Each spin of a prayer wheel sends blessings and prayers throughout the universe to benefit all beings. Prayer wheels are often decorated with Buddhist mantras, such as Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of Great Compassion. The same mantras are written on thin paper and wound around the spinning axles inside of the frames. Thus, each spin of the wheel sends thousands of repetitions of the mantra into the world.
“Om Mani Padme Hum” (the Jewel in the Lotus) opens the mind to love and compassion and leads it towards awakening. The mantra is inscribed into the brass and copper of this wall-mounted prayer wheel.
Each symbol has a purifying effect:
OM purifies the veils of the body.
MA purifies the veils of speech.
NI purifies the veils of mind.
PAD purifies the veils of conflicting emotions.
ME purifies the veils of latent conditioning.
HUM purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Part of the practice of Om Mani Padme Hum is saying it as often as possible. That’s why many people use reminders like prayer wheels, prayer flags, or jewelry like this prayer wheel bracelet to remind us of the mantra of Great Compassion, and to open our hearts and minds.