant while chanting when I realized that it was call to the Greater Self. When I thought that, I felt “The Presence”… like my aura was subtly electrified. I’m still trying to figure out what “jewel” represents. There are various accounts online about what the mani mantra means. I almost think that its vague so that it’s up to individuals figure it out its mystery.

Om mani padme hum,
Dean
Welcome Dean! The Mani mantra is not vague, but it does have several aspects of meaning. Here is the Dalai Lama explaining a basic way to think about the words & syllables:

https://tnp.org/the-meaning-of-om-mani-padme-hum/
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Re: Namaste, Tina and the Mani Mantra

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Hi Dean,

Welcome to the forum. :anjali:

Reading your post, I am glad to see a case study of religion being a toolset for transforming adversity into prosperity, which is how it ought to be .

I am more of a meditation guy, but I will share some little knowledge I have on chanting.

Chanting is considered to increase one's prana or chi, which results in increased mindfulness, healing and positivity in the process.

In the ancient medical healing system of Ayurveda, I have heard that certain medicines are prepared using chants which is considered to increase healing properties in the medicine, and I have also come across case studies of people healing themselves of chronic illnesses using chanting.

A 78 year old friend of mine, told me that he started his chanting practice at a young age as a child before sleep, after his grandmother advised him to do so, as he was repeatedly suffering from bad dreams while sleeping at night.

After he started his chanting practice, he never suffered from this issue of bad dreams again, and hence he kept up the practice to his present age.

I remember reading in a Hindu scripture (Ramayana) of chanting auspicious words or mantras before embarking on a project or important work, so as to increase the chances of success.

I don't know the exact mechanics of how mantra chanting works, but I suppose certains sounds and vibrations are related to certain energies of an positive or auspicious kind. And by chanting, one fills oneself with positivity.

Hope this info helps. :anjali:
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