Om Mani Padme Hum: The Sound of Silence, the Diamond in the Lotus

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Osho initiates this series with a beautiful Tibetan mantra: om mani padme hum – the sound of silence: the diamond in the lotus. In this atmosphere where silence and meditation prevail, Osho responds to personal questions which are common to all.

Osho initiates this series with a beautiful Tibetan mantra: om mani padme hum – the sound of silence: the diamond in the lotus. In this atmosphere where silence and meditation prevail, Osho responds to personal questions which are common to all.


Excerpt from: Om Mani Padme Hum, Chapter 1

“Tibet is the only country in the world which has devoted all its genius to the inner exploration. Its findings are of tremendous value. Om mani padme hum is one of the most beautiful expressions for the ultimate experience. Its meaning is ‘the sound of silence, the diamond in the lotus.’
“Silence also has its sound, its music – although the outer ears cannot hear it, just as the outer eyes cannot see it. We have six outer senses. In the past man knew only that we have five outer senses; the sixth is a new discovery. It is inside your ears; hence people failed to recognize it. It is the sense of balance. And it is the sense of balance that is affected when you feel giddy or when you see a drunkard walking.
“Just as these six senses are used to experience the outer, exactly the same six senses exist to experience the inner – to see it, to hear it, to feel its utter balance, its beauty. It is invisible to the outer eyes, but not to the inner. You cannot touch it with your outer senses, but the inner senses are absolutely immersed in it.
“Om is the sound when everything else disappears from your being – no thoughts, no dreams, no projections, no expectations, not even a single ripple – and your whole lake of consciousness is simply silent; it has become just a mirror. In those rare moments you hear the sound of silence. It is the most valuable experience because it not only shows a quality of the inner music – it also shows that the inner is full of harmony, joy, blissfulness. All that is implied in the music of om.
“You are not to say it. If you say it, you will miss the real thing. You have to hear it, you have to be utterly calm and quiet and suddenly it is all around you, a very subtle dance. And the moment you are able to hear it, you have entered the very secrets of existence. You have become so subtle that now you deserve all the mysteries be exposed to you. Existence waits till you are ready. In the East all the religions without exception agree on this point, that the sound which is heard in the final, highest peak of silence is something similar to om.
“The word om is not written alphabetically in any language of the East because it is not part of language. It is written as a symbol; hence the same symbol is used in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Tibetan. It is the same symbol everywhere because all the mystics of all the ages have reached the same experience: that it is not part of our mundane world; hence it should not be written in alphabetical letters. It should have its own symbol which is beyond language. It does not mean anything as far as the mind is concerned, but it means a tremendous amount as far as your spiritual growth is concerned.”

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Publisher Osho Media International
Type Series of Talks