THE SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA MANTRA
Siddhartha Guatama Buddha, also often referred to as Sakyumuni, was a spiritual teacher upon whose lessons the foundations for Buddhism were formed. He is regarded as the Supreme Buddha and is the first enlightened individual to be visualized. Despite some confusion from those who do not follow Buddhism, it is important to note that the Buddha was not considered to be a God. He was rather a mere human, like the rest of us, who was able to develop an extraordinary perception about existence. This perception helped him to rid his mind of the things that cause us all a level of suffering craving, hatred, and delusion. This, in turn, helped him to attain levels of true peace and contentment – and remain free from the suffering of sentient beings.
The Shakyamuni Buddha mantra is actually a play on the Buddha’s name and is as followings.
Om Muni Muni Mahamuni Shakyaminu Soha
As with the majority of mantras, there can be several types of meanings associated with the Shakyamuni Buddha mantra however, it is possible to come up with several literal English translations so that the true essence of this powerful mantra can be better understood.
Om – Some believe that Om does not have an actual conceptual meaning. However, it can typically be reflective of an awareness of the surrounding universe. It is used at the start of many mantras and can be thought of as opening yourself up to the truth of what is coming next with the recital of the mantra.
Muni – This term is often translated to mean sage, or wise one.
Maha – This term is typically translated to mean great or supreme.
Soha – This term is often translated to mean hail or greetings.
With this mantra, followers of the Shakyamuni Buddha are seeking the guidance that will help them to remove them of all negativities, obstructions, and hindrances allowing them the ability to progress swiftly on the right path towards enlightenment. The mantra can be recited daily or when individuals are seeking the inspiration needed to transform a negative and stressful state into one that is filled with peace and happiness.