Spoken as: ohm-mah-nee-pahd-may-hung.
In researching this mantra, there is agreement that there is no one single translation. It speaks of an embodiment of compassion and a purification from suffering. My favorite explanation is that the beautiful lotus flower rises out of the swamp. Even a swamp is helpful in supplying the nutrients needed for the lotus flower to bloom.
Another reference speaks to how the lotus flower’s leaves appear smooth, when in fact their surface contains so many spikes that raindrops stay round and cohesive, as they sit on the surface, and easily roll off, taking any dirt with them. This feature keeps the lotus flower looking pristine and perfect. The lotus flower is the sacred flower of Buddhism. So, even where life might appear harsh, in actuality, the harshness produces wonderful outcomes.
As a mantra, it is recommended to chant this phrase 100 times per day. There are songs you can play. This is also on a prayer wheel, which can be spun to achieve the repetitions with each revolution.
Today, say “Om Mani Padme Hum” and visualize something wonderful and beautiful blossoming forth from whatever current circumstance you are in. Achieve beauty from chaos.